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  • Man sought regarding first-degree arson in Calabash

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man wanted in connection with first- and second-degree arson related to a Calabash house fire early Sunday morning.

    The man is identified as Kody Devin Medford, 26, of north Tanglewood Drive in Supply.

    The fire, which destroyed an unoccupied house and car at 1085 High Point Ave. in Calabash, was reported at 3:34 a.m. Aug. 11.

  • Hardee's cooking up return to Shallotte

    Workers at the site of a new Hardee’s in Shallotte along with a sign seeking job applicants confirm rumors that Main Street will be soon home to at least one new restaurant.

    Hardee’s is scheduled to return to Shallotte more than seven years after leaving its location of 36 years in February 2012.

  • Coastal Walk Marketplace center to bring nearly 500 jobs to Shallotte

    Shallotte aldermen have approved an incentive package for developers of the proposed Coastal Walk Marketplace in exchange for 475 jobs and more than $3 million in annual sales tax revenue.

    The new shopping center will be home to nationally known tenants such as Hobby Lobby, Marshalls and PetSmart, according to the economic incentive grant application submitted by the center’s developers and approved at the town board’s Aug. 6 meeting.

  • Calabash P&Z OKs plat, zoning changes

    The Calabash Planning & Zoning Board has unanimously approved plat changes for Devaun Park as well as requested rezoning from commercial to manufactured housing in Calabash Acres North.

    Action to recommend the changes came at a rescheduled meeting last Wednesday, Aug. 7, at town hall.

    The plat amendment is for an already approved subdivision plat of Devaun Park’s Village Square Section 2-A. The change includes the addition of three lots.

  • County commissioners deny Holden Beach reimbursement request

    BOLIVIA– The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously denied a request by Holden Beach officials seeking $194,157.50 partial reimbursement funds for beach renourishment during its Monday, Aug. 5, regularly scheduled meeting.

  • Unoccupied house burns down in Calabash

    The cause of a fire that destroyed a house in Calabash early Sunday is under investigation.

    Firefighters responded to a dispatch at 3:34 a.m. to find the small, single-story brick house at 1085 High Point Ave. engulfed in flames, said Honey Shore, spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

    Firefighters were able to knock down the fire and bring it under control in about 30 minutes, but both the residence and a car parked nearby were a total loss, Shore said.

  • Cancer survivor Wendy Wowk launches 10th year at Calabash jewelry shop

    CALABASH — She’s a survivor and a trouper, not to mention skilled jewelry maker.

    Wendy Wowk doesn’t know any other way — fighting for her life against cancer while making a way of life in the process.

    She’s been making jewelry for about as long as she’s been alive, starting in childhood when her dad, who worked for the phone company back in her native New Jersey, brought home phone wire.

  • Where are your friendships headed?

    By Linda Arnold

    Let’s face it. We’re social creatures. While technology helps us in so many ways, there’s no substitute for that face-to-face human contact. Since last Sunday was National Friends Day (who knew it rated its own holiday), it got me thinking about the importance of friendships. Recent studies have shown they can be as important in our lives as family – and, in some cases, more so. 

  • Code issues freeze food retail business in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Tony and Lorraine Cifelli are biting at the bit for their new Italian foods retail business to open at their wholesale Da Vinci Foods warehouse.

    So, apparently, are customers who thought they were going to open in April.

    But code issues with the town of Carolina Shores have held up their grand opening until the couple can conduct the necessary building changes required by the town.

  • Carolina Shores initially approves ‘brunch bill’

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners has granted initial approval of a “brunch bill” for the town.

    The vote on first reading came at the board’s monthly workshop Monday. Second and final reading is on the agenda for commissioners’ subsequent monthly meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 8, at town hall on Persimmon Road.

    Town commissioner Beverly Mayhew made a motion to approve the ordinance allowing early alcohol sales on Sundays.