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  • Skaggs named high school principal of the year

    BOLIVIA — When she was first told she should go into education, Cheri Skaggs had one response: “No.”

    Last week, the Brunswick County Early College High School principal’s work was affirmed when she was named the North Carolina Association for Scholastic Activities 2018 High School Principal of the Year.

  • Holden Beach reclassifies Ferguson as assistant town manager

    Holden Beach commissioners gave a town staff member a new title to go with the duties she has taken on during her tenure.

    Christy Ferguson was hired as shoreline protection and recreation manager Aug. 11, 2014. During their May 8 meeting, commissioners named her assistant town manager at the request of Town Manager David Hewett.

    Hewett said the classification is necessary to reflect the roles and responsibilities Ferguson now has.

  • Pair charged in Leland break-in, assault

    Two people are accused of breaking into a Leland residence and assaulting two people there.

    Kaitlin Massey, 23, of Field View Way in Shallotte and Brenton Ludke, 27, of Wild Wing Road in Supply were arrested Sunday.

    Massey is charged with first-degree burglary, assault by strangulation and two counts of second-degree kidnapping, while Ludke is charged with first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor simple assault.

  • Coast Guard rescues snorkeler near Bald Head Island

    The Coast Guard rescued a snorkeler in distress near Bald Head Island on Saturday.

    No one was injured.

    A woman aboard a 30-foot sailboat contacted watchstanders at Sector North Carolina’s command center at 6:13 p.m. via VHF-FM radio channel 16 to report a snorkeler from the boat who was wearing a life jacket became disoriented and drifted too far away, according to a Coast Guard news release.

    Sector North Carolina launched a 29-foot response boat with a small crew from Station Oak Island to find and rescue the snorkeler quickly.

  • Big Earl freed from Holden Beach shoreline Thursday

    Holden Beach — A week after washing ashore, Big Earl made its way back out to sea Thursday.

    Capt. Virgil Coleman was shrimping from the boat May 10 when winds blew a net into the boat’s propeller and got stuck, causing the boat out to drift to shore.

    Michael Staley of Browns Summit, a Holden Beach homeowner who was among those trying to free the boat, shared multiple posts to The Friends of Holden Beach Facebook group Thursday morning giving updates on Big Earl. The boat made it offshore about 11 a.m.

  • Sunset Beach meeting adjourned after councilman disruptions

    SUNSET BEACH — Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton abruptly adjourned Tuesday’s council meeting after repeatedly gaveling and asking councilman Richard Cerrato to stop interrupting and speaking out of order.

    Benton adjourned the May 15 morning meeting before council had finished addressing all meeting agenda items. Prior to that, he asked that Cerrato’s microphone be turned off as Cerrato continued to speak and disagree with meeting issues and procedure.

  • Shallotte development mediation paused until end of month

    At the request of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners (TND), the developer selected for the town’s riverfront development project, the town has agreed to postpone mediation until the end of May.

    Mayor Walt Eccard said TND requested time to find a way to possibly assign its interest to another developer. The town didn’t give consent to a specific assignment, but said if TND presented another developer town officials would speak with them.

  • Carolina Shores maps flood meeting, concert

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is getting ready for a public information “catch-all” flood map meeting as well as its first public outdoor concert.

    At the town board of commissioners’ meeting last Thursday, May 10, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall cited the upcoming flood map meeting scheduled for 5 p.m. next Monday, May 21, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    The meeting has to do with flood map updates being conducted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency in conjunction with Brunswick County.

  • A Taste of Calabash winners announced

    CALABASH — It was another successful town event with 760 tickets sold and 18 participating restaurants.

    Helen Kapalka, organizer of A Taste of Calabash, said the third annual festival April 21 was another hit.

    Kapalka, speaking at the monthly town commissioners’ meeting last Tuesday, May 8, also recognized this year’s People’s Choice winners: first-place restaurant The Boundary House, followed by second, third and fourth winners Bennett’s Grill and Café, Captain Nance’s Seafood and Mmm Que Rico.

  • Kitten healing after roadside rescue

    Heather Harrison was on her way home from work in Shallotte on May 5 when she saw the vehicle in front of her swerve around something at the side of the road.

    Seconds later, she saw a tiny ball of fur trying to scoot farther back from the road, away from westbound traffic rushing past on N.C. 130 into Columbus County just before dusk.