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  • ONDBEAT: 90th birthday party planning a hot summer challenge

    Takata airbags, you suck bad and dangerous air.

    As a sometime investigative reporter, I was oblivious when Dave, my favorite Low Country car salesman, rang up last week to convey both bad and good news.

    The bad news, which came first, involved the latest rampant airbag recall on certain vehicular models, including mine. It’s going to take a good three, four, six or more months for them to be replaced.

    The good news is he could help steer me in a different direction with rebates on top of rebates plus brand new payments on other wheels.

  • Calabash restaurant fire deemed accidental

    The cause of a fire that broke out at George’s Pancake House in Calabash last week has been attributed to an accidental electrical malfunction in an office area.

    A Brunswick County Code Administration news release said that is the preliminary finding by multiple agencies regarding the structure fire first reported to emergency dispatch by a caller at 2:55 p.m. last Tuesday, June 26, at the longtime eatery at 9941 Beach Drive.

  • Breault proposes final project before leaving Belville office

    Belville Mayor Pro Tem Joe Breault, who announced he would resign from the town board in July because of health reasons, proposed one last project at the June 25 town meeting: to add solar panels to the roof of the town hall.

    Breault proposed a 28 kW solar panel system that could generate enough power to add to Duke Energy’s power grid to offset the costs when the town hall is occupied.

    Breault presented a projection that savings over the 25-year warrantee of a solar system could save the town more than $6,600 a year or about $99,000 over 25 years.

  • H2GO staff wants plants blocking fire hydrants nipped in the bud

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board has a new water access issue to address that isn’t likely to end in a lawsuit.

    During the H2GO June 19 regular meeting, assistant director Russ Lane reported the staff needed direction from the board about what to do about plants blocking access to fire hydrants.

  • Shallotte introduces new developer for riverfront project

    SHALLOTTE — More than 30 people attended the June 26 public hearing on Shallotte’s riverwalk and riverfront development projects where they reviewed preliminary drawings for the riverwalk, water and sewer infrastructure and conceptual drawings. 

    Mayor Walt Eccard introduced Allison Engebretson of Paramounte Engineering, who presented the plans for the almost 2.5-mile riverwalk, and Michael Lemanski of NSV Dev. Corp. LLC, the new developer for the town’s riverfront project.

  • Shallotte reduces taxes for 2018-19

    SHALLOTTE — Town aldermen voted June 26 to reduce the ad valorem tax rate for fiscal year 2018-19 from .35 cents to .345 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

    The town has not imposed a general tax increase for 11 consecutive years.

    Town Administrator Albert Hughes and finance director Mimi Gaither presented the budget: general fund revenues and expenditures total $5,756,301 and enterprise fund, which is water and sewer, will be $3,978,678 for revenues and expenditures.

  • Annual sit-a-thon set for July 6 to benefit Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program

    The annual sit-a-thon to benefit the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program is scheduled for Friday, July 6, beginning at 10 a.m. with participants in their chairs at 10:30 a.m. off Fifth Street on the Sunset Beach island shoreline.

    Participants sit in a chair at the water’s edge. As the tide comes in from the Atlantic Ocean, the water starts knocking them over. The last participant sitting is declared the winner.

    Vacationers put on this event every year to collect donations for the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program. All are invited to participate.

  • State board approves toll increases for Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry

    The North Carolina Board of Transportation approved a request June 28 from the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization and the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization to increase tolls on the N.C. Ferry System’s Southport-Fort Fisher ferry route.

    The toll for a vehicle less than 20 feet in length will go from $5 to $7, tolls for vehicles between 20 feet and 40 feet will go from $10 to $14, and tolls for vehicles larger than 40 feet will go from $15 to $28.

  • Former Southport mayor dies

    Former Southport mayor Norman Holden, 82, died Wednesday, June 27, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Southport Police Chief Gary Smith said.

    Officers were dispatched to Holden’s home on Frink Drive to check on him, Smith said. Holden was part of We Care, a program police use to check on registered residents daily. 

    Smith said police arrived about 9 a.m. and found Holden dead in his yard.

    Holden last served as Southport mayor in 2007.

  • Silver Alert canceled for Winnabow man

    The North Carolina Center for Missing Persons has canceled its a Silver Alert for a missing Winnabow man.

    Horace Medlin, 62, was last seen at Brunswick Cove Nursing Home at 1478 River Road.

    According to the alert, he is believed to be suffering from dementia or another cognitive impairment.