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  • Shopping center on N.C. 211 at Midway back on track

    Construction on one shopping center on N.C. 211 is moving forward while another is still viable, Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw said.

    A planned shopping center at Midway Road and N.C. 211 is back on schedule with developers Wakefield and Associates of Raleigh building 90,000 square feet of leasable space.

    A new 44,000-square-foot Lowes Foods store will anchor the development. The grocery store will also run a fueling station.

  • Corey laid up by shark bite, but not knocked down

    A shark bite put Barbara Corey on the local 11 o’clock news and then on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

    Corey was teaching a surf lesson to Cassandra Calloway in about 4 feet of water on Holden Beach, not far from the Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    “It was rough and the water was murky. It was so rough I was holding onto (Cassandra’s) board so the current didn’t take her down the beach,” Corey said.

    “Then I felt like I was slammed by a freight train with teeth.”

  • Southport hospital gets $8.5 million for improvements

    Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport will receive $8.5 million in federal funds to make facility improvements.

    U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development will provide Dosher with an $8.5 million low-interest loan to convert its 25 acute care patient beds into private rooms.

    Renovations in 16 of the rooms will include new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, new windows, toilet rooms, handwalls and patient care areas.

    One new room will be equipped for patient isolation.

  • McCrery shapes surfboards for Brunswick County waves

    Jesse McCrery has been up to his neck in the Brunswick County surf since he was 9.

    Growing up in Wilmington and Ocean Isle Beach, he began surfing at that age and, by the time he was 11, he had a sponsorship.

    During his years as a sponsored surfer, he learned a few things about what makes a good surfboard. He now shapes surfboards for a new generation of Brunswick County surfers.

  • Sunny Point furloughs raise concern

    Furloughs recently launched at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point are unnecessary and even dangerous, a Sunny Point firefighter and union representative says.

    On July 8, nearly 250 civilian Army employees were furloughed one day a week at the military terminal near Southport as part of federal sequestration.

    As a result, the workers’ pay will be reduced 20 percent through September, says Bill McGuire, president of American Federation of Government Employees Local 1708.

  • Reduced-size veterans memorial may get Sunset Beach OK

    SUNSET BEACH — The size of a proposed veterans memorial needs to be reduced before it merits approval of Sunset Beach Town Council.

    At a council workshop Tuesday, Gordon Coulson, president of the local Committee to Honor American Veterans, outlined details for the memorial that committee members hope can be located in the new Sunset Beach Town Park.

    Council members Carol Scott and Mike Williams said the proposed 40-foot-diameter size is too big and asked that it be reduced.

  • Red Cross issues emergency call for blood, platelet donors

    The American Red Cross has issued an emergency request for platelet and blood donors while facing its second summer in a row of lower than usual donations.

    Donations through the Red Cross were down about 10 percent in June for United States, resulting in about 50,000 fewer donations than expected.

  • Two Brunswick County residents win $10,000 each in state lottery

    Two Brunswick County residents are among people who have reaped winnings in recent weeks in the N.C. Education Lottery.

    Abraham Scott of Southport won $10,000 in the July 11 Carolina Cash 5 drawing. Scott purchased his winning ticket at the E-Z Way Grocery at 921 N. Howe St. in Southport.

    Dawn Herzberg of Leland also won $10,000 in the $5,000 a Week for Life! instant scratch-off ticket game.

  • Hefner announces he'll run against Rabon again

    An Ocean Isle Beach man has announced he will once again be challenging North Carolina Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport in the 2014 election.

    Last Saturday, Democrat Danny Hefner issued a news release saying he is seeking election next year to the N.C. State Senate District 8 seat occupied by Rabon, a Southport veterinarian and Republican who is serving his second term in the senate.

    Hefner said he is seeking office again because power entrusted to the GOP-led state legislature has been “wielded against the citizens of this great state.”

  • Calabash Town Hall Day set for July 26

    The town of Calabash will observe its annual Town Hall Day with festivities planned for Friday, July 26.

    The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road at Traders Lane (across from town hall).

    Festivities will include games, door prizes and free hot dogs and hamburgers.

    Citizens are also invited to come and meet local service providers and learn what is available.