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  • Hospital demolition talk draws interested business

    Reports that the Brunswick Community Hospital building could be torn down have drawn renewed interest to the building.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said a report about demolishing the old hospital, which has sat idle for the most part for the past two years, came out of recent e-mails updating county commissioners on the building’s status.

    News of the building’s possible demise spurred the interest of four groups, Hardy said. One group took a tour of the closed hospital Friday, while the others asked for information on the building.

  • A patriot and a pioneer

    Rebecca Oyler has never been one to take the easy road.

    “I’ve always liked a challenge,” she said.

    In 1942, the desire for a challenge and a deep love for her country changed the course of her life, leading her to become one of the first recruits to graduate from boot camp at Camp Lejuene in Jacksonville.

     

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  • Rip currents on OIB, Sunset Beach cause three deaths in one day

    A chief district court judge from Wilkesboro and a woman he tried to help escape a rip current on Sunset Beach died Wednesday.

    Mitchell Lynn McLean, 54, received CPR at the scene and then was transported to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, where he died Wednesday evening, according to Sunset Beach Chief of Police Lisa Massey.

    Mary Anne Galway, 54, also received CPR at the beach. She was taken by ambulance to the Brunswick medical center, and then airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center where she died in the intensive care unit.

  • Record-setting voyager Reid Stowe sails into local gallery

    He built a schooner at Ocean Isle Beach, then sailed nonstop around the world for 1,152 days, setting a record in the process.

    World voyager Reid Stowe is also an artist.

    His work is being showcased this month at Sunset River Marketplace Art Gallery in Calabash.

    Stowe’s show opened at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive SW this past Tuesday, July 3. An opening reception is 2-5 p.m. this Saturday, July 6, at the gallery.

  • Traffic, parking spur concerns at Sunset Beach boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH — Busy-ness is a good thing, unless it’s too much busy-ness.

    That’s a conclusion local business owner Ronnie Holden is starting to reach about the boat ramp in Sunset Beach.

    Holden recently complained to state wildlife officials Erik Christofferson and Tom Covington about traffic overflow issues at the boat ramp, which is located where the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge used to be.

  • Lightning knocks out power; storms descend over weekend

    Lightning from a thunderstorm knocked out power last Thursday night in portions of Brunswick County.

    The outage on the night of June 27 affected about 15,000 customers in the Holden Beach and Supply areas, said Judy Gore, spokeswoman for Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

    Five substations were out as a result of lightning strikes at the Prospect transmission station, Gore said.

    The outage occurred between 9-10 p.m. and lasted for a little over an hour before power was restored, Gore said.

  • Cats up for adoption at PetSense

    Mia Rose is a spayed, 1½-year-old black-and-white tabby with an unusual purr.

    She’s sweet and loves everyone, according to the card displayed on her cage at the PetSense store in Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center.

    “Please consider me when you’re adding to your family!” reads an additional note posted on the card by Adopt-An-Angel, the Wilmington animal rescue group that brought rescued cats to the Shallotte pet store in hopes they’ll be united with great new owners.

  • Sunset Beach detective work nabs man wanted in golf thefts

    A man suspected of stealing golf equipment in Brunswick County has been apprehended.

    Charles Howard Peele, 38, was located in Little River, S.C., last Wednesday, June 26, by Sunset Beach Police Detective Joe Smith.

    Smith said he followed Peele, who was driving a stolen vehicle, to State Line Pawnshop in Little River. Smith said he continued to follow Peele into the Brooksville area before Peele was pulled over by Horry County, S.C., police, who provided assistance to Smith in their jurisdiction.

  • Fourth of July closures

    Sunset Beach Town Hall is closed Thursday and reopens Friday, July 5. The next Sunset Beach Town Council work session is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16. Copies of the agenda and session packets are available, town clerk Lisa Anglin said. Information is available at town hall or can be accessed on the town website, www.sunsetbeachnc.gov.

    Calabash and Carolina Shores town halls also are closed Thursday but will reopen Friday.

  • Engineering firm to address stormwater problem streets in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Following lengthy debate Monday, July 1, the town board of commissioners is agreeable to having engineering firm Norris & Tunstall submit a proposal to do stormwater engineering services for two problem streets in the town.

    The work would address problems at Nautical and Clubview lanes in the Village at Calabash for a lump-sum fee of $17,900, which includes $5,750 in survey costs.