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  • CIS hosts fifth annual Big Toy Day

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    SOUTHPORT—Trucks, planes, cars and trains took center stage as Communities In Schools of Brunswick County hosted Big Toy Day at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport last Saturday.

    About 1,400 people attended the fifth annual Big Toy Day. More than 70 exhibitors participated, including the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Oak Island Police Department, Yaupon Beach Fire Department, Oak Island Fire and Rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard.

  • Southport woman sues funeral home for losing ashes

    A Southport woman has filed a lawsuit against a local funeral home.

    The lawsuit was filed on May 20 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Jennifer Dunn against Peacock Newnam Funeral Home, White Funeral Services, Gregory L. White, Delores H. White and Shawna Sanders.

    Attorney Patrick Mincey of Wilmington is representing Dunn.

  • Grass grows blue Saturday in Shallotte

    It’s that time of year for the Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival.

    This year’s ninth annual festival is taking place 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 25, in Riverside Park on Main Street in Shallotte (farmers market site behind the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce).

    Highlights include arts and crafts, food and produce vendors and area bands and musicians in the jam tent.

  • Food distribution helps more than 1,000 households

    BOLIVIA—Before the sun came up, people started gathering outside Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters just to get a little extra food.

    By the time the doors opened at 9 a.m., vehicles were lining both sides of Old Ocean Highway, the sheriff’s office was directing traffic, and people were given numbers to wait their turn in line.

    Teresa Roth said she was No. 491.

    “I got here about a quarter to 9,” Roth said as she waited outside with the crowd.

  • Veterans favor memorial for Sunset Beach park

    SUNSET BEACH—With the town planning to have its second annual Memorial Day ceremony in its new park next Monday, veterans and committee members are also hoping for a permanent memorial.

    Monday’s Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 2 p.m. Monday, May 27, in the new Sunset Beach Town Park on Sunset Boulevard. The public is invited to bring a lawn chair and take part.

  • Altered puppy-mill bill awaits Senate attention

    The founder of a nonprofit that aids animal causes in Brunswick County says a last-minute amendment has significantly watered down efforts to regulate puppy mills in North Carolina.

    Janie Withers, founder and director of Paws-Ability, a nonprofit that raises funds for animal issues in the county, says N.C. House Bill 930 approved last week had already been watered down, then an amendment was added that diluted it even more.

    “With a bill this weak, maybe even the North Carolina Senate will vote for it,” Withers said last week.

  • Developer expresses interest in voluntary annexation

    CAROLINA SHORES—A developer has indicated interest in voluntarily annexing into the town.

    Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at a town board of commissioners’ workshop May 6, said town staff recently met with representatives of a development group.

    Possible annexation would involve a 12-acre tract on Calabash Road, about a mile from CVS Pharmacy.

  • New sidewalk rolling out in fall in Calabash

    CALABASH—Construction on new town sidewalks is expected to get under way in early fall, Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the town board of commissioners meeting May 14.

    Town commissioner Charles “Buddy” Walton also read a statement at the meeting conveying all facts had to be weighed before the board acted to approve construction at a specially called meeting April 16.

  • West Brunswick Theater Classes to Perform

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff writer

    In just a few days, experience the hustle and bustle of New York City without leaving Brunswick County, as the theater department at West Brunswick High School brings New York to the stage.

  • Tripp’s Jewel Shoppe celebrates 50th anniversary this month

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    When it comes to jewelry, Michele Tripp Hobson knows what she likes.

    “I like the bling,” she said, laughing.

    Michele’s love of jewelry likely comes from growing up around showcases full of shiny things. Her parents, Billy and Marilyn Tripp, started Tripp’s Jewel Shoppe in May 1963.

    “Believe it or not, Shallotte was a sleepy little town back then,” Michele said.