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  • 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.

  • BCC graduates say farewell

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick Community College celebrated its spring graduation ceremony last Friday.

    Three hundred and twenty-five graduates received a total of 368 degrees, diplomas and certificates, and 180 students participated in commencement exercises.

    “It was definitely a spirited group of graduates,” said Susanne Adams, Brunswick Community College president.

  • Stormwater dominates Shallotte meeting

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Stormwater drainage issues in the Brierwood Community were the primary topic of discussion at the Shallotte Board of Aldermen’s meeting last week.

    Alderman Alan Lewis introduced the issue as a discussion item.

    “There’s a bad problem in Brierwood, and it’s not something that has developed recently,” Lewis said. “This is something that has been going on for years.”

  • Keep calm and Relay on

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Despite the rain and cool temperatures, hundreds of people gathered at West Brunswick High School last Friday and Saturday for the 2013 Brunswick County Relay for Life.

    Team captain and long-time relay supporter, Norman Jean Gurganus said at first she was worried that the weather would affect this year’s attendance.

    “At the beginning, I thought it was going to be kinda slow,” she said. “But as the night went on, there were just as many people as before.”

  • Writer examines the history of East Coast beach music, local personalities

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer


    Write what you know.

    Author Howie Thompson gave that advice to aspiring writers last Thursday at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash, where he was speaking as part of the gallery’s Coffee with the Authors series.

    However, Thompson wanted to write about beach music, and to follow his own advice, he had to spend a lot of hours researching and interviewing for his two books.

  • Dismissal sought for Sea Trail bankruptcy case

    The bankruptcy administrator for the Eastern District of North Carolina in Wilmington has filed papers with the court to dismiss the Sea Trail Corp. bankruptcy case.

    A hearing is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 21, in room 208, 300 Fayetteville St. in Raleigh.

    People whose rights may be affected in the case are urged to view documents for the bankruptcy case, No. 11-07370-8-SWH, available at the bankruptcy administrator’s office or on the court’s web page at www.nceb.uscourts.gov.