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  • Disano to attend National Young Leaders Conference in D.C.

    West Brunswick student Daniel Disano has his sights set on Washington, D.C., and in just a few short days, he will be on his way.

    Disano, a Shallotte resident and rising junior, will be participating in the National Young Leaders Conference.

    The conference is a nine-day program allowing students the opportunity to interact with a variety of personnel who serve the three branches of government.

    The program appealed to Disano because of his interest in politics and current issues.

  • County EMS, USAR and local fire departments conduct training exercises

    Parts of the old J.M. Parker building at the corner of U.S. 17 and N.C. 211 came tumbling down last Friday and Saturday. For two days search-and-rescue teams battled the heat to recover “victims” from the rubble.

    Fortunately, this scenario was only a training drill.

    According to Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano, this type of training is rare for the county’s firefighters, fire responders and emergency services workers.

  • Two suspects shot, charged after fleeing check-point

    By Renee Sloan and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

     

    Two suspects were shot last Friday night by law enforcement officers as the two men tried to flee from a multi-agency Governors Highway Safety Booze It and Lose It checkpoint in Leland.

    Suspect Jerry Onasis Melvin, shot Friday night, has been arrested and is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility under $250,000 bond.

  • Sunset Beach to consider park-engineering contract Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has agreed to delay deciding a proposed $95,500 park-engineering contract until its next monthly meeting next Monday night, June 24.

    The meeting starts at 6:45 with a pre-agenda workshop, followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall.

    The decision came at council’s monthly workshop Tuesday morning at town hall following discussion with Chuck Smith, director of planning and landscape architecture with Withers & Ravenel engineering and surveying firm of Cary.

  • Rules for low-speed vehicles in North Carolina

    Low-Speed Vehicles (LSVs) must be titled and registered and inspected with a report confirming the vehicle is equipped for road use and meets all DOT safety standards.

    The operation of a low-speed vehicle is authorized with the following restrictions:

    (1) A low-speed vehicle may be operated only on streets and highways where the posted speed limit is 35 miles per hour or less. This does not prohibit a low-speed vehicle from crossing a road or street at an intersection where the road or street being crossed has a posted speed limit of more than 35 miles per hour.

  • Rules of the (LSV) road

    As the town of Sunset Beach pursues lowering the speed limit on its island causeway to 35 miles per hour, a debate has ensued among townspeople about the safety of low-speed vehicles (LSV) traveling to the island.

    If the speed limit reduction is approved, it would enable electric- or gas-powered LSVs to cross over from the Sunset Beach mainland to the island using the high-rise bridge.

  • Eye for the South brings outsider art to Calabash

    CALABASH—Outsider art is what Eye for the South is all about.

    The new art shop and gallery, which opened in March in the Low Country Stores complex in Calabash, features the work of regional, Southern artists who are all self-taught.

    That is, after all, what outsider art is all about.

    “They’ve had no formal training,” shop owner Ron Causey said, standing amid the array of work on display on walls and shelves inside his shop.

  • Calabash OKs sign pointing way to waterfront

    CALABASH—Do you know the way to the Calabash riverfront?

    Granted, most locals probably do, but out-of-towners may find it more challenging, the town board of commissioners agreed at their monthly meeting June 11.

    The board approved installation of a new sign pointing the way to Calabash waterfront dining and fishing.

    The sign went up at 1080 River Road, which is the home of local restaurateur Crystal Coleman Nixon and is in the commercial business zone.

  • Calabash EMS open house Saturday

    Calabash Volunteer EMS will have an open house 1-5 p.m. this coming Saturday.

    The open house will take place at the EMS station at 9031 Beach Drive in Calabash. The public is invited.

  • Sweepstakes company files summons against Calabash, sheriff, DA

    CALABASH—An Internet sweepstakes company has filed a civil summons against the town of Calabash, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David.

    Internet Café & Sweepstakes of Calabash, at 1224 Riverview Drive, seeks a declaration that privilege license fees charged by the town over the past three years violate the state constitution and a mandatory injunction that would require Calabash to refund an estimated $76,900, plus 6 percent interest annually, paid to the town by the corporation also referred to as ICS-C.