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  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church celebrates Black History Month

    Look for a multimedia presentation including interviews, music and more online at http://youtu.be/RWpqUPvaDiM

    Ladies wore fancy hats, ushers were clad in white, and the choir was in colorful African garb in celebration of Black History Month.

    It was a typical Sunday morning in February at Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church on U.S. 17 near Calabash.

    In the midst of morning singing and prayers, church pastor Douglas Moss emerged at the pulpit to launch the day’s announcements and message:

  • Sunset Beach Town Council talks finance, future at daylong retreat

    SUNSET BEACH—The town’s five-year financial forecast and capital improvement plan were among agenda items outlined at town council’s annual retreat Tuesday.

    Town administrator Gary Parker kicked off the daylong session at Sea Trail by reviewing projected numbers with the town board and staff.

    Parker cited a “steadily decreasing fund balance” through fiscal year 2014-15, after which it goes up. He said that was planned because of capital improvement projects that are under way and completed.

  • Good Samaritan rushes to aid ailing pelican

    Aimee Duncan was just trying to do a good Valentine’s Day deed when she rescued an ailing pelican from the side of U.S. 17 last week.

    Duncan, a library assistant at Hickmans Crossroads Library, was on her way to work when she saw the brown bird next to the road near Holy Bethel Church, just east of the Thomasboro Road intersection.

    “I was just going down Highway 17 and I happened to look over and see there was a pelican beside the road,” Duncan said. “He was standing there and kind of looked like he wasn’t feeling too well.”

  • Man gets 75 days for fatal wreck

    Three-fifty-eight p.m. Thursday, May 27, 2010, is a date and time forever etched in the memories of one Supply family.

    It’s when 23-year-old Stephanie Fay Heath took her last breath.

    The young Brunswick Community College student was driving on N.C. 211 on her way to pick up her boyfriend from work at St. James Plantation. A vehicle driven by Richard Joseph Constantineau, then 42, of Rocky Point, crossed the centerline and struck Heath’s vehicle head-on.

    Heath was driving a 1994 Ford truck, and Constantineau was driving a 1999 Chevrolet.

  • Woman to appear in court on counterfeit money charges

    A Brunswick County woman is about to have her day in court after being charged with possession of counterfeit money.

    Luann Thomason Simmons, 43, faces charges of felony possession of five or more counterfeit instruments. She will appear in Brunswick County court on Tuesday, Feb. 26.

    Simmons was arrested and charged on Sept. 7, 2012, following several months of investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Fraud Unit and the U.S. Secret Service.

  • A friendly competition and a great place to make friends

    At least three times a week, Bill Davis hits the basketball court to shoot some hoops. But that’s not all; on the other days he plays tennis.

    This avid athlete turned 78 in January.

    Davis isn’t alone in his passion for sports. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation’s senior programs officials have paired Davis with others in his age range who share a common interest.

    Davis and his teammates on the Brunswick County Coasters are busy preparing for the upcoming Senior Games competition.

  • Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q may soon serve Shallotte area

    SHALLOTTE—Another dining option may be just around the corner for Shallotte.

    The planning board has approved site plans for a Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q restaurant.

    The proposed restaurant would be at 4670 East Coast Lane next to Golden Corral off U.S. 17.

    John Kinlaw, president of Kinlaw Realty, is representing the buyer and the seller in the real estate transaction.

  • It's best to avoid any and all germ vectors like the plague

    As I sat Tuesday at another fabulous annual retreat of Sunset Beach Town Council, I pondered how much things have changed in just a year’s time.

    This time last year, I was posted next to a box of free-flowing Kleenex, having been finally taken down by some kind of terrible February bug after six years of relative virus- and bacteria-free health.

    I was really ticked, because this thing seemed to have come from nowhere—some unknown, invisible place (isn’t that where colds usually originate?)—and it had messed up my health record.

  • Calabash mayor apologizes for flooring process

    CALABASH—Mayor Mary Knight has apologized to the town board for not having a purchase order for her recent acquisition of new flooring.

    “I honestly meant absolutely no harm,” said Knight, speaking at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting last Tuesday, Feb. 12.

    Knight said she “never gave a second thought this board would have a problem with” her spending $1,152 late last year for new laminate floor and carpet for her office at town hall. It was to replace flooring that she said had mold issues.

  • Sign the truss to leave a mark on Leland’s new town hall

    LELAND—Make your mark on Leland’s new town hall.

    The steel frame of the new two-story town hall and police department at the corner of Town Hall Drive and Old Fayetteville Road is almost complete.

    Construction is currently underway on the building’s roof trusses.

    But before they are all installed, town staff had one truss set out in Leland Municipal Park for residents to sign, so a little piece of the townspeople goes into the new building.