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  • The walking miracle

    SHALLOTTE—Doctors said she wouldn’t be here to see a new year.

    But they were wrong.

    They said she wouldn’t walk again.

    They were wrong about that, too.

    Fran Salone-Pelletier has defied the odds and as a new year approaches she and her family have found countless reasons to celebrate.

  • ‘Once Upon a River’ is local author’s first book

    He is a lifelong Shallotte native, an active member of the Shallotte Planning Board, a member of the Save Sunnyside group, a historian and now a fiction author of “Once Upon a River.”

    And his name is Leon Elwood Cheers.

    Sitting in a window booth at McDonald’s on Main Street, Cheers reminisces about the way Shallotte used to be.

    “Our family house was where the Purple Onion is now,” he said.

    Cheers Plaza, which is home to the restaurant, was named after the Cheers family.

  • Neighbor to neighbor: Coat closet open at local church

    SHALLOTTE–The concept of neighbors helping neighbors isn’t foreign to the congregation at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church.

    Last December the church began a three-part Neighbor-to-Neighbor ministry. The ministry includes a coat closet, an orthopedic equipment lending closet and the Benefit Bank of North Carolina.

  • ‘Be Blessed:’ Salvation Army volunteer offers message of hope

    SHALLOTTE—She has become a part of the holiday tradition for shoppers at Belk in Shallotte and she is not just ringing a bell.

    Dolores Brown’s hugs are legendary and her joy is infectious.

    For 12 hours a day, six days a week for the seven weeks prior to Christmas, Dolores Brown stood outside the department store ringing a bell and collecting money for the Salvation Army. There wasn’t a person who went by who she didn’t extend pleasant greetings to, and she is well known for her hugs.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Emily Syeabbe, 21, of 4941 Lakewood Drive, Shallotte, was arrested for failure to appear. Subject was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for tags.

    •Fraud on Paisley Drive; suspect obtained the victim’s Medicare card number.

  • Calabash restaurateur leaves legacy, memories

    CALABASH—When longtime Calabash restaurateur Virgil “Tinky” Coleman passed away last week, he left an indelible legacy.

    That legacy lives on in the hearts and minds of his loved ones—his widow, Joanne, and other family members and a roster of friends who attended Coleman’s Dec. 22 funeral in Little River, S.C.

  • State official responds to complaints from Sunset Beach mayor

    A state official has responded to complaints Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato made about the town prior to his Nov. 8 election.

    The response is in a letter to Cerrato dated Oct. 6 by CPA Sharon G. Edmundson, director of the fiscal management section of the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer.

    Edmundson addressed two complaints filed earlier this year by Cerrato. One had to do with the town’s paying $2,400 to former building inspector Jeff Curtis “who you believed had a conflict of interest,” Edmundson wrote.

  • New Year's Eve bonfire planned in Calabash

    CALABASH—Plans are in the works for the town to host a public New Year’s Eve bonfire and celebration in the Seafood Capital.

    Announcement came at the town board of commissioners meeting Dec. 13.

    Festivities are scheduled to launch at 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 31, in the Hurricane Fishing Fleet parking lot next to the Calabash River.

    “It will be a very festive occasion where people can come together,” newly sworn-in Calabash Mayor Mary Knight said at the meeting. “We’re going to have fellowship and food.”

  • Longwood family loses home in early-morning fire

    LONGWOOD—In the fleeting moments it took for their house to go up in flames, Frances and Nathaniel Stevenson lost everything.


    And it was just before Christmas.

    Around 2 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 20, a fire began at the Stevenson’s home, a single-wide mobile home at 1652 Ward Road in Longwood, Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department Chief Tal Grissett said.

    When Grissett and crews from Calabash and Waccamaw fire departments arrived, the home was completely engulfed in flames.

  • County moves forward with upset bid process for hospital

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to move forward with the upset bid process for selling the old Brunswick Community Hospital facility.

    Last month commissioners decided a “reasonable” purchase price for the 35-year-old hospital and 32 acres of land was in the $2.5 million range. But commissioners only received one bid during the 45 days bids were solicited and, at $500,000, it was considerably less than what commissioners hoped they’d get for it.