Today's News

  • Restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Growth in occupancy income expected to continue in 2008 but may slow down

    A research firm is predicting a modest slowdown in the U.S. lodging industry this year—a 4.5 percent gain in revenue per room over the previous year. It is the slowest growth pace in five years.

    In a news release, PKF Hospitality Research forecast a .7 percent decline in occupancy levels and a 5.3 percent increase in average daily room rates, resulting in the 4.5 percent gain.

    It’s the slowest pace of growth since the industry began recovering from the 2001-2003 industry recession, the news release states.

  • ATMC completes wireless site

    ATMC has announced the completion of another ATMC Wireless transmission site.

    This newest site, in Calabash, will improve signal coverage from Bonaparte to Calabash, Carolina Shores and the business and residential areas of Calabash from Persimmon Road to the NC/SC state line.

    Apart from providing dramatically improved signal strength and call quality, new wireless towers are equipped with General Packet Radio Service (GPRS) and Enhanced Data Rates for Global Evolution (EDGE) technology.

  • Turtle patrol surfboard behind locked doors

    Local retired artist Holly Shaker, who now donates much of her work to local charities, is one of the artists who has an original work in the former home of Sea Fine Art Gallery in Calabash.

    The difference is Shaker’s work is a painted surfboard she had on display at the gallery. She recently donated it to the Sunset Beach Turtle Patrol for an upcoming fundraiser.

    Now, Shaker says building owner Forrest King has refused to allow Shaker to remove the board, which she was planning to give to the turtle patrol volunteers for an upcoming auction.

  • Calabash closer to annexing Devaun Park

    CALABASH—The town is inching closer toward annexation of Devaun Park off N.C. 179.

    Tuesday night, Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart said he and business partner Vaughn Stanaland met in October with town administrator Donna Prince to discuss voluntarily annexing 16 lots at the community’s Riverside Park and Marina.

  • Carolina Shores residents still pushing for full-service post office

    CAROLINA SHORES—As efforts continue to secure a post office for the area, a local business owner said Tuesday he has been granted a contract postal facility.

    Tommy Reeves, co-owner of Calabash Ace Hardware on Beach Drive at Clariday Road, said he was notified Monday by the U.S. Postal Service the store has been awarded a contract postal facility.

    He said he hopes to have the facility operational within the next 45 to 60 days.

    “It won’t be full-service,” he said. “It will be everything but post office boxes.”

  • Chamber accepting award nominations

    Members of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce are invited to submit nominations for the 2007 Business and Community Recognition Awards, set for 11:30 a.m. Feb. 19 at a venue to be determined.

    Nominations are being sought from chamber members for business of the year, employee of the year and citizen of the year.

    The nominations will be sealed until the committee meets for selection, according to chamber officials. The committee will review the nominations and select the winners based solely on the nominations.

  • Sheriff's office buys new speed monitor advisory trailer

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, through a grant from the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, recently purchased a new speed-monitoring trailer.

    The Sheriff's Office contacted Leland Police Department Chief Osey Sanders, Brunswick County coordinator for the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, for assistance after the previous speed-monitoring unit was deemed inoperable after 10 years of service, according to a press release.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •John Charles McDade, 42, of 402 North Third St., Apt. 3, in Carolina Beach; charged with selling a malt beverage to a person who at the time was less than 21 years old.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle on Oyster Lane in Supply; suspect took a 1992 Buick Park Avenue from the victim’s yard.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland Police officers investigated the following incidents between Dec. 20, 2007 and Jan. 7, 2008.

    All information is taken directly from officers’ patrol activity reports.

    •Pursuant to a domestic violence investigation, Benjamin Reyes, 27, of 1277-6 Village Road, was arrested for domestic assault.

    •Larceny by an employee on Village Road; reporting person stated that Waffle House was the victim of larceny by an employee.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Lake Jones Drive.