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Today's News

  • National Weather Service predicts nine to 15 named storms this hurricane season

    When hurricane season officially kicks off June 1, the Atlantic Ocean will have already experienced two named storms.

    Tropical storms Alberto and Beryl mark the first time in more than 100 years that two named storms have formed prior to the June 1 start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

    Last Thursday, the National Weather Service released its official hurricane season predictions and, despite the early start to the season, forecasters predict an average season.

  • Month-long 10th anniversary at Sunset River Marketplace

     CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace gallery is observing its 10th anniversary with a month-long celebration starting Friday, June 1.

    Highlights will include free drawings for gift certificates, original paintings, prints, pottery, hand-blown glass, jewelry and other items. There will also be artist demonstrations, live music and other events from June 1 through June 30.

    The gallery at 10283 Beach Drive (N.C. 179) in Calabash opened its doors on June 1, 2002.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Carol Scott has taken issue with a suggestion the town board wouldn’t have to meet in regular monthly session next Monday night.

    The suggestion came from town administrator Gary Parker at the board’s second day-long workshop of the month last Thursday. Parker suggested the board had covered enough ground during its May 24 and May 15 workshops and said it would be proper to cancel the monthly meeting “because of a lack of business.”

  • Memorial Day weekend business great start for season

    Memorial Day weekend—the traditional start to the tourist season in Brunswick County— kicked off the season with a bang.

    Many business owners said Memorial Day business was brisk over the weekend.

    Steady streams of traffic were evident in the Seafood Capital of Calabash, especially around dinnertime when crowds gathered to wait for tables at local restaurants.

    Mary Keefe, owner of the Yardbird Emporium in the Lowcountry Stores in Calabash, said businesses in her complex had a good weekend.

  • Property sales draw objection from Devaun Park developer

    CALABASH—Devaun Park developer Scott Stewart has taken issue with an independent company selling properties in the upscale neighborhood.

    The formation, purpose and business of the company, Marast LLC, “is a direct breach of Stanaland Stewart Company LLC operating agreement,” Stewart wrote in a May 4 memo to Marast LLC members, solicited members, fellow Devaun Park developer Vaughn Stanaland and real estate sales representative Dennis Major.

  • Arrests, incidents in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents.

    •On May 29, Sarah Santana Evans, 27, of 2341 Butler Circle, Ash, was arrested for DWI, no operator’s license and no insurance.

    •On May 29, larceny of clothing was reported at a residence in the area of 28th Street.

    •On May 28, Michael Thomason Kilpatrick, 50, of 1133 Forest Drive, North Myrtle Beach, S.C., was arrested for DWI.

  • Merchants association bypasses Fourth of July festivities

    CALABASH—The Calabash Merchants Association will not be taking part in this year’s town Fourth of July festivities.

    The association recently notified Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance it would not be a participant in the fourth annual event. The merchants association had partnered with the town for the annual holiday event for the past three years.

    “My understanding is they felt like they couldn’t swing it,” Nance said last week.

  • The battle at home: Injurred vet returns home to PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    Ben McCune medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 15.

    But it was a long road to retirement after being injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck a 1,500-pound improvised explosive device (IED) in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.

  • Eric Davis reconsiders, will return as West Brunswick boys’ basketball coach

     Eric Davis has decided to stay at West Brunswick High School to continue to coach boys’ basketball, West athletics director John Floyd said May 29.

    Davis had resigned earlier this month, citing family financial reasons, Floyd said on May 3. When Davis later told his team he had accepted a job at Gaston Day School in Gastonia, there was an emotional reaction.

  • Too Much Sylvia takes the stage at Ocean Isle Beach concert series

    Too Much Sylvia takes the stage this Friday to headline the summer concert series at Ocean Isle Beach.

    From 6:30-8 p.m. this Friday, June 1, Too Much Sylvia will perform in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The family friendly concert series if free, and the public is welcome.

    Over at Holden Beach, Gold Rush will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 3, at the pavilion on the end of Jordan Boulevard.