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Today's News

  • New restrooms spark 'royal flush' in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach island officially has new public restrooms.

    Sunset Beach Town Council, town staff and residents took part in a ceremony Monday morning to officially open the new town-funded restrooms at either end of the island gazebo parking lot.

    The restrooms, including facilities for the handicapped, will be cleaned and monitored daily and will be closed overnight. They replace port-a-potties previously used on the island near the gazebo.

  • Calabash, Carolina Shores team up for Fourth of July fireworks

    CAROLINA SHORES—The separate-yet-adjacent towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash are reuniting—at least where fireworks are concerned.

    At its monthly meeting last Thursday, May 10, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners approved teaming up with Calabash to donate $5,000 to help cover for the cost of fireworks at this year’s Fourth of July festivities in Calabash.

    Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough called it an “opportunity to partake in a major celebration”—something his own town has been interested in having.

  • Noun or verb, Supply covers lots of territory in Brunswick County

    It stretches across Brunswick County’s farthest reaches.

    From northern Shallotte to southern Bolivia in latitude, from eastern St. James/Oak Island/Southport to western Ash in longitude, the vast territory long known as “Supply” could well be Brunswick County’s largest city—if it was a city.

    Supply, N.C., which ballyhoos its own ZIP code—28462—is that area people usually refer to when it’s just too far out and not fitting to put a place within one of Brunswick County’s valid incorporated towns.

  • Commercial strip up for new ownership in Calabash

    CALABASH—A commercial strip at Calabash Town Center is undergoing a change in ownership.

    The 11.85-acre site was previously part of a parcel pegged for development by Jim Myers of Shallotte Partners.

    The site was recently posted for sale for $1.55 million by Cape Fear Commercial of Wilmington. The property consists of five parcels composing the total acreage. It is part of Calabash Town Center, a mixed-use commercial and residential project by Myers’ company.

    Myers said Monday the property was taken from Calabash Town Center LLC.

  • Blues and crabs in Little River this weekend

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 31st Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, the festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food and arts-and-crafts booths lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

    Other events at the “biker-friendly festival” include a children’s area and activities.

  • Author visit to Sunset Beach is Cat Tails' meow

    A local feline group will be beneficiary of appearances this Saturday by a best-selling author.

    Author Larry Bond is coming to Sunset Beach this Saturday to benefit Cat Tails, a nonprofit, no-kill cat adoption facility at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bond, a former defense analyst, is author of New York Times best-selling military thrillers, including “Cold Choices” and “Exit Plan.” He will make two appearances in Sunset Beach.

  • Theft, fraud, DWI in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents:

    •Incidents of obtaining property by false pretenses and financial transaction card fraud were reported May 4 at Island Breeze.

    •Breaking-and-entering and larceny from buildings were reported May 11 on Sailfish Street.

    •Patricia N. Barbour, 53, of 1151 Dale Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested and charged with DWI May 11.

  • Did Johnston County elect coastal congressional nominee?

    Ilario Pantano won Brunswick County, New Hanover County and six other counties in last Tuesday’s Republican contest to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., in November.

  • Oak Island business owner convicted of drug trafficking

    BOLIVIA—Charles Overman, owner of Overman Electric Inc. in Oak Island, has been sentenced to prison for drug trafficking.

    According to the district attorney’s office, Overman pleaded guilty to trafficking more than 25 pounds of marijuana in Brunswick County Superior Court on May 9. He was sentenced to a 25-month minimum mandatory sentence in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Brunswick County finance team wins awards, including distinguished budgeting

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County finance team, helmed by director Ann Hardy, have been recently honored with multiple financial awards, including distinguished budget presentation.

    According to county manager Marty Lawing, the finance department earned honors for the Government Finance Officers Association Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the comprehensive annual financial report for the fiscal year ending June 20, 2011.