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Today's News

  • Smoke alarms aid Calabash family in overnight house fire

    Two residents in the Meadowlands community escaped a fire that broke out in their home early Thursday morning after being awakened by smoke alarms.

    The Calabash Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire at 918 Meadowlands Trail NW at 3:02 a.m. They found the single-story residence filled with smoke but the occupants safely outside, fire department spokeswoman Honey Shore said.

  • Calabash OKs proposals for waterfront parking study

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a request for proposals for engineering services to conduct a parking study in the town’s waterfront district after several restaurateurs complained about ongoing issues.

    Approval came in two parts at the board’s Aug. 13 meeting, including adoption of a resolution to allow issuing an RFP for a professional study of parking in the waterfront district based on qualifications and fees.

  • Calabash approves 3-2 rezoning lot from residential to commercial

    CALABASH — Following comments and debate, town commissioners approved 3-2 rezoning an undeveloped parcel at 1070 Little Lane from residential (R-6) to highway/commercial (HC) at the board’s Aug. 13 meeting.

    Little Lane is a residential street located off Beach Drive next to the Dollar General store.

    During public comment at the start of the meeting, an unidentified man said he was speaking on behalf of an adjacent property owner who had concerns about drainage, aesthetics, hours of operation and security lights abutting adjacent homes.

  • Entries accepted for first Oyster Festival Princess Scholarship Pageant

    Entries are being accepted for the inaugural North Carolina Oyster Festival Princess Scholarship Pageant set for 7 p.m. Oct. 5 at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. 

    The competition is open to high school students enrolled in their first semester of the 11th grade as of Sept. 1, 2019.  Contestants must be full-time residents of Brunswick County. These young ladies may attend any high school within Brunswick County to include North, South, West and the Brunswick County Early College.

  • Gallery owner paints and serves ‘It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere’

    Work by Sunset River Marketplace owner Ginny Lassiter highlights “It’s Wine O’Clock Somewhere,” her one-woman show now under way through Sept. 28.

    The show, which debuted Wednesday, Aug. 21, includes a reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    It will feature paintings by Lassiter, a lifelong artist who specializes in abstracts and acrylics.

    The Wilson native is an art graduate of East Carolina University who launched the Calabash gallery with her husband, Joe, in 2002.

  • Sunset Beach to fund Sunset Lakes potholes repairs

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate town staff has agreed to providing $500 for private road repair assistance on Medcalf Road in the Sunset Lakes community.

    Town councilman Richard Cerrato initiated the request as discussed at town council’s bimonthly meeting Tuesday morning.

    He said the pothole is deep and dangerous and has a cone in it. He requested the town look at it to see if it can provide financial assistance as stated in town policy.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Ancient, fascinating and very beautiful: a plant group that has always fascinated humans … the ferns.

    Fern-like plants began appearing in the fossil record nearly 400 million years ago and for a long period they and their relatives dominated the landscapes long before any seed-forming plants evolved. A large number of these fern-like plants were quite large, actually getting to be tree-sized.

  • Six signs for following a calling

    By Linda Arnold

    Do you have something tugging at you? And you’re not sure whether it’s a passing whim or something you need to pay attention to?

    Maybe you’re thinking of trying out for a community theater. Or taking a course that will lead to a new career. You might be working in another field right now and doing something on the side that feeds your passion.

    It can be tricky to know whether a tug is real. How do you know if it’s a true calling, wishful thinking or something your ego has dreamed up? 

  • A Second Look: Telling the tale of a shocking journey on the path of redemptive hope

    For a few years, the president and CEO of Novant Health, Carl Amato, has promoted Novant Health Reads. This is an incentive to read and discuss a variety of books that impact a deeper understanding of the medical field and its subsequent ideologies and practices. The latest read, written by Dr. Rana Awdish, can be applicable far beyond any narrow scope of medicine. At least, that is the conclusion I drew upon reading it and literally inhaling the breathtaking story of Dr. Awdish’s journey from death, a recovery enhanced by her comprehension of the redemptive power of hope.

  • Common conditions that slow your pet’s mobility — Part 1

    This can’t be happening now.

    Janie stared helplessly at her traveling companion, now reduced to a panting pile of yellow fur, trembling legs and apologetic eyes. For the past half hour, Janie had pushed, begged and bribed her best friend, Daisy, a 10-year-old Lab mix, to climb the 2 feet into her SUV.