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The Reign of the Queen Bees Anne Bailey and Anita Stevens are the champions of the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s Adult Spelling Bee.

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Mud and Guns

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FootGolf Meadowlands Golf Club is the first local golf course to explore the union of soccer and golf.

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Horse trainer Lauryn Zepeda is using a unique method to transform an unwanted rescue horse. PHOTO BY Kristin Goode


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Meet the contributors to South Brunswick Magazine


what’s happened

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Keeping up with the local business scene

137 faces & places Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center Flip Flop Ball, Wine Fest at Ocean Isle Museum, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Volunteer Recognition

135 business profiles Purple Onion Cafe and ART Catering & Events and Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle By Victoria Putnam and Jenny Bowman

140 what’s happening Upcoming events you won’t want to miss

145 ad index Our directory of advertisers

146 capture the moment

A contest for SBM readers. Photo by Jeff Owens

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What you’ll find in our sister publication, North Brunswick Magazine



Happenings on the local scene By Molly Harrison

122 behind the business Holt Oil Company: In the same family for more than 80 years and still thriving. By Denice Patterson

125 community Happy Birthday, St. James! The town celebrated its 15th anniversary with four days of parties and events. By Carolyn Bowers

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About the cover: Kristin Goode captured this photograph of Bolivia horse trainer Lauryn Zepeda and a rescue horse named Ranger. Zepeda is using a unique method of equine clicker training to help Ranger become an adoptable horse. See Melissa Slaven Warren’s story about Zepeda and Ranger on page 128.



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The best time of the year Thanks

for reading our summer issue of South Brunswick Magazine.

Above: Publisher Justin Williams enjoying a summer day with his wife, Kristy, and daughter, Ava.

There is so much to appreciate about summer in Brunswick County — the beaches and warm ocean water, the locally grown fruits and vegetables, plentiful activities like golf and watersports, and the abundance of visitors who keep our economy going strong.

As we all know, many of those visitors don’t want to leave Brunswick County once they’ve had a taste of the good life here. Many of them find a way to relocate here, (like many of us did) and that’s why Brunswick County is the fastest growing county in the state. This growth is hard to ignore, and for that reason we’ve devoted a big section of this issue to real estate. Inside this issue, starting on page 63, you’ll find the 2014 South Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate Guide, which includes statistics and interesting facts about the market from the MLS and MORE reports; builder, community and resident showcases; and the South Brunswick New Homes Map. The New Homes & Real Estate Guide is actually like a mini-magazine within this issue of SBM. In fact, we’re even printing it individually and distributing it to potential homebuyers in this region as a separate publication. It makes the page numbers a little wonky in this issue of SBM, but we thought it was worth it to sacrifice page numbers for relevant content that will be useful beyond the shelf life of the summer issue. We apologize if you experience any confusion with the page numbers.


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We have a lot more in store for you, too, including an article about a new sports craze called FootGolf. A marriage between soccer and golf, this crossover sport is now available at Meadowlands Golf Club. See Claire Connelly’s story on page 57. In addition, Denice Patterson introduces readers to Low Country Sports and Low Country Preserve in Calabash, and Melissa Slaven Warren heads to Bolivia to meet Lauryn Zepeda, who is training rescue horses with a unique method. We meet the Holt family, the team behind Holt C-Stores, and take a look at St. James Plantation as they celebrated their 15th anniversary in true summer style. We hope you enjoy this issue and make the most of the next few weeks of summer in Brunswick County.

Justin Williams Owner/Publisher Correction: In Golf Balls as Gifts on page 78 in the spring issue of SBM, Bob Duke’s title was incorrect. It should have read: Bob Duke MSG USAR (RET.) Jim Riviello’s email address was also incorrect; it is, should you care to contact him about their Wounded Warrior project in Brunswick County.

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Ethan Sigmon

Contributing Photographer

I am a freelance filmmaker and photographer based in Wilmington. Coming from my hometown of Hickory, N.C., I moved to Wilmington in 2011 to pursue a degree in film studies at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. After graduating, I picked up my freelance career, traveling around the country filming documentaries, shorts and experimental films, as well as shooting fashion, commercial, documentary and fine-art photography. I continue to reside in Wilmington and plan to pursue grad school.

Megan Fogel

Contributing Photographer

I met photography on a winding country road in the mountains of North Carolina while visiting my grandmother’s home place. I remember the feel of the shutter release and the stillness of the moment as history unfolded in my viewfinder. Now, 15 years later, I get the same feeling when photographing families and children and working with South Brunswick Magazine. I live in Holden Beach with my wonderful husband and two beautiful daughters. Check out my work at

Jason Hudson

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I am a professional photographer and videographer and amateur amphibian. I can quote “Top Gun” better than all your friends, and I have been known to leave a party early and take all the beer. I hate the hiccups, itchy T-shirt tags and the improper use of “you’re.” I love a good story, silly jokes and a proper hi-five — but I’ll fist pound to avoid an awkward situation any day. Follow me on Instagram at @keller_photo and find my work online at


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South Brunswick County ROTC Officer of the Year At the June 25 meeting of the Richard H. Stewart Jr. American Legion Post 543, LTC Tom Blue was honored as the State of North Carolina’s JROTC Officer of the Year, making him among the nation’s top 50 JROTC Officers. The official North Carolina American Legion HQ ceremony was held on June 14 in Raleigh. Blue was nominated for this Contributed Photo honor by Post 543 for his outstanding work for many years with the students of South Brunswick High.

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BCC Environmental Biology Students Study Nature in Costa Rica Six Brunswick Community College (BCC) students recently returned from an educational trip to Costa Rica, where they completed an experiential lab required for a course in Environmental Science. The students visited the Institute for Biodiversity, called Bioparque, where they studied the various ecosystems found within Costa Rica. Students observed the diverse natural resources found in the area as well as the methods used to preserve them. During their visit, they explored San Jose, Costa Rica’s capital, as well as other smaller towns to experience the culture first hand. The students were accompanied on this trip by Dr. Kimberly Jones, chair of the Mathematics and Science Department at BCC. The trip lasted a total of 10 days, each day packed with valuable learning experiences. The students’ goal was to return to Brunswick County with new ideas for conserving our local natural resources. One student, Marine veteran Sarah Lague, had the pleasure of attending the trip thanks to the support of local company Feller USA, a power cord manufacturing firm in Leland, which provided the major portion of the sponsorship needed for the trip. Feller USA is a supporter of the Customized Training Program at BCC. Fundraising efforts by the BCC Student Veteran’s club and the BCC Foundation made Sarah’s dream trip to Costa Rica a reality. Brunswick Community College Foundation, organized in 1982, is a charitable organization instituted to enhance the mission of Brunswick Community College to benefit students and the community. The Foundation is a vital resource for the acceptance and solicitation of all gifts for the support of education and the continued growth and progress of Brunswick Community College. The foundation enables the college to meet a number of diverse needs that could not be achieved solely with state funding.

Director of N.C. Division of Veterans Affairs Congratulates New American Commander of North Carolina District 9 Tom Cerniglia, former vice commander of the Richard H. Stewart, Jr. American Legion Post 543, has been elected American Legions Commander of North Carolina’s District 9. Sharing in the congratulations at the monthly meeting of American Legion Post 543 was the new Director of North Carolina’s Division of Veterans Affairs, Ilario Pantano. Pantano is a decorated combat veteran of two wars, having served in operations across the world, most recently in Falluja, Iraq.

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Pantano has planned and led dozens of successful conventional attacks and raids at the squad, platoon and company levels as a lieutenant, and is the author of Revolutionary South: The Liberal War on God, Guns, Guts and American History. He spoke at great length about the responsibilities of his new job and what he is trying to accomplish for veterans in North Carolina. He spoke about veteran benefits that many vets are not aware of, such as education benefits in the form of Governor McCrory’s calls for in-state tuition for veterans attending N.C. community colleges. The legionnaires were also advised of a tax credit for hiring veterans. Photo credit: John Muuss Photographic Artist, Inc. Summer 2014


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Shallotte Mayor Walt Eccard Presents Town’s Revitalization Plan Walt Eccard, mayor of the Town of Shallotte, recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting about the town’s revitalization plans. Over the past several years, the town has acquired 10 acres along the riverfront. The plans for this acreage include a 2-mile riverwalk and a commercial center. Additionally, the town has acquired 10 acres of land abutting Mulberry Street. Phase 1 of the plan for that acreage is to move the Farmer’s Market and the Summer Concert Series there. Construction is planned to start in the fall so that it can be in use by the summer of 2015. Phase 2 of the plan includes a walking trail, green area and playground. Phase 3 of the plan includes a community center. All of the acquisition has been funded from town reserves. The town will be seeking a grant to help fund construction of the two projects.

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Regional McDonald’s Present Donation Check to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA At the newly opened store in Leland, McDonald’s presented a $29,656 check to the Battleship NORTH CAROLINA for the restoration fund of the ship. The “Big Macs for Battleship” promotion combined efforts of 32 regional McDonald’s restaurants as well as personal donations from owners/operators. Representing the participating McDonald’s operators were Tim Denny, David Anderson, Kenneth Rust, Hugh Caison and Dennis Anderson. “The Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is thankful for the outreach from McDonald’s as well as the support of residents in the region that purchased a Big Mac to help preserve the legacy and history of the Battleship,” states Captain Terry Bragg, executive director for the Battleship. “This is the people’s Battleship, and the sizeable donation is reinforcement that the community still takes pride in the heritage of the ship as well as the Greatest Generation.” McDonald’s is considered the world’s leading global food-service retailer with more than 35,000 locations serving approximately 70 million customers in more than 100 countries each day. More than 80% of McDonald’s restaurants worldwide are owned and operated by independent local business men and women. Visit to learn more about the company. Battleship NORTH CAROLINA is self-supporting, not tax supported, and relies primarily upon admissions to tour the ship, sales in the Ship’s Store, donations and investments. No funds for its administration and operation come from appropriations from governmental entities at the local, state or federal levels. The ship is located at the junction of Highways 17/74/76/421 on the Cape Fear River. Visit for more information. 22

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Local Residents Visit Honduras In June, George and Mari-Lou Wong-Chong of Supply went on a mission trip to Honduras with a group from Alabama Honduras Medical Educational Network (AHMEN). A team of 10 with varied skills and experiences came from California, Alabama and Brunswick County. The Wong-Chongs’ primary objective and assignment was to teach the effects and importance of hygiene, sanitation, clean water, training for the use of the Sawyer water filtration, gardening for better nutrition, soil fertility, composting, and “jewelry” pricing. The group took 55 water filters, 30 of which were provided by the generous donation of the Holden Beach Chapel congregation. The Honduran communities of Jutiapa, La Ceiba, Saloda, Cusuna, Lislis, La Bomba and Los Laureles were most grateful to receive the filters. Pictured are the WongChongs with water woman representatives of different communities gathering in Jutiapa for three days of training. For more information contact the Wong-Chongs at (910) 842-6566 or

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Coastal Carolina Camera Club Announces Print Competition Winners Coastal Carolina Camera Club held a juried print competition at its June meeting for images that best depicted the theme of “Seasonal Favorites.” Awards were given in three divisions: Novice, Intermediate and Advanced. In the Novice Division, the first place winner was Joe Hamel for “And Love Is” (Spring). Norman Yeo placed second with “Babies & Mothers” (Spring). In the Intermediate Division, Tonie LaCroix received first place for her image “Rhododendron” (Spring). Trish Brock placed second with “Cherry Blossom Festival” (Spring). Steve Edwards received the third place ribbon for “Golden Aspens “(Fall). In the Advanced Division, the first place ribbon went to John Farr for “Michigan Autumn” (Fall). “Tulip Time” (Spring) by Irene Dowdy received second place, and Anne Pendred’s image “Spring Morning in a Cypress Swamp” (Spring) placed third. The club meets monthly, every second Tuesday evening at 7 pm at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main Street in Shallotte. Membership is open to photographers of all skill levels using both film and digital cameras. Meetings consist of informative programs on photographic techniques and software usage, member photo presentations and critiques, guest speakers and much more. Guests are always welcome. Visit the website at or call (910) 287-6311 for more information. Pictured (back row, left to right): Steve Edwards, John Farr, Joe Hamel. (Front row left to right): Trish Brock, Irene Dowdy, Norman Yeo, Toni LaCroix, Anne Pendred.

Free Family Fitness Fun Night Families gathered at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatic Center for the second Free Family Fitness Fun Night held by the center and Brunswick County 4-H on March 27. Youth and adults moved through 10-minute stations that included yoga, Zumba, strength training, an obstacle course and a healthy lifestyle planning station. Fitness & Aquatic Center staff offered instruction at the exercise stations while 4-H staff taught about MyPlate and a plan for a healthy lifestyle. Family Fitness Fun Night was enjoyed by participants of all ages. Parents reported enjoying working out as a family, while youth loved the chance to work out with their parents and friends. Many of the families had attended the first event in January and were excited to return. All Brunswick County families are welcome at these events and should contact the 4-H office to get on the email list for the next one. The fitness fun continued in April as the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatic Center offered a Flick & Float at 6:30 pm on April 18. Families were invited to bring floats and enjoy the movie Hop from the pool. Brunswick County 4-H continued to pursue a healthy lifestyle for all members with Youth United’s Healthy Living Fair on April 21. Planned events included yard games, a nutrition booth and a 5K run/walk. To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how you can participate in activities like these, contact Angie Lawrence, 4-H Program Assistant, at or call the Cooperative Extension office at (910) 253-2610.

Silver Coast Winery Visits Shallotte Rotary Club Meeting Maryann Azzato, owner of Silver Coast Winery, recently spoke at the Shallotte Rotary Club meeting. When Maryann and her husband, Dr. Bud Azzato, moved to Southport 20 years ago, there were no local places to buy wine. So Maryann started a wine club. As her interest in wine continued to blossom, and after much planning, she and Bud opened the winery in 2002. The winery is nestled in a beautiful wooded setting on Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach. It also has a second location in Southport featuring beer and wine tastings. The winery makes 14 different varietals so there is a wine sure to please any palate. The Shallotte Rotary Club meets at Planet Fun on Thursday’s from 12:30 - 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome.

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South Brunswick Islands Rotary Club Sponsors Golf Tournament South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club sponsored the 19th annual FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament at Tiger’s Eye in Ocean Ridge Plantation on May 17. Last year’s tournament helped the SBI Rotary raise more than $23,000. These funds are used to support community and international nonprofit programs. The tournament is the club’s major fundraiser each year.

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Local Civitan Club Donates iPads to Classrooms Members of the Southeastern Brunswick Civitan Club recently made another round of donating iPads to classrooms in Brunswick County. As part of the Civitan Apple Project, these club members delivered four iPads to four different classrooms throughout the county. Recipients of the iPads included Town Creek Elementary School, Belville Elementary School, Lincoln Elementary School and Shallotte Middle School. The purchase of the iPads was made possible through the club’s Local Heroes Chili Cookoff, which served as the main fundraising event to pay for these valuable learning tools. For more information or to find out how you can help, contact SE Brunswick Civitan Club President Carolina Cowan at or call (910) 363-2693.

“The focus of our club’s fundraising continues to be the youth of our local community as well as international communities around the world,” says club member Currie Batchelor, who is serving as chairman of this year’s tournament committee. “Locally, we extend scholarships to graduates of West Brunswick High School for academics and marching band,” adds Mark McKeithan, president-elect of the club and a member of the tournament committee. “Each year we give a dictionary to every third-grade student and we promote good citizenship through our Citizenship Awards for students in several Brunswick County elementary schools. We also support Girls on the Run, a program for building self-esteem among young girls. These are just a few of the community programs we support through funds raised each year at our FORE! KIDZ Golf Tournament.”

Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo was held February 16 at the St. James Community Building. Member businesses of the Southport- Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce that provide various wedding services were available to help the brides and grooms plan their special day. This year’s event had 110 guests, an increase in attendance over last year’s event. “The increase in attendance is exciting news and could signal a good year for the wedding season in our area,” says Megan Canny, events coordinator and sales for Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce.

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Dylan Lyles Honored as Shallotte Rotary’s Student of the Month Dylan Lyles, a seventh-grade student at Shallotte Middle School, was recently honored by the Shallotte Rotary Club as Student of the Month. Dylan won the Science Olympiad at his school and was nominated by one of his teachers, Whitney Reinart. Reinart attended the Rotary Club meeting with Dylan along with his father, Ray Lyles. Shallotte Rotary Club meets at Planet Fun on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:30 pm. Visitors are always welcome. Visit for more information. Pictured (left to right): Ray Lyles, Whitney Reinart, Dylan Lyles, Brian McCall. 24

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Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase, an event of SouthportOak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, is held annually the third Sunday in February. This year’s event was sponsored by 3 Cheers Party Rentals and Seaside Wedding Connection. Vendors who participated in the show were: Silver Coast Winery, Town of St. James, Faith Teasley Photography, Elvis Service Company, Shagger Jacks, Little Houses for Big Events, Coastal Catering, Olivia Hood of Isaac Allen, Bryce Lafoon Photography, RM Photography, Kevin Seifert Photography, Rivermist Skinny Wraps, Sea/Side Ceremonies, Coastal Knot Bridal Shop and Boutique, Gene Ho Photography, Cape Fear Yacht Club, DJ Rodney Axsom, Oak Island Accommodations, A Step Above Limousine, Car & Van Service, Fresh Start Counseling, Brunswick Florist, Party Time and Crazy Cake Chicks.

“Blooming for a Cause” Charity Gala General Federation Woman’s Club of Holden Beach (GFWC-HB) hosted its sixth annual “Blooming for a Cause” Charity Gala on the morning of May 3 at the Sea Trail Convention Center. The silent auction, fashion show and luncheon benefitted Hope Harbor Home, a shelter for victims of domestic violence and abuse, and Providence Home, the only emergency youth shelter in Brunswick County. The silent auction included something for everyone: exciting weekend getaways, golf packages, jewelry, artwork, restaurant certificates, health and beauty products, gift baskets and much, much more. In addition to surprises and giveaways, the latest trends in women’s fashion were presented by Clarice Holden of Island Breeze. The gala has a local flair due to the contributions and participation of businesses, associations, philanthropists and artists throughout Brunswick, New Hanover and Horry counties. Their continued support and generosity have helped make the event a reality. GFWC-HB has donated more than $50,000 to their beneficiaries over the past five years.

Nancy Lamb Named New Executive Director for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County The board of directors of Communities In Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) is proud to announce Nancy Lamb as the new executive director. Reporting to the Board of Directors, Lamb will oversee the day-to-day management of CIS, including oversight Contributed Photo of the organization’s strategy, financials, staff and operations. Lamb’s nonprofit experience as an executive director, including the leadership of NAMI NYS and directorship of a three-county homeless shelter and housing program in Upstate New York, has focused on working for social change and personal empowerment to assist individuals, families and communities to function more effectively in life. “I am looking forward to leading CIS, building on the strong partnership with the CIS Board of Directors, staff, volunteers and Brunswick County schools to continue to grow CIS programs and services to families in Brunswick County,” says Lamb. Lamb holds a BS degree in Community and Human Services from SUNY NYS and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovative Practices from Baypath College.

Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium are Blue Star Museums Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach are again participating in Blue Star Museums. Blue Star Museums is a collaboration among the National Endowment for the Arts, Blue Star Families, Joining Forces, the MetLife Foundation, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across the United States. The program offers free admission to all active military personnel and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2014. The free admission program is available to any bearer of a Geneva Convention common access card (CAC), a DD Form 1173 ID card (dependent ID), or a DD Form 1173-1 ID card. Any active-duty U.S. military — Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, National Guard and Reserve, U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, NOAA Commissioned Corps — and up to five family members have free admission under this program. Museum of Coastal Carolina is located at 21 E. Second Street in Ocean Isle Beach. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach.

Museum at the Old Bridge Opens in Sunset Beach Old Bridge Preservation Society (OBPS) kicked off the summer season in a big way with the long-awaited opening of the Museum at the Old Bridge. The museum officially opened for visitors on May 24 from 10 am to 1 pm. Since the Old Bridge and Tender House were moved from the Intracoastal Waterway to its present site at 109 Shoreline Drive West in early 2011, OBPS volunteers have moved forward with the master plan to create a museum. Now the organization’s efforts have come to fruition. Just prior to the Tender House being moved, all of the furniture, equipment, artifacts and documents in it were removed and stored. Now the museum committee, chaired by Rose Dodds, has recreated the upstairs of the Old Bridge’s Tender House. “We think people will be interested to see where the bridge tenders worked and have their first look inside the Tender House,” says Dodds. The museum will also feature displays that highlight artifacts and stories of the Vesta, a Confederate blockade runner that ran aground at Bald Beach (now known as Sunset Beach) on its maiden voyage in January 1864. “The story of the Vesta is an intriguing and fascinating piece of local history,” says Jean Hutchinson, executive committee member. “We look forward to sharing it with our visitors.” The museum, Old Bridge and store will be open throughout the summer on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 to 8 pm and Wednesday from 10 am to 1 pm. Visit or call (910) 363-6585 for more details. Summer 2014


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BEMC Awards $10,000 In Scholarships To High School Seniors

Brunswick County 4-H Youth Have Success at District Activity Day

Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has awarded two $5,000 scholarships to graduating seniors in Brunswick County and the Columbus County area. Recipients for 2014 are West Brunswick High School senior Amber Fulford, daughter of Crystal and Adam Fulford of Supply, and Whiteville High School senior Emily Fowler, daughter of Pam and Chucky Fowler of Whiteville.

Twelve youth represented Brunswick County 4-H at the 2014 Southeast District Activity Day (DAD) in Public Presentations, a signature 4-H program that prepares youth to be confident and capable public speakers.

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The awards were based on a combination of academic achievement, participation in community and school activities, SAT scores, letters of reference and a 1,500-word essay on the topic “Remember When... Life Before and After Electricity” in honor of the electric cooperative’s 75th anniversary. Amber and Emily were among 31 qualified applicants who wrote compelling essays based on an interview with someone who personally experienced the changes the advent of electricity brought to the farms and communities in the BEMC service area.

Angelique Apple presented “Nursery Rhymes, a Step Back in Time” and earned a silver medal. Jillian Bowling presented “Flounder” and earned a silver medal. Lena Devlin presented “Styrofoam” and earned a silver medal. Aaliyah Howery presented “Black & Tan Coon Dogs.” Kaitlin Jones presented “Eastern Equine Encephalitis” and earned silver. Breanna Long presented “Bottle Feeding Goats” and earned a silver medal. Bailey Smith presented “Geology” and won a gold medal. Madilyn Smith presented “Recycling” and won a gold medal. Mackenzie Snyder presented “Earning a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do” and earned a gold medal. Rebekah Taylor presented “Genetics” and earned a silver medal. Amber Yurgel presented “Californian Rabbits” and earned a silver medal. Rosemarie Yurgel presented “Medieval Times.” Aaliyah, Bailey and Madilyn were first-time participants in the public presentations program this year. All gold and silver medal winners from Brunswick County went on to participate in the State Public Presentations event in June.

Amber interviewed her great-grandmother, Mrs. Cecile Evans Fulford, who had first-hand knowledge of life before her home in Supply got electricity in 1948. As a new bride, her first electric appliance had been a washing machine. Before that, all clothes were scrubbed on a washboard and hung out on the line to dry.

Members of 4-H are expected to give at least one prepared presentation in their clubs each year and are encouraged to participate in the county event as well. Youth who are in the top two for their age and category at the county level and earn at least a 70 percent qualify for DAD. From there, the silver and gold medal winners for ages 11 to 13 and 14 to 18 year olds and gold medal winners for ages 9 to 10 go on to the state event. All youth are encouraged to take the feedback they receive on their score sheets and apply it to the next presentation.

“They stored milk in buckets roped down into the water well, since they didn’t have refrigerators,” wrote Amber. “Her early life sounded like something out of a Little House on the Prairie book. Nowadays, we have a much easier task washing clothes and dishes, thanks to electricity!”

Two youth participated in 4-H Entertains. Mackenzie Snyder performed stances from Tae Kwon Do and several board breaks. Rosemarie Yurgel played the keyboard. There is no scoring for 4-H Entertains, but some acts are asked to perform at the NC 4-H Congress each year.

Emily interviewed her neighbor, Mrs. Juanita Tedder of Hallsboro, and wrote that she grew up on a farm and remembers the ice man would deliver 100 lb. blocks of ice that her father would then store in a sack cloth-lined hole in the ground. Emily wrote, “I feel as though I have learned an entire history lesson from my interview with her. I realize just how much I had taken electricity for granted.”

To learn more about Brunswick County 4-H and how you can participate in activities like these, contact Angie Lawrence, 4-H Program Assistant, at You can also call the Cooperative Extension office at (910) 253-2610.

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Robert W. Leavitt, Jr., CEO of BEMC notes, “While we recognize the importance of supporting education at all levels, with the “Scholarship Highway” program BEMC helps young people pursue their higher education goals. Now in its sixth year, we have a growing group of scholarship winners who are having very successful college experiences.” Amber Fulford plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill, and Emily Fowler plans to attend Campbell University in the fall of 2014. 26

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Roy Gilbert Named Practice Network Administrator at Dosher Dosher Memorial Hospital announced that Roy Gilbert has been named as Practice Network Administrator at Dosher Hospital, 924 N. Howe Street in Southport. Gilbert officially began his position in late April. Gilbert comes to Dosher from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Contributed Photo (DHHS) in Raleigh, with the Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC), where he was the Rural Health Information Technology Manager, as well as a Primary Care System Specialist. Prior to that, he worked as CEO for Associates in Women’s Health Care in Tucson, AZ. Gilbert received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona, Tucson, and is an NCQA Certified Content Expert – Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH-CCE) professional. Contributed Photos

BEMC Awards $35,550 in Community Grants Twenty-four projects were selected from a field of nearly 50 applicants to receive funding for their programs from the Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) Community Grant program. This year’s grants total was $35,550 for projects to be implemented in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Contributed Photo

Hippie Chick Granola Co. Celebrates Ribbon Cutting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Hippie Chick Granola Co., 6402 E. Oak Island Drive, Unit C, Oak Island. Hippie Chick Granola Co. began with one prized granola recipe that a woman sold out of the trunk of her car. Thanks to a dream, a love of wholesome, delicious foods, and that woman’s desire to share that love with the world, Hippie Chick Granola Co. was born. While they still sell that prized original recipe, Hippie Chick Granola Co. has expanded their product line to offer fun and surprising flavor varieties that defy the granola norm. A few popular selections include the chocolate pretzel granola, candied ginger granola and peanut brittle granola. Every product is hand baked by owner Ilene Evans on the premises of her Oak Island storefront and created with the same care that she would use in baking a batch of granola to give to a friend. Hippie Chick Granola Co. sells granola through their Oak Island storefront and can ship to anywhere. Pictured (left to right): Jim Martin, chamber ambassador; Honey Martin, chamber ambassador; Scarlet Evans; Ilene Evans, owner; Fiona Evans; Brooks Evans; Libba Motsinger. 28

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“This year’s recipients cover a broad spectrum of community programs,” says Robert W. Leavitt, Jr., CEO of BEMC. “With so many worthy projects put forth, the review process was a challenge. These grants will be used to help people of all ages in our communities; children and young families as well as those dealing with health issues, the homeless and, of course, our senior citizens.” Now in its 12th year, BEMC’s Community Grants program awards funding up to $2,500 to groups that provide familyservice programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants have helped more than 220 projects benefiting citizens throughout the BEMC service area. “The Community Grant program is a very visible part of BEMC’s ongoing commitment to helping our community,” Leavitt says. “It supplements our Bright Ideas educational grants for teachers, the Warm Homes, Warm Hearts community heating assistance campaign and our support for many other community efforts and events. BEMC Community Grants are another way we can extend a helping hand to community groups.” Visit to learn more about BEMC Community Grants and how to apply in 2015.

Novant Health Surgical Associates Welcomes New Nurse Practitioner

Strings and Beyond Recognized as one of the Top Music Stores in the World

Novant Health Surgical Associates group in Bolivia was thrilled to welcome Lisa Long, FNP-C as its new nurse practitioner. Long will assist physicians, working closely with Mark Tillotson, M.D., Richard Scallioin, M.D., and Ricahrd DeSandre, M.D., by providing assistance in the operating room, following up with patients during recovery processes, and orchestrating in-office procedures.

Strings and Beyond in Southport received a designation as one of the Top 100 music instrument and product retailers in the world by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM). The award will be presented to the designated Top 100 dealers at NAMM’s annual summer music event, Summer NAMM, held in Nashville, Tenn. Strings and Beyond is also in the running to receive NAMM’s Dealer of the Year award at the July 18 celebration ceremony. “Our goal is to make it easier for musicians to do what they do best, and it comes down to providing fast, easy and friendly service,” says Carolina Cowan, executive vice president at Strings and Beyond. Contributed Photo

With more than ten years’ experience as a nurse practitioner and more than 20 years in the field as a registered nurse, Long first completed her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She most recently was employed with Bariatric Specialists of North Carolina in Cary, N.C., as nurse practitioner and program director. A breast cancer survivor, Long brings both personal and professional experience to Novant Health Surgical Associates. With locations in Bolivia and Sunset Beach, Novant Health Surgical Associates offers general, oncologic and minimally invasive surgery for both adult and pediatric patients. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit or call (910) 721-4000.

Dr. Kevin Price Joins Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine and Convenient Care Kevin Price, D.O., who most recently worked as a hospitalbased physician at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, has joined Novant Health Oceanside Family Medicine and Convenient Care in Shallotte as of June 2. Dr. Price, who is board certified in internal medicine, moved to North Carolina in 2007 from Newport, RI, to open Cascade Primary Care in Leland. After three years, it was with mixed emotions that he transitioned to serve as a hospitalist at Brunswick Medical Center and gain valuable experience in hospital medicine. “While I have enjoyed working at the hospital, I am looking forward to returning to a clinic in the community where I can build long-term relationships with patients and families,” says Dr. Price. Dr. Price received his medical degree from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Philadelphia, and he

Music product retailers were judged using a numeric rating by a panel of impartial expert judges selected by, but not otherwise affiliated with NAMM. Strings and Beyond received this recognition based on their understanding of the importance of great customer service, their advocacy of music education, their use of social media and web engagement, and other important business characteristics. In addition to Dealer of the Year, Strings and Beyond is also up for Best Exterior Presentation and/or Merchandising Display, Best Marketing and Sales Promotion, Best Online Presentation, SupportMusic Advocacy, Music Makes a Difference, Best Emerging Dealer “Rookie of the Year,” and Best Special Event. Strings and Beyond is located at 109 N. Davis Street in Southport. Stop by Monday to Friday from 9 am to 5 pm or give them a call at (910) 338-3422.

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Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Cape Fear Fitness introduction of Crossfit Southport. CrossFit is a fitness program that defines fitness in a meaningful, measurable way. The goal at CrossFit Southport is to promote fitness while building a community by working hard together and sharing accomplishments. Pictured left to right (front row): Wallace Trayah, CrossFit coach; Samantha Stephens, CrossFit coach and assistant manager; Shannon Gordon, personal trainer; Pam Donahue, Zumba instructor; Ilene Evans, yoga instructor; Tiffany Alexander, personal trainer; and Carysa Overcash, owner/manager. (Back row): Christy Jones, Chamber ambassador; Mike Dagostino, team leader; Amy Gibson, class instructor; Bill Lester, trainer; Mac Reynolds, CrossFit coach; and Christi Weed, trainer/team leader.

Island Spas hosted a grand-opening celebration on Thursday, May 8, at the business’ new location, 5904 E. Oak Island Drive, just across from the Oak Island Food Lion. The new location offers an indoor showroom displaying a variety of hot tub models along with an expanded accessories line that includes pool security cameras. For clients who wish to test out a hot tub before making a purchase, stop in for a test dip. Island Spas is also now offering free water testing for customers who need guidance in purchasing chemicals for their pool or hot tub. Island Spas services have also expanded to include pool renovations. They will continue providing maintenance, repairs and supplies for pools, hot tubs and whirlpool tubs for both commercial and residential locations. Pictured Left to right (left side):Seth Robbins, general manager; Rick Brown, owner; Paige Brown, owner; Pat Cullifer, sales manager; Honey Martin, Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce ambassador; Sydney Robbins. (Right side): Kyle Robbins and Dick Marshall, owners; Chris Gregory, senior field technician; Kevin Sullivan, pool maintenance specialist; Sherri Marshall, owner; Melaney Robbins, owner.

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Golden Pineapple Awards Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce awarded 10 local businesses a Golden Pineapple Award at a ceremony held at the chamber in May. Golden Pineapple Awards are given quarterly to those chamber member businesses nominated by their customers for providing consistent and exceptional customer service. The latest quarterly winners included: Missy Ronquillo, Pescado y Amor; Jim Meehan, Lantana’s Gallery & Fine Gifts; Donnie Cooper, Cooper Electric; Brandy Carr, Dr. Joy McClenny and Kim Winstead, Family Chiropractic Plus; Diane Salyer, Southport Taffy & Fudge Factory; Suzannah Hicks, Papa John’s Pizza; Lori Gezelman, Tropical Smoothie Café Co.; Tracy Miller, Jason Miller and Barry Miller, The Fuzzy Peach-Southport; Dawn Weikle, Southport PC (not pictured) and Emily Giles, Moore Street Market (not pictured). 30

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With the acquisition of Rampage Realty, a locally owned, independent real estate firm, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage has announced the opening of an office in Holden Beach. The Holden Beach office is Sea Coast Advantage’s 11th office in the coastal market ranging from Jacksonville to the South Carolina line. Rampage owner Linda Stephens and her fellow brokers, Vickie Lemar and Brenda Peebles, will remain with Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, and five additional brokers will join the firm to expand its presence and reach. Rampage Realty was established in 1989 and then acquired by Stephens, a teacher turned Realtor and an active member of the Holden Beach community since 1996. “Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage is the leading real estate firm in southeastern North Carolina,” said Stephens. “By aligning our local expertise with Coldwell Banker’s capabilities, we can better serve both our buyers and sellers.” The new office is at 3247 Holden Beach Road, on the causeway, in Holden Beach. For information call (910) 842-1555 or visit

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Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce Hosts Various Ribbon Cuttings for New Businesses and Members This Spring Spring was a busy time for the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. In addition to promoting the area and business community, the chamber also hosted multiple ribbon cuttings to celebrate or introduce new businesses to the community.

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OrthoWilmington CEO Appointed to State Health Coordinating Council Governor Pat McCrory appointed OrthoWilmington CEO Stephen L. DeBiasi, FACHE, CMPE to the North Carolina State Health Coordinating Council (SHCC), which operates under the Department of Health and Human Service’s Division of Contributed Photo Health Service Regulation. DeBiasi, along with the council, will direct the development of the annual State Medical Facilities Plan, a document containing policies and methodologies used in determining the need for new healthcare facilities and services in North Carolina. The plan’s basic principles promote costeffective approaches to North Carolina healthcare expand healthcare services to the medically underserved, and encourage quality healthcare services. DeBiasi took office in April 2014 and will serve on the SHCC through December 2015. DeBiasi currently serves as the chief non-physician executive of OrthoWilmington, directing all financial and business operations of the practice and related entities. In addition, DeBiasi serves on the board of directors for The Carousel Center for Abused Children, Wilmington Academy of Arts and Sciences and volunteers with the Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina. OrthoWilmington is the regional referral center for comprehensive orthopedic care, offering fellowshiptrained and board-certified experts in a variety of specialties. Some specialties include spine, hip and knee joint reconstruction, hand and upper extremity, and sports medicine to name a few. To learn more about OrthoWilmington visit



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Port City RibFest – Smoke on the Water A barbecue and music festival. Now that’s a winning combination. If the first annual Port City RibFest in 2013 is any indication, this festival is expected to draw well over 20,000 participants to the Battleship USS North Carolina Memorial Park between August 15 and 17. Eleven national pitmasters and their teams will come to Wilmington to compete for bragging rights, and you get to taste their offerings. The ’cue is highlighted by a lineup of local, regional and natural music acts, including Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, EarPhunk, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, L Shape Lot, No Dollar Shoes and many more.

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Big Toy Day Bring the little ones out to see the big toys — the fire trucks, 18-wheelers, backhoes, speed boats, monster trucks and helicopters, that is. This much-anticipated event for the younger set, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Southport/ Oak Island, will take place on Saturday, September 6 at Cape Fear Regional Jetport. If climbing on more than 80 big machines is not enough, there will be plane rides (ages 8 to 17), camel and pony rides, a petting zoo, lots of food and treats. The festival offers a great afternoon of fun for the family, and the proceeds benefit the programs and scholarships of the Kiwanis Club. Admission is $5 per person, with children younger than 4 getting in free and no carload paying more than $20.

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Phlock to the Beach – A Buffett Style Beach Bash

Parrotheads rejoice! The Jimmy Buffet–inspired Phlock to the Beach is back for a full weekend of high-spirited merriment from August 22 through 24. The main concert will be held at Cape Fear Regional Jetport on August 23 from 4 to 10 pm and will feature national recording artists Latitude along with Carolina Pyrate Rock with Scearce and Ketner. Food, beer and wine will be available for purchase at the show. And contests will include Mr. Longitude, Ms. Latitude, Jimmy Buffett Look-ALike, Grass Skirt Hula, Best Tropical Tattoo, Hairiest Chest and Hula Hoop. Tickets are just $10. Other Phlock events include a Pub & Grub Crawl on Oak Island and Pub & Grub Crawl on Oak Island Mainland and Southport. Both are on Friday at 5 pm and tickets are $18 if

you ride the trolley. Bocce Ball, Corn Hole and Horseshoe Tournaments will be held on the beach on Saturday between 9 am and 3 pm. And an All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast will be held on Sunday from 8:30 to 11 am at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport. It’s going to be a fun weekend!

When: August 22, 23, 24 Where: Cape Fear Regional Jetport, Oak Island beaches, Southport

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Southport-Oak Island Annual Membership Meeting Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce held its 39th annual Membership Meeting in June at the Brunswick Center at Southport. Nearly 100 members attended the event sponsored by AT&T, Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation and Duke Energy Carolinas. 2013-2014 Chamber President Seth Robbins of Island Spa passed the ceremonial gavel to 2014-2015 Chamber President Kirk Singer, who works as Community Relations Director for Dosher Memorial Hospital. Five members of the 15-member board of directors were presented with a plaque recognizing their service to the organization after serving a three-year term to the chamber’s board of directors: Seth Robbins, Island Spas; Jennifer Moore, First Citizens Bank; Steve Isley, Oak Island Golf & Country Club; Elva Jess, Jess, Isenberg & Thompson; and Penny Watkins, Boo & Roo’s. Robbins presented the President’s Award to John and Gina Jones of Jones Seafood House on Oak Island, the Small Business of the Year Awards to Oak Island Accommodations (Dick & Sherri Marshall) and Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry (Drs. Michelakis, Wilharm and Harrington) and the Customer Service of the Year Award to DL Bianchi Brickyard Masonry Contractors and Landscaping Supply (Julie & Dave Bianchi).


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After the awards, Singer accepted the responsibilities of leading the chamber and introduced the 2014-2015 board of directors and encouraged the membership to be active by sponsoring, volunteering or serving on a chamber committee or event. The 2014-2015 chamber board of directors are Blake Conklin, Shagger Jack’s; Jimmy Creech, Walmart; Gina Essey, Gina Essey Attorney at Law; Scott Gilland, Hampton Inn Southport; Trisha Howarth, Bald Head Island Limited; Blakley Huntley, BB&T; Barb Olsen-Gwin, Brunswick Air, Inc.; Carol Magnani, The State Port Pilot; Melaney Robbins, Oak Island Accommodations; Brooke Rudd, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc., REALTORS; Karen Taylor, Taylor’s Cuisine Café & Catering; Dr. Ali Travis, River Road Animal Hospital; Paul Keane, Zeetlegoo’s Pet & People Store; George Yu, Brunswick Community College Small Business Center. The meeting ended with keynote speaker Amy Wood Pasquini, marketing development director for Our State Magazine and executive producer of content for “Our State”, a ten-time, Emmy Award-winning television show produced by UNC-TV. CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS


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Brunswick County Intercultural Festival Learn about the Argentine Tango, the Czech Republic, Mexico, the Aztec and Mayan heritage of Central America, Russian crafts, Romania, Poland and so much more. More than 20 countries and cultures will be represented at the 11th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival on Saturday, September 27. The festival celebrates cultural diversity in all its aspects while honoring the cultural history of Brunswick County. Festival-goers will learn about the different cultures of people who reside in the county through cultural performing artists and entertainers, children’s activities, displays, vendors and ethnic food tasting (food tasting tickets cost $8). A new feature for kids of all ages is to “travel” around the world with their own passport for global experiences and education. The festival is presented by Brunswick Community College, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, State Port Pilot, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and The Brunswick Beacon, and more sponsors and volunteers are needed to help fund and put on this free event. Vendors are invited to sell their wares at the festival. See the website for more information.

When: Saturday, September 27, 10 am to 4 pm Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College, Bolivia

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Chilled & Grilled Love food and wine? You won’t want to miss Chilled & Grilled, Brunswick County’s Food and Wine Celebration, sponsored by South Brunswick Island Rotary Club. Scheduled for Thursday, September 18 from 4 to 8 p.m., the event features food and drink from more than 20 local restaurants, wineries and beverage distributors. All food and beverage items are priced from $1 to $4 each, with appetizers, entrees and desserts served as small plate portions so you can sample as many as you’d like. Participating restaurants compete in categories like Best Appetizer, Best Entrée and Best Dessert, so you know they are serving their finest!

When: Thursday, September 18, 4 to 8 p.m. Where: Dinah E. Gore Center at Brunswick Community College, Bolivia


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Bailey and Anita Stevens stood in front of the audience wearing their signature T-shirts: bright yellow with “The Queen Bees” and two buzzing bees embroidered on the front. Anita had secured a large black bow at the back of her head, and Anne held her engaging smile at bay and listened for the crucial word to spell. “Acquiesce,” said Dr. Ed Pruden, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools and official pronouncer, along with writer/columnist Fran Salone-Pelletier, at the 25th annual Brunswick County Literacy Council Adult Spelling Bee. Anita and Anne conferred, as they do with every word they are given. Anne spelled the word correctly, the audience burst into applause, and the two spellers, mouths agape, stared in utter surprise. The Lockwood Folly residents were at last champions. Neither woman can remember when they began competing in the Adult Spelling Bee; it was probably 10 years ago. They do remember a neighbor associated with the Brunswick County Literacy Council (BCLC) asking them to participate. “We were flattered to be asked,” Anita said. They weren’t sure they’d be in the Bee this year because they didn’t have a sponsor, but the Women’s Club of Lockwood Folly stepped forward. The field proved to be a challenge. It was one of the largest in recent memory: 18 two-person teams. The pair had been runners-up three Summer 2014


Bernice Lewis of Ocean Isle Beach competed in the Adult Spelling Bee for probably the 12th time this year. She can’t remember exactly how long it has been, but she does remember winning the competition when she was a member of the Brunswick Community College team. Again, the exact year eludes her. “The winning word was ‘phalanx.’ All I knew at the time was that it was a word I recognized, and a word I knew how to spell,” she says. A nurse for 42 years, Bernice, 66, taught the entire nursing assistant program at BCC for 18 years and competed in the Bee on the Brunswick Community College (BCC) team for three years. She grew up in Petersham, Mass., and earned her licensed practical nurse certificate from Gardner State Hospital School of Practical Nursing in Gardner, Mass. Two years later she joined the Army, met her husband, Erie, and 18 months later resigned because she was pregnant.

Bernice Lewis: A Longtime Bee Competitor times, and as Anne quipped in 2011, “Always a bridesmaid. Never a bride.” “We’re due,” Anita said before this year’s match began. “We just don’t want to go out in the first round.” The judges, former BCLC board member Teddy Altreuter, Sheriff John Ingram and Clerk of Court James MacCallum, took their positions in the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium. Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke set up the timer, and the Bee began just after 7 p.m. No team lost in the first round, but after the sixth round only two teams remained, The Queen Bees and Team Blizzard Alpha comprised of Betty Wallace, mayor of Oak Island, and Donna Adkins, owner of Blackbarry Marine in Southport. The two pairs volleyed, with Anne and Anita undaunted by “maelstrom,” “peignoir,” “repartee,” “dachshund” and “daguerreotype,” until Team Blizzard Alpha faltered on “plebiscite.” Anita stepped to the microphone and spelled “plebiscite” correctly. Then the Queen Bees had to spell one more word to seal their championship, and they did it with “acquiesce.” 50

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Matt Ernst, BCLC board member and official word preparer, presented Anita and Anne with the Gladys Wagenseil Traveling Trophy as cameras flashed and friends and family greeted the two with hugs and kisses. “I am so proud of her,” said Anne’s grandson, Will Bailey, 20, beaming a smile like his grandmother’s. “He was so happy the Spelling Bee coincided with his trip home,” Anne said. She explained that Will is a student at Appalachian State University and lives in Port Republic, Md.

“I was the last woman discharged from Fort Sill, Oklahoma, for pregnancy. The next day, the law went into effect that you can’t be discharged for pregnancy. I could have stayed, but I chose to resign.” The couple had another child, and Bernice earned her registered nursing degree from Sandhills Community College in Pinehurst, N.C. Sadly, Erie passed away in 1983. Bernice began her local spelling bee appearances on a team with Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach. Peggie York, former Brunswick County Literacy Council training instructor and former board member, asked her to participate. Bernice and Marilyn Schenck have been spelling partners for the past four years. “I’ve just always been able to spell,” Bernice says. “In Massachusetts I’d win spelling contests.” She says her grandsons, Dylan, 13, and Kody, 10, who live in Shallotte with their parents, Georgia and Chris Bland, are very good spellers. “They just picked it up,” she says. She believes nine-month old Kayce will follow the tradition.

Suffering from emphysema and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Bernice toted her portable oxygen tank with her to the Bee as she did last year. “I was a smoker for too many years,” she says. Yet she continues her dedication to the Bee. “I am just happy that I can be there and represent Seaside and raise money for the Literacy Council,” she says. “I find spelling in the Bee to be very enjoyable. It’s challenging, too, and it’s a good opportunity to get out and promote the Literacy Council.” This year Bernice was teased for spelling “marijuana” correctly and then getting the word “licentiousness,” which Marilyn spelled correctly. The team, however, missed “dilettante” by inserting an “i” where the first “e” belongs and ended in 5th place. “We had a lot of fun, a grand time,” Bernice says. “That’s what this is all about.” She hopes to be back next year. After all, her grandchildren “think it’s great that grandma can get up there and spell,” she says.

From left: Spectators at the annual bee; judges, left to right, Teddy Altreuter, Sheriff John Ingram and Clerk of Court James MacCallum.

“She wouldn’t have won if I was there,” said Anne’s husband, Bill, from the couple’s home in Lockwood Folly. “I’m like a black cloud hanging over her head.” His chuckle is a clue the comment is tongue in cheek. Anne explained that Bill came to one Bee over the years. “He told Will it made him nervous to be there,” she said. Anita, whose husband, Tim, passed away five years ago, said he came to the Bee once. “He was too nervous to come again,” she said. “I don’t think we’d have as much fun because

we’d see how nervous our husbands were.” The women attribute their spelling ability to being voracious readers. Anita, 75, an Allentown, Pa., native, adds, “I’m the daughter of a newspaperman. I won several spelling bees in grade school.” Anita earned her degree in elementary education from Cedar Crest College in Allentown and taught for three years. She then had an 18-year career in public relations and marketing. She didn’t mention the spelling ability of her three Summer 2014


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children, but she did say, “All four of my grandsons are good spellers, and they read a lot. They pray for me. They think the prayers help me spell words right.” Anne, 76, credits her spelling ability to “the inspiration of a fine teacher who took an interest in me in 11th grade” at Princeton High School in Princeton, W.Va. She attended Sullins College in Bristol, Va., for one year and then Concord College in Athens, W.Va., “But I never graduated,” she said. “I wanted to teach but instead got married.” She and Bill have three sons and four grandchildren. “My family gets a kick out of the Bee,” she said. “I think Will might carry on the spelling tradition.” Anne studies “a little bit” before the competition by writing down words that fascinate her, while Anita says she reads the New York Times religiously and looks up words she doesn’t know. “Some of the success is the luck of the word you draw,” she said. Competitors draw a number from a box, and that number corresponds to the list the pronouncers and the judges have. One pronouncer says the word, gives a definition and will give a sentence if asked. The team has 20 seconds to confer before they spell the word. Anne remembers one year the very first word they got was “abscission,” and she spelled it correctly. “I didn’t know what

Left: Linda Thomas from the Brunswick Electric team. Above: Southport Realty team member Laura LeFevre whispers to teammate Pam Hayes.

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it meant, but that word threw me because the winning word that year was ‘broccoli.’” Another year the team misspelled “loathsome.” “I spelled it with an ‘e’ after the ‘h,’” Anne said. “I challenged them, but it doesn’t have the ‘e’ there. That was loathsome to me.” Both women remember the year the words included towns and cities from near and far. A couple from Bald Head Island, both of them with doctorate degrees, out-spelled everyone. “How in the world could someone from Princeton, W.Va., compete with someone from Princeton University?” Anne said and laughed. “I’m just pleased that I can represent my community and pleased to talk about the Bee with my grandchildren,” Anita said. “I like the general excitement and the approval of the audience and the media coverage,” Anne added. “It’s a neat experience.”

Clockwise from right: Team Blizzard Alpha was Mayor of Oak Island Betty Wallace and Donna Adkins; Saint Peter Lutheran Church’s team consisted of Grayson Barz and Barbara Jones; the event was held at Odell Williamson Auditorium.


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“The Bee is great fun,” Anita said. “You could tell we were elated when it was over. I asked Anne, ‘Did we win’? We were thrilled, surprised, happy. We were grateful to the Women’s Club for sponsoring us. We were really, really happy and relieved we finally did it.” “We are brides now,” Anne said. The two competitors will return next year to defend their title because Team Blizzard Alpha challenged them. “Will Bailey was our lucky charm. He has to come back next year,” Anita said. Both Anne and Anita are avid golfers, and to complete her comments Anita said, “We’re a great team. We ham and egged it.” n

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almost sacred about running in the mud. The feeling of the wet earth dripping from your hair as your feet pound the ground and you ascend a steep, slippery slope, being chased by a crowd of fellow enthusiasts on a 5K course. Maybe you prefer firing a rifle down a 300-yard range, shooting skeet, hunting pheasants, deer, or wild hogs, or competing in a 3-gun sportsman challenge. If any of these scenarios sounds like paradise, Low Country Sports in Calabash is for you. For the past three decades, Brunswick County has been touted for its beaches, professionally designed golf courses and seafood restaurants. Local high-school sweethearts Todd Dawkins and his wife, Alicia, are very proud of that history. But over the past few years, they recognized the need for a venue for folks who appreciate the many great outdoors sports in addition to golf and fishing. The 56

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couple founded Low Country Sports in January 2013, when they received their Federal Firearms License. The sports store is the base of operations and offers guns, gun accessories, ammo, hunting and fishing gear, firearms safety and training classes, and outdoor sporting licenses. It is managed by Jeni McCall and Roger Grimes. The main activity, however, occurs at the 300-acre Low Country Preserve located 15 minutes away in Pireway, just across the Waccamaw River and the county line. The Dawkinses have owned the property for several years, hosting a private firing range for local law enforcement agencies. “Opening the store in Calabash opened up the preserve to the public,� says Todd. The idea of owning an outdoor adventure company was one that Todd and Alicia had tossed around and reserved for the time when they were both retired. A military veteran, Todd spent 12 years with the Army National

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Guard in Shallotte and then six years in the Coast Guard at the Special Missions Training Unit at Camp Lejeune, specializing in Port Security. After that, he worked as a superintendent on two local golf courses. Avid entrepreneurs, he and Alicia opened 19th Green Landscapes in 1995 with a partner, Billy Prince, and today remain involved in the day-to-day operations. “Low Country was our retirement plan,” he says. “It just happened a little sooner than we expected.” The name Low Country is a tribute to the fact that Brunswick County is the beginning of the American “low country.” “From here to Georgia, the swamps and marshes put the character into the sea,” Todd says. The Low Country Preserve boasts a 20-target, 3-D foam animal archery course, 12 pistol bays, 150-yard and 300-yard rifle ranges, a skeet and five-stand shotgun course, and a 5K obstacle course. Customers can rent guns and purchase

This spread: Todd Dawkins, above, and his wife, Alicia, offer a mud-run obstacle course, shooting ranges, hunting, gun safety education classes and more at their Low Country Preserve and Low Country Sports in Calabash.


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ammunition and targets. It is a licensed hunting preserve and provides in-season hunting for dove, quail, pheasant, deer, and hog. “We take safety very seriously,” Todd says. All hunts are guided and hunters are welcome to use the many hunting stands throughout the property. Hunting is open to members and nonmembers alike, and because it is a licensed preserve, visiting hunters do not have to obtain the costly out-of-state license. The North Carolina controlled-hunting license is available at the Calabash store and it permits hunting on a licensed preserve. In North Carolina, hog season lasts all year long, mainly because feral hogs can do so much damage to the forest. “We encourage people to come out and hunt a hog,” Todd says. “They really love to tear things up out here!” The preserve is more than a hunter’s paradise. It is also home to the many animals that Alicia has rescued. A large building and fenced area provide protection from the wild hogs, coyotes and the elements for 23 cats and a dozen or so dogs. The Dawkinses also house six of their own horses as well as two donkeys. Their daughter, Darby, helps with feeding and watering the animals twice daily. She just turned 18 and is enrolled at Brunswick Community College. “She’s an animal lover, like her mother,” Todd says. Her dad would like her to be a vet. “Then she could really help out with the animals,” he says. Low Country’s field office is located in an eco-friendly, 1,200-square-foot log cabin that the couple built from a kit.

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“We are totally off the grid,” Todd says. A single solar panel at the pump house offers enough power to provide water pressure to the office, the animal shelter and a rental cabin on the other side of the obstacle course. There are no lights, heating or air conditioning in the office. “The original cabin kit came with a garage that we didn’t need,” Todd says, “so we modified it into another cabin.” Eco-friendly as well, the two-bedroom cabin in the woods is located beside a creek and has a gas stove, gas lamps and an on-demand gas hot-water heater. The preserve hosts a variety of classes and events throughout the year. Every other week there is a concealed carry class. The instructors are licensed to teach for both North Carolina and South Carolina concealed carry permits. The majority of students are women, so Low Country plans to add a chapter of the national Well-Armed Women club, a group dedicated to educating and empowering women shooters. Private beginner and advanced firearm training is also available. “We educate and train our customers from the moment they want to purchase a gun,” Todd says. “The staff makes sure first and foremost that the gun fits your hand. Then education is essential for new gun owners.” The popular 3-gun shooting event is growing at the preserve. Sponsored by Brownells, the events include a course

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of pistol, rifle and shotgun shooting. Local company Del-Ton of Elizabethtown is eager to become a sponsor. The AR-15 manufacturer showed its new rifle at a recent event. Del-Ton representative Megan McKnight was impressed with the turnout. “We would like to become a sponsor,” she says. “It is important for us to have local input on our product.” The preserve also facilitates the North Carolina Hunter Safety Course several times per year, as well as a kids’ day for the National Wildlife Turkey Federation. The North Carolina Forestry Service toured the preserve recently and hopes to co-host a kids’ day as well. Perhaps the preserve’s most popular event is the 5K mud obstacle course, which begins at the office. A dirt road leads through the forest to 20 obstacles, including monkey bars, hay bales, inclines and hurdles. “Everyone loves the 10-foot drop into the lake and the swim across,” Todd says. There are also ropes, a cargo net, barbed wire, ladders and the grand finale, which is a 30-foot waterslide into the lake. This year they are hosting six True Mudd 5Ks, culminating with the Championship race — the Muddy Oyster 5K, a part of the North Carolina Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach in October. The obstacle course record stands now at 36 minutes. There is a $1,200 reward for beating that time, and by October the reward will grow to $2,500. “But by October, it might be nearly impossible to beat that record,” Todd says. “We are always looking to increase the level of difficulty.”

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One event at Low Country that is near and dear to Todd is the Veterans Day celebration. “We really want to give back to vets, because they gave our country so much,” he says. In 2013 the first Veterans Day event brought out 300 visitors. There were classes, a flag ceremony, vendors and a special appearance by the “Sons of Guns” television production, which brought 14 antique automatic weapons for the veterans to fire on the ranges. In 2014 the event is growing to include a competition barbecue as well as additional courses in self-defense, first aid and karate. Henry Rifles has already donated a military special tribute edition .22LR rifle for a raffle. All proceeds from the event will be donated to a veterans’ charity. A year into the business, the growth has been nearly overwhelming to Todd and Alicia. Thanks to the hard work of their helpful staff and troupe of 10 local volunteers, the work gets done. “We really rely on Jeni’s calendar to tell us where to be!” says Todd. “It’s a lot of work,” Alicia agrees, “but we meet a lot of nice people.” Adds Todd: “We get to work outdoors and meet amazing people at really fun events and sometimes there is mud involved — you can’t beat that!” The Low Country Preserve is open Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. Low Country Sports is open Monday through Saturday and closed on Sunday; check their hours online. n

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County, particularly the coastal towns, have seen tremendous growth over the last decade and a half. When the housing bubble burst at the end of 2008, the outlook wasn’t good. But as it turns out, the region continued a trend of growth, albeit much slower, and now, more than five years since the precipitous drop, the real estate market is demonstrating its durability and showing signs of healthy growth. In a U.S. Census report issued in May, Brunswick County was listed as the fastest-growing county in North Carolina, a trend that held true throughout the depths of the recession. Towns like St. James (the fastest-growing community in the county with 9.7% growth from July 2012 to July 2013), Southport (third fastest with 3.7% growth), Carolina Shores (3.4%) and Holden Beach (2.3%) are major contributors to the state of the real estate industry in the southern end of Brunswick County. This growth spurred on new construction and helped move properties out of the inventory and into ownership.

Steve Candler, director of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, says he’s seeing a movement in the market that indicates an upswing. “[At the end of May] we saw a day where we had 37 sales in 24 hours,” he says. “It’s the biggest 24 hours we’ve had in several years. The sales came from across the spectrum of available inventory. From top to bottom, from starter homes to beachfront homes, we saw sales.” For St. James, this growth represented the higher end of the home range. Joe Firetti, of Firetti Builders and the Brunswick County Home Builders Association, has seen an

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uptick in new-home construction in St. James for his company and his fellow Home Builders Association members. “There’s an upswing all along the Carolina coasts,” Firetti says. “We’ve got the climate and activities people want, so the northern migration that started a decade ago is still going on.” In southern Brunswick County, two distinct markets are attracting new residents: one market includes Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Springs, Bolivia and St. James; the other includes Holden Beach, Ocean Isle, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Shallotte. Each community in both markets shows positive movement in key indicators, from increases in average and median prices to reduced number of days on the market. This movement is following the trend of the market overall, growing slowly and steadily and, most importantly, sustainably. The so-called Second Home market, largely beach houses and other types of vacation properties, isn’t tracked separately by the Brunswick County Association of Realtors or the Wilmington Regional Association of Realtors, but


representatives from both organizations indicated that looking at a variety of factors — location, size, price, among others — it appears that the second home market is growing stronger. This is good news for beach communities like those in the Holden Beach group. These towns are seeing an increase in the sale of larger, more expensive homes, while also seeing sales of the more typical coastal-style primary residences that give these communities their distinct personalities. As you move inland away from the coast, home prices begin to fall closer to the starter-home level, and towns like Shallotte and even Calabash (which is coastal, but protected by the nearby beach towns) are positioned to accommodate homes that appeal to a different home-buying audience. “The beach towns, they’ve always been able to hold their own,” says Candler. “Now that banks have decided to lend again, you’re seeing the markets in these coastal communities benefit. Homes that before were dependent on cash offers are now attractive to buyers with financing in mind.”

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For communities in the Southport group, the sales aren’t so much second homes (with some exceptions on Oak Island), but more primary residences. Drawn by the quiet, quaint communities with easy access to the beach and the area’s other natural amenities, buyers are seeking out places to settle here. In these communities, like their beachier cousins, sales prices are increasing, higher-end homes are moving, the number of days properties stay on the market is dropping, and the number of closings is on the upswing. Growth here is slower, but steady and sustainable. Even in St. James, which experienced a nearly 10% population increase from July 2012 to July 2013, the growth is slower than in years past, but that’s something real estate professionals agree is a positive thing. “That slow growth is critical if we want to build a solid real estate market,” says Firetti. “Along the Carolinas and even into part of Georgia, we’re growing a bit faster than the

national average — in part because we’re in a great part of the country to call home — but it’s still sustainable.” In St. James, Firetti says, things slowed down during the depths of the recession, but for builders who were well established before and kept themselves afloat for a couple of years, things are turning back toward a healthy market. “I know St. James represents the higher end of the new home market — I’m not talking about the $1.5 to $3 million beachfront homes, but things in the $450 to $750,000 range — but at the [Brunswick County Homebuilders] Association, I’m hearing that everything is moving,” Firetti says. “The starter homes, the mid-level homes, homes priced north of $500,000, all of them. Which is fantastic news for Realtors, builders, construction crews, everyone.” n

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Top Agents in Brunswick County for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Ranked by Total Sales Volume







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Breakdown of 2013 top selling areas

Boiling Spring Lakes = 91 sales (highest sales volume from $100,000 – 139,900) Carolina Shores = 132 sales (highest sales volume from $100,000 - $179,999) Oak Island (the Island) = 380 sales (highest sales volume in Oak Island Wooded section with 246 sales with mid range pricing from $120-200,00 selling best) Shallotte = 124 sales (highest sales volume from $180,000-275,000) Ocean Isle Mainland and Island = 272 sales (147 on Mainland and 125 on Island) Southport = 247 sales ($200,000 - $250,000 highest sales)

2013 Maximum Selling Price $2,180,000 (on Bald Head Island) 2013 Minimum Selling Price $10,000 (in Ash area) Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

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Selling Agent & Company






Co-listed—Anne Arnold/Ammie Archer, Century 21 Anne Arnold

Pinckie Robinson, Intracoastal Realty Corp


Colonial Beach




Ammie Archer, Century 21 Anne Arnold

Anne Arnold, Century 21






Co-listed—Anne Arnold/Ammie Archer, Century 21 Anne Arnold

Henry McEachem, Re/Max Carolina


Rhoda McMillan




Co-listed—Anne Arnold/Ammie Archer, Century 21 Anne Arnold

Anne Arnold, Century 21 Anne Arnold






Alan Holden, Re/Max at the Beach

Alan Holden, Re/Max at the Beach


Holden Beach West




Martha Lee, Martha Lee Realty Co LLC

Beth Suggs, Coastal Development & Realty


Heron Landing




Alan Holden, Re/Max at the Beach

Alan Holden, Re/Max at the Beach


Holden Beach West




Beverley Moubry, Bev Moubry Properties

Mindy Overocker, Coastal Development & Realty


Holden Beach West




Mindy Overocker, Coastal Development & Realty

Mindy Overocker, Coastal Development & Realty


Holden Beach West




Brooke E Rudd, Margaret Rudd Assoc/O.I.

Mindy Overocker, Coastal Development & Realty

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

Top 10 Sales in Oak Island, NC for 2013

Including Oak Island Mainland, Oak Island Wooded and Island Areas From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Date Sold Subdivision Sold Price Listing Price DOM

Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company


Kings Lynn




Robert Carroll, Intracoastal Realty Corp

John Killan, Re/Max at the Beach / Holden Beach


Kings Lynn




Libba Motsinger, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I.

Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


W Long Beach




Diane Eller, Oak Island Realty, Inc

Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


Kings Lynn




Ginger Harper, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Christopher Kuhn, Re/Max at the Beach / Oak Island


Beaver Creek Plantation




Nolan Formalarie, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Rosado & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


Caswell Beach




Lynda Haraway, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI

Lynda Haraway, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI






Dot Schuck, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I.

Patricia T Proctor, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I.


Kings Lynn




Diane Eller, Oak Island Realty, Inc

Patricia T Proctor, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I.






Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Kim S Costabile, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I.






Robert Carroll, Intracoastal Realty Corp

Holbrooks Real Estate Inc

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.


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Southport-Oak Island Area


6 Palmetto Creek

Cambridge Crossings

-L ocated at: 1186 Ternata Drive, Bolivia, NC 28422

-L ocated at: 4197 Cambridge Cove Circle, Southport, NC 28461

-Approx. 10 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

- Town homes from $190,000, homes from $210,000


-Contact: (910) 446-1170 -Town homes from $196,000


you’re relocating to the area or just moving across town, whether you’re upgrading or downsizing or just want a change of scenery, there’s a house for you in Brunswick County. We’ve plotted the area’s subdivisions on this map and given you an idea of the price range in each neighborhood. Please keep in mind that the real estate market changes daily; therefore, some of the information in this section could change by the time you read this. Call or visit websites to verify information that is important to you, or contact our sponsor at the end of this section. If you’re in the market for a house in Brunswick County, we think you’ll find this guide very helpful. Happy hunting!

2 Cottage Point -L ocated at: 770 Skipjack Circle, Southport, NC 28461

-L ocated at: 5214 Flank Court, Southport, NC 28461 -Approx. 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean - Town homes from $120,000, homes from $130,000

-Approx. 9 miles from the Atlantic Ocean - Home sites from $79,900, homes from $379,000

3 Cottages at Price Creek -L ocated at: 404 Trout Lily Lane, Southport, NC 28461 -Approx. 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

8 Seaspray Cove at Carolina Place -L ocated at: 4903 Alamance Drive, Southport, NC 28461 -Approx. 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean -Contact: (910) 477-6007 -Homes from $181,000

- Home sites from $39,900, homes from $299,000

4 Jonas Creek

9 Southport Way -L ocated at: 2104 Maple Leaf Drive, Southport, NC 28461

-L ocated at: 600 MacKenzie Circle, Southport, NC 28461

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 9 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Contact: (910) 200-5202

- Home sites from $59,900, homes from $380,000

-Homes from $219,000

5 Mariners Pointe -L ocated at: 4326 Frying Pan Road SE, Southport, NC 28461

10 St. James Plantation -L ocated at: 4006 St. James Drive SE, Southport, NC 28461 -Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Contact: (800) 245-3871

-Contact: (910) 477-6007

- Home sites from $100,000, Cottages from $280,000, Custom homes from $450,000

-Homes from $137,000



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South Brunswick New Homes Map


For Southport-Oak Island Area

Including St. James, Bolivia, Boiling Spring Lakes and Bald Head Island


This South Brunswick County New Development map is NOT exactly to scale and is designed to give readers an approximate idea of where the new home communities are located. SBM apologizes for any information that may be incorrect or inaccurate.


The Cottages at Southport

Traemoor at Arbor Creek

-L ocated at: 305 Lord Thomas Avenue, Southport, NC 28461

-L ocated at: 3707 Pond Pine Court SE, Southport, NC 28461

-Approx. 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Contact: (910) 363-4556

-Contact: (910) 622-2745

-Homes from $250,000

-Homes from $243,000



The Village at Mariners Pointe

Turtlewood at Southport

-L ocated at: 4384 Frying Pan Road, SE, Southport, NC 28461

-L ocated at: 6105 Turtlewood Drive, Southport, NC 28461

-Approx. 5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Contact: (910) 477-6007

-Contact: (844) 887-8539

-Homes from $106,000

-Homes from $259,000

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20 Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Shallotte & Calabash

Ocean Ridge Plantation

Sunset Ridge

-L ocated at: 53 Ocean Ridge Pkwy SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

-L ocated at: 7186 Bonaventure St SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

-Approx. 3 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 2.5 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

- Home sites from $50,000, homes from $300,000




-Contact: (910) 575-2992 -Homes from $193,900


Overlook at Caison Creek

Beacon Townes -L ocated at: Pilothouse Place, Carolina Shores, NC 28467

-L ocated at: 100 Sable Oak Circle #4, Supply, NC 28462

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-L ocated at: 1621 Waterway Cove Drive SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

-Town homes from $124,000

-Town homes from $299,000

-Approx. 2 miles from the Atlantic Ocean



The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach

Brunswick Plantation - Located at: 380 Brunswick Drive NW, Calabash, NC 28467

-L ocated at: 1361 Dunes Blvd SW, Ocean Isle Beach, NC 28469

-Approx. 9 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean

- Home sites from $30,000, town homes from $149,000, homes from $167,000

17 - Located at: Calabash Lakes Blvd, Calabash, NC 28467 -Contact: (910) 363-4556 -Homes from $250,000

28 The Farm at Brunswick

-Contact: (910) 575-2933

-L ocated at: 61 Carolina Farms Blvd, Carolina Shores, NC 28467

-Homes from $228,900

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean


Calabash Lakes

The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach

-Homes from $150,000


Rivers Edge

-Approx. 6 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-L ocated at: 2000 Arnold Palmer Drive, Shallotte, NC 28470

-Homes from $150,000

-Approx. 9 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-L ocated at: 1815 Olde Thistle Club Road, Sunset Beach, North Carolina 28468

- Home sites from $50,000, town homes from $200,000, homes from $300,000

-Approx. 4 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

18 Crow Creek -L ocated at: 470 S. Crow Creek Drive, Calabash, NC 28467

24 Rourk Woods

-Contact: (910) 409-8590

-L ocated at: 712 Village Rd SW #202, Shallotte, NC 28470

-Home sites from $85,000

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

-Approx. 7 miles from the Atlantic Ocean


- Homes sites from $120,000, homes from $400,000 Don’t see your subdivision on here? Let us know! -Contact: (910) 754-7104


-Homes from $179,000

North Shore -L ocated at: North Shore Drive, Sunset Beach, NC 28468


-Approx. 1 mile from the Atlantic Ocean

Spring Mill Plantation

-L ocated at: 685 Iredel Ct, Calabash, NC 28467

-Contact: (910) 540-0037

-Approx. 8 miles from the Atlantic Ocean

- Homes from $349,900

-Homes from $160,000


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South Brunswick New Homes Map


For Holden Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash, Carolina Shores & Shallotte

This South Brunswick County New Development map is NOT exactly to scale and is designed to give readers an approximate idea of where the new home communities are located. SBM apologizes for any information that may be incorrect or inaccurate. For assistance with new homes or resales in any of these communities please feel free to contact the supporters of this section: Crystal Babson - Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage, (910) 393-9957 or Sunset Properties, (800) 525-0182.

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Top 10 Sales in Calabash & Carolina Shores for 2013 Including Calabash, Carolina Shores and Ash Area From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold 10/22/2013 10/31/2013 10/28/2013 5/31/2013 1/4/2013 4/26/2013 12/16/2013 2/8/2012 12/20/2013 11/26/2013

Subdivision Brunswick Plantation Devaun Park Brunswick Plantation Brunswick Plantation Brunswick Plantation Brunswick Plantation Brunswick Plantation Devaun Park Brunswick Plantation Spring Mill-Somerset

Sold Price Listing Price DOM Listing Agent & Company Selling Agent & Company $389,000 $399,900 201 Capt Hugh James, Century 21 Carolina Shores Realty Ryan Powers, ASAP Realty $375,000 $399,900 516 Ed Malone, Martha Lee Realty Co LLC - OIB Edwin Lozada, Century 21 Thomas Incorporated $370,000 $379,900 148 Bonnie B Black, Re/Max at the Beach / Calabash Mary Ann Bechtel, Re/Max Community Brokers $368,500 $379,900 71 Scott Haiger, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty OIB The Kozel Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal $367,500 $399,000 118 The Dream Team, Mary Ann Bechtel Real Estate Bonnie Rotundo, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty OIB $358,000 $374,900 323 The Kozel Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal David Enzor, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal $342,000 $352,500 89 Scott Haiger, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty OIB Tracy D Blumberg, Resort Brokerage & Consulting $319,900 $324,000 503 The Kozel Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal The Real Team, Re/Max at the Beach / Calabash $310,000 $314,900 81 Jill Hope, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Ro Edwards, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal $304,605 $314,000 8 Linnette L Nuckles, Beazer Homes Corporation Ryan Powers, ASAP Realty Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

Top 10 Sales in Boiling Spring Lakes, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold Subdivision 3/26/2013 Canadiana Shores 11/26/2013 None 4/19/2013 None 4/11/2013 None 6/28/2013 None 7/25/2013 None 12/31/2013 None 2/1/2013 None 5/3/2013 None 1/10/2013 None

Sold Price Listing Price DOM Listing Agent & Company Selling Agent & Company $380,000 $384,900 331 Kathryn Auger, Intracoastal Realty Corp Kathryn Auger, Intracoastal Realty Corp $375,000 $396,000 273 Sharon Zakszeski, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Tracy Swanson, Swanson Realty $375,000 $389,000 232 Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage John F Winter, Three Rivers Realty of Brunswick County, LLC $282,000 $299,987 155 Bob Percesepe, Re/Max Essential Virginia Christopher, IntraCoastal Realty $276,080 $258,000 133 Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage $266,000 $275,000 288 Kim Anderson, Art Skipper Realty Kim Anderson, Art Skipper Realty $262,000 $290,000 239 Cronick & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI Cronick & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI $212,500 $217,500 53 Brooke E Rudd, Margaret Rudd Assoc / O.I. Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage $209,900 $215,000 197 Shannon Needham, Margaret Rudd Assoc/Sp Christine Cronick, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI $200,000 $219,000 255 Sharon Zakszeski, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Albert Noble Jr, Intracoastal Realty Corp Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.


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Top 10 Sales in Shallotte, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold Subdivision 5/3/2013 Brierwood Estate 5/6/2013 Rivers Edge 1/28/2013 Rivers Edge 1/13/2013 Rourk Woods 11/19/2013 Rivers Edge 6/21/2013 10/29/2013 8/1/2013 5/28/2013 11/22/2013

Sold Price Listing Price DOM Listing Agent & Company Selling Agent & Company $361,000 $399,900 226 Bonnie B Black, Re/Max at the Beach / Calabash Darian Ransom, Century 21 Pro Realty $339,000 $349,000 360 Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal David Stuart, Coldwell Banker Sloane $320,000 $349,900 52 Sunset Beach Team, Coldwell Banker Sloane Maureen Hart, Coldwell Banker Slaone $299,750 $299,750 184 Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal $285,000 $334900 (Auction) 91 The Allen Team, United Country Coastal Homes, LLC Darren Bouley, Silver Coast Properties Co-listed—Monroe Enzor III/ Amanda D Enzor, Coldwell Banker $278,310 414 Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Rourk Woods $283,000 Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Brierwood Estate $267,600 $279,600 118 Bonnie Rotundo, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty OIB Richard Burge, Coldwell Banker Sloane River View $267,500 $267,500 1 Unlisted Sold Debbie Kinlaw, Century 21 Sunset Realty Rourk Woods $265,750 $268,800 223 Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Patrice Willetts, Coastal Properties Brierwood Estate $265,000 $279,900 858 Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal The Real Team, Re/Max at the Beach / Calabash Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

Top 10 Sales in Bolivia, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold 2/19/2013 4/12/2013 5/14/2013 5/30/2013 7/26/2013 3/1/2013 10/15/2013 4/12/2013 2/22/2013 12/19/2013

Subdivision Palmetto Creek Palmetto Creek Palmetto Creek Palmetto Creek Summerwoods Palmetto Creek Summerwoods Palmetto Creek Palmetto Creek Palmetto Creek

Sold Price $310,000 $250,000 $240,000 $239,500 $236,000 $230,000 $190,650 $180,000 $179,000 $163,000

Listing Price $369,900 $255,900 $245,900 $295,000 $249,900 $287,900 $190,650 $209,900 $189,800 $169,000

DOM Listing Agent & Company Selling Agent & Company 317 Hank Troscianiec, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Rasa Love, Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc 338 The Kozel Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Krueger Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 194 Robert Carroll, Intracoastal Realty Corp Willetts Properties, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage 306 Krueger Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Jill Hope, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal 282 Ashley H Sikka, Heritage Development & Realty Company Michele Klock, Century 21 Anne Arnold 1463 Krueger Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Lynn Gulledge, Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc 267 Willetts Properties, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Gloria Degnan, Laney Real Estate 583 Krueger Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Pinckie Robinson, Intracoastal Realty Corp 177 Lynn Gulledge, Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc Neva Cardwell, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - OI 164 Sharon Zakszeski, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage Unrepresented Buyer

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

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Top 10 Sales in Sunset Beach, NC for 2013 Including Sunset Beach Island & Mainland From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Date Sold


Sold Price

Listing Price DOM

Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company Donald Lewis Jr, Williamson Realty, Inc






Donald Lewis Jr, Williamson Realty, Inc






Dave Nelson, Century 21 Sunset Realty

Shirley Johnson, Coldwell Banker Sloane






Dave Nelson, Century 21 Sunset Realty

Diane Dalen, Sunset Properties, Inc






Ruby Mew, Century 21 Sunset Realty

Jo Ann Messick, Jo Ann Messick Realty






Pat Wolfe, Sunset Properties, Inc

Pat Wolfe, Sunset Properties, Inc Emily Duke, Ivester Jackson Distinct






Dave Nelson, Century 21 Sunset Realty






Dave Nelson, Century 21 Sunset Realty

Dave Nelson, Centry 21 Sunset Realty






Pat Wolfe, Sunset Properties, Inc

Dave Nelson, Centry 21 Sunset Realty


Sea Trail Plantation




Capt Hugh James, Century 21 Carolina Shores Realty

Mary Ann Bechtel Real Estate






Pat Wolfe, Sunset Properties, Inc

Pat Wolfe, Sunset Properties, Inc

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

Top 10 Sales in Ocean Isle Beach, NC for 2013 Including Ocean Isle Beach Island & Ocean Isle Beach Mainland From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013 Sold Price Listing Price DOM

Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company


Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal

Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal



Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal

Tabetha Cooke, Cooke Realty




Arnold Sanchez, Century 21 Sunset Realty

Edwina St. Pierre, Cooke Realty





Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal

Eddy Jones, Cooke Realty






Linda Register, Cooke Realty

Jen Holmes, Intracoastal Realty


Gause Landing Heights





Ocean Isle Beach Island




Donna Wilson, Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty OIB

Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal






Frances Warner, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal

Johnny L Gaddy, Williamson Realty, Inc.






Bob Williams Sr, Bob Williams Realty

Tanya R Faircloth, Beach Realty of H.B. / Shallotte






Bob Percesepe, Re/Max Essential

Joshua Raynor, Hilton Auction & Realty, Inc.

Date Sold












Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Monroe Enzor III, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage - Shal Sea Coast Advantage - Shal

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.


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Top 10 Sales in St. James, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold


Sold Price

Listing Price


Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company Thomas Rechichar, St James Properties LLC


St James




Joan Justice, St James Properties LLC


St James




Ken Keegan, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Suzanne Williams, St James Properties LLC


St James




Krueger Team, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Rosado & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


St James




Rosado & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Debby Daigle, Re/Max Community Brokers


St James




Mark Koellmer, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Barbara Pugh, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast


St James




Ken Keegan, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Ken Keegan, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage


The Reserve




Joan Justice, St James Properties LLC

Geoffrey Wright, St James Properties LLC


St James




Suzanne Williams, St James Properties LLC

Suzanne Williams, St James Properties LLC


St James




Rosado & Associates, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Thomas Rechichar, St James Properties LLC


St James




Debby Daigle, Re/Max Community Brokers

Jerry Biffle, Re/Max Community Brokers

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

Top 10 Sales in Bald Head Island, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold


Sold Price

Listing Price



BHI Stage II





BHI Harbour Village





BHI Middle Island





BHI Stage II





BHI Stage I





BHI Stage I





BHI Stage I





BHI Stage I










7/30/2013 9/6/2013

BHI Stage I & II Flora’s Bluff BHI Middle Island

Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company

Garrett Albertson, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales John Liles, Bald Head Patricia Wingfield, Bald Head Island Island Limited Real Estate Limited Real Estate Sales Sales Wendy Wilmot, Wendy Wilmot Rod J Hyson Jr, Cape Fear Properties Realty / BHI Rentals Buddy Lawrence, Wendy Wilmot Robin Craven, Atlantic Properties Realty Professionals, Inc Wendy Wilmot, Wendy Wilmot John Munroe, Wendy Properties Wilmot Properties Ginger Dunn, Wendy Wilmot John Munroe, Wendy Properties Wilmot Properties John Liles, Bald Head Mary Webb, Two Gulls Realty Island Limited Real Estate Sales Co-listed—David Berne/Michael David Berne, Atlantic Boozell, Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc Realty Professionals, Inc Ginger Dunn, Wendy Wilmot John Prendergast, Properties Seabreeze Rentals & Sales Co-listed—Kurt Bonney/ David Beme, Kurt Bonney, Atlantic Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc Realty Professionals, Inc Patricia Wingfield, Bald Head Island Limited Real Estate Sales

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

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Cambridge Crossings B Y J o A n n Math e ws

This townhome community has the amenities and values of a traditional neighborhood.


arbara VanSlyke remembers the bike ride that led her to discover Photography by Jason Hudson

Cambridge Crossings. She remembers when she saw the three-bedroom model. “It was lovely,” she says. In October she and her husband, Chuck, will celebrate their second year in the spacious townhome they bought. “The location is just perfect,” Barbara says. The beach, Southport and Wilmington are nearby destinations for this retired communications manager, but the residents are the biggest attraction.

Cambridge Crossings offers 1,500 to 1,800-square-foot two- and threebedroom, single-level townhomes.

“It has a nice mix of people from different areas of the country,” she says. Iris Cavin, on-site real estate agent associated with Southport Realty, agrees. “I truly think it’s the owners who make Cambridge Crossings unique,” she says. “They are so welcoming and active.” All residents are invited to participate in the activities. Wednesdays during off-season are designated for restaurant dining. Meet Your Neighbor gatherings occur when someone moves into the neighborhood. Friday nights are driveway get-togethers. A book club meets monthly, and the two-page newsletter that Barbara writes keeps residents informed. A landscape committee answers any questions people may have about their designs. “You can tell that everyone cares about how the neighborhood looks,” Barbara says. Cambridge Crossings dates back to 2006 when the original developer, Stratland Homes of New Jersey, received approval to build 88 townhomes. With all infrastructure completed and construction on 40 townhomes begun, Stratland Homes


experienced financial difficulties. Foreclosure

passing by, as Barbara did, others heard

ensued, but in 2010 Cambridge Southport,

about this tucked-away treasure from

LLC paid cash and revived the development.

satisfied homeowners. The word is out

“We’re doing great with the new owners,”

about this vibrant community.

Cavin says. She explained that the original

“If you’re looking to move, this location is

plan included two-story townhomes, but now

ideal,” Barbara says and emphasizes that

1,500 to 1,800-square-foot two- and

Oak Island, the beach and other amenities

three-bedroom, single-level townhomes are

are minutes away.

available in three designs starting at $196,900. Standard features include vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, granite

About 75 percent of the residents are retired, but Cavin quickly adds that it’s not a retirement community.

countertops and fireplaces. Owners have

“We’re really lucky we found Cambridge

the option to upgrade features. South

Crossings,” Barbara says. “It’s a wonderful

Harbour Golf Links, tennis courts, a

place to live. It’s a real neighborhood. It’s a

swimming pool, Dutchman Creek Cove Park

fun neighborhood.”

and Wildlife Park, where you can launch your boat, are nearby. Sales at Cambridge Crossings are going well, with half of the 88 townhomes in the development sold and a steady flow of people coming to tour the beautifully appointed homes.

To learn more about Cambridge Crossings,

While some of the current residents


discovered Cambridge Crossings while

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Cambridge Crossings Sales Office Open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 4197 Cambridge Cove Circle, Southport Off Fish Factory Rd. just south of Long Beach Rd.

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The Cottages B Y M i ch e ll e Mack e n

Casual elegance and an extraordinary builder make for perfect beach living.

The Cottages’ building team is highly specialized,

barrier island nestled along the Atlantic Ocean, the Town of Ocean Isle

Beach is located about halfway between historic Wilmington and lively Myrtle Beach. Residents and seasonal visitors treasure this 7-mile stretch of pristine shoreline and the relaxing family beach atmosphere. Water-based and beachside activities are the most popular pastimes here, with mild temperatures and ocean water that is, on average, 10 degrees warmer than on the Outer Banks. Museums, shops and restaurants are plentiful locally and in the surrounding area, as are some of the best golf courses in the South.

so clients expect and receive personal attention, amazing results and a well-built house that feels like home from the moment they walk through the door. These cottages reflect the coastal lifestyle in unique architectural designs where quality, character and craftsmanship are key. The builders also utilize the most advanced building Contributed Photos


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science techniques for

Thoughtfully designed for how you live today The Cottages, an Ocean Isle Beach

energy-efficient construction. Cottage Building Company obtains a

community, fits perfectly into this relaxed

third-party certification to

environment. Meticulous craftsmanship

inspect and quantify the

and fine details combine in extraordinary

additional value built into

homes for carefree living — at an

The Cottages.

exceptional value. The community features

A place you’ll love to call home

classic two-, three- and four-bedroom cottages tucked into a landscape of shady parks, garden courtyards and tranquil ponds. The neighborhood features a pool with a spacious clubhouse, colorful gardens, welcoming porches and architectural details reminiscent of traditional bungalow design.

These cottages reflect the coastal lifestyle with plenty of character and fine craftsmanship.

The Cottages development team invites you to tour the furnished models, including The Seaside, a 2013 Parade of Homes winner. Visitors can also tour the clubhouse seven days a week, as well as stroll around the neighborhood taking in the Intracoastal Waterway views. A short

Clients embrace this timeless concept that exemplifies a passion for sunlight, space and beauty. Inspired design creates stylish living and timeless appeal.

drive leads to miles of beautiful sandy beaches that are a year-round pleasure. Come visit The Cottages at Ocean Isle

To learn more about The Cottages, visit

Beach, where craftsmanship and style converge at an incredible value.


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The living’s easy at

With outstanding craftsmanship, fine details and charming neighborhood appeal, The Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach are exceptional in every way. Laid-back seaside living begins with the nearby beach, waterway views and community pool, and is carried throughout the coastal cottage architecture of the exteriors and the casual sophistication of the interiors. Surprisingly, the price is equally refreshing.

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Crow Creek B Y H e ath e r L o w e r y

A superior golf course community with an identity all its own


row Creek is perfect for those looking for a peaceful, charming and friendly

Homeowners can choose from unmatched

to get together and relax with neighbors and

views of lush fairway #7 or beautiful interior

enjoy some music and dancing.

homesites for a private paradise. Homesites

“It’s a quaint community,” says Ferber.

are approximately a half acre and vary in

“People really enjoy the natural setting and

character and views.

the atmosphere. They love the friendliness

Crow Creek offers four active custom

and quality of the community and the way it is

community to call home, and it has been

home builders from which to choose, or

described this way by many of its own

custom luxury home builders may be

residents. It’s also conveniently located just 3

permitted with architectural regulations met.

Clubhouse is a great meeting place for

miles from the quaint Town of Calabash --

“Clients discuss with the builders what

residents and guests to form common bonds

known as the Seafood Capital of the World --

features they would like in their homes and

and lasting friendships. As a luxury, residents

and just 30 miles from the vibrant towns of

create something unique to their lifestyle,”’

and their guests are given priority golf rates

Myrtle Beach and Wilmington, with regional

says Crow Creek Community Specialist Trish

year round without having to pay high fees

entertainment, shopping, dining and

Ferber. “We offer luxury, low-maintenance,

for golf membership. The club offers ladies’

conveniences that enhance the daily Crow

high-quality custom homes.”

and men’s golf leagues.

Creek lifestyle.

highly maintained year round.” For those who enjoy the game of golf, the

The homes range from 2,400 to 4000

Each home is uniquely designed to be

“Crow Creek is a graceful, challenging

square feet; however, a smaller or larger

course with generous, forgiving fairways of

embraced by the natural setting, lush

home can be built with a minimum of 1,800

lush Tifsport, ingeniously integrated with

landscaping, miles of sidewalks and

square feet. Homes reflect the craftsman-

waterways to provide the kind of challenge

numerous amenities. The golf course has

style and traditional elevations with tasteful

that draws out the best a player has to give,”

been thoughtfully designed to encompass

combinations of mainly brick and ledgestone

says PGA Professional Jimmy Biggs. “The

the homes while remaining closely aligned

exteriors for a timeless appeal. The graceful

bentgrass greens at Crow Creek are some of

with nature.

iron gates to the community offer a sense of

the fastest around.”

Crow Creek comes with a unique history.

privacy and security.

The Crow Creek Golf Clubhouse is an

Together Jerry McLamb and Henry Bennett

“We are starting to build a few spec

have built the community on over 500 acres

homes as well,” says Ferber, “for those

with indoor and outdoor seating serving

of countryside homestead where the family

individuals who prefer to not go through the

breakfast and lunch or after-golf selections at

had long lived, farmed, worked and played.

building process.”

the famous “Crow Bar.” For more information

onsite convenience featuring a restaurant

Over the generations they have decided to

The single family amenity center is rich

transform their homestead into a premier

with amenities. It is a multi-room complex

Drive, Calabash, NC 28467, contact Trish

golf course community so that others could

that includes a lounge area with a flat-screen

Ferber at (910) 287-5387 or (910) 409-8590.

share in its natural splendor. Inspired by their

TV and fireplace; a meeting room that also

many fond memories, Rick Robbins designed

functions as a party room with a dance floor;

the 18 hole course. In fact, the family’s cabin

a game room equipped with a billiards table,

is still maintained within the community today

Ping Pong table, shuffle board and card table;

and has become an iconic centerpiece of

a fitness center with the latest in strength and

Crow Creek.

cardio equipment; an outdoor zero-entry pool

Successful, steady sales and growth have

visit Crow Creek at 490 South Crow Creek

with lap lanes; a Jacuzzi; and two lighted

been experienced throughout the first

tennis courts. Residents have established

scheduled releases. Now Crow Creek has

group activities, a book club and other social

made available a premier new section of 30

events such as TGIF socials for those who like

There’s an inviting intimacy to Crow Creek that draws people together.

homesites located on stunning fairway #7.


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Intimate Inviting Incomparable

A Private Enclave of Golf Home Sites ~ Custom Homes ~ Amenities


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The Retreat B Y M e l i ssa S la v e n W a r r e n

Bill Clark Homes has revived The Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach into an ideal community with exceptional value.


t’s no secret that the housing and economic crisis of the mid-2000s

devastated some builders and developers, leaving homebuyers and residents with abandoned properties, half-built dreams PHOTO by Chris Campbell

and incomplete infrastructures. But out of misfortune often comes opportunity. Which is just what Bill Clark Homes saw in the all but abandoned Ocean Isle Beach community known as The Retreat. Bill Clark Homes purchased the struggling community and revived it with major landscape work and upgraded common areas, and most recently broke

The size and appointments of the homes in The Retreat set this community apart.

ground on a pool and cabana. With 150 sites, some with sought-after pond views, and a location just across the bridge from the beaches of Ocean Isle Beach, the community offers buyers the perfect place to build a dream home. Whether it’s a vacation spot or a year-round residence, The Retreat offers an ideal island location at an exceptional value, with prices from $228,900. “The community consists of larger homes, with more customization,” explains Annah Norris, director of sales and marketing for Bill Clark Homes. “This neighborhood gets away from the tract homes and focuses on higher-end details like hardwood floors and decorative molding and trims.” Inside and out, the aesthetics personify beach-community living, with tropical colors of Hardie board exteriors and metal roofs and palm trees that dot the landscape.


Inside you can expect granite countertops,

“Boaters, cyclists, kayakers, jet skiers and

tray ceilings and ceramic tile, to name just a

sunbathers; there are so many outdoor

few of the smart options.

activities to take up.” And if golf is a favorite

Proximity to the beach and nearby conveniences are draws to The Retreat

pastime, there are more than 15 courses within 10 minutes of the community. The award-winning model home, The

community. Residents and their guests can spend a day at the beach and be home in

Lanai, is open and fully decorated by

less than five minutes, as well as walk to

Pottery Barn to inspire homebuyers with a

nearby restaurants, a nail salon, stores,

bit of tranquil, cottage charm. The model

activities and shopping. And sidewalks

exemplifies the quality and craftsmanship

throughout the entire community make for

of Bill Clark Homes. The Retreat offers

perfect after-dinner strolls with the kids or

three styles of homes to choose from, with

morning jogs to the coffee shop. Though

16 different floor plans and numerous

commerce is just a few steps away, The

elevations, which make the possibilities

Retreat is a quiet, laid-back community with

limitless. “There are so many options to

something for everyone.

customize, buyers will never have to be

The Retreat attracts residents from all

concerned with their home looking like their

walks of life, from retirees to young families

neighbor’s,” says Norris.

who enjoy the family-friendly beach of

The Retreat (910) 350-1744

Ocean Isle. “We definitely attract a more active group of residents,” says Norris.

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St. James Plantation B Y M e l i ssa S la v e n W a r r e n

Adding a new distinctive neighborhood only adds to the allure of this number one– selling community.

of residents, ‘The Pioneers’, settled in, our neighbors have helped fill the pages of our St. James story,”

Southport, St. James Plantation offers

6,000 beautiful acres, good friends and a relaxed lifestyle all wrapped into one inspired coastal community. Brunswick County’s mild climate, coastal attitude and lower cost of living compel visitors from all over the country to consider it as a relocation destination each year. St. James Plantation has even more bragging rights than location, however, like being one of the 50 Best Master Planned Communities in the United States according to Where to Retire Magazine, having three of Golf Digest’s Best Places to Play, and earning the Platinum Club Award reserved for the nation’s top private residential communities. Surrounded by unprecedented amenities, including a private beach club, a full-service marina, tennis courts, fitness facilities, indoor and outdoor pools, community gardens, parks, walking and biking trails, and nearby beaches, St. James Plantation offers something for everyone. “Last year, we welcomed over 300 new families to the neighborhood,” says Katie Campbell, marketing director for St. James Plantation. “We contribute our continued success to our strong sense of community and our developer’s strength and commitment. And, when coupled with competitive pricing, low interest rates and a wide selection of homes and homesites, we’ve been able to achieve unbelievable results.”

Incorporated as a town in 1999, St. James now has its own mayor, fire department and EMS and a thriving and supportive Property Owners Association. There’s a social group for every interest or hobby, so new residents have no trouble making new friends. “We like to say, ‘Everyone from St. James Plantation is

Photo by Nick Noble


Photo by Harry Taylor

explains Campbell.

estled in Brunswick County near

from somewhere else, so making friends comes easy here,’” says Campbell. “Our population is represented by all 50 states and several countries too!” With its national accolades, exceptional

A full-service marina and a private beach are just a couple of the many amenities at St. James.

amenities, highly respected If you’d like to see St. James for yourself,

group of Builders Guild professionals and many neighborhoods, St.

the community is offering three days and two

James Plantation earns its status as the

nights’ accommodations, a round of golf for

number one–selling community in the coastal

two or dinner for two, VIP club access to all of


their amenities and an exclusive real estate

What could St. James possibly do to top

tour of the community to help visitors get

that? Add a new distinctive neighborhood to

acquainted with the quality, beauty and value

its already impressive portfolio, of course.

of the St. James lifestyle. “We invite visitors to be our guests and

Inspired by the same timeless, coastal lifestyle that St. James continues to deliver,

experience our community and lifestyle,”

Legacy Park is a charming new enclave at the

says Campbell.

heart of the community. Homesites will offer

Today, St. James Plantation is home to more than 4,500 property owners.

scenic views of the Reserve Club Golf Course

To learn more about St. James Plantation, visit

and rich landscaping.

or call (800) 245-3871

“Since the early 1990s, when our first group


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Turtlewood at Southport B Y V i ct o r i a P ut n a m

A developer with vision and local contractors are breathing new life into this Southport neighborhood.


urtlewood at Southport is an up-andcoming neighborhood located just off

of E. Moore Street in beautiful Southport. Photography by Jason Hudson

Drive through the neighborhood and be sure to take a relaxing walk to the marsh gazebo — it’s only one of the perks of living in Turtlewood. Developer Todd Jemison has years of experience in gauging the changes in the local real estate market through neighborhood and commercial development. Along with Turtlewood Holdings, Jemison desires to breathe new

Southport’s signature charm and

life into Turtlewood at Southport. To

character to the portfolio of

streamline the selection and purchase

modern homes available in

process for new residents, he is utilizing a

Turtlewood. Three floor plans

range of local businesses for architecture,

are currently being offered: the

construction and real estate services.

Marshwalk Cottage at 1,600 square

Rasa Love, Turtlewood’s onsite real

feet; the Cattail Bungalow at

estate professional with RE/MAX Essential,

1,636 square feet; and the Yaupon

is now in her 18th year of real estate sales

Reserve at 2,169 square feet.

as a multi-million dollar producer. At

Upon completion, the coastal

Turtlewood, Love’s purpose is to guide

neighborhood will consist of

clients through the details of the buying and

approximately 50 single-family

building process.

homes located just 1.5 miles from

Tidal Wave Construction, a progressive

Southport’s town center and

company focused on energy efficiency and

minutes from golf courses, the

owned by builder Todd Piper, is responsible for

beach, shopping and many more

new-home construction in Turtlewood.

conveniences that Southport has

Founded by Piper in 2004, Tidal Wave is based

to offer.

Coastal charm in a natural setting are a winning combination at Turtlewood.

in Wilmington and specializes in building maximum efficiency and low-maintenance homes, including 2x6 wall construction and high-efficiency doors and windows. Together, Jemison, Love and Tidal Wave Construction are working to bring

To learn more about Turtlewood, visit


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Top 10 Sales in Southport, NC for 2013 From January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013

Date Sold


Sold Price

Listing Price


Listing Agent & Company

Selling Agent & Company


River Watch




John G Hamilton, Intracoastal Realty Corp

Kent Lee Sr, Martha Lee Realty Company LLC


Cape Fear River Heights




Martha Lee, Martha Lee Realty Co LLC - OIB

Vicki Burton, Southport Realty Inc


Cape Fear River Heights




Art Skipper, Art Skipper Realty

Kay C Jolliff, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc Realtors


Indigo Plantation




Shay Watkins, Southport Realty, Inc

Robin Craven, Atlantic Realty Professionals, Inc






Kay C Jolliff, Margaret Rudd & Associates, Inc Realtors

Pam Hayes, Southport Realty, Inc.


Morse & Weeks




Katherine G Hufham, Southport Realty, Inc

Katherine G Hufhan, Southport Realty, Inc


The Landing at Sp




Renee Yost, Intracoastal Realty Corp

John Prendergast, Seabreeze Rentals & Sales






Mary Ann McCarthy, Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage

Sherol Lappala, Southport Realty, Inc






Sherol Lappala, Southport Realty, Inc

Ben Styers, Southport Realty, Inc


Harbor Oaks




Pam Wooddell, Live Oak Real Estate

Erica Thomas, Coastal Development & Realty

Source: Research and data compiled from the Brunswick County Multiple Listing Service.

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At Home in Southern Brunswick County Meet 10 homeowners who like calling Southern Brunswick County home.


Brunswick County is a great place to live. Ask anyone who lives here and they’ll give you a long list of reasons why they love this area. Whether they escaped the frigid winters of the north in retirement, moved to the area for work or grew up here and decided to stay, there are thousands of people who are willing to sing the praises of Southern Brunswick County. We tracked down a few them and asked them about where they came from and why they chose to live here. We enjoyed reading our neighbors’ stories and we think you will too.

Compiled by Kate Wolford & Molly Harrison PHOTOGRAPHY BY Jason Hudson, Ethan Sigmon & Megan Fogel

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Marie John Best

Where did you move from? Gaithersburg, Maryland (suburb of the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area) Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? Having both lived in the Washington, D.C., metro area our whole lives, we were ready to make the move to a location that offered a more laid-back, easy-going pace. While growing up in Maryland, we did have access to the beaches in Maryland and Delaware and spent many a summer

there. Later, in our adult years, we discovered the beautiful beaches of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and returned there for our annual vacation for 25+ years. As we both love being in close proximity to the ocean, southeastern North Carolina was an easy decision for us. In addition, the weather is great, with much milder winters than we were used to living in Maryland (on moving day, we “donated” our snow shovel to a neighbor). The reduced traffic volume and ease of traveling by car is refreshing when compared to what we were used to, and it was important to us that we relocated to an area that allowed us to visit family back in Maryland with relative ease (either via car or air travel). Which community did you decide to move to? The Retreat at Ocean Isle in Ocean Isle Beach

Huntington, Long Island, N.Y. Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? After looking up and down the East Coast as far as St. Augustine, Fla., it seemed like a great place to retire to and we were right. What community did you decide to move to?


What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? Driving over the causeway to the beach.

How long have you lived here? Just over two years (as of June 2012)

Where did you move from?

Maryann Frank Hohman

Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them? Bill Clark Homes. We visited the southeastern N.C. area on two separate occasions spanning the course of two years, and, with the help of a local Realtor, were taken to a number of local homes and developments that were on the market at that time. Both of us were impressed by the architectural details (both inside and out) of Bill Clark Homes and the ability to make changes to the existing floor plans, as well as the length of time that Bill Clark Homes had been in the homebuilding business. Our experience with all level of staff at Bill Clark Homes has been very pleasant, from the building process through to the warranty period.

Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them? Logan Homes. The models were of great quality for the price, and Logan also has an excellent reputation. What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? Easy access to the beaches of Oak Island and the charm of downtown Southport.

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beach. Our neighborhood is in a quiet area only a couple miles from downtown. How long have you lived here? We have lived in our home nearly four years, since November 2010. What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? North Carolina’s coast is a beautiful area in which to live. We both enjoy spending time at the beach and eating at local seafood restaurants. Brandon loves fishing on his days off. Another unexpected favorite for us has been learning about our local film industry. We have both had the opportunity to be extras in various television shows and movies filmed here.

Brandon Jolley Lauren Jolley

Where did you move from? Brandon is originally from Sparta, Tenn., where he lived prior to attending pharmacy school at Campbell University in North Carolina. Lauren is from Sanford, N.C., and also attended pharmacy school at Campbell, which is where we met.

Carolina, quickly came to enjoy the activities available at the coast. After Brandon’s graduation from pharmacy school in 2010, he began looking for jobs in the area and was hired by New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, prompting our move to southeastern North Carolina.

Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? Lauren grew up vacationing at the N.C. beaches with her family; and Brandon, upon moving to North

Which community did you decide to move to and why? We moved to Turtlewood because we loved the small-town atmosphere of Southport and its proximity to the

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Gene Karen Columbo

Where did you move from? Gaithersburg, Maryland Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? We were looking for an established golf club community near the beach in a state that would be warmer in the winter yet still give us three seasons. Lower North Carolina had all that we were looking for. We then discovered that the WilmingtonSouthport area would give us that small-town feel with amenities of a larger city. The fact that we would be in a lovely town like Southport made the move even more appealing. What community did you decide to move to and why? We wanted a community that had an established lifestyle and finished amenities and was either in a small town and the beach or close to a town and beach. St. James Plantation seemed the best fit. It had a variety of golf clubs and outdoor facilities and it was not restricted to the over-55 crowd. Since it is on the Intracoastal Waterway with a marina, St. James also provides a beach-style approach to living. There were already more than 2,000 homes here when we bought land in 2005, and the community continued to grow and expand in a controlled way. For us, it was by far the best location in southeastern North Carolina.

Who built your home and why did you decide to build with that company? Our builder was Trusst, an established builder that has constructed hundreds of homes in Brunswick Forest and other developments in southeastern North Carolina. We wanted to use a semi-custom builder that had existing home plans with an established pricing model. Trusst’s plans were very complete with few add-ons. Everything was included, from special ceilings, quality light fixtures, full tile bathrooms, tiled front and rear porches to sound systems, lovely floor layouts and upscale kitchen appliances. We knew up front what our final construction costs would be. They had many sample homes to visit, and our model, the Mason, had the ideal layout. It is very open with window-walls on the back that take in the full view of our pond. What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? The people, the lifestyle and Southport. We love the friendly atmosphere, the slower lifestyle and the warmer weather. Southport is also a historical town that respects its past. Southport reminds us of a New England oceanfront village. Since the population in Southport is becoming more diverse, with residents moving in from all over the country, we find that this just adds to the richness of the existing culture here, a culture that is warm and inviting.

How long have you lived here? Since December 2013. 36

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Darci R. Griffith

Where did you move from? Lillington, N.C.

How long have you lived here? I am a brand-new resident. We just moved in this week!

Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? My husband and I traveled extensively due to his military service. We always dreamed of retiring near family and the beautiful beaches in southeastern North Carolina. Unfortunately, he lost a two-and-a-half-year battle with cancer in May, and we decided prior to his passing that it was the perfect place for me to raise our children.

Who built your home? Bill Clark Homes. From the moment I viewed the home, I was impressed with the superior quality of the house and the unique attention to detail in every home I toured within the community. The home consultant for Bill Clark Homes was helpful, knowledgeable and caring, which made for a superior, personalized home-buying experience.

Which community did you decide to move to and why? I chose the Rourk Woods Community because, quite frankly, it felt like home. It is a peaceful, family-oriented neighborhood with fantastic amenities and only a short drive to any number of beaches and entertainment. Also, I was very pleased to find that my dream home was in a great school district.

What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? My favorite thing is the close proximity of beaches and entertainment. Being a military spouse was difficult at times, but one great advantage was the constant travel. Living here still provides me with the feeling that you can take off in any direction and find something unique and fun to do.

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Where did you move from? Newport, R.I. Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? It was a spur of the moment decision. We liked the area.

Royal JoAnne Philpott

David Rose Tester


activity at the amenity centers. We also have a golf tournament fundraiser every Labor Day that benefits CIS (Communities in Schools). How long have you lived here? We have been here 8 years.

Which community did you decide to move to and why? We chose Crow Creek because it is a golf course community, and the grounds are very well maintained and attractive. Plus, the housing prices are affordable, as are the taxes. Crow Creek is a great place to live and is a very active community. Some of the activities are a men’s and women’s golf league, a book club and a monthly

What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? The availability of golf and the

Where did you move from? We moved here from Fletcher, N.C.

How long have you lived here? We have lived here two years.

Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? We visited Southport on mini vacations and couldn’t find a reason to leave.

Who built your home? The builder was Cambridge Southport LLC.

Which community did you decide to move to and why? We chose Cambridge Crossings. We found the residents of Cambridge Crossings to be extremely nice. We were treated like friends even while looking at the housing that was available. We love the small community and the closeness of all the neighbors.

weather. The location is great, too — a country feel but close to shopping, airports and restaurants.

What is your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? It is very difficult to identify one favorite thing about southeastern North Carolina. We love the smalltown feel of Southport and Oak Island, the uncrowded beaches and the calmness that abounds when the tourist season is over. The location is just perfect. We are within an hour or less drive from either Wilmington or Myrtle Beach. The positives for living here are endless.

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What community did you decide to move to and why? Sunset Ridge in Ocean Isle Beach. While vacationing here, we came across the development on our way to visit my sister and brother-in-law who had just retired to Holden Beach. How long have you lived here? We have lived here for four and a half years.

Vince Lexie DiBattista

Where did you move from? Jefferson Hills, Pa. (Pittsburgh) Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? To semi-retire and escape the stress of our former jobs ... and, of course, for the weather!

Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them? Bill Clark Homes. We first bought a new, existing townhome in Sunset Ridge and after three years we decided to build a single-family home. Because of the friendships we had developed and the affordability of a Bill Clark Home, we wouldn’t think of living anywhere else. And, of course, our salesperson, Eric Lank, who we now consider our friend, made our experience throughout the building process an enjoyable one! What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? Too many to mention, but the top three are the weather, the beach and the laid-back style of living.

Where did you move from? While we have a Chapel Hill address, we live in North Chatham County very close to Jordan Lake. We are in the process of relocating to our new home in Ocean Isle Beach over the next several months. Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? We have vacationed between Sunset and Ocean Isle beaches for over 30 years and with so many friends and relatives in the area, we always knew that we would be here. Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them? Our home was built by Scott Quaintance and his team at Carolina Bluewater Construction. We selected Scott based upon his work on several homes of friends and associates. He did not disappoint! We had no vision or plans for our home and only provided Scott with a list of preferences from which he did the design. We didn’t change anything. The high quality workmanship of the Carolina Bluewater team coupled with Scott’s attention to detail made this build a terrific experience for us. 40

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Rich Kathy Thomas

Where did you move from? We were born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, but moved to the Columbus area in 1990. We moved to North Carolina from Dublin, Ohio, in February of 2013. Why did you move to southeastern N.C.? We had vacationed along the southeastern coast of North Carolina with our children for several years. We absolutely loved the area. Upon our retirement, we couldn’t really come up with a reason not to relocate to our very favorite place to be. What community did you decide to move to and why? We settled into Cade’s Cove in Southport. The beautiful cottage-style homes Cardinal Builders was offering were exactly what we were looking for. Along with our beautiful home we have a neighborhood designed for riding bikes, walking, running, swimming or simply visiting friends on their front porches.

Who built your home and why did you decide to build with them? We found Cardinal Builders to produce excellent homes. Their structurally sound product, attention to detail and willingness to work with us made the building process comfortable and easy. Not a small feat considering we lived in Ohio at the time. What’s your favorite thing about southeastern N.C.? The Intracoastal Waterway is 1 mile away and the beach is a short 10-minute drive. Southport is home. It is a small, old fishing village where everyone knows everyone else. Beautiful live oaks canopy the streets. People care about each other and help each other. If someone asks how you’re doing, they really care to know. Southport settles into your heart and makes you a better person.

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Brunswick County - Overall Market Stats 2008-2013 Year by Year Comparison of Volume, Transactions, Days on the Market & Sales Price

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Bill Clark Homes B Y M e l i ssa S la v e n W a r r e n

A custom homes division now gives clients even more home-building options.

launched custom homes division. They’re busy hiring and training new staff members to be able to meet the demands of the custom division.

Homes has created hundreds of

Homebuyers will still experience the meticulous

new home communities at various

design and workmanship of a

locations throughout southeastern North

Bill Clark Home at an

Carolina and in all price ranges. As a

affordable price, but with

model example of their commitment to

more input than a production

superior quality, design excellence and

or semi-custom home. And

attention to customer service, the builder

custom homes don’t have to

is steadfast in giving buyers what they

be built in a Bill Clark Homes

ask for in a home, and that means

community. Bill Clark Homes

constantly evolving their building

serves as a preferred builder

practices. Bill Clark Homes demonstrated

in many new home communities that are

its forward-thinking philosophy by

not their own, as well as offers to build new

recently adding a custom homes division.

homes on sites that customers already own

“The custom division was the next logical step for us based on the demand

Bill Clark Homes custom homes offer meticulous design and workmanship at an affordable price.

in other communities. Contrary to popular belief, the word

of homebuyers,” says Annah Norris,

custom doesn’t have to translate to “out-of-

Director of Sales and Marketing at Bill

my-price-range.” Bill Clark Homes custom-

Clark Homes. “They’re looking for

home prices start at $150,000 and peak as

less-restrictive floor plans created to suit

high as their customers want.

their own needs, and we have an

the homes apart from anything else on the islands. “We’re specializing in nice street scapes with beautiful porches,” says Norris. Nearly four decades of evolution and Bill Clark Homes’ reputation for providing buyers the most home for their money has remained consistent. Now they get even more options for their money.

Buyers can choose from a portfolio of

opportunity to provide the efficiency

custom-built plans if they’re looking for

typically enjoyed by big builders to our

something quick without much customization,

more custom homebuyers.”

but any number of changes can be made to

Of course, starting a new division in a

give the plan a personal touch. Homebuyers

still-recovering housing market can be a

are also encouraged to bring in their own

bit risky, but not when you’re doing

plans, and the designers at Bill Clark Homes

everything right. Within the first phases of spring, Bill Clark Homes experienced

To learn more about building your custom home, contact Brea Faircloth

will work to bring their dream home to reality.

at (910) 540-0037 or

A product Bill Clark Homes is most pleased

record-breaking building months in the

to offer in their custom division is what they

Carolinas. “We’ve seen a twenty-five

call their “Waterfront Collection.” Designed

percent increase in growth from this

for the local islands, these are not the typical

time last year,” says Norris. Some of that

beach home. “We’re designing our homes for

growth spurt is due to the newly

living,” Norris says. “Not just for renting.”


The curb appeal and attention to detail sets

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ver the last 37 years, Bill Clark

On your lot; above and beyond your expectations. An award-winning builder since 1977, Bill Clark Homes builds high quality custom

homes in a variety of price ranges and in many desirable locations across the Carolinas. We’ve become one of the top builders in the nation, and we’re right here in your community. Call Brea Faircloth to discuss how our family can build a legacy for yours.



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Carolina Bluewater Construction B Y V i ct o r i a P ut n a m

Top-quality custom homes and personalized service lead to satisfied customers.

describe their vision for their future home. Scott reports that many people come in with wish lists and tear sheets from magazines. After this meeting, concept drawings of the house are created for

Bluewater Construction, the

review. After finalizing the

running joke is that the company’s

floor plans — which Scott

initials, CBC, actually stand for

draws up himself —the

Continuing Bruce’s Construction.

construction process is

Scott Quaintance, owner of CBC, is

broken down into

carrying on the tradition of his father,

manageable phases for the

Bruce Quaintance, in building top-

future homeowners.

quality custom homes. And now Scott is

The very first site visit

Carolina Bluewater Construction has built homes in Ocean Isle Beach, Sunset Beach, Calabash and many of the area’s golf communities.

establishing a solid reputation of his

requires that the home be

own. Having grown up working for his

staked out on the lot, allowing

father’s construction company, Scott

Scott and his clients to adjust the orientation

isn’t short on experience when it comes

of the house to capture the best views.

to planning, designing and building

During this visit, the homeowners are

unique homes in the Brunswick area.

responsible for selecting all exterior materials

Boasting a degree in civil engineering

and colors, as well as all plumbing fixtures.

and a general contractor’s license, he is

Once construction is underway, the

also a licensed Professional Engineer

clients are brought in for the first

with the National Council of Building

walkthrough of their soon-to-be home. This

Designer Certification. Scott and CBC

visit is when most of the important

have built homes in Ocean Isle Beach.

decisions are made and when the home

Should you ever consider hiring Scott

truly begins to take on a custom feel. The

and CBC to build your home, there are

clients meet with the interior designer to

several things you can expect to happen

select types and colors of surfaces,

in the process, some of them unique to

including flooring and paint. Details for the

CBC. For example, throughout

kitchen and bathroom cabinets — all custom

construction, homeowners can go to

built — are also finalized in this phase.

CBC’s website and use the online portal

construction is nearly complete. The only

updates. This feature is particularly

decisions left to make are selecting light fixtures,

useful for those who live afar.

deciding the layout of each closet, and choosing

maintenance for years to come. Over the years, CBC has amassed a range of satisfied customers, including one who has hired CBC to build three homes in two years. “This was the third home I have been a part of building, and while I live 9 hours away, [the CBC] team kept me informed weekly through a wonderful website of photos and narratives,” says Kathy White. “I felt a part of the construction process. I highly recommend Carolina Bluewater Construction!”


CONSTRUCTION To learn more, call (910) 575-7100 or visit

shower doors and mirrors. When these steps are

big step is the design meeting. This is

completed, the home is move-in ready. However,

when clients sit down with Scott and

CBC doesn’t cut ties with their clients at this


subcontractors are available for ongoing home

The next walkthrough takes place when

to log in and view weekly photo

Before construction begins, the first

point; instead, Scott says he and his

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mong the inner circle at Carolina

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Logan Homes B Y D e n i c e P att e r s o n

Nearly three decades of building luxurious, quality homes in New Hanover and Brunswick counties.

touches are also available — from built-in warming ovens and unique beverage coolers in the kitchen to custom pools under a screened lanai in the backyard. Customization is a key component of a Logan Homes

building quality custom homes in

build, and the Logan Design

the Wilmington and Brunswick County

Studio in Belville is a

areas. D Logan started his company

homebuilder’s playground. In

after working for years as a carpenter’s

July, Logan Homes will debut

apprentice on homes in Wrightsville

the newly expanded,

Beach and Figure Eight Island. After

6,000-square-foot location,

learning the craft of fine homebuilding,

along with a beautiful outdoor

he knew he wanted to provide luxury

studio. Logan Homes’

and quality not only to individual homes,

experienced staff of designers,

but also to entire developments.

salespeople, estimators, superintendents,

Twenty-eight years later, D and his

Customization is a key component of a Logan Home.

project managers and accountants are ready

team are still hard at work improving

to assist those who are embarking on a

and growing Logan Homes. They have

custom home-building experience, and a

built a quality reputation as builders in

team of design specialists is on hand to assist

Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe,

home buyers with personalizing or

Helms Port, Landfall, Ocean Ridge,

customizing their new Logan Home.

Palmetto Creek, River Landing, St.

Buyers can see and touch the materials

James Plantation, Waterford and

that will be used to build their new home,

Winding River developments.

from cabinets and countertops to outdoor grills and pergolas. For those who prefer the

With 11 in-house home-design collections that encompass more than 90

full-scale approach, Logan Homes showcases

floor plans, Logan Homes has a home

dozens of model homes in a variety of

design for just about anyone. They also

developments around the area, all ready for

design and build custom homes on

visitors at a moment’s notice.

doesn’t end with the move-in. “Once a client builds with Logan Homes, they become part of the family,” D Logan says. For the past three decades, thousands of homeowners have enjoyed the luxury of owning a Logan Home and are happy to share their experiences of building with the company. To read what customers have to say about their experiences check the website for customer reviews and homeowner testimonials.

Everyone at Logan Homes works together

private home sites. Recently, Logan Homes unveiled its new Harbor series, a coastal-inspired

to ensure a smooth homebuilding experience. “We use cutting-edge technologies and

collection. These designs include

streamlined processes that make building their

To learn more about

spacious, open floor plans with hardwood

dream home as easy as 1, 2, 3,” says D Logan.

Logan Homes, visit

and tile floors, vibrant color palettes, and

“We are more than a group of dedicated

lush landscaping for ultimate curb appeal.

building professionals; we are a family.”

As with all Logan Homes, individual


For most people, the Logan experience

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ince 1986 Logan Homes has been

Dream big. Build smart. At Logan Homes, we’re more than a group of dedicated building professionals, we’re a family. By sharing in our beliefs and values we establish the basis for how we do business and grow as an organization. We’re selective about where we build because you’re selective about where you live. The Builder Specialists at Logan Homes make finding your ideal neighborhood easy. Take a look at our map to find the location that fits, or tell us where your home site is. Wherever your ideal home site is, we’ll build you the home of your dreams. Contact our Builder Specialists to learn more, schedule a community tour, and get started today! | 800.761.4707 | 60 Gregory Road Suite 1 Belville, N.C. 28451 Special section: south Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate | 2014 Edition 49

Trusst Builder Group B Y D e bb i e Ell i o tt

community is conveniently

and developer of quality homes

located near the intersection

and neighborhoods throughout New

of 17th Street and

Hanover and Brunswick counties. Since

Independence Boulevard,

1992 Trusst has built more than 2,000

adjacent to the Cameron Art

homes in the Cape Fear region and the

Museum, Halyburton Park and

majority of homes in Brunswick Forest.

Cross City Trail. The

Trusst Builder Group sold 150 homes in

community is named in honor

2013. At this writing there were 60 Trusst

of the Civil War Battle of Forks

homes under construction in Brunswick

Road that occurred nearby in

Forest and Hearthstone in Leland and

1865. It’s where the Union

Ashton Place and Compass Pointe in

Army and U.S. Colored Troops

Brunswick County. Floor plans include

were victorious over the

townhomes, patio homes and semi-

Confederate soldiers, leading

custom home designs ranging from

the way for the Union to

$139,500 to $450,000 and up.

ultimately overtake Wilmington.

New Office & Design Center in Waterford Village To better serve its customers in Brunswick County, Trusst Builder Group will soon relocate its offices to 481 Olde Waterford Way in Leland. “This new office building is ideally located in the center of new home sales activity for the Cape Fear region, which makes it very convenient for our homeowners and gives us the space we need to create a new, expanded Design Center,” says Shawn Horton, owner of Trusst Builder Group. “Here, we’ll be able to feature the wide array of finishes we offer to our buyers so they can tailor their new homes to suit their tastes and needs.”

Trusst has built more than 2,000 homes in the area since 1992.

The Forks is an exciting blend of classic design, Southern charm and modern amenities. The neighborhood will offer a mix of single-family, detached homes and

River, Magnolia Greens, Waterford and Palmetto Creek. Homeowners are so enamored with Trusst Builder Group home designs and floor plans that in some years, Trusst sells as many homes in other neighborhoods as they do in their own. Trusst Builder Group says it is unique in its

townhomes on 46 acres. Construction is scheduled to begin in fall 2014, with model homes opening in spring 2015. Forks Development, LLC is a partnership between Trusst Builder Group and the developers of Gallery Park, a 300-acre, master-planned, mixed-use project that will feature first-class retail, offices and a variety of residential environments. Gallery Park will

ability to construct custom-quality homes without the custom price. Trusst includes the special features homeowners want — such as granite countertops, stainless appliances, hardwoods, high-efficiency heating and air conditioning, fireplaces, wood shelving, sound systems and much more — as standard in all of its homes.

be a pedestrian-friendly community complete with recreation activities, parks, open space and landscaped amenities. More information is available online at

House Calls Program

The Forks Trusst Builder Group’s newest venture is The Forks at Gallery Park, a rare opportunity on what many consider to be the “best piece of undeveloped land in New Hanover County.” This new-home


In addition to its featured neighborhoods, Trusst Builder Group offers its House Calls

To learn more about

program in which homeowners can build a

Trusst Builder Group, visit

Trusst home within the neighborhood of their

choice. Trusst Builder Group has homes underway in St. James Plantation, Winding

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russt Builder Group is a builder

Trusst Builder Group

Now Making House Calls

Now building in Brunswick Forest, Compass Pointe, Magnolia Greens, St. James Plantation, Waterford, Winding River and your neighborhood. 910.371.0304

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Top 20 Builders in Brunswick County For 2013


From January 1 - December 31, 2013 Ranked by total number of permits pulled

Logan Homes 60 Gregory Road, Suite 1 Belville, NC 28451 ■ (800) 761-4707 ■ President: D Logan


Bill Clark Homes 127 Racine Drive, Suite 201 Wilmington, NC 28403 ■ (910) 350-1744 ■ President: Bill Clark

Trusst Builders


1022 Grandiflora Drive, Suite 130 Leland, NC 28451 ■ (910) 371-0304 ■ President: Shawn Horton

Stevens Fine Homes 5710 Oleander Drive, Suite 200 Wilmington, North Carolina, 28403 ■ (910) 794-8699 ■ President: Craig Stevens

Jordan Built Signature Homes 933 Old Knight Road, Knightdale, NC 27545 ■ (919) 266-4966 ■ President: Mike Jordan

Hearthside Builders Centex Homes DR Horton AWK Corp. Beazer Homes Pyramid Homes Buff Builders TFT & Co. Cardinal Builders CAW CAW Land Crane Building Co. True North Building Company, LLC Ernest G. Crews Construction, Inc. Barker & Canady Custom Homes Plantation Building Corp.

43 42 41 37 32 29 29 25 22 21 17 15 15 14 14

75 54

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Source: Stats compiled by M.O.R.E. (Market Opportunity Research Enterprises®) and are based on permits pulled between January 1, 2013 - December 31, 2013.


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Meadowlands Golf Club is the first local golf course to explore the union of soccer and golf. S T OR Y B Y


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was a big wedding recently at the Meadowlands Golf Club in Calabash, the joining of soccer and golf. The union produced the new sports excitement known as FootGolf. Never heard of it? Let’s talk about it! FootGolf is referred to as a crossover sport. The basic concept is to kick a soccer ball from the tee area on a golf course into an oversized hole to score. The game can be played with or without a golf cart with a maximum of four players per hole. It takes approximately two hours to play 18 holes. The holes are shortened for play and incorporated into the existing golf holes. This is a great social game, but a strictly competitive format is also enjoyed by many. It is for players of all ages. The American FootGolf League (AFGL) introduced the sport of FootGolf in North America in 2011. The league is a

member of FIFG (Federation for International FootGolf), which regulates the game. The rules of play are very similar to rules of golf. The AFGL works with golf courses to enable them to bring the game to their clubs. For existing golf courses, there are many different methods to integrate FootGolf into their offerings. This creates increased revenue for their courses and also further develops the game itself. The league also organizes tournaments throughout the country. There are presently more than 130 AFGL accredited courses in 31 states, and the game is played in 22 countries. The PGA has expressed strong support for the sport and considers it a positive overall for the game of golf. It is hoped that courses that have not yet considered adding it to their offerings will reconsider after learning of the PGA support. The classic uniform for golf is required — collared shirts, golf-style pants, etc. Golf shoes with spikes and soccer cleats Summer 2014


are prohibited. Argyle knee-high socks are preferred for official FootGolf tournaments organized by AFGL. Many players, however, also enjoy the argyle sock wearing as part of the humorous side of the sport and are competitive about their patterns. Another advantage for players is that they do not have to invest in a set of golf clubs. A No. 5 soccer ball is all that is needed — and your kicking leg! A complete list of FootGolf courses by state is available on the AFGL website ( Rules of the game can also be found on the site. This is a sport that appeals to family groups, friends, organized groups and leagues. It is a unique idea for fundraising instead of the usual golf tournament. Consider it for birthday parties or an end-of-the-season party as well. It’s also something new for vacationers to try. Meadowlands’ journey to FootGolf originated with Jason Monahan, general manager and head pro for both Meadowlands Golf Course and Farmstead Golf Links. He has had this vision for Meadowlands for approximately two years. His combined involvement with both sports as a youth soccer coach and as head pro at two golf courses gave him the background to go


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forward to design and create in a first-class way. He envisioned a positive revenue increase as well as putting his club solidly on the golf map. Golfers who might never have discovered Meadowlands now had an interesting reason to investigate and become part of an exciting new sport. During that time Monahan conscientiously researched every angle of this new sport, which was beginning to attract attention and create curiosity. He began serious work on this project in April 2014, with more intense research and responding to his main inspiration, his three children, ages 13, 10 and 8. Monahan’s middle daughter was born hearing impaired. She has become, along with her two siblings, an avid

FootGolf player, enjoying a sport in which her lack of hearing is not a handicap. Monahan feels strongly about the positive benefits of getting children away from their computers and other tools of technology and out into the fresh air for some good exercise. A round of FootGolf enables them to walk between 3,000 and 3,500 yards. He says the sport stimulates interaction, imagination, vision and the mind in general in many areas. Quality time with the family is also at the top of Monahan’s list of positives for total family involvement. He now repeatedly hears the request: “Dad, can we go out and play golf now?” Critically important to Monahan is reassuring golfers that their regular golf game will not be threatened in any manner by FootGolf. Some drastic testing has been done to make sure of this for golfers. Nothing will be taken away from their product or devalue their game. The sports will coexist and will operate in a professional manner. The grand opening for the FootGolf course was on July 12, 2014. Opening pricing was $10 for 14U (14 and under) and $15 for adults. Golf carts can be rented. Monahan knows that the game will give far more than anyone expects. Once you have seen it played live, “it just all sinks in,” he says. Of course, the World Cup of soccer has helped create an interest in this new sport. There has been increased television coverage recently regarding the growing interest in FootGolf, and Monahan has enjoyed positive support from neighbors and friends regarding his development of FootGolf, with comments such as “Greatest thing you’ve done; just awesome.” Music to Monahan’s ears would be the following phone call: “Hello. I’m

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sorry to bother you today, but I’m planning our wedding and we’re wondering if we could possibly schedule a FootGolf theme wedding with your club?” Remember this all started with the wedding of soccer to golf. May they live happily ever after! Meadowlands Golf Club 1000 Meadowlands Dr., Calabash (910) 287-7529 n

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behind the business

{ 1972 Above: Henry Holt (left) and Charles Holt, the two brothers who took over the Holt Oil Company business from their father, William D. Holt.


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Family First Holt Oil Company has been in the same family for more than eight decades and is still thriving.


William D. Holt bought his first service station in Fayetteville in 1930, Herbert Hoover was president and the price of gas was 17 cents per gallon. Holt sold gas at the store, but he also bought a truck and a 5-gallon can and began delivering heating oil to the neighbors, calling his new business Crystal Oil Company. The business did well, not only surviving the Great Depression, but also thriving as Holt added new stations and delivery trucks. He incorporated the business in 1939, and Holt Oil Company was born. Over the years, three sons came along — William Jr., Charles and Henry. Charles and Henry joined their father in the family business and the two managed it well over the decades. The heating oil business grew and was sold,

{ story by Denice Patterson


a small venture in heating and air conditioning sales and service came and went, but the gas station and convenience store operations thrived. Eight decades after the founding, one son and 11 grandchildren own and manage the family business, and the name of Crystal Oil has been long forgotten. Although last surviving son, Henry, has retired from the daily work, he remains active as chairman of the board. The rest of the board shakes out like a family tree — Charles’ son-in-law, Louis Cox, is the current president; he is the husband of Sarah Holt Cox. Henry’s son, Bill, is the youngest Holt at the helm and is the treasurer. Henry’s son, Walter, is Holt’s vice president. Their cousin, Hannah Holt, the company secretary, is Charles Holt’s other daughter and is the director of convenience store operations for the business.

1969 Above: Charles Holt (left), Henry Holt (middle) and an unidentified man transitioning a gas station from the Arco brand to the American brand in 1969.

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She joined the company in 1989 after a brief career as a sales representative for a wine distributer. “When I graduated from UNC, I wanted to have a career of my own,” she says. Holt Oil Company was not on her radar. One day her father called and offered her a job. “I hesitated, because you are always your parent’s child, no matter what you do.” But she gave the idea a great deal of thought and a new career was born. “It turned out one of the best parts of being here was getting to work with Dad,” she says. The 84-year success of the three-generation business is based on three ideas: put family first, be an industry leader, and give back to the community. Over the years, this model has worked. Holt has grown to two offices, 22 stores and 300 full-time and part-time employees. The company owns and operates 11 of those stores and leases out the others. Brunswick County is home to three of Holt’s stores. The oldest, Magnolia Greens Country Store on Highway 17 in Leland, was the pioneer store in the Magnolia Greens development 14 years ago. The Maco Depot on Maco Road in Leland is 8 years old and pays homage to the Maco Lights phenomenon. “The country-store design of the Maco location really offered the community a sense of place,” Hannah says. “The day we opened, a group of eight locals came and claimed the rocking chairs on the front porch. One older woman even made sure customers wiped their feet before entering.” The newest store in the Holt portfolio is the Ocean Highway Country Store in Bolivia at the intersection of Old Ocean Highway and Highway 17. It is home to a 45-seat Subway restaurant, featuring a separate entrance from the store. The 4,000-square-foot building sits on 2 acres and has been in the pipeline for more than six years. It was only last year that the land owners were ready to sell, and Holt broke ground right away. The store location is perfect for Holt. “We want to be a presence in rural communities,” Hannah says. “We love the feel of the old timey country store, and our customers do as well.” Charles Holt was the brainchild behind the country-store design and business model. Holt’s first country store was built in Fayetteville near I-95 in 1985. Louis Cox helped develop and oversee the construction of that store. “The store had a deli and offered local handmade arts and crafts, similar to a Cracker Barrel,” Hannah says. “As time went on and we opened more country stores, it was clear that the customers liked the easiness of the front porch, rocking chairs and the feeling of community that the design offered. We moved away from the arts and crafts offerings and focused more on convenience items.” 124

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Above: left to right back row, Louis Cox (president), Walter Holt (vice president), Hannah Holt (secretary) and Bill Holt (treasurer), pictured at the new Middle River C-Store in Bolivia; front row, Terri Booker, Maryann Mongo, Becky Ferguson and Toni Levidus.

Being a good steward of the environment is very important to the company. In 1990 Holt purchased and developed the site at the corner of Porters Neck Road and Highway 17 near Hampstead and purposely placed the store where it preserved the live oaks that are on that lot. The products that Holt offers in the stores also reflect their desire to do the right thing. Their signature coffee — Pura Vida — is an organic, free-trade product. Supporting the community is also very important to the Holt family. In Brunswick County Holt sponsors the Dixie Youth Baseball League. And the first fundraiser for the new Ocean Highway store will benefit LOPE equine rescue volunteer Lauryn Zepeda in Bolivia. Company-wide, the Holts donate thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours to local charities. Their annual golf tournament benefits the North Carolina Coastal Land Trust. “Over the past 11 years we have raised more than $225,000 for the Coastal Land Trust,” Hannah says. After Charles’ death, the company set up a scholarship with UNCW in the master’s degree program for public administration. The future looks bright for Holt Oil Company. The directors are taking the slow approach to growth and expect to add a new store only every two years or so. The fourth generation of Holts is growing up and graduating from college now. In fact, at age 23 Charles Cox — Louis and Sarah’s son, Charles’ grandson, and William’s great grandson — is showing an interest in Holt Oil. “Won’t that be something?” Hannah says. “Four generations and counting!” You can find out more about Holt Oil online at Or stop by their newest location on Ocean Highway in Bolivia opening this summer. n


Happy Birthday, St.


The Town of St. James celebrated its 15th anniversary with four days of parties and events. story and PHOTOGRAPHY by Carolyn Bowers


July 1, three days before the Town of Southport and the rest of the country honored our nation’s 238th birthday, the Town of St. James celebrated its 15th birthday with back-toback activities and events for everyone. St. James holds its anniversary celebration every five years, and the Founders Day Committee stretched this one out spanning four days. It began on June 28 with a family cruise

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down the Intracoastal Waterway. More than 100 optimistic souls ignored the threat of rain, picked up their boxed lunches and boarded the Winner Cruise Queen. This was followed by an adult cruise for those who were willing to brave the heavy rains and drink their way down to Holden Beach and back. The next three days were picture perfect, with blue skies, moderate temperatures and low humidity, much to the relief of the several hundred families who had grandchildren visiting. On Sunday the kids were treated to “Lynne and the Wave,” a family entertainment group that knows what kids like to do. The older folks enjoyed a nostalgic moment when the kids played the modern-day version of musical chairs — with hoops instead of chairs — and the DJ played “Rock Around the Clock.” The first event on Monday was a fishing derby for kids from ages 2 to 16. One hundred and fifty very excited fishermen cast their line, caught a fish, bagged it, ran to get it weighed, and watched it being thrown back in the pond. Then they started the process all over again until it was time to have pizza and collect their souvenirs and prizes.

Top: Nancy Laudone, parade committee chair (left) and MaryAnn Wennemer, Founders Day committee chair Middle: Homer Wright presents Johann Meissner with his trophy for catching the largest fish Bottom: The St. James Model Yacht Club regatta


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St. James Plantation developer and “patron saint” Homer Wright was on hand to help award the prizes for the biggest fish in each of four age categories. Nine-year-old Johann Meissner, grandson of St. James residents Joe and Mary Lynn Meissner, was the day’s big winner with a 4.9 lb. catfish. He also caught a one pound bass and several brim fish. An informal survey was taken and the result was unanimous: When asked who taught them how to fish, every kid who was polled smiled and said it was their grandpa. One kid turned around and pointed to the two people sitting behind him and said, “thems.” “Thems” would clearly be grandma and grandpa by anyone’s guess. Dick Lefebvre and Bob Paloncy, co-chairs of the event, stocked the Woodlands Park Amphitheater Pond with 1,400 brim fish on December 11, 2013, and they fed them every day until three days before the fishing derby. Dick said the pond also had a good number of catfish and bass. According to 9-year-old Octavio, “The bass that just swam by here was about half the size of me.” All the fish that were caught were returned to the pond and are ready to bite on the next fisherman’s worm. Since a birthday isn’t really much of a birthday without a cake, the town served cake and coffee on Monday afternoon at the St. James Community Center, where visitors could also read about the history of St. James Plantation and the incorporation of the town on July 1, 1999. They learned that the name St. James was suggested by Homer Wright’s brother, Jim, who discovered that back in the early days, when Southport was Smithville, the Episcopal Church established a parish a few miles north of there and called it St. James Parish. The mission of the church was not only to serve the religious needs of its parishioners, but also to settle the squabbles among the early settlers and bring order to the community. The Wright brothers decided to honor the area’s heritage and preserve the name. Visitors to the exhibit could also buy a T-shirt, hat or plastic water glass to remember the town and the day. On Monday afternoon the St. James Plantation Model Yacht Club held a very colorful regatta. Under expert supervision, grandchildren were allowed to try their skill at sailing these radio-controlled boats. There were a few collisions and at least one ran aground in the reeds, but there

was no permanent damage, and the kids as well as the adult spectators came away with a new appreciation for the difficulty of that sport. The day was topped off with Andrew Thielen and his Big Band at the Woodlands Park Amphitheater, where an estimated 175 folks enjoyed his music and a few even danced to the familiar tunes of the 1950s. On July 1, the town’s actual birthday, St. James Drive was lined with spectators to watch what everyone said was “the best St. James parade ever.” According to Nancy Laudone, Founders Day parade chair, there were 30 entries — everything from neighborhood floats to special interest groups and clubs in St. James, outside vendors, the South Brunswick High School Marching Band, at least 20 kids on bikes decorated with red, white, and blue ribbons and streamers, and, of course, all the St. James fire trucks and EMS cars, along with current and past mayors and town officials. Earl Dye, the town’s first mayor, and Gary Tagtmeyer, first president of the POA, received a thunderous applause and shouts of “thank you.” But the biggest show of appreciation was for the Operation at Ease float with Staff Sergeant Joseph Kerr, Jr. and his family, and the golf carts carrying World War II and Korean War veterans. The parade was patriotic and it was also personal, a fitting tribute to the town the residents love and to the service veterans who fought to let all Americans have the lifestyle we all enjoy. Later that day about 1,600 people gathered on the lawn of The Reserve Club for a barbecue cookout provided by all four clubs and a concert by the ever popular Mike’s Garage Band. MaryAnn Wennemer, Founders Day chair, must have breathed a grateful sigh of relief that the eight months of planning, recruiting, meetings and phone calls had finally come to a very successful conclusion. Thank you to MaryAnn and to all the committee chairs, volunteers and service organizations and to the developer and the town, as well as the many outside sponsors who helped fund the events. Shortly after 9 p.m., spectacular fireworks were shot off from the back of The Reserve driving range to end what had been a perfect four-day celebration to commemorate the town’s founding and to pay tribute to those who have helped make it the place 3,600 residents are proud to call home. n Summer 2014


How one local horse trainer is using her unique clicker method to transform an unwanted rescue horse into a wanted, show-worthy equine partner. STO RY BY


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a four-year-old Quarter pony, started life on a somewhat sour note when his owner let him waste away to skin and bones. In addition to his nutritional neglect, Ranger suffered from a severe ligament injury to his hind leg; it was never mended, which left him with a limp. Enter the volunteers of the United States Equine Rescue League (USERL) and New Hanover Stables, who freed and fostered him. In April Ranger’s luck in life got even better. The USERL selected him as one of 10 rescue horses to compete in its first LOPE Rescues competition, a “makeover” event in which unwanted rescues are paired with a trainer who will transform them into wanted, adoptable horses.

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Above: Lauryn Zepeda of Bolivia works with rescued horse, Ranger, in training for the U.S. Equine Rescue League’s first LOPE Rescues competition.


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Lauryn Zepeda was an obvious choice when she was invited by the USERL to participate as a trainer in the LOPE Rescues competition. She grew up on a small family farm in Bolivia, surrounded by horses her entire life. Last September Zepeda won a national training competition with her Mustang, Gringo, also a rescue, and was featured in Horse and Rider magazine. Her unique training method, using a clicker and positive reinforcement, caught the attention of the LOPE organizers, who invited her to become part of their rescue competition. Though Zepeda has owned horses 25 of her 26 years, she was 19 before she started training horses. It wasn’t until she rescued Gringo that she really felt compelled to train. “Gringo was very head shy, and I realized that traditional methods of training weren’t working,” says Zepeda. That’s when she first tried clicker training for positive reinforcement, and since then it’s the only method she uses. Zepeda uses a tool that makes a clicking sound to indicate a desired behavior so that she can add a cue. The horse will remember it and repeat it, and then he gets rewarded. The clicker method is all about creating confidence between horse

and trainer and is more positive than using a rope to control the horse. “Positive reinforcement, as I define it, means to seek out a horse’s strengths, reward the attempts and give him or her a choice to get paid for doing a good job,” explains Zepeda. A trailblazer, she is self-taught in the clicker-training method. “Clicker training in the equine world isn’t that common,” she says. Zepeda began researching the clicker technique used mostly with marine mammals at SeaWorld. She adapted the clicker to equine work, starting with a cue for the word “yes.” In the last six years she has taken her method from head training to having her horses perform activities like sitting or lying down, kicking a ball or performing other tricks. The liberation and freedom the horse feels make him want to participate with his trainer, which is a big part of the LOPE mission. Summer 2014


LOPE stands for Liberty Obstacle Pattern Event, and it fits perfectly with Zepeda’s personal philosophy of liberty training, which she describes like this: “90 percent of the time when you interact with the horse it’s not wearing a halter or tack. The horse isn’t restrained in any form and has the freedom to choose whether or not to participate with you and the things that are being asked of him.” LOPE has partnered with the United States Equine Rescue League (southeastern North Carolina chapter) to create the first ever LOPE Rescues competition. In April, 10 rescued horses were partnered with 10 trainers randomly (the trainers drew the horses’ names) to embark on an eight-month transformation from unwanted to wanted equine partner. The horses come from a variety of situations — some with trust issues or permanent injuries. Zepeda explains there are other trainers who have super healthy horses, but they’re fighting with trust issues. “I got lucky with Ranger,” she says. “He has no trust issues, just his leg injury. He’s been great to work with.” Trainers have eight months to nurture and develop their rescues and show them at LOPE events throughout the training period. The competition consists of two divisions — In-Hand and Riding with five teams in each division. Ranger and Zepeda will take part in the In-Hand division. The winner of each LOPE Rescues division will receive $1,000, donated by Cape Fear Saddlery. The program showcases different skill levels of the horses and different training methods by the trainers. Zepeda is the only clicker trainer in the competition. “Though you will see me focus only on clicker and positive training, there are so many effective techniques and every individual should embrace whatever method is most fulfilling in their effort to communicate with their equine partner in a respectful and moral manner,” Zepeda says. Leading up to the final competition in November are a series of event competitions that each trainer is encouraged to participate in to give their horse experience and exposure to potential adoptees. Ranger participated in his first show in May and placed third in Liberty, not only against other rescues, but also the regular, showing population. 132

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The final competition marks the end of the eight-month project, at which time the LOPE Rescues horses will be available for adoption to qualified, pre-approved homes. Trainers have the first option to adopt their horse if they choose. LOPE will post the list of adoptable horses in early July. Zepeda is still deciding about adopting Ranger. As imaginable, she’s grown quite attached to him. “Ranger is so smart and he doesn’t need that much time put in,” she says. “What really appeals to me about Ranger is that he represents something more than himself. He’s not just a horse.” Zepeda still has time to decide and right now she’s focused on Ranger’s continued progress and is excited to be a part of LOPE Rescues as it allows her to grow and challenge herself personally. “Before this experience, if you were to show me a horse in Ranger’s condition, I would have underestimated his ability to overcome it, and underestimated his potential,” says Zepeda. “It’s really opened my eyes and in the future, I won’t judge a horse as harshly just because he happens to come with some baggage.”

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Signing up as a trainer for the LOPE Rescues competition essentially means becoming a foster for that horse. Though Triple Crown donates the grain, each trainer is financially responsible for the hay, boarding, show fees, and diesel and trailering expenses of their equine partner. “Everything comes from our own pocket; we’re not getting paid to be involved,” Zepeda says. Holt Oil Company is holding a fundraiser for Zepeda and Ranger at its Middle River CStore/Subway on Ocean Highway in Bolivia on Saturday, September 20. Twenty percent of all Subway sales all day will go to the cause, and Zepeda and Ranger will be there from 1 to 4 pm, showing off their tricks and providing photo ops with Ranger. Side-by-Side K-12 Consulting is sponsoring her show fees, but any type of help is a relief. LOPE receives no funding and exists solely on adoption fees, contributions and donations of equine industry professionals, retailers and individual horse lovers. To help support Ranger on his eight-month transformation, visit Zepeda and Ranger’s website at: n

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Purple Onion Café and ART Catering & Events Owners Andrew and Terry Bland take food seriously, both in their restaurant and event catering.

Business Profile BY Victoria Putnam


hances are, if you’ve ever taken a drive through Shallotte, you’ve seen Purple Onion Café. Located on Main Street, the little eatery

with the cute name is difficult to miss. Since 2004 it has been serving breakfast, lunch and desserts to locals and visitors alike. Expect a traditional Southern breakfast when you visit Purple Onion Café between 6:30 and 11 am — think grits, home fries, eggs, sausage, pancakes, French toast and a variety of treats from the bakery. And while lunch does offer a choice of salads, don’t expect to venture too far from traditional Southern foods. Fried green tomatoes are one of the first items on the menu, followed by burgers and sandwiches. If you want to see what looks the most appetizing before you make the trip into Shallotte, take a look at — photographs of almost every item on the menu have been uploaded to the online gallery. Owners Andrew and Terry Bland take food seriously at Purple Onion Café. They received first place in the Brunswick Stew Cook-Off in 2010 and won first place in People’s Choice in 2014. They’ve also earned a slew of Brunswick Beacon Reader’s Choice Awards, including the Best Bakery, Best Breakfast, Best Lunch, Best Contributed Photos

Sandwich and Best Dessert categories. The Blands started their first catering business in Florence, S.C., 15 years ago. In 2004 they relocated to Shallotte. Andrew, an awardwinning, trained executive chef from England, handles the allimportant food side of the establishment, while Terry, a native of the South, keeps the business side running smoothly. It is important to note that Purple Onion Café represents only half of the services this pair offers to the coastal community. The Blands also own ART Catering and Events, which has been recognized by both Wedding Wire and The Knot — two websites that help the soon-to-be married find reputable businesses to hire for their big day. As you’ve probably guessed, the Blands specialize in catering weddings and offer a range of different cuisines, including

ART Catering’s popular Fresh Veggie Shots (above) and Purple Onion Cafe’s Cantaloupe Chicken Salad. The Blands have years of experience with all manner of parties, galas and corporate events, not just weddings. If you’re curious about getting the inside scoop about ART Catering and Events, check out their new blog, just launched in April, at

American, Italian, Mediterranean, Mexican, Southwestern, vegetarian and vegan. Upon request, they can also accommodate dietary restrictions and allergies. In addition to providing a personalized menu, ART Catering and Events has tables, seating, linens, tents, dance floors and many other necessities available for rent, all in a variety of styles to fit any taste. For the services they don’t offer themselves, the Blands provide a comprehensive list of


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reputable area vendors on the ART Catering and Events website.

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Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle Beautiful apartments and a host of amenities make this independent living retirement community feel like home.

Business Profile BY Jenny Bowman


hen friendly faces, a welcoming and helpful staff, and the beautiful sounds of singing voices greeted me in the lobby, I

knew right away that Arbor Landing was a special place — a place that would be easy to call Home Sweet Home. Arbor Landing in Ocean Isle Beach is a one-building retirement community on 14 acres of lush property that’s just minutes from the Contributed Photo

beach. It offers independent living with assisted services for seniors. With three types of apartments to choose from (studio, one bedroom or two bedrooms), residents can find a unit that fits their needs. I was surprised by the spacious, new apartments with their comfortable layouts and absolute accessibility. Each unit offers a kitchenette with a two-burner stove, a mini fridge and a microwave; a large, accessible bathroom and shower; and an enormous walk-in closet. Though the models I toured were furnished, residents are

At Arbor Landing, retirement living is just minutes from the beach.

free to furnish and decorate each unit to their liking and tastes. The models are also used as rentals for friends and family of residents, a fantastic bonus considering Arbor Landing’s proximity to Ocean Isle Beach. Kids and grandkids can come for an overnight or weekend stay without having to find a hotel and be right at home with their loved ones. Besides fantastic apartments, the community has much to offer the fine folks who call Arbor Landing home. “By providing services and amenities such as housekeeping and three meals per day, we encourage our residents to sit back, relax and enjoy life,” says Stacey McCumbee, director of community relations. “We also offer an array of engaging social activities to enrich their lives and create a community that they’re proud to call their home.” Residents have an option to participate in the full activity calendar of community offerings like game hours, movie nights or lunch outings, to name a few. All meals are home-cooked fresh in house daily; in fact, I hear that most residents don’t even use their kitchenettes because the food is so good. The homemade meatloaf is one of the favorites, McCumbee says. The slogan at Arbor Landing — “Independence you want. Care you need.” — is spot on, and McCumbee expands on this idea, explaining, “Arbor Landing is a unique hybrid of senior living that allows our residents to live independently with the security of knowing a caring staff member is always available.” For example, every resident has access to a la carte services like laundry, shower assistance or


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medication reminders. There is an onsite beauty parlor, and residents can make appointments for hair or nails without having to leave home. Arbor Landing apartments rent by the month so there is no long-term lease or buy-in to worry about, a factor that also sets Arbor Landing apart from other retirement communities. Setting up a tour is easy and the best way to get a feel for all that Arbor Landing has to offer. As resident Trudy Wegelin says, “Changing your lifestyle is never easy, but Arbor Landing helped me make this change with a true commitment to a happier and contented life. The entire staff has become my extended family and I feel right at home.” Currently, Arbor Landing has a few open units. If you’re interested in learning more you may contact McCumbee at (910) 754-8080 or visit the website at

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Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Volunteer Recognition Dian e Stan zi

Deborah Rochelle, Susan Alley & Natalie Clark

George & Kay Lim

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Pat Hewet t & Alice Hankin s


Joan Ross & Angela Gran o

John & Barb Calkins

Tom John son, Suza nne Simp

, Katherin e Moore & Susa n Egge son, Joe Mazzei, Kathy Dunford


Mary Fitgerald, Mary Rose Patton, Sally Ann Morsch & Katy Egelsen

Wine Fest at Ocean Isle Museum

Charlene Lewis, Carol Bass & Barba ra Coetzee

Maria Knapik, Kathy and Tom Smith & Lynn Wiedman

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Scott Outlaw & Wen dy Hug

Sherrie Eisleben & Barry Goodwin


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Betsy Russell & Grant Caulder

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Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center Flip Flop Ball PHOTOGRAPHY BY Katie Cooke The Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center held its third annual hospital ball, the Flip Flop Ball, on Saturday, May 31, at 7 pm at Brick Landing Plantation. The event featured beach music by the Sea-Cruz band and Sea Pans steel drum ensemble, along with cocktails, island-style cuisine and dancing. Proceeds from the event assist the foundation in its commitment to improving the health of the community far beyond its facilities.

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Gerri Cox, Susan Gibble & Amy Myers

Kenneth Krawcheck, Heather Holbrook, Kim & Wayne Mayo Ca roly n Blyt

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Betsy Palmer, Laura Ward, Amy Myers, Sharon Thompson, Randy Thompson & Ernie Ward

Harvey & Angie Sutton


Cindy Lanuti & Moniq

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Leslie Bradley, Jeff Singleta ry & Danae Blanks

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Victoria Humphrey, Tracey Long & Whitney Sauls

Becky & Justin Whiteside

Wendy Reavis & Elizabeth Jackson

Debbie & Mark Turoff

Helen O’Su llivan & Doris Duering

Betty Williamson & Alan Hold

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John & Cheri Swan


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Lynn Watkin s, Tori Hump hrey, Cindy Cheath am & Victoria Hump hrey

Jordan & Stacey McCumbee

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Jon Tait & Step hanie Herron

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Karen & Bob Curts

Kate Williamson & Sherri Shytlel

Vi & Thoma s Jones

Vickie Wehrly & Tamika Tatro

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Mike Lana han & Joan Forrester

Jon & Mary Bridges

Pam Fisher & Jeff Cham berl

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Sean Cunn ingh am & Eliza beth Cheatham

Rick & Joann e Campbell

Michael and AJ McCullough, Meleta and Glen Humbert, Julie and Calvin Chandler

Sally Henry, Shelbou rn Stevens, Stepha nie McLeod & Barbara Stevens

Shawna John son & Kyla Williams


Rick & Kris Crane

Shelbou rn Steven s & Cin dy Cheatham

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Brunswick County JCPC Actively Seeking New Members Ongoing Brunswick County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) is looking for new members of the community to be part of their team. JCPC partners with the North Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention to galvanize community leaders, locally and statewide, to reduce and prevent juvenile crime. JCPC board members are appointed by the county Board of Commissioners and meet monthly on the third Thursday of every month at 1 pm at the David Sandifer Building, 30 Government Center Drive NE, Bolivia. Meetings are held in the second floor conference room. The meetings are open to the public, and all business is considered public information. If you are a community member with an interest in the youth of Brunswick County and would like to participate on the board, please email or call Debbie Stephens at the contact information below. Information: (910) 754-6533;

Oak Island Farmers Market Mondays through September 8 Oak Island Farmer’s Market takes place each Monday from 7 am to 1 pm at the soccer fields behind Town Hall (4601 East Oak Island Drive, Oak Island). A wide variety of goods is available, from local produce to baked goods to handmade crafts and a lot more. Interested vendors should contact the number below for information. Information: (910) 278-5518

Water Fitness Mondays-Thursdays or Mondays & Wednesdays through August 28 Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is offering Water Fitness classes now through August 28. There are two class sections to choose from, one of which meets Mondays through Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The other section is offered on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm. Classes are held in the Carolina Breeze Building (outdoor pool, weather permitting). Fees for the classes are $30 per month for the Monday and Wednesday class, $45 per month for the MondayThursday class, and $8 per drop-in class. Pre-registration is required. Bring your swimsuit, towel and water bottle. Information: (910) 253-2583

Ingram Planetarium Features New Shows This Summer Ongoing through summer Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach begins its summer season on May 23. During the summer, doors will open at 10:30 am Monday through Saturday. This summer, Ingram Planetarium features three new movies in its 85-seat Sky Dome Theater and one new laser music show. The new afternoon shows are described below: 1 pm – Dinosaur Passage to Pangaea Follow along as two children embark on a field trip through time and are thrown into a fantastic voyage. They witness incredible geological wonders, roam untamed prehistoric wilds, journey to the center of the Earth and learn about the mysterious processes that shaped our present-day continents. This show will teach children of all ages about the science of plate tectonics and the formation of our seven continents. 2 pm – Sea Monsters: A Prehistoric Adventure Journey 80 million years back in time to an age when dinosaurs roamed the earth. In this film, stunning, photo-realistic imagery recreates the perilous underwater realm of two young marine reptiles called Dolichorhynchops and follows their journey through waters ruled by some of the most awesome predators ever to prowl Earth’s oceans. After seeing this film, stop by the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and see the fossilized remains of Herman the Sperm Whale, a 60-foot giant. Herman is believed to have lived 5 to 25 million years ago. Present your same-day Planetarium receipt at the Museum and receive $1 off your Museum admission. 4 pm – Back to the Moon for Good Renowned actor Tim Allen narrates this film about the Google Lunar XPRIZE – the largest incentivized competition to date, designed to democratize space and create new opportunities for human and robotic presence on the moon. The competition is for a share of $30 million, with a $20 million Google XPRIZE for the first team to successfully land a robotic spacecraft on the Moon, navigate 500 meters over the lunar surface, and send video, images and data back to Earth. This global competition is designed to spark imagination and inspire a renewed commitment to space exploration – not by governments or countries, but by the citizens of the world. This film is followed by a live star show. Friday 6 pm – Laser Country The new Laser Country show features music from some of the top country singers such as Garth Brooks, Rascal Flatts, Carrie Underwood, Willie Nelson, Little Big Town, the Zac Brown Band and more. Listen to country music in 7.1 surround-sound while colorful laser images timed to the beat of the music are displayed on the planetarium’s domed ceiling. Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach. Admission is free for members. Non-member pershow admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (312), and free for age 2 and younger. The planetarium participates in the Blue Star Museums program, which offers free admission to the nation’s active-duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission includes the military ID cardholder plus up to five family members. Information: (910) 575-0033;


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Aqua Zumba

Free Noon Programs at Ingram Planetarium

Mondays-Thursdays through August 28

Various days

If you’ve ever wanted to try out the latest dance/fitness craze known as Zumba, but prefer to do it in a low-impact setting, Aqua Zumba may be for you. Brunswick County Parks and Recreation will be offering these unique classes Mondays through Thursdays from now until August 28 at The Winds Beach Resort in Ocean Isle Beach. Classes will be held from 6 to 7 pm in the outdoor pool (weather permitting). The fee for this class are $35 for eight classes, $55 per month, or $5 per drop-in class. Pre-registration is required. Bring your swimsuit, towel and water bottle.

Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach begins its summer season on May 23. During the summer, doors open at 10:30 am Monday through Saturday. This summer, Ingram Planetarium offers free programs at noon Monday through Friday. The free programs are described below.

Information: (910) 253-2583

Tuesday – History of Technology – Each week, a different segment of the series “Connections” highlights technological developments across the ages. The programs provide a unique view into how technology developed – for example, advances may have been based on prior technology and/or on technology used for different purposes.

Shallotte SummerFest 2014 Thursdays in July-August Bring a blanket or a few lawn chairs and join your friends and neighbors for some fun summer concerts and movies. The Shallotte SummerFest includes free movies and live musical performances every Thursday evening during the months of July and August at the Rourk Gardens, 4912 Main Street in Shallotte. See below for specific shows and dates: August 14: Blackwater Rhythm & Blues Aug. 21: Flashback Movie Night: E.T. Concerts begin at 6:30 pm; movies start at dusk. Sponsorships are available. Information: (910) 754-4032;

Shallotte Farmers Market Saturdays through September 13 Shallotte Farmer’s Market began in late April and will continue to run through September 13. The market is open Saturdays from 8 am to 12 pm. This year the market has a variety of new vendors along with many returning vendors, averaging between 12 and 16 vendors each week. All of the vendors are local to Brunswick County. Items at the market vary by week and include fresh produce, heirloom vegetables, fresh fruit, plants, herbs, baked goods, eggs, fresh flowers, wine, fresh fish, cookies, organic popcorn, soda bread, kettle corn, muscadine slushies, handmade aprons, jewelry, hand-painted signs, decorative gourds, dog scarves, crocheted items, dried flower note cards, art, pottery, handmade crafts and much more. There are also recipe demonstrations, live music from The Mostly Bluegrass Society and various nonprofits on hand at different times to conduct fundraisers. Anyone interested in becoming a vendor should contact Rachel Johnson at the phone number below.

Monday – What’s Up in the Sky This Week – This weekly program shows you what you can see in the night sky over the South Brunswick islands during the week. Learn how to use sky maps to help you locate objects in the sky.

Wednesday – Sea Turtle Talk – Members of the Sunset Beach Turtle Watch Program discuss the life cycle of sea turtles, show a movie about nesting loggerhead sea turtles, and answer your questions about these gentle giants that nest on our beaches every summer. Thursday – To The Moon – This weekly lecture series will provide information on each of the Apollo programs, from Apollo 1 through Apollo 17. Learn about the history of lunar exploration, then return to see the 4 pm Sky Theater show “Back to the Moon for Good” for a glimpse of what form future lunar exploration might take. There is an admission charge to see the 4 pm show. Friday – Science in Small Bytes – This weekly lecture series features interesting topics and guest presenters: August 15 – “Ancient Aliens” - Guest presenter Fred R. David, PhD, author, historian, professor and N.C. resident explores the question: Has the Earth been visited by ancient aliens? Beginning on July 16, check out the new Nano Exhibit in the Paul Dennis Science Hall. Think small and explore the developing technology of nanoscience. See how nano particles of carbon can build new molecules with exceptional properties. Explore the size differences between materials down to nanoscale, see how magnetic nanopowders and fluids move, and build a nanotube from carbon “molecules.” Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street in Sunset Beach. Admission is free for Planetarium members and half-price for Dual members. Non-member per-show admission is $8 for adults (13-61), $7 for seniors (62+), $6 for children (312), and free for children age 2 and younger. Information: (910) 575-0033,

Information: Rachel Johnson, (910) 754-4032;

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Weekly Laser Music Shows at Ingram Planetarium

Youth & Adult “Summer’s Over” Tennis Tournament August 16

Thursday 6:00 – Beatles

Brunswick County Parks and Recreation department is holding a Youth & Adult “Summer’s Over” Tennis Tournament on Saturday, August 16 at Ocean Isle Beach Park, 6484 Old Georgetown Road, Ocean Isle Beach. On-site registration will take place beginning at 8 am and the tournament will begin at 9 am. In the event of rain, the tournament will take place on August 17. Early bird registration fees are available (prices vary by tournament age). Proceeds from the tournament will fund a back board for Ocean Isle Beach Park.

7:00 – Laser Retro

Information: Ruthie McHugh, (910) 253-2583 or

Various days Ingram Planetarium features laser music shows this summer on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Visit to view full playlists.

8:00 – U2 Friday 6:00 – NEW! Laser Country 7:00 – Led Zeppelin (replaced by Laser Spirit on August 29) 8:00 – Metallica (not recommended for young children) Saturday 6:00 – Laser Vinyl 7:00 – Pink Floyd: Dark Side of the Moon 8:00 – Pink Floyd: The Wall (not recommended for young children) Ingram Planetarium is located at 7625 High Market Street, Sunset Beach. Admission is free for members. Non-member pershow admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, $6 for children (312), and free for age 2 and younger. The planetarium participates in the Blue Star Museums program which offers free admission to the nation’s active duty military personnel, including National Guard and Reserve, and their families from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Free admission includes the military ID cardholder plus up to five family members. Information: (910) 575-0033;

Womanless Beauty Pageant 2014 August 22 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce is excited to announce the third annual Womanless Beauty Pageant, a fun and lighthearted pageant in which men sport high heels, makeup and wigs and compete for votes from guests in attendance. This year’s pageant will take place on Friday, August 22 from 6 to 9 pm at the South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Hwy. W., Calabash. Tickets cost $25 per person and include dinner. There will be a cash bar. Votes for the pageant contestants are $5 each, and whoever has gained the most votes by the end of the evening is considered the winner. Sponsorships are available. Information: Shannon Viera, (910) 754-6644;

Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center Golf Tournament September 19 Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center is proud to present its third annual Golf Tournament on Friday, September 19 at Lockwood Folly Country Club, 19 Clubhouse Drive SW, Supply. The flight-based, captain’s choice golf tournament will kick off with breakfast and registration at 7:30 am, a shotgun start at 9 am and a grilled ribs and chicken lunch following the tournament. Golfer registrations are $100 each, and sponsorships are available. All proceeds assist the Foundation in its commitment to improving the health of the community far beyond its facilities. Information: (910) 721-1473;

McLeod Health Foundation Ball August 16 McLeod Health is hosting its sixth annual Foundation Ball in support of McLeod Loris Seacoast on Saturday, August 16. With a theme of Under the Sea, the black-tie optional gala includes fine dining and wine, live entertainment and a silent auction. The festivities take place at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort. Cost is $125 per guest. Information: (843) 390-8215; 142

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Big Toy Day

Brunswick County Intercultural Festival

September 6

September 27

Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island is excited to announce its sponsorship of Big Toy Day 2014. Big Toy Day is a fun, familyfriendly event that features a variety of “big toys,” including NASCAR vehicles, monster trucks, helicopters, speed boats, fire trucks and much more. The event will be held Saturday, September 6 from 11 am to 3 pm at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport, 4019 Long Beach Road SE, Southport. A highlight this year will include free Young Eagle flights for children ages 8 to 17 offered by EAA Chapter 939 from noon to 2:30 pm (parent or legal guardian must be present). Camel and pony rides will be available for a nominal charge, along with a free petting zoo. Food vendors will be selling pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ & chicken sandwiches, Italian Ice, snow cones and ice cream. Admission is $5 per person, with children 4 years and younger admitted free. Max entry is $20 per car.

Brunswick Community College, Brunswick Arts Council, Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, State Port Pilot, North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and The Brunswick Beacon are proud to present the 11th annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival on Saturday, September 27, 2014. The festival will take place from 10 am to 4 pm at Brunswick Community College on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium in Bolivia. The event is free to attend.

The concept and intent of Big Toy Day is to create an event designed to stimulate the minds of young boys and girls by allowing them to see, touch and experience “big machines” that they would not normally have the opportunity to see, as well as to foster a positive family experience. It is hoped that this event will be enjoyable, inspirational and memorable for children and adults of all ages. So come on down to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport and enjoy a fun-packed 4 hours. The proceeds from this event benefit the programs and scholarships provided by Kiwanis Club of Southport-Oak Island to the children of Brunswick County.

Festival goers will have the opportunity to learn more about different cultures that reside in and around our county. The festival is packed with numerous cultural performing artists, children’s activities, displays, vendors, nonprofits and ethnic foods. Check out the International Pavilion to see displays and exhibits from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Brunswick County. Learn about the Argentine Tango, see crafts from Poland and Russia and much more. Continue the international journey to the entertainment stage, where you’ll see performers dressed in authentic traditional costumes from around the world. Finally, for $8, enjoy a culturally diverse selection of delicious ethnic foods served in the area. If you’d like more information on the festival, or if you’d like to sign up as a volunteer or vendor, please visit the website below. Information:

Sunset at Sunset Festival


October 4

Historical Southport Bicycle Tour

The annual Sunset at Sunset Festival will take place on Saturday, October 4 in Sunset Beach. The festival kicks off at 8 am with a 5K run over the Mannon Gore Bridge and continues near the Ingram Planetarium, where attendees will enjoy live music by the Brunswick Big Band, featuring Linda Ladrick and The Imitations. There will also be artisans, nonprofits and food vendors. This event is free and fun for the entire family.

Aug. 16, Sept. 27, Oct. 18, Nov. 15 The N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport is teaming up with The Adventure Kayak Company for the Historical Southport Bicycle Tours on several Saturdays this summer and fall. Participants will take a guided tour through the live oak-canopied streets along the waterfront and pedal by Fort Johnston, Brunswick Inn, the Indian Trail Tree and many other sights. Bikes are single-speed, the pace is slow and all participants must wear helmets. Start time is 8 a.m. Cost is $25 ($20 if you bring your own bike). Information: (910) 454-0607;

Clicks of Confidence Fundraiser September 20 The Middle River CStore/Subway in Bolivia is holding a fundraiser for Lauryn Zepeda of Clicks of Confidence on Saturday, September 20 from 1 to 4 pm. Lauryn is training a rescue horse named Ranger to compete in a rescue horse competition and, hopefully, find a new home for Ranger (see our article about Lauryn and Ranger on page 44). Holt CStores, owners of the Middle River CStore/Subway, will donate 20 percent of all Subway sales the entire day to the cause. Lauryn and Ranger will be on hand to show off some tricks, and there will be $1 photo ops with Ranger to help raise additional funds.


Muddy Oyster 5K Challenge October 11 Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Low Country Sports/Preserve and to bring a fun and challenging 5K race to the residents and visitors of Brunswick County. The Muddy Oyster 5K Challenge is a unique race in which participants navigate a series of obstacles, test their stamina and “get down and dirty” in the mud. The race will take place on Saturday, October 11 at the Low Country Preserve, 466 Indigo Flats East, Tabor City. Registration information can be found online at the website listed below. Early bird registration discounts are available. Muddy Oyster 5K is presented as an event leading up to the 34th annual NC Oyster Festival held October 18 and 19 in Ocean Isle Beach. Information:


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Glitz, Glamour and Glow: A wine tasting, shopping and beauty event November 1 Grab your girlfriends to sip, savor and splurge for the breast health of local women. This fun and fabulous way

to support the cause is presented by Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center. Proceeds benefit the breast health fund, which provides mobile mammography services and mammograms to women in the community, as well as comfort items to breast cancer patients. The event will take place on Saturday, November 1 from 1 to 4 pm at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. VIP tickets are $75 each, general admission tickets are $50 each. Sponsorships are also available. Information: (910) 721-1473;

A Taste of Brunswick County 13th Annual Benefit Gala for Children October 23 Come out and enjoy an evening of Brunswick County’s finest restaurants, live and silent auctions, and special entertainment by The North Tower Band at A Taste of Brunswick County 13th Annual Benefit Gala for Children. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 23 from 6 to 10 pm at the 210 College Road, Bolivia. This black tie optional event is hosted by Communities in Schools Brunswick County, an organization dedicated to empowering and educating children in our area and helping them succeed in the classroom as well as prepare them for life outside of school. Tickets to this event are $100 each. Sponsorships are available, starting at $250. For details, see the website listed below. Information:


October 18-19 Come find out why the oyster is such a treasure to Brunswick County natives at the 34th annual NC Oyster Festival. Enjoy delicious local cuisine, children’s activities, live music, an oyster stew cookoff, an oyster shucking contest and more. Some new features to this year’s event include an oyster eating contest and shag competition sponsored by the Coastal Shag Club. This year’s festival will take place Saturday, October 18 from 9 am to 6 pm and Sunday, October 19, from 10 am to 5 pm. The festival will be held in Ocean Isle Beach between 2nd and 3rd streets. The NC Oyster Festival will go on rain or shine. Events leading up to the festival include the Annual Surf-Off Competition on October 4 and 5 as well as the Muddy Oyster Challenge, a 5K mud run hosted by and Low Country Sports Preserve.

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Information: Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, (910) 754-6644;

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Islands Art & Books...................................................................910-579-7757


Allstate – R&R Insurance Services, Inc......................910-754-6596 143

Island Breeze...................................................................................910-579-4125 17

Anchor Wood Products.........................................................910-399-5952 48

Island Carts & Rentals..............................................................910-712-0212 52

Arbor Landing at Ocean Isle...............................................910-754-8080

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Island Classic Interiors.............................................................910-579-8477 39

Art Catering & Events..............................................................910-755-6642

47, 135

Josh London, State Farm Agent.....................................910-383-1303 52

Bill Clark Homes............................................................................910-540-0037 SBNH 44

Kimberly Jo’s Boutique..........................................................910-579-7670 12

Bill’s Seafood Market................................................................910-579-6372 20

Kristin Dowdy, State Farm Agent..................................910-754-9923 52

Blue Heron Gallery.....................................................................910-575-5088 12

Lawn Doctor of Brunswick County..............................910-452-0090

BlueWave Dentistry..................................................................910-383-2615 34

Leland Tourism Development Authority.........................................................................42

Body Edge Fitness Solutions.............................................910-575-0975 39

Lockwood Folly Marketplace.............................................910-754-5445 41

Braddock Built Renovations...............................................910-754-9635

Logan Homes.................................................................................800-761-4707. 14, SBNH 48


Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.........910-754-6644 36

Martha Lee Realty......................................................................910-579-2402



Callahan’s of Calabash..............................................................910-579-2611 19

McLeod Physicians Associates........................................843-399-3100 11

Camilla J. Desmarais................................................................910-363-4540 48

My Talker.....................................................................................................................................................55

Cambridge Crossings..............................................................910-446-1170


NewBridge Bank..................................................................................................................................60

Cape Fear Cancer Specialists............................................910-343-0447 121

New Hanover Regional Medical Center....................910-815-5188 BC

Cape Fear Consignments.....................................................910-383-1895


Novant Health.................................................................................910-754-4441

Carolina Bluewater Construction...................................910-575-7100


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Ocean Isle Creamery................................................................910-579-5300 60

Carolina Coast Family Dentistry......................................910-754-4507 31

Ocean Isle Family Dentistry................................................910-579-6999 55

Chilled & Grilled......................................................................................................................................48

OrthoWilmington........................................................................910-332-3800 9

Coastal Insurance........................................................................910-754-4326 SBNH 32

Port City Elevator.........................................................................910-790-9300 SBNH 39

Coastal Integrative Health....................................................910-755-5400 41

Pristine Pressure Cleaning..................................................910-368-8197



Purple Onion Café.......................................................................910-755-6071

47, 135

Columbus Regional Healthcare System..................910-640-4070 55

Retreat at Ocean Isle Beach................................................910-350-1744


Cottages at Ocean Isle Beach............................................910-579-2002 SBNH 22

Sacred Willow Spa......................................................................910-575-7707 27

Curiositees........................................................................................910-575-7605 60

Sea Island Trading Co...............................................................843-273-0248 4

Coast Road Hearth & Patio..................................................910-755-7611

Crabby Oddwaters Restaurant & Bar........................910-579-6372 20

Seaside Bakery & Wine Shop............................................910-579-3052 27

Crow Creek.......................................................................................910-409-8590 SBNH 24

Seaside United Methodist Church................................910-579-5753 43

Crystal Babson Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage.....................910-393-9957

Shallotte Family Dentistry....................................................910-755-7645 15


Deeb & Fanning, DDS, P.A....................................................910-579-5260 39 Deep Point Marina......................................................................910-269-2380 33 Douglas Diamond Jewelers...............................................910-755-5546 3 Discovery Map of Brunswick County, NC...............910-776-0047 121 Ed Newsome Hardwood Floors.....................................910-457-6060 SBNH 39 Elder Law Firm of Andrew Olsen..................................910-777-5733 121 Eye Care Associates..................................................................888-863-2010 43 Farm Bureau Insurance..........................................................910-754-8175 6 First Bank...........................................................................................910-754-5250


Floor Coverings International............................................910-575-5248


Foster Insurance..........................................................................910-755-5100


Fulford Heating & Air...............................................................910-842-6589


Genie Leigh Photography....................................................910-470-0456 44 Holt Oil Company.................................................................................................................................47

Shallotte Insurance Services, Inc....................................910-754-8161 SBNH 39 Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber........................800-457-6964 44 Southport Way .............................................................................910-200-5202


St. James Plantation.................................................................800-245-3871 7, SBNH 28 Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology.................910-755-5015 IFC Sunset Properties.......................................................................800-525-0182


Tideline Fabrics & Home Decor......................................910-754-5600 115 Time 2 Remember Photography..................................910-253-7428 41 Trusst Builder Group................................................................910-371-0304 SBNH 50 Turtlewood at Southport......................................................844-887-8539 SBNH 30 Twin Lakes.........................................................................................910-579-6373 27 Website Factory...........................................................................910-579-7757


Winds Resort Beach Club.....................................................800-334-3581 44 Winey Bears....................................................................................704-746-4928 142

*SBNH: Any advertisers with this notation before the page number are in our South Brunswick New Homes & Real Estate section that starts on page 63 and ends on page 115.

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Novant Health is here for you when the unexpected happens. With emergency and convenient care close by, you don’t have to go far for the help you need. Our ER is always open, with board-certified experts around the clock. If your situation is less urgent, our convenient care clinic offers walk-in services seven days a week. Not sure where to go? Our free Care Now service connects you with a nurse who will talk to you about what’s going on and help you figure out what to do next. Call Care Now at 910-721-CARE (2273) or access it from the Novant Health app.

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I get to bike, surf, climb.

A succession of accidents: biking, surfing and hiking, left Jim’s shoulders dislocated, torn and in constant pain. Rotator cuff surgery at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Orthopedic Hospital got him back – on the road, in the water, and on the trail.

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