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Archive for July, 2012

TCBY set to open next month

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (GREATER WILMINGTON BUSINESS JOURNAL) — Another quick serve frozen yogurt shop is set to make its debut in the Port City next month.

Officials with Indianapolis-based Kite Realty announced Tuesday that Salt Lake City-based TCBY will open in 1,577 square feet of space in the Oleander Point shopping center at the intersection of Oleander Drive and Fordham Road.

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Pender gets grant to add to new park

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Amenities will include a pier, kayak launch, playground

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Oxford American Magazine profiles Britt’s Donuts

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (OXFORD AMERICAN)The same smell of donuts frying has been wafting over the Carolina Beach Boardwalk every summer for seventy-three years. It’s a small boardwalk, a Legoland of tourism against the Atlantic Ocean. It’s seen a lot of crowds come and go, and in 2012 the souvenirs for sale are new batches of the same old things: booty shorts, sand pails, foam footballs, picture frames, a T-shirt with a squirrel holding two giant nuts around its groin. A person can go to an arcade here or get a henna tattoo; it’s a place that seems to reward the teenager. But the origin of the donut smell is a shop run by a pair of grandparents. Britt’s Donuts is the Boardwalk’s longest running business, the only one that’s been a consistent draw for both locals and tourists since 1939.

Bobby and Maxine Nevins are in charge of Britt’s, opening the shop’s garage doors every year from May to September. Bobby and Maxine, both born in small towns near Charlotte, each moved to Carolina Beach as children with their parents. The two were married in 1959, and in 1974, they bought the donut shop where Bobby used to work, and picked up where H.L. Britt, the shop’s original owner, left off.

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Friend recounts deadly car crash

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Testimony begins in teen driver’s manslaughter trial

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ONLY ON 3: ‘Turtleman’ hopes to teach through interaction with gentle giants

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — There are a lot of things to see along roads in our area, but a herd of ancient animals is sure to grab anyone’s attention.

Randy Gallagher is the “Turtleman.” He travels the region showing off his prehistoric pets.

“I play with turtles all day long,” Gallagher said. “I don’t have any grandchildren, but I get to play with everybody else’s grandchildren and have a blast all day. It’s a good job.”

OK, so they’re not really turtles. The gentle giants are actually African land tortoises, and they are often sold as pets.

Gallagher takes his eight tortoises to grassy locations and lets people pet and play with them for free. He says for him it’s not about the money. Instead he would rather spend time with his shelled sidekicks and educate some people in the process.

The rotund reptiles often draw a big crowd, sometimes attracting up to 2,000 people a day.

“We spotted them and thought, ‘Let’s stop,'” said Mindy Lane, who stopped to see Gallagher and his turtles today in Oak Island. “At first we just thought there was one, but there is seven or eight of them. They’re huge!”

Gallagher says his mission is to show people something they may not see often and teach children a lesson of love.

“I would love to see kids with a little more patience and parents helping them along as far as how to handle things with a lesser stature than what they are,” he said.

Gallagher says the lessons he hopes people learn from his Turtlewalk are important. He says he thinks if more children learned about empathy and understanding, situations like what happened in a colorado would not happen.

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