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  • A Taste of Brunswick County one of Gala's highlights

    Worldly cuisine prepared by local chefs will be available for sampling during A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children. The gala will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will make their specialty dishes and have plenty to share at the gala, which benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS).

  • N.C. Supreme Court Justice stops by Sea Trail for conference

    He’s one of seven justices on North Carolina’s highest court and the only one up for re-election this year.

    Since January 2001, Bob Edmonds has served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Come November, he’ll be up for renewal of another eight-year term and also faces a challenger on the Nov. 4 ballot—Suzanne Reynolds, a law professor at Wake Forest University.

    Edmunds, 59, was in Brunswick County recently to stump in the nonpartisan race and attend an N.C. Clerks of Court gathering at Sea Trail.

  • 9/11 memorial events Thursday in Brunswick County

    This Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again have a 9/11 memorial service.

    The service will honor the memory of the 343 emergency and New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Eighth Avenue North off U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Granddaughter off to see the world, help others

    In October, Rebekah Phelps, an Ocean Isle Beach native and the granddaughter of Alan and Peggy Russ, is joining a group of 20-somethings leaving the comfort of their homes and possessions for a year in search of a life filled with adventure.

    They’re calling it a pilgrimage—an opportunity to find themselves and experience the world firsthand.

  • Varnamtown native celebrates 71st with birthday backflip

    VARNAMTOWN—O’Neal “Knot” Varnam celebrated his 71st birthday Monday by doing his annual backflip into the Lockwood Folly River.

    After checking the water to make sure there were no logs or other objects that might hinder his style, the Varnamtown resident climbed the ladder to the top of a wooden piling at the boat docks next to Garland’s Seafood and performed a quick backward somersault into the water.

  • Legislators override boat trailer bill veto; reaction pro and con

    The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would loosen restrictions on oversize boat trailers—a bill for which local and state tourism officials have been lobbying over the past year.

    The legislation, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”

  • 9/11 memorial events next Thursday in Brunswick County

    Next Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will again host a 9/11 Memorial.

    This service will honor the memory of the 343 New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    At 10 a.m., a motorcade will leave the Food Lion parking lot at Carolina Commons Shopping Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • County unemployment rate continues to rise; many take advantage of benefits

    Bill Immen of Holden Beach just filed for unemployment for the first time in his life, but he’s still optimistic about the future. He says he’s entering a new phase in his life and career and is making sure he’s available for the next opportunity.

    Immen moved to Brunswick County from New Jersey 23 years ago as a machinist with General Electric. In 1998, he left his job for health reasons and soon started his own paint contracting company.

  • General Assembly reconvenes in wake of boat trailer bill veto

    Gov. Mike Easley on Monday reconvened the legislative session for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the boat trailer bill he vetoed Aug. 17.

    State and county tourism officials watched the bill closely and favored its passage, saying recent citations of recreational fishermen for towing certain size trailers are resulting in complaints and bad press for the state.

    According to the state constitution, when a veto occurs after the General Assembly has adjourned, the governor is required to reconvene the session within 10 days of the veto or the bill becomes law.

  • Watch out! Here come the brides

    On the morning of her 28th birthday, Jaime Atwell and her maid of honor, Shannon Hughes, dipped out of the line outside Filene’s Basement in Washington D.C., which curled around two Washington D.C. city blocks, and staggered groggy-eyed to a nearby Starbucks.

    They had not eaten in hours. They had arrived at the Savoy Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue at 2:30 that morning, after a flat tire extended their road trip to eight hours, and awoke before dawn to get in line.