Community News

  • State-funded training helps employers, job seekers

    GRISSETTOWN—Timothy DeMatties of Seaside has found his professional niche doing something he never thought he would—building and repairing street-legal golf carts as a mechanic at the Golf Cart Outlet.

    The opportunity to train for his new career was the result of a six-month span of unemployment.

  • Boating education and safety aim of upcoming course

    Education is the best way to fend off boating mishaps, says a spokesman for the Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    With several recent boating incidents that have occurred in the area and required the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, an upcoming course may be coming in the nick of time.

    The Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron has scheduled a boating course for four consecutive Monday nights, starting Sept. 8 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Camp UMC collecting flood bucket donations

    People in Brunswick County know what it’s like to come home to flooded roads and damaged homes.

    Living in a coastal area, local residents have experienced the devastating effects of hurricanes and tropical storms.

    That’s why members of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte have opened their annual drive to fill “flood buckets” for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to provide aid during hurricane season.

  • Deputies, community rally to help Supply baby

    When their 5-month-old son, Stephen, was diagnosed with infantile seizures and placed on medication, Bradly Hardee and Sandy Hardee of Supply were hoping things would soon return to normal.

    But the terrifying ordeal that followed is one Bradly, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy, and Sandy, a registered nurse with Liberty Healthcare, never expected.

    The positive outcome that resulted is one they credit to the power of prayer and the community coming together.

  • Event to benefit scholarship honoring teen killed in crash

    Brunswick County code enforcement administrator Fred Morris is among more than 20 men who have signed on to compete in a womanless beauty pageant Saturday night in Little River, S.C., to benefit the Kayla Bennett Softball Scholarship Fund.

    Bennett was a rising junior at North Myrtle Beach High School when she was killed July 26, 2007, in a one-vehicle crash outside Loris, S.C., attributed to speeding and drunk driving by another teen.

  • Former teacher, lawyer learn new moves for upcoming 'Dancing with the Stars' event

    Of the 21 couples participating in Brunswick Community College Foundation’s “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars,” Bidgie Sue and Jim MacCallum may have the biggest challenge. Neither are professional dancers and neither have much dance experience.

    Sue, a retired high school English teacher, said she took ballet, tap and jazz classes when she was a young girl “like everybody’s mothers made them do,” and she and her husband took classes for a short time.

  • Bald Head Island heads for record sea turtle nesting season

    Bald Head Island is currently on track to have its best sea turtle nesting season since 1999, when the island had 108 nests.

    As of July 17, the island had documented 78 loggerhead sea turtle nests with more than a month remaining in the nesting season.

    Last year, Bald Head Island had a 50 loggerhead nests, which was unfortunately representative of the low number of sea turtle nests throughout North Carolina beaches.

  • District attorney among those to be judged for 'Dancing with the Stars' event

    When starting to prepare for Brunswick Community College Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars competition, district attorney Rex Gore set four goals for himself—to have fun, be entertaining, lose weight and not drop dead of a heart attack while in rehearsal.

    This week, he added one more goal to the list.

    “Our goal is to let the other teams know we’re coming,” he said.

    Gore was asked to participate several months ago and didn’t hesitate to say yes.

  • Pink Party to benefit breast cancer research

    Kim Durham of Ocean Isle Beach was 38 when she found a lump in her breast during self-examination.

    The lump didn’t show up on a mammogram, and after doctors performed a biopsy, she was told it was benign.

    She was given two choices—she could have it removed or she could wait and see if anything changed.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Galiano continues her journey on reality show

    Dolores Galiano always thought her granddaughter could dance, but it’s up to America to decide.

    Courtney Galiano is competing in Fox’s reality show “So You Think You Can Dance,” and has made it through four weeks of eliminations. This week may be the most crucial, as the dancers will be narrowed to 10 and qualify for the 55-city tour once the show ends.

    Dolores Galiano and her husband Vinny traveled to Los Angeles two weeks ago to watch a taping of the show and were “just as nervous sitting in the audience as sitting at home.”