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Community News

  • 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.”

  • Brunswick native throws hat in ring for lieutenant governor

    Protecting property rights, ending “corporate welfare” and fighting the national ID card movement are high on Phillip Rhodes’ priority list as he begins campaigning for lieutenant governor of North Carolina.

    The Brunswick County native, who now lives in Chapel Hill, recently filed as the Libertarian candidate for the second-highest office in the state, soon after the party was reinstated in North Carolina.

  • Gores take love of dance to the stage for 'Stars' fundraiser

    When it comes to social dancing, Ed and Dinah Gore are each other’s favorite partners, but when it comes to Brunswick Community Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars fundraiser, Dinah says she and her professional partner Paul McTaggart are the ones to watch.

    “We have fun with it, but I’m pulling for Dinah,” Ed said. “I’m not trying to win; I’m trying to do a good job.”

    Dinah made it clear—she’s trying to win, and she has no problem asking Ed to help.

  • Girls' summer camp digs volunteer day

    On a hot mid-June morning, 73-year-old William Gause relaxes on a picnic table in the shade of an old oak tree while nine middle-school-aged girls tear up his front lawn with garden trowels and cultivators.

    A green cap casts a shadow over Gause’s face as he watches the girls at work. He spends most of his days like this, sitting under the oak tree and listening to church music. Gobs of Spanish moss hang from the tree’s limbs, giving it a weeping quality.

    “I hung that moss,” he says, his voice soft and proud.

  • Hope Harbor Home announces staff changes

    Lynn Carlson, Hope Harbor Home’s community resource director since February 2005, has been appointed executive director after serving as interim executive director since early January.

    Hope Harbor Home has provided shelter and other services to Brunswick County domestic violence victims and their children for 20 years.

    “I’m honored to have the opportunity to take on this challenge, and I’m excited about the future of Hope Harbor Home,” Carlson said.

  • Ocean Isle missionary group makes a difference worldwide

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Divine Faith Missions, a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian organization based out of Ocean Isle Beach, will contribute time and money to three missionary organizations this year—Samaritans International, Songs of Joy Children’s Home and Flute Maker Ministries.

    Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, has been participating in missionary work for more than 12 years, but saw a disconnect when it came to knowing exactly what to send to certain areas of the world.

  • New books are available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    Non-fiction

    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.