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Community News

  • Tourism officials seek creative ways to keep visitors coming back to Brunswick County's beaches

    Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • In iffy economy, tourism groups target visitors looking for nearby trips

    With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts raise $3,000 for kids

    Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.

  • Gore receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor the service of the man Brunswick Community College president Stephen Greiner called “a true Brunswick County hero.”

    Dr. Joseph A. Gore was honored Tuesday afternoon with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in North Carolina by the governor. Gore was unable to be present at the ceremony due to medical reasons.

  • North Carolina receives its coastal report card

    The grades are in for North Carolina’s coast.

    The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association recently released its “2008 Report Card for the N.C. Coast.”

    With an overall grade of C+, North Carolina received only one A on this year’s report card.

    Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, who serves as executive director for the association, said the annual report card usually garners good response.

    “We thought it was important to have an easy to transmit way to let people know how the coast is doing,” Simmons said.

  • Saturday's poker run to kick off Toy Run events

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts group has scheduled the first event in its campaign to raise money for the annual Christmas Toy Run.

    On Saturday, local motorcyclists will converge at 9 a.m. at Shallotte Park to sign up for the poker run, which involves riding around the community searching for cards to create a poker hand.

    For a $20 entry fee, each participant will receive lunch and a T-shirt (until they run out).

  • 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.

    FICTION

    “Practically Perfect” by Katie Forde. Witty and romantic.

    “Nice To Come Home To” by Rebecca Flowers. A smart, funny, entertaining novel of love, family and community.

    “Wit’s End” by Karen Joy Fowler. A sly and clever novel of mystery, intrigue and virtual reality.

  • 'Silver Review' celebrating 25 years of BLT premiers May 16

    It’s been 25 years of songs, rehearsals, makeup and lights for the various county residents who’ve been active in the Brunswick Little Theatre since its first production of the musical “Brigadoon” in 1983.

    The founding members weren’t so sure it would last this long, but now, two of the most active theater participants are honoring the company’s roots with a special tribute—a free, outdoor musical revue, or as the directors call it, a “Silver Review.”

  • Relay nets record $364,000

    SHALLOTTE—They came. They walked. They helped raise a record amount of money for cancer.

    When Brunswick County’s two-day, overnight 13th Annual Relay for Life concluded last Saturday afternoon at West Brunswick High School, a record amount of money had been raised for the American Cancer Society—$364,000.

    Relay chairman Renee Adams said organizers are still counting as money continues to roll in.

  • Air Force One lecture canceled; learn Ocean Isle's history instead

    Howie Franklin will be unable to present his lecture, “Stories from Air Force One,” at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach on May 13. Franklin will reschedule his talk at a later time.

    Just in time, Fred David will present “History of Ocean Isle Beach: From 10,000 B.C. to Today.”

    He will talk about his new CD, “The History of Ocean Isle Beach Driving Tour” and his upcoming book about Ocean Isle’s history. Learn true stories about men and women who lived at Ocean Isle Beach thousands of years ago.