At about 3 a.m. on March 23, Easter morning, the Alaska Ranger, a fishing vessel with 47 people on board, started to take on water. As they prepared to evacuate the ship, the U.S. Coast Guard ship stationed in Alaska, was sent to help.
Jon Smith, a 2007 West Brunswick High School graduate, was a member of the crew who helped rescue 42 people that day.
Smith, a 19-year-old Longwood native, was involved in JROTC at WBHS for three and a half years and knew he wanted to join the military right after graduation.
The Brunswick County Relay for Life kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday, May 2, with the opening ceremonies and survivors’ lap around the track at West Brunswick High School.
The annual event is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser and is designed to honor cancer survivors and remember those who lost their lives to the disease. The relay is an all-night event that goes through until 1 p.m. Saturday, May 3.
Relay teams set up tents around the track and try to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
Brunswick Little Theatre will present “The Silver Review,” an evening under the stars listening to a compilation of 25 years of songs from musicals performed by BLT, from 1983’s Brigadoon though its last musical, Godspell, in November 2007.
Performances begin at 8 p.m. May 16-18 at the Holden Beach Pavilion, at the foot of the bridge, and May 23-25 at Franklin Square Park in Southport.
Admission is free. If there is inclement weather after 5 p.m., the show will be canceled for that night.
Lt. Col. Clarence Willie MUSC, Ret., received a letter of appreciation from county commissioner May Moore and a plaque from Judge Ola Lewis for his documentary, “Fight for Freedom,” on Sunday, March 30, during a World War II tribute and U.S.O. musical revue at the Southport Community Center attended by 250 people.
The award–winning film tells the story of the Montford Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. They trained at Montford Point, a segregated section of Camp Lejeune.