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Community News

  • 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.

  • West Brunswick graduate among those aiding in Coast Guard rescue

    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.

  • Crews make progress on Oak Island second bridge; Davis Canal bridge to re-open soon

    It first appeared on the state’s transportation improvement program in December 1986. Now, 22 years later, the second Oak Island Bridge is not just a proposal—it’s a reality.

    The bridge, now under construction, is slated for completion in December 2009. Now the contractors are working on the bridge’s sub-structure.

  • Brunswick County's annual Relay for Life planned for this weekend

    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.

  • 'The Silver Review'

    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.

  • Remembrance celebration planned

    A remembrance celebration honoring the life of Andrew Julian Priddy will be at 3:30 p.m. Monday, April 28, in the Shallotte Middle School gymnasium.

    Family and friends will share memories and stories, recite poems, sing songs and play music during the service.

    Andrew Priddy’s mother, Amy Priddy, said it is a time for all who loved Andrew to come together and remember him. Anyone with special memories of Andrew is welcome to attend.

    Andrew died last June as a result of an ATV accident. He was 13 and had just finished seventh grade at Shallotte Middle School.

  • Camp United Methodist Church presents 'Toybox'

    Members of Camp United Methodist Church will present the second showing of the Christian musical drama “Toybox” Sunday, April 27, at the church to raise money for the building fund.

    The cast debuted the play Sunday, April 20, to an enthusiastic crowd that packed the church sanctuary.

    Donna Williamson, who plays “Theresa,” in the drama, said other local churches’ dramas inspired her to seek out something Camp could do.

  • Willie honored for documentary on World War II

    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.

  • Putting a face on autism

    A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes, but there is no treatment or cure for this disorder.

    As doctors continue to seek answers and cures, children around the world learn to live with autism and help put a face on an illness doctors know little about.

  • Air Force staff sergeant, West graduate aims high

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.

    But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.

    Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.

    The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”