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  • Ocean Isle Beach sand sculpture winners

    It was a sandy Saturday during the Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest.

    Fifteen family teams converged on the beach to vie for a prize as they converted ordinary sand into extraordinary creations behind the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, 44 E. First St.

    Contestants used shovels and hands to coax assorted critters and other creative designs onto shore, as bathing-suit-clad passersby gathered ‘round to watch.

    Trophies were awarded, as well as a one-year family membership to the Museum of Coastal Carolina for the top team.

  • No Port Southport objects to lack of public hearing plans

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has commenced its reconnaissance study for a new navigational channel to make way for the N.C. Ports Authority’s planned international container terminal in the Southport area.

    Members of No Port Southport, a group of local residents opposed to the terminal, recently learned, however, the corps has not scheduled any public hearings on the study, despite its policy to do so.

  • Carolina Shores board OKs releasing edited attorney bills

    CAROLINA SHORES—Following a closed session Tuesday, town commissioners unanimously voted to release redacted copies of town attorney Holt Moore’s bills.

    Commissioners also voted 4-1 to table consideration of a contract for assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut at Chestnut’s request.

    The hour-long executive session followed commissioners’ lengthy, at times heated, monthly meeting that lasted a little over two hours Tuesday afternoon at town hall.

  • DA refers Soles' shooting case to special prosecutor

    District Attorney Rex Gore has announced he referred the investigation into the Aug. 23 shooting at the home of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.  to the special prosecution unit of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office.

    Gore released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:

  • CIS to to open thrift shop in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Adding to its original location in Southport, Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS) is preparing its second location at the Village at Sunset Beach behind the Food Lion store.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Gore waltzes to second Dancing with the Brunswick Stars Victory

    SUNSET BEACH—Reigning “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” champion Dinah Gore waltzed her way to a second victory Friday night, as the annual fundraiser brought in more than $330,000 for the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

    Gore and her professional partner, Paul McTaggart, raised the most amount of money for their Viennese Waltz, followed by stars Jan Williamson and her professional partner Chris Madray, and Courtney Babson and her professional partner Christopher Robbins.

  • Brunswick County Stars dance tonight

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” will take center stage at 6 p.m. tonight at the Sea Trail Resort & Conference Center in Sunset Beach.

    Five hundred seats for the event were available but have sold out. Tickets were $100 each.

    The event is an annual fundraiser for Brunswick Community College Foundation. The proceeds will be used to give scholarships to future BCC students.

    Last year’s event was a first for the foundation, and it raised more than $200,000.

  • DA: No charges filed yet in shooting at senator's home

    It’s been more than a week since N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. allegedly shot a man at his Tabor City home, but no charges have been filed.

    District Attorney Rex Gore on Monday said investigators with the State Bureau of Investigation, the agency leading the shooting investigation at the request of Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless, were still collecting material for their investigation, and no charges have been filed.

    Gore said SBI agents were “still in a very preliminary stage and not nearly complete.”

  • Two killed in parasailing incident; blunt trauma the cause of death

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A parasailing incident here Friday afternoon has left two visiting women dead. Medical examiners have determined blunt trauma caused both deaths.

    Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., were killed Friday afternoon when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat “parted,” according to the initial report from U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit.

    The two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier.

  • Three candidates bow out in Carolina Shores commissioners election

    CAROLINA SHORES—Three candidates have withdrawn from the race for two commissioners seats in Carolina Shores.

    Bob Breen withdrew from the upcoming Nov. 3 election on Aug. 25. Fellow residents Dave Jones and Leon Paulikas each bowed out on Aug. 26.

    That leaves three candidates vying for two available seats in the at-large race—incumbent Gere Dale and newcomers Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough. Both seats are for four-year terms on the town’s six-member board of commissioners (including the mayor).