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  • Getting ready to ride

    SUNSET BEACH—Most weekday mornings, Cindy Nelson rises to ride her bicycle four and a half miles to work. Then she rides it home at the end of the day, opting for a 20-mile “long loop” two nights a week.

    On weekends, Nelson takes even longer, 35-mile round trips to the east end of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She isn’t just saving gas and burning calories.

  • Lane closures across Brunswick River near Leland begin Sunday night

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have nighttime intermittent lane closures of the northbound lanes of U.S. 17/U.S. 76/N.C. 133 at the bridge across the Brunswick River near the town of Leland, beginning Sunday, July 18, through Wednesday, July 21. The closings will be from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. each night. It will end Thursday, July 22 at 5 a.m. Bridge maintenance will be performed during the closures.

    NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, use alternate routes when possible, drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time.

  • Missing boater remembered as ‘great guy’ whose passion was fishing

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Thomas “Andy” Richmond was taking advantage of his retirement here by pursuing his lifelong passion of fishing.

    Unfortunately, Richmond never returned from his last solo fishing trip. On July 1, his unmanned 28-foot boat Heads or Tails was found washed up on the shore of Myrtle Beach, S.C., with its engines running at about 11:20 p.m. U.S. Coast Guard officials learned he had been reported missing in North Carolina several hours earlier.

  • National Flood Insurance Extension Act passes in U.S. Senate

    Members of the U.S. Senate on June 30 passed H.R. 5569, the National Flood Insurance Program Extension Act of 2010. On July 2, President Barack Obama signed the bill into law.

    The National Flood Insurance Program lapsed May 31, and for each day the program was not re-instated, people in the 100-year floodplain, many of whom live in Brunswick County, were unable to get flood insurance.

    The National Association of Realtors estimated the lapse in the federally required flood insurance program stalled about 1,200 real estate closings each day.

  • State House upholds Senate ban on Internet sweepstakes; some business owners say it’s bad for the economy

    They’ve been springing up on nearly every corner in Brunswick County for the past couple of years, but as of Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes businesses may be out of business.

    On Wednesday, July 7, the N.C. House of Representatives voted 86-27 to approve the Senate’s ban on Internet sweepstakes establishments. The ban will go into effect Dec. 1.

    Business owners like Scott Buff of Oak Island, who owns four Internet Café and Sweepstakes locations, three in Brunswick County and one in Columbus County, aren’t happy about it.

  • Shrine club building damaged in Sunday fire

    A shortage in air conditioner wiring caused a fire that destroyed part of the Brunswick County Shrine Club in Bolivia Sunday morning. No one was injured.

    Donna Caton, whose husband James is the Shrine Club president, said the club was being rented for an event, and someone attending the event noticed the smoke and called the fire department.

  • Lightning causes fire at Ocean Isle Beach house

    A house on Ocean Isle Beach caught fire last week after it was hit by lightning.

    According to chief Bobby Yoho of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department, lightning hit a house on Egret Court in the Island Park area Thursday, July 8, and caused fire to shoot out of an electrical socket.

    Renters were home at the time lightning struck, but Yoho said all got out OK and there were no injuries.

  • 'Weave Through Time' Saturday at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson will present “Weave Through Time" this Saturday.

    Visitors can learn about conservation techniques for historic textiles and bring in their own if they have questions or need advice on how to preserve them.

    Ben Tart, who has been reproducing historic clothing and flags since the 1980s, will give two presentations on dying textiles at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

  • After 12 years, resident becomes U.S. citizen

    Cathy Duthie has lived in the United States for more than 12 years. Originally from Canada, she said she never really thought about becoming an American citizen until about four years ago.

    “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do, and it took a lot of thought,” she said. “It’s a very emotional thing to give up your allegiance to one country and give it to another.”

  • Immigrants become citizens at naturalization ceremony

    Southport—Last Sunday, Mary Claire Njeri took her oath of citizenship surrounded by her family—many of whom had traveled from Nairobi, Kenya, to share the moment with her.
    “This is how I roll now,” she said to her family as she held up her certificate of citizenship.
    Njeri and 124 other people from all over the world gathered in on the Garrison Lawn at Fort Johnston in Southport to take the oath of allegiance to become American citizens.