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  • Chess man checks into 104th birthday with library mates

    Whether he won or not, Ralph Ashby was king of the day as members of the Grand Strand Chess Club gathered for another day of weekly competition Tuesday at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Ashby, after all, had just reached another age milestone, turning 104 this week as the group feted him with a cake and good wishes for the club founder who also has the best attendance record.

  • Waterfront Market changeover questioned in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Management of the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market changed hands last year unbeknownst to the head of the Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association.

    Merchants association president Darren Bouley said this week he was unaware when market manager Chris Wilson and her partners formed Waterfront Markets LLC and applied for permits, first to have a holiday market last December, then for the subsequent spring market in April and seasonal market this summer in Sunset Beach Town Park.

  • Volunteers needed for Relay For Life

    The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is seeking volunteers in Brunswick County to help plan and organize the 2018 event.

    Relay For Life brings together friends, families, businesses, hospitals, schools, faith-based groups, people from all walks of life, all aimed at celebrating the lives of those who have had cancer, remembering those lost, and fighting back against the disease. Volunteer support is crucial to the event and will help the American Cancer Society create a world with less cancer and more birthdays.

  • Man dies after falling off ladder at construction site

    A man died after falling off a ladder in Oak Island on Thursday morning.

    The man, whose identity has not been released, was working on a gutter at a home in the 800 block of Ocean Drive when he fell 30 to 40 feet from the top of the ladder at 8:20 a.m., Oak Island Fire Chief Chris Anselmo said.

    Five people, including a coworker, called 911.

    Anselmo said he drove the ambulance that took the man to an Airlink landing site at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, where the man was pronounced dead.

  • Convicted jail escapee arrested after running from deputies

    Deputies arrested a Southport man convicted of escaping from the Brunswick County Detention Facility in 2015 on drug and other charges Saturday after he ran from them July 24.


    William Earl Hewett, 25, of Bluewater Drive is charged with possession of cocaine, two counts of trafficking opium, misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia, misdemeanor resisting a public officer, misdemeanor assault on a female, driving while license revoked and fictitious registration.

  • Mendenhall credentialed by ICMA

    Jon M. Mendenhall, town administrator of the town of Carolina Shores, has received the Credentialed Manager designation from ICMA, the International City/County Management Association. Mendenhall is one of over 1,400 local government management professionals currently credentialed through the ICMA Voluntary Credentialing Program.

  • New drone laws take effect Dec. 1 in N.C.

    As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry. Gov. Roy Cooper signed two bills sent to his desk by the General Assembly: one revising existing laws and one new law to ensure that drone operation remains safe.

    House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons. Near is defined as a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet. NCDOT will place signs marking these boundaries. The law goes into effect Dec. 1.

  • Green Swamp restoration begins

    Drivers on N.C. 211 in Brunswick County should not be surprised in the coming weeks to see logging at The Nature Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve. The Nature Conservancy is beginning a multi-year project to restore its Green Swamp Preserve in Brunswick County.

    The end goal is to recreate the robust longleaf forest savannas that existed before Europeans made their mark on the landscape. The conservancy recently signed a contract with Canal Woods LLC to conduct the restoration.

  • Shallotte police charge four with attempted murder

    Shallotte police arrested four people accused of shooting into a vehicle in which two women, one of whom was pregnant, were riding last month. No one was injured.

    Eighteen-year-olds Drewshawn Maqual Stanley, of Freedom Star Drive in Longwood, and Toriantte Leviticus Holmes, of Stevenson Road SW in Supply, and 17-year-old Deontre Abraham Benbow, of Hill Crest Road in Supply, are each charged with attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill, discharging a weapon into an occupied moving vehicle and misdemeanor battery of an unborn child.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve special election for staggered terms