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  • Memorial to honor seven fire victims

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The seven college students who died in an Ocean Isle Beach house fire will be remembered with a memorial erected in their honor.

    A steel cross and a granite plaque will be placed at the base of the Odell Williamson Bridge in front of the Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department.

    A memorial service for the victims’ families is set for 3 p.m. May 16. Town administrator Daisy Ivey said letters inviting the parents and families were mailed last week.

  • Farmers' Market opens Saturday

    The Shallotte Farmers' Market will open at 8 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at a new location—the Shallotte Town Hall parking lot. It will stay open until noon.

    This is the first year the Downtown Shallotte Committee decided to expand the market’s season into spring, according to Chairman Walt Eccard.

    Opening day will include the following vendors:

    •Michael Hubbard, Bolivia: Palm trees and vegetables.

    •Eileen Brown and Carol Gentile, Shallotte: Aprons, bags, jewelry, dog scarves.

    •Willie Richardson, Ash: Fresh vegetables.

  • Shallotte Point residents speak against involuntary annexation at House committee

    A group of Shallotte Point residents have traveled to Raleigh to speak against the state’s annexation laws. They appeared before the House of Representatives Select Committee charged with recommending changes to the law.

    Ronald Hobbs, president of the Shallotte Point Preservation Group, said 90 people spoke against the current law, which has been in effect since 1959. Seventeen spoke in favor of involuntary annexation.

  • Fireworks talk sparks concerns from Sunset Beach residents

    SUNSET BEACH—Residents say something needs to be done about fireworks, especially on the island.

    But town officials say the state preempts any local rules governing the issue.

    The remarks followed a discussion at the April 7 town council meeting in which town attorney Michael Isenberg said the town does not have an ordinance prohibiting fireworks “because the state preempted us.”

    If someone violates the fireworks rule, “they’ll be charged with a misdemeanor,” Isenberg said.

  • Sunset Beach parents celebrate son's heroic rescue

    Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Erik Watson, a Wenonah, N.J., native, was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal on Wednesday, April 11, for his actions in saving two elderly swimmers from drowning on June 14, 2007.

    He is the son of Hal and Kat Watson of Sunset Beach.

    A call for help

  • Beautification Day unfolds at Sunset Beach; residents clean up town

    SUNSET BEACH—A diverse group of 30 citizens and town employees took part in the town’s inaugural Beautification Day on April 9.

    Starting at 10 a.m. and toiling for about four hours, the group worked on a variety of projects to enhance the appearance of the community.

    Applying a wide variety of talents, they succeeded in transforming the appearance of the much-maligned median of the public parking lot at the beach. They created a desert landscape using boulders, century plants, cactus, yucca and ornamental grasses all set in sand.

  • BREAKING NEWS Sheriff resigns

    Ronald Hewett resigned as sheriff today.

    According to district attorney Rex Gore, Hewett’s attorney Roy Trest turned in Hewett’s letter of resignation to county officials Tuesday morning.

    Hewett’s letter was addressed to county commissioners, Gore and county attorney Huey Marshall.

    The letter states, “I hereby resign my position as sheriff of Brunswick County effective immediately.”

  • One flawed inning costs Dolphins win

    SHALLOTTE—Call it Murphy’s Law compounded.

    If something can go wrong, it will—and usually multiple times in the same inning.

    Brunswick Community College cautiously rode a 1-0 lead for five innings before unraveling in the sixth and falling 5-1 to Lenoir Community College Saturday afternoon.

    “We weren’t able to make the plays,” Brunswick coach Robbie Allen said. “We couldn’t at that point and time get to where we could field it and throw it and catch it, and it just snowballed.”

  • West Brunswick Sports Round-up

    Baseball

    WEST BRUNSWICK 9

    WHITE OAK 2

    West Brunswick’s Wally Kamfolt hit a home run and drove in two runs in his 2-for-4 day at the plate. Jay Gause hit a home run and went 2-for-4 for the winners. He also was the winning pitcher.

    WEST BRUNSWICK 7

    JACKSONVILLE 8

    Wally Kamfolt blasted a grand slam against Jacksonville to pick up four RBI. West coach Mike Alderson said it was the first grand slam of the season for the Trojans.

    Softball

    WEST BRUNSWICK 18

    JACKSONVILLE 0

  • Stanley signs with Drake

    A Texas player with family ties to Brunswick County has signed with Drake University.

    Craig Stanley will play for the Missouri Valley Conference champion Bulldogs next season.

    Craig's father is Elton Stanley, the brother of Joe and Moe Stanley of Shallotte. His sister is Dianne Gatewood, and his grandparents were the late Earl and Alma Stanley of Shallotte.

    Craig Stanley lives in Plano, Texas, and played the last two seasons for Collin County Community College in Plano.

    Stanley was a 5-foot-11, 170-pound point guard.