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Today's News

  • Bowling, laser tag, cosmic golf among celestial highlights at Planet Fun in Shallotte

    Summer fun awaits at Shallotte’s own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is designed for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Golf clubs stolen in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating larceny of golf clubs reported July 11 on the island.

    On July 8, Sunset Beach police arrested William Howard Clements Jr., 47, for drunk and disruptive conduct and assault on a law enforcement officer.

  • Bolivia house fire cause investigated

    Firefighters are still trying to determine the cause of a fire Monday night that partially damaged a house in Bolivia.

    The fire, which occurred between 5 and 7 p.m. at 933 Green Lewis Road, destroyed the front portion of the house where the fire broke out, Bolivia assistant fire chief Travis Murrell said.

    A family who lives in the house wasn’t at home when the fire occurred, Murrell said.

    The fire was extinguished in about 15 minutes, he said, as a thunderstorm moved in.

  • Carolina Shores administrator makes 'positive' statement

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town administrator Linda Herncane says she is overwhelmed with support she has received in recent weeks.

    “I am 61 years old and have never had a parking ticket,” Herncane said, reading from a prepared statement at the town board of commissioners’ monthly meeting July 8.

  • Sewer pump station site at Sunset Beach raises stink

    SUNSET BEACH—Jeff Morgan said he was just exercising his rights and following procedure when he filed a petition challenging the marsh-front site of a future sewer pump station near his vacation home on the Sunset Beach island.

    And even though he missed the deadline, Morgan said Brunswick County has taken him to task for delaying the island project, claiming it has increased the cost an extra $379,000.

  • Tuning into tidbits on a day at the pool

    I was just drifting along, floating on a lazy river on a lazy summer afternoon, feeling I had few worries when a child’s voice rang out.

    “I’m killing ants!” he announced as he stomped and mashed at the edge of the pool.

    “Noooo, Mikey,” protested another boy floating by on his own borrowed yellow inner tube. “It’s nature.”

    Mikey didn’t care about nature.

  • Ash mom granted trip to see sons in Ash

    Amy Smith is grateful for the surprise reprieve she was granted last month to see her sons in Ontario.

    The consideration didn’t come from a Canadian judge but from a generous Brunswick County businesswoman who’s been following the Ash mom’s story.

    “The trip was awesome,” Smith said this week of her late June trip to see 7-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan. She took a last-minute flight June 26 to surprise her sons at an Ontario hotel.

  • Local teens to attend The First Tee PLAYer Academy in California

    Greg Hensley and Harrison Taylor, from the First Tee of Brunswick County, have been selected to attend The First Tee PLAYer Advanced Academy, July 27-Aug. 3 at California State University at Monterey Bay. They are among 25 chapter participants, ages 14-18, selected to participate.  

    The First Tee has 204 chapters in the United States and abroad. The Brunswick County Chapter is the only one with two attendees.  

  • USGA awards $20,000 grant to The First Tee

     The United States Golf Association recently awarded a $20,000 grant to The First Tee of Brunswick County. The presentation was made June 16 at the Dennis Walters Show at The Reserve Club at St. James Plantation.  

    On hand to represent the USGA was Dallas Clark. Since 1997, the USGA has provided more than $60 million in grants to more than 900 not-for-profit organizations that serve youth through golf and its values.  

  • New coach training, volunteer orientation set for July 21

    The First Tee of Brunswick County is in need of volunteers. The fall season is approaching and The First Tee is expanding its programs. New volunteers are needed to help assist with classes. You do not have to be a good golfer or even a golfer at all. You just need to care. Please attend our new coach training/volunteer orientation to learn more about our program at 2 p.m. July 21 at Cinghiale Creek (directions are available online on our website).