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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle history to be published in upcoming book

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The history of Ocean Isle Beach will soon be condensed into a 130-page book.

    “The History of Ocean Isle Beach—A documentary and pictorial guide from pre-history to present,” is in the final stages of publishing and will be on sale June 1.

    Co-written by Fred David and Vern Bender, the book examines the island from present day back to its first inhabitants, who arrived about 10,000 B.C., according to the authors. The last four chapters of the book take place after 1954 and Hurricane Hazel, Bender said.

  • Conservancy proposes funds for island playground

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new place to play may be in the near future on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Patsy Calhoun, board member of the Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy, approached the board of commissioners at its Tuesday meeting, proposing a small playground be built on the island.

    The Conservancy has been “thinking about a way to enhance the family use of our island,” Calhoun explained, and thought a playground would be a positive addition to the beach.

    “We felt it was needed with the family atmosphere we have here on the island,” she said.

  • Brunswick missionary to be featured on ABC's '20/20'

    In photos, the smiling children of Calf Creek Hollow in Eastern Kentucky look like any other children.

    “They’re happy there. That’s all they know,” Frances Carlisle said of the Martin County, Ky., children.

    Carlisle’s husband, Leroy, has been bringing clothes, toys and other supplies to the Calf Creek Hollow children for nearly 10 years. But last April, someone else took an interest in the Calf Creek children—Diane Sawyer.

  • Army battalion lauds Brunswick's operations and preparedness

    BOLIVIA—Members of the U.S. Army’s 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) all agree—Brunswick County’s emergency operations are spot-on.

    As part of their practice before deploying overseas, members of the Civil Affairs Battalion’s Charlie Company were in Brunswick County for five days to evaluate the county’s infrastructure operations and preparedness, Maj. Tyler Wilson explained.

    Of the five counties the company has evaluated, Brunswick County had the most complex emergency operations, Wilson said.

  • Rankin accepts offer from Washington State

    Brandon Rankin is getting as much attention for his football skills in the West as he did in the Southeast.

    Rankin, the conference defensive player of the year his senior year at West Brunswick High School, has played the last two years at Butte Junior College in California, where he excelled. On Feb. 4 he signed a letter of intent to finish his college football career at Washington State University.

  • Trojans falter in second half

    The West Brunswick High School boys basketball team rallied in the first half but was unable to rally in the second half in a 70-52 loss Friday to Jacksonville.

    West made eight turnovers and 10 fouls in the first quarter in falling behind 19-6. A 3-pointer by Pat Kamfolt cut the lead to 19-9, but the Cardinals regained a 13-point lead, 25-12, with 5:39 left in the half.

    Jacksonville then began making turnovers and committing fouls, and West took advantage in a 10-0 run.

  • Lady Trojans unable to rally

    The West Brunswick High School girls basketball team lost it next-last conference game 44-28 Friday to Jacksonville.

    The Lady Trojans and Jacksonville were tied 5-5 after the first quarter. A basket by the Trojans’ Jasmine Jackson just before the halftime buzzer left them down 14-10. Jacksonville then outscored West 14-11 in the third quarter for a 28-21 lead.

    A 3-pointer by West’s Sheena Suttlemyre cut the Cardinal lead to 30-24 with 5 minutes, 54 seconds left. A basket and a free throw gave Jacksonville a 33-24 lead with 4:59 left.

  • Ferguson signs with North Carolina State

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Wearing a red shirt and red tie, South Brunswick High School senior A.J. Ferguson was all smiles as he put on the red Wolfpack hat and signed a four-year scholarship Feb. 4 to attend N.C. State University.

    At least 100 people attended the signing Wednesday afternoon in school media center: fellow football players, friends, members of the school board, the sheriff, the school board superintendent and, of course, Ferguson’s mom, Pam, who cried she was so excited.

  • Drop-outs down in Brunswick County and across state

    High school dropout rates for the 2007-2008 school year are down in Brunswick County as well as across the state.

    Brunswick County Schools reported 197 dropouts during the 2007-2008 school year, which is down 16 students from 2006-2007—a 7.51 percent decrease.

    Of those 197 students, 121 were male and 76 female. One hundred forty-six were white, 35 black, three American Indian, seven Hispanic and six of other ethnicities.

  • South rallies, keeps first place conference standing

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick won its ninth straight conference basketball game by beating North Brunswick 43-36 Friday night.

    Center Reggie Cobia’s ankle injury has healed and he outjumped South’s Joey Hines for the tip-off this week by a good 6 inches, and North was in total control of the game early. The Scorpions hit the boards harder and ran and passed, while the Cougars looked tired and could not find the basket. Cobia was everywhere on defense, rebounding and scoring (eight points).