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Today's News

  • The Windy City has nothing on the wind here in Coastal Carolinas

    There are things I am just not good at keeping.

    In the past year and a half, I have gone through eight cell phones. Don’t ask me how; let’s just say that the extra $3.99 a month for the insurance is well worth it.

    I have to buy a new Chapstick at least once every two weeks. For some reason, my dog has an internal Chapstick detector and can fish it out of my purse, even when it’s zipped in an inside pocket.

    But most recently, I have had a battle with any and every umbrella that has come my way.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week, which are taken directly from patrol activity reports.

    •Larceny by employee on Village Road; suspect stole a cash donation box from a store.

    •During a routine traffic stop on U.S. 17 South and Olde Waterford Way, Bobby Eugene Long, 24, of 170 Midway Road, Whiteville, was cited and released for expired registration, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Lack of interest in television drives writer to finally dive back into books

    As a newspaper person with more than 10 years of writing under my belt—and a lifetime of passion for writing before that—it would be easy to assume I’m quite a reader. Toss in the fact my mother was rarely spotted anywhere without a book in hand, and it would be simple to peg me as a bookworm.

    But somehow, unlike other writers I know, the bug to read, the obsession to peruse everything literary, somehow escaped me. I’ll blame it partly on rebellion—mom always had a book in tow, so I never wanted one.

  • Edge-Lowrance

    Amy Elizabeth Edge and Kenny Lowrance were married Nov. 29 at the Rourk Woods Clubhouse in Shallotte.

    Jean and Fran Pelletier officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom Edge and Pat Conrad. The groom is the son of Ken Lowrance of Huntersville and the late Janice Lowrance.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Melanie Grammen served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jenny Byrd, Katie Lowrance, Elizabeth Lowrance and Shannon Helms.

  • Brown-Parker

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Mary Stephanie Brown of Wilmington and Albert Hemingway Parker III of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Joanna Brown of Supply and the granddaughter of Frances Brown of Supply, the late Stanton Brown, Mary Simmons of Supply and the late Rudy Simmons. The groom is the son of Al and Ramona Parker of Supply and the grandson of Albert and Kathleen Parker of Supply, Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.

  • Students get a grip on tennis through CIS

    Volunteers from the Brunswick County Tennis Association (BCTA) are visiting elementary and middle schools across the county with the hope of inspiring the next Serena Williams or Pete Sampras.

    As part of the Communities In Schools (CIS) After School program, students are being introduced to the ABC’s of tennis: ability, balance and coordination.

  • Bob Jones named new chairman of The First Tee

    Bob Jones, of Ocean Isle Beach, has been named the new chairman of the board of directors of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    He succeeds Mike Reaves, the former president of Brunswick Community College, who was chairman from 2006-08.

  • Winter is a good time to fish for red drum in Brunswick County

    Despite water temperatures that have reached into the 40s, anglers still report spotting nice schools of red drum prowling the shallow waters. These fish will not always bite during the coldest periods, but on some days the sun warms up things enough to create a very favorable environment for targeting these winter redfish.

    Red drum can often be seen “tailing” in the shallows with their noses down and rooting up food while their tails are sticking up in the air. Some of these redfish schools are huge. Finding them, however, is just part of the task of redfishing.

  • Golf action

    Two Calabash golfers had top-four finishes in the Carolinas Young Amateur Jan. 6 at the Pinewild Country Club in Pinehurst.

    Zack Byrd, a Coastal Carolina University student, shot 72-70—142 on the 7,088-yard, par-72 course and finished tied for second. He had the best second round of the 65 golfers. He won $137.50.

    Drew Weaver, a senior at Virginia Tech, shot 65-71—136 for the six-stroke victory. He won $200.

  • Drug agents nab fugitive from justice; seize 21 marijuana plants

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit responded to an anonymous tip last week about the whereabouts of a fugitive that led to seizing 21 marijuana plants.

    Jesse Nichols, of 216 Sycamore Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, was wanted in Delaware for domestic threats and assault, Capt. Gene Caison said.

    When drug agents responded to Nichols’ Boiling Spring Lakes home Tuesday, Jan. 6, they found and seized 21 marijuana plants and 10 grams of marijuana, Caison said.