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Today's News

  • West students rally to make Relay for Life a success

     SHALLOTTE — On the 2015 Brunswick County Relay for Life web site, survivors were given the opportunity to share stories about their courageous fight.

    “I will proudly walk the Survivors Lap at Relay for Life this year,” one survivor wrote.

    “This is me, and I am a survivor,” wrote another.

    Those cancer survivors and more took center stage at Brunswick County’s annual Relay for Life event Friday, May 1, and Saturday, May 2, at M.H. Rourk Stadium on the campus of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Sunset Beach looking at tax hike to at least 16 cents

    SUNSET BEACH — A majority of town council has indicated it favors increasing the town tax rate at least 5½ cents, to 16 cents per $100 of valuation.

    The informal poll came at the board’s last workshop April 29 before the proposed fiscal 2015-2016 budget public hearing at council’s upcoming monthly meeting next Monday night, May 11.

  • Animal advocates teach Petucation at Jessie Mae

    It was no ordinary school day when Ronna Sue Graham and “Miss Di,” her Welsh corgi/pit bull mix therapy dog, showed up for fourth-grade classes last week at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    Graham and her dog were among volunteers who have been taking part in hour-long Petucation classes at the elementary school in Ash.

  • Celebrating literacy: It's the season for books, poems and a spelling bee

    Not only does spring bring flowers, it has also reaped an array of events celebrating the oral and written word. Following is a roundup of what’s on tap in coming days and weeks.

    ‘Frosty the Yellow Frog’

    Sunset Beach author Anne Giordano has just published her third children’s book.

    At 10:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, she will read a copy of “Frosty the Yellow Frog” to children at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • 'Secret Gardens' flower show ready to bloom

    Flower lovers can discover paradise at the Coastal Garden Club’s “Secret Gardens”-themed flower show, set to burst into bloom this Friday, May 8, and Saturday, May 9, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    The Shallotte-based club is presenting the show as a fun, educational project to spark interest in members’ favorite hobbies of horticulture and floral design.

  • No tax increase planned in Calabash

    CALABASH — Town taxpayers can expect to see no new property tax increase in their bills for fiscal year 2015-16.

    That’s what the Calabash Board of Commissioners have indicated as it convened for its final scheduled budget workshop last Wednesday, April 29.

  • Ash man pleads guilty to assaulting officer, rape and kidnapping charges dismissed

     Rape and kidnapping charges were dropped as part of a plea agreement that will send an Ash man to state prison for at least three years.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis sentenced 32-year-old Richard Tremaine Gore to 41 to 77 months in the N.C. Department of Correction after he pleaded guilty April 23 to assault with a deadly weapon on a government official, possession of firearm by a felon and fleeing to elude arrest.

  • Brunswick Business Incubator slated to open in August

     LELAND — Seven years ago, Jim Bradshaw and others shared a progressive idea to launch a business and industry incubator in Brunswick County.

    Now, his dream is well on its way to becoming a reality as Brunswick Community College officials announced last week the incubator would be open in the middle of August.

  • Crews repair broken water main in Holden Beach

     Some Holden Beach residents were without water for nearly two hours Tuesday, May 5, as public works crews repaired a broken water main.

    The water main in the area of Ocean Boulevard West and Salisbury Street broke sometime before noon Tuesday and was repaired just after 1 p.m., town officials confirmed.

    The break affected 409-427 Ocean Blvd. W. and all properties on Salisbury Street, town manager David Hewett said.

  • Girl Scouts hope to find dog a home

    WINNABOW — Girl Scouts with Troop 285 gathered ‘round this past weekend to greet John Boy, one of the homeless dogs at Paws Place Dog Rescue.

    The Leland-based troop came bearing dog food, bleach and laundry detergent.

    “We bought stuff at Wal-Mart,” said scout Ellie Doyle, one of the fourth- and fifth-graders in the troop who for the past four to six weeks have been trying to help John Boy, a rescued walker hound mix, find a new home as they work to earn their Bronze Award.