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Today's News

  • This isn't the way we hoped the board would move forward

    The Brunswick County Board of Education had a great opportunity to start anew with the hiring of a new superintendent last week, and yet somehow the announcement got flubbed up.

    When the community should have been celebrating and welcoming the district’s new leadership with Dr. Edward Pruden, there was dissent among the board.

    In a prepared statement, board member Scott Milligan said he was voting against the hiring of Pruden, not because of Pruden’s candidacy, but because of what he believed were some shady actions of some board members.

  • Signs of the times: Where to find those missing campaign signs

    SHALLOTTE—Tucked behind a garage at North Carolina Department of Transportation’s Shallotte maintenance office is a graveyard of sorts for campaign signs. Hundreds of campaign signs removed by NCDOT officials from state-owned rights-of-way and roadways have been stored behind the garage until candidates claim them.

    Candidates or their representatives have 30 days to pick up their signs before they are thrown out, Iris McCombs, NCDOT maintenance engineer, said.

  • Cremins speaks at BCC Foundation breakfast

    Mike Capaccio, the director of development at Brunswick Community College, considered politicians, celebrities and sports figures to speak at the annual Community Breakfast put on by the BCC Foundation. Two years ago, the name Bobby Cremins kept coming up in conversation. Capaccio finally reached Cremins, a successful college basketball coach, after two years of communication and persistence. Cremins agreed to be the special guest speaker April 13 at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center.

  • Shattered Justice: A look at those released on parole back to Brunswick County

     Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the life and death of Amy Caroline Frink, who, at 18 years old, was brutally murdered in 1994, and her mother Birdie’s fight to bring justice for her youngest daughter almost 16 years later. 

    In 1994, the state’s Fair Sentencing Act was replaced by the Structured Sentencing Act, but Birdie Frink wants the Fair Sentencing Act repealed altogether.

  • Elected officials, candidates among those who owe delinquent taxes

     Several elected officials from the county and various municipalities in Brunswick County have delinquent tax bills with the county’s tax department.

    Most officials who owe delinquent taxes have payment plans set up with Brunswick County, including Marty Cooke and his wife Catherine Cooke, who serves on the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    As a Brunswick County commissioner, Marty Cooke is one of five people who set the ad valorem tax rate for the county. As a father of four and business owner, he said he understands the burden on taxpayers.

  • The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

  • The First Tee offering Ace level programming

    Al Arrigoni, or Coach Al as the golfers know him, recently completed the necessary requirements to attain the status and recognition of The First Tee Coach. This was a prerequisite for the chapter to offer participants Ace level programming. Only 96 out of 204 chapters in The First Tee organization have achieved this final level. The four other programming levels are PLAYer, Par, Birdie and Eagle.

  • Sandpiper Bay Men’s Golf Association completes member-member tourney

    The final round of the SBMGA member-member annual tournament was played April 14. The tournament was two days with four flights playing a range of nine-hole matches. Day one had the group playing a nine-hole, two-man best-ball match followed by a nine-hole total score for the two-man team match.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS
    The Beachcombers played at Carolina Shores: Low gross: Paul Michal, 86; Harry Haggerty, 87; Stu Cleveland, 88. Low nets, Michal 72. Team two low nets on each hole: Dan O’Connell, Dennis Davidson, Bob Byrne and Cleveland at 18-under par. Golfer of the week was Michal.
    BRICK LANDING
    The Brick Landing Ladies Golf Association played the third round of its President’s Cup match. Winners were Sharon Deutsch and Peg Agrimonti.

  • From the gulag to the golf course: the story of Stanley Opalka

    Golf is played by the most amazing people. I’ve met paraplegic golfers, blind golfers, one-armed golfers, and just plain folks who have battled debilitating disease and injury to get back on the course.  
    Stanley Opalka, of Sunset Beach, traveled a long, hard road to the quiet beauty of the Carolina coast.  
    His story begins in Poland, in the fall of 1939, when his native country was invaded by the Nazis from the west and the Soviets from the east.