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Today's News

  • Dog adoptions still suspended at shelter

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County Animal Shelter officials will meet next week to determine whether and when the shelter will resume allowing dog adoptions.

    The shelter suspended dog adoptions March 31 after several dogs developed a respiratory illness that lab results confirmed as distemper.

    The suspension period originally was for two weeks but has been extended to prevent spread of the canine distemper virus and ensure it has been halted.

    “We’re just being safe,” shelter director David Swain said Tuesday.

  • Ordinance updates continue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Work on a sign ordinance update continues at town hall, assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut said at a planning and zoning board workshop Monday.

    Chestnut said she has been working with Penny Tysinger, planning director with the Cape Fear Council of Governments, to review “technical” wording and work toward making text more clear and in some cases more flexible.

  • Ingram Planetarium theater goes dark for digital installation

    SUNSET BEACH—Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater has temporarily closed this week for installation of a new high-definition digital projection system slated to make its public debut May 23.

    Scott Kucera, executive director of the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation that oversees the Sunset Beach planetarium, said it would be the world’s third SciDome high definition digital projection system.

    The planetarium, which turns seven years old in May, is trading in its old analog system for the new system, the final part of a three-phase $255,000 project.

  • Say thank you to teachers for educating your children

    As I peek around the corner of his bedroom, I see my son, Levi, sleeping soundly. He’s stretched out in this crib, with his arm around his stuffed dog.

    I dread the battle ahead of me. I know Levi will cry and scream as I wake him from his peaceful sleep and get him dressed for day care. But it’s what I have to do. The fit will only last a short time. As soon as we are out the door, he will be happy again. That’s because he knows he’s going to day care.

  • Tax task force, county commissioners move forward for tax relief for senior citizens

    BOLIVIA—A new county tax task force established at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren has presented county commissioners with its first recommendation.

    At their meeting last week, county commissioners approved a resolution presented by the task force, which would increase property tax exemption amounts for Brunswick County’s senior citizens.

  • Southport man charged in motorcycle fatality

    A Southport man has been charged in a wreck that killed a motorcyclist in Wilmington on Sunday night.

    According to the Wilmington Police Department, around 7:57 p.m. Sunday, Jason Albert Smith, 32, was driving a Jeep Grand Cherokee west on Market Street. He allegedly turned left onto Wilmington Avenue where he drove into the path of an eastbound motorcycle.

    The impact knocked Stanley Torr Barnes, 31, Burlington, off the bike. He died from injuries suffered in the wreck.

  • Alleged co-conspirator of convicted murderer back in jail

    Joshua Caudill, the second suspect awaiting trial for the July 2007 murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook, is back in jail awaiting trial after his co-conspirator was convicted of first-degree murder.

    On April 17, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery. Martin was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Bass-Mason

    Hollie Alicia Bass of Supply and Kyle Edward Mason of Clemmons were married March 28 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    The bride’s uncle, the Rev. Paul Hill, associate pastor of Fairview Baptist Church in Statesville, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Bass of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Janet Mason of Clemmons and Edward Mason of Clemmons.

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

  • Klein-Beaube

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lucy Agnes Klein of Charlotte and Frederick Jakob Beaube of Charlotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jim and Marilyn Klein of Wilmington. The prospective groom is the son of Davis and Barbara Beaube of Bolivia. A July 18 wedding is planned at St. Mark’s Church in Wilmington.

  • Hickman-Grimm

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Lynn Hickman of Shallotte and Christopher Ray Grimm of New Martinsville, W.Va. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rhonda Wooten and stepdaughter of Edgar Wooten of Supply. She is a graduate of West Brunswick High School, UNC Wilmington and Webster University. The prospective groom is the son of Tawney Sizemore and Steve Grimm, both of New Martinsville, W.Va. He is a graduate of Magnolia High School and Western School of Health and Business. The wedding is planned for May 2 along the Intracoastal Waterway on Holden Beach.