Today's News

  • A day in the life of a golf professional is more work than leisure

    Most of us envy the lives of golf pros. We think we’d like to make a living playing golf, instead of being stuck in an office, a building project, a classroom or a truck.

    Or maybe we could be a club pro, hobnobbing with members, booking starting times, giving a few lessons and playing lots of golf.

    Wrong, wrong, wrong.

  • Golf action

    The Carolina Shores Ladies Golf Association played its Rally for the Cure tournament Oct. 9 at Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club. Seventy-two players participated in a captain’s choice format.

  • McCumbee 34th in Sprint Cup race at Lowe’s

    Chad McCumbee finished 34th in his first career NASCAR Sprint Cup Series start at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.

    When the green flag fell in the Bank of America 500 race Saturday night, McCumbee radioed to crew chief Stewart Cooper the car was loose everywhere. The team fought that condition all weekend, but Cooper made several adjustments that improved the handling of the car during the early portions of the race.

  • Southport man killed in weekend wreck, driver charged with his death

    SOUTHPORT—A Southport man was killed late Saturday when he was struck by an on-coming vehicle on N.C. 133.

    Just before 10 p.m., Arthur Bentley Hart, 42, of Southport was driving south on N.C. 133 just north of Southport when Omar Perez, driving in the opposite direction, veered into Hart’s lane and struck him.

    According to C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perez was driving about 55 mph when he traveled left of center and collided with Hart.

  • Planning board approves UDO amendments

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved text amendments to the county’s Unified Development Ordinance.

    Board members approved forwarded the following amendments to county commissioners for their final approval:

    •To amend the summary of notice and public hearing requirements for appeal of administrative decisions and nonconforming use certificates.

    •To require the recordation of a special exception permit prior to review of final plats.

  • North Carolina garners national attention as a key battleground state

    WILMINGTON—With Sen. John McCain’s recent rally in Wilmington, and an Obama/Biden visit all but imminent, North Carolina is garnering national attention as a key battleground state in this year’s presidential election.

    Brunswick County GOP Chairman Frank Iler, who attended McCain’s Wilmington rally Monday afternoon, said the senator’s visit excited members of the Republican Party and brought attention to North Carolina on the national stage.

  • County tax administrator resigns

    Tom Bagby has resigned as Brunswick County Tax Administrator.

    According to county attorney Huey Marshall, Bagby resigned as tax administrator Friday, Oct. 10.

    Bagby, who made an annual salary of $81,390, had served as the county’s tax administrator since April 10, 2006.

    When reached at home Tuesday, Bagby said he was surprised when commissioners asked him to resign as tax administrator.

    “I resigned at the request of the board,” Bagby said. “I was notified Tuesday (Oct. 7) by the board.”

  • Bush declares disaster for Hanna in Brunswick

    President George W. Bush has declared a federal disaster for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    N.C. Governor Mike Easley requested the disaster declaration on Sept. 30, and Bush declared the disaster Oct. 8, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said.

    Thompson said the presidential declaration is for public assistance, not individual assistance; meaning individual homeowners cannot apply for assistance.

  • Attorney: Substance abuse treatment needed

    Ronald Hewett is on the road to recovery, and his attorney wants him to stay on that path while serving his 16-month prison sentence.

    After being sentenced in federal court Monday afternoon, Hewett’s attorney Douglas Parsons asked that U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt recommend Hewett serve his time in a federal facility in Butner, and specifically, that Hewett participate in an intense substance abuse program, “so that he may continue on the course he’s on.”

  • Brown-Todd

    Stacey Anne Brown and Jack O’Dell Todd were married Oct. 5 at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride is the daughter of Beth Johnson and John Fellner of Shallotte. The groom is the son of Jack and Wilma Todd of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lamar Boulware officiated the ceremony. Family and friends attended.

    The couple resides at Ocean Isle Beach.