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Today's News

  • West ceremony retires Simmons’ No. 44

    Cedric Simmons made no comments during the brief ceremony in which his No. 44 West Brunswick High School basketball jersey was retired Friday night, but the standing-room crowd knew he was appreciative.

    They knew from his smile.

    With members of his family present—including parents Mae and Thynell Simmons, brother Thynell Simmons Jr., sister Jasmine Simmons, girlfriend Sabrina Acevedo and 1-year-old son Cedric Jayden Simmons—Cedric Simmons listened as short, poignant tributes were read.

  • Redfish are a true cold-water treasure

    Although our local waters are home to a wide variety of saltwater game fish during the majority of the year, the list narrows considerably in the winter. Warm-water fish such as Spanish mackerel, bluefish and pompano long gone are roaming areas far to the south, while prized species such as flounder are wintering in deep offshore waters. Among anglers, late February and early March aren’t known for their diversity.

  • Golf action

    Carolyn Bosman made a hole-in-one Feb. 7 at the third hole at Carolina Shores. She used an 8-iron on the 80-yard hole.

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  • Winter Art Show continues; winners announced

    The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • Proposed bill outlaws animal shelters' use of gas chambers

    State Rep. Bonner Stiller of Oak Island has signed onto a humane euthanasia bill up for consideration in the state legislature that would outlaw the use of gas chambers at animal shelters in North Carolina.

    Local animal activists said they are pleased with House Bill 6, also known as “Davie’s Law,” that would require animal euthanasia gas chambers to be dismantled by 2011.

    The bill, introduced by state Rep. Cary Allred, is named for a shelter puppy that was found alive in a dumpster in Davie County after surviving a euthanasia gas chamber.

  • Shallotte planning board OKs annexation, plat

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended the board of aldermen approve annexing and rezoning a home in Wildwood Village and the final plat for Highland Forest Townhomes.

    During the regular meeting Tuesday night, planning board members heard from town administrator Paul Sabiston that the owners of the Wildwood Village property, Jose and Laura Segarra, requested annexation of their property on Squirrel Avenue because they need water.

  • Calabash tables UDO for further consideration

    CALABASH—A roomful of residents brought more questions about the town’s pending, controversial Unified Development Ordinance update, which commissioners tabled for further consideration Tuesday night.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons also appointed a five-person committee to address the UDO and any amendments that might need to be made in the near future.

    At the start of the meeting, town commissioner Cecelia Herman requested that agenda items related to the UDO and its accompanying zoning map, including action to vote on them, be removed.

  • Association of Realtors gives presentation to Holden Beach homeowners

    Bills for beach-house insurance are set to go up a staggering 30 percent this year, deductibles are also skyrocketing, and if the “beach plan” is passed, property owners who once insured their homes for $1.5 million will not be able to insure anything more than $750,000.

    That’s what Steve Candler, government affairs director of the Brunswick County Association of Realtors, reported about North Carolina insurance rates during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night.

  • Longtime postmaster gets retirement send-off from Supply Post Office

    SUPPLY—A changing of the guard took place this week in ZIP code zone 28462.

    Jay Hamer, retiring postmaster at the Supply Post Office, worked his last official postal day Tuesday.

    A new officer-in-charge, Scotte Horne, is assuming temporary detail and leadership at the local facility off Southport-Supply Road.

    Hamer, who turns 55 in April, is ready to retire after 33 years with different post offices in North Carolina, including his postmaster position for the past seven in Supply.

  • Shallotte Police arrest suspect for threatening phone calls to The Brunswick Beacon and Oceanside Family Medicine

    SHALLOTTE—Police have arrested a suspect in connection with last week’s threatening phone calls that temporarily shut down The Brunswick Beacon office and Oceanside Family Medicine on Smith Avenue.

    Brandon Elliott Coleman, 35, of 1006 Bricklanding Road, Shallotte, was arrested last Thursday and charged with communicating threats and making a false report concerning a destructive device.