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Today's News

  • Families celebrate summer with simple backyard dining

     Remember when picnics used to be the norm? Well, maybe if you’re too young to remember, many picnics used to be communal. Barn raisings and other types of rural work were frequently followed by dances and outdoor meals. Many small towns in the Midwest had a small public park, usually in the center of town, where they frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  • Gause celebrates first birthday

     Tayvion Gause is celebrating his first birthday Wednesday, July 23. Love from Mommy, MiMi, Papa, Aunt Selena, Aunt Nekevia and Uncle Malik.

  • Learning from family activities

     Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    By the middle of the summer, we all start to run out of fresh ideas for activities to help kids get that one hour a day of enrichment to prevent summer slide. The good news is your kids can learn from the things you are already doing. You can turn any activity into a learning moment if you take the time to process what happened. 4-H programs use an experiential learning process to turn hands-on activities into minds-on lessons and families can apply a similar model to their normal activities, as well.

  • West Brunswick Ponytails second in Dixie state tourney

     CARTHAGE — West Brunswick finished second in the Dixie Ponytails Traditional state softball tournament July 16 at Hillcrest Park. In the eight-team tourney for girls ages 11 to 12, West Brunswick finished 3-2.

    Brunswick opened the tourney July 12 by beating Fuquay-Varina 14-4. The next day, Brunswick beat Hoke 4-0.

    Brunswick lost 5-4 to Lumberton on July 14. In a loser-out game July 15 against Dunn, Brunswick won 2-0. The victory qualified Brunswick for the title game against unbeaten Lumberton, which Lumberton won 1-0.

  • Bulkhead installation to restart Holden Beach park construction

    HOLDEN BEACH — A yearlong wait for a recreation park across the street from the Holden Beach Town Hall is almost over.

    At the July 8 town board meeting, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said the park work will begin once a bulkhead along the waterfront is completed.

    Hewett told the town commissioners the contractor hired to install the bulkhead is making headway.

    “It’s not done yet but we are pleased with the progress,” Hewett said.

  • Holden Beach water lines have more than a few good years left

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town officials received good news about the lifespan of water pipes on the island and the potential cost of their upkeep.

    Shane Lippard of Right Angle Engineering provided commissioners with the results of a water system study at the July 8 town meeting.

    “We sent three pieces of pipe off for an evaluation of their condition because the manufacturer’s warranty was for 36 years, and we have reached that point,” Commissioner Dennis Harrington said.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 3

    Rebecca Jane Trees, 50, 3009 Yorkstone Court, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired following a crash on Low Country Boulevard.

    Larceny of lawn furniture from a residence on Windchime Way.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department activity detail summary for June 1-July 3

    Incidents/Investigations

    Breaking or entering — forcible entry: 9

    Breaking or entering — Non-forcible entry: 8

    Larceny — From motor vehicle: 4

    Larceny — Auto parts and accessories: 1

    Larceny — From buildings: 5

    Larceny — All other larceny: 3

    Simple physical assault: 1

    Criminal damage to property (vandalism): 4

    All other offenses: 1

    Missing persons: 2

  • Without N.C. tax-free weekend, Brunswick shoppers to head south

    While North Carolina legislators decided 2013 would be the last year of the tax-free weekend, Brunswick County shoppers can still take advantage of the tax savings — in South Carolina.

    The sales-tax free holiday returns Aug. 1-3 but what it saves Brunswick residents in taxes it might cost them in gasoline.

    The tax holiday was signed into law in 2001 by then-Gov. Mike Easley but was eliminated as part of the Tax Reduction Act in 2013.

    The House passed the act by a vote of 77-38. The state Senate passed it by a vote of 32-17.

  • Holden Beach opens dog park on Scotch Bonnet Drive

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach’s ribbon cutting for a new dog park turned into a doggiepalooza, as dozens of dog owners brought their pals to check out the new facility.

    Dolly and Louis Mitchell attended the ribbon cutting for the new dog park with Ninja, their border collie/lab mix rescue dog.

    Dolly Mitchell said she appreciated having a dog park closer to home.

    “The closest dog parks were the one in Shallotte and one at Myrtle Beach,” Dolly Mitchell said.