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Today's News

  • Ashley Sloup reaching goals in golf

    In January of 2014, I wrote a column about Ashley Sloup. Her golf team at South Brunswick High School had just won the 3A East Regional Tournament for the second year in a row. And, she had just been awarded an athletic scholarship to Winthrop University.

    Last week, I had the pleasure of playing golf with Sloup at the Players Club at St. James Plantation, where she works in the pro shop. Our playing partners were Dan Lynes and Mike Reaves. We had a blast! 

  • Rankin blocks kick, helps Fever triumph

    Brandon Rankin helped the Tri-Cities Fever win its final football game of the regular season by blocking an attempted field goal.

    The block enabled the Fever to beat the Iowa Barnstormers 42-39 June 13 in the Indoor Football League game in Kennewick, Wash.

    For Rankin, a West Brunswick graduate who turns 27 on June 24, the block was his third of the season.

  • Brunswick County American Legion Baseball

    The Brunswick County American Legion Baseball team opened its home season June 15  and has played three straight home games.

    Brunswick beat Wilmington Post 10 4-3, beat Jacksonville 13-12 June 16 and lost 8-6 in 10 innings June 17 to Hampstead Post 167.

    Against Post 167, Brunswick had 13 hits. Kevon Perkins had three singles, a triple and three RBIs. He also walked and caused two balks.

  • Coast Guard, county paramedic render aid to boat passenger

    Coast Guard Oak Island crew members and a Brunswick County paramedic came to the aid of an ailing man Wednesday on a boat outside Southport.

    Personnel at Coast Guard Sector North Carolina received notification about noon from the 25-foot recreational vessel, which had five people aboard, about a 35-year-old man who was having heart problems and drifting in and out of consciousness, according to a Coast Guard news release. The boat was about 28 miles southeast of the Cape Fear River entrance.

  • Sunset Merchants Association get a grilling about marketing

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Merchants Association is being scrutinized by some town council members who wonder how money given to the group is affecting visitation to the town.

    At council’s monthly workshop Tuesday,

    town councilman/mayor pro tem Lou De Vita told merchants association board member Darren Bouley there are “some real problems.” He also asked how posting information about the planetarium and the concert series helps tourism.

  • Calabash maintains 8.75-cent tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a $1.229 million budget that will maintain an 8.75-cent tax rate per $100 valuation for fiscal 2015-16.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly board meeting June 9, said the tax rate is the same as last year’s despite the 2015 Brunswick County tax revaluation in which the town lost about 19 percent of its tax value.

    “I just hope the public realizes we’re not raising their taxes in this coming year,” town commissioner Sandy Melahn said.

  • Oceanographer: Sharks hear people long before they see them

     After three reported shark bites in a 72-hour span, with two resulting in serious injuries to two children, people all across the country have wondered how such a rare occurrence could happen three times in as many days.

    Dr. Larry Cahoon, a biological oceanographer with the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, classified the shark bite on Ocean Isle Beach reported Thursday, June 11, as a “classic shark incident.”

  • Marionette workshop sets BLT summer stage

    Brunswick Little Theatre is proud to offer its first-ever marionette workshop led by Frank Blackmon.

    The workshop will meet Mondays and Tuesdays for four weeks:  June 22 and 23, June 28 and 29, July 6 and 7 and July 13 and14. Participants may choose the afternoon session (2-4 p.m.) or evening session (7-9 p.m.).

  • Band of the Week: Steve Owens & Summertime accompany solstice, dads' day June 21 in Holden Beach

    Award-winning Steve Owens and Summertime will have a double celebration the first day of their namesake season when they hit the stage of Holden Beach at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and also Father's Day.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the "Favorite New Artist of the Year" award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.

  • First SBIC crafts fair set for Saturday, June 20

     IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair

    When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20

    Where: South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 W., Carolina Shores

    How much: Free

    Brunswick Community College, its South Brunswick Islands Center and 65 vendors are getting crafty for the first South Brunswick Islands Craft Fair scheduled from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 20, at the SBIC at 9400 U.S. 17 W. in Carolina Shores.

    Admission is free.