Today's News

  • Seeing a classic for the first time: 'The Third Man'

    For years, the only thing I knew about the 1949 film noir “The Third Man” was Orson Welles made a funny yet disturbing speech about a cuckoo clock during a dramatic confrontation scene.

    Recently, I came across a review calling this movie the seminal film of the 1940s, capturing the desperation and moral wasteland of post-war Europe like none other.

    That certainly captured my imagination, so I ordered it from Netflix. Not surprisingly, “The Third Man” was great from start to finish.

  • Rankin perseveres to get degree, continue football career

     West Brunswick High School has produced several college athletes over the last few years. Some in volleyball, some in baseball, some in softball, but none traveled a more complex route than Brandon Rankin to become a college athlete.

  • Unemployment woes continue for Brunswick County

    Every weekday morning, Alice Schofield of Longwood travels to the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, where she scans Internet job boards, fills out applications employers have sent to the office and sends resumes to jobs that sound promising.

    It’s a routine Schofield has followed since moving to Brunswick County from Massachusetts in July.

    Schofield is a Raleigh native whose family moved north when she was a teenager. She owned a retail store in Massachusetts and has worked numerous jobs over the years to support her daughter.

  • Dellinger, Bernier win titles in Feud in the Forest

    Ronnie Dellinger and Dylan Bernier finished first in their weight class in the Feud in the Forest Saturday at Pine Forest High School in Fayetteville.

    Their victories helped West finish third in the 13-team tournament. Seventy-First was first with 143.5 points. Southern Durham was second with 131.5 points. West was third with 108 points.

    Dellinger finished first at 103 pounds. He beat Drew O’Rourke, Fuquay-Varina, by fall in 39 seconds, and beat Zac Lupien, Pinecrest, by fall in 37 seconds. Dellinger is 27-2 this year.

  • Second bridge to Oak Island set to be completed in late September 2010

    The long wait for Oak Island’s second bridge is almost over.

    North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say that despite delays, they expect to complete Oak Island’s second bridge in late September 2010.

    Oak Island’s new bridge will be a post tension, pre-cast concrete girder structure. The post-tension construction is highly specialized work requiring crews to run cables through the girders. The cables are then pulled tight, drawing the girders together.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Jayne Mathews: Leading the charge for volunteerism

    Many things about volunteerism have changed since Jayne Mathews took over as the director of the county’s volunteer center five and a half years ago.

    The volunteer center is now under the department of emergency services—putting Mathews in charge of resource and volunteer management in the event of a disaster.

    The needs have changed, too.

    In a turbulent economy with double-digit unemployment, Mathews said many local nonprofits and even government agencies need volunteers “just to stop the bleeding in this county.”

  • Golf action

    The team of Liz Boyer, Sue Janovic, Ralph Trimmer and Bob Nobes came in first at 1-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble Jan. 20. Fran Thomas, Rita Dugan, Carola Hornfeck and Larry Boyer were second. Glen Green, Marianne Nobes, Bob Janovic and Chuck Hornfeck were third.


  • Fifth-grader wins Geography Bee at Supply Elementary

    Knowing where Chile is on a world map and some facts about the country’s history was enough for Supply Elementary School fifth-grader Kaleb Ferguson to win first place at the school’s National Geographic Bee.

    For the second year in a row, fourth- and fifth-grade students involved in the geography club at Supply Elementary School competed in the National Geographic Bee, which is open to students in grades four through eight in schools around the nation.

  • Ocean Isle Beach - Police Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incident and made the following arrest last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, property damage and attempted larceny on West First Street;

    •James Vann May, 68 of Hixon, Tenn.; wanted by the state of North Carolina.

  • Gorgeous new redbuds blooming on the horizon

    Last week, I had the opportunity to go to the Green and Growin’ Show in Greensboro and hang out with lots of plant people from all over the state. While the economy continues to struggle, there are some wonderful new plants that will soon find their way into the nursery trade.

    One of the most interesting talks was by Dr. Dennis Werner, a plant breeder at my employer, N.C. State University. Werner worked on coming up with great commercial peach varieties for more than 20 years. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his ample skill to redbuds and butterfly bushes.