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Today's News

  • Child hit by car in Ocean Isle Beach

    A 10-year-old boy was struck by a car in Ocean Isle Beach last Thursday.

    According to the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department, the driver of a 2005 Honda was traveling west on East Second Street when the boy ran out in front of the car and was struck.

    The boy sustained injuries, and was taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center by Brunswick County EMS, according to the traffic report.

    Police say neither speed nor alcohol was involved in the accident, and the driver was not at fault. No charges are pending.

  • NCDPI awards grant to local CIS program

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) in Raleigh recently awarded a grant to continue the 21st Century Community Learning Centers at Belville and Lincoln elementary schools throughout the summer.

    This partnership program between Brunswick County Schools and Communities in Schools of Brunswick Inc. (CIS) is now in its fifth year.

  • High school graduates: Your life journey is just about to begin

    Last weekend, Brunswick County and other area high school students closed one chapter of their lives and began preparation to start another.

    This time of year, lots of people are going to offer you advice as you head out on your latest journey. Many of us, who’ve already been there and done that, may have good thoughts to offer, but really, what happens next is all up to you.

    Sure, the last 18 or so years of your life have been interesting, but what’s around the corner may just blow your mind.

  • Meo in the prime of golf--at 92

    Like a putt rimming the hole, Joe Meo has come full circle when it comes to golf.

    Growing up in the 1920s in Brooklyn, he had heard about Bobby Jones—as famous in the sports world as Babe Ruth—but Meo played sandlot baseball and cared little about golfers.

    “I thought golf was a sissy game,” he said.

    Now Meo, who turned 92 May 5, watches and plays golf and is among the many who praise Tiger Woods—the Bobby Jones of this generation.

  • The undisputed best way to catch specks is to fish live shrimp on a float rig

    For Southern inshore saltwater anglers, speckled trout can be a frustrating fish. For one thing, there is the speckled trout’s infamously fickle nature, which means specks tend to hit in runs that can start suddenly and end just as quickly. It also means trout will often strike a particular bait or lure one day (or one hour) and want something else the next.

  • Sandpiper Bay continues renovations

    I like to hear about positive actions taken by our golf communities in the face of a down economy. It shows a belief in the long-term viability and profitability of the golf industry in Brunswick County.

    Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club is in the second phase of renovating it course. Last year, it installed new MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermudagrass on the Sand Nine. This summer, the process is continuing on the Piper Nine.

    Tim Tilma, the general manager of Sandpiper Bay, is delighted the ownership of the golf course complex is continuing with the renovation.

  • Investigation yields one arrest, 61 seized marijuana plants

    The Drug Enforcement Unit seized 61 marijuana plants and made one arrest after an investigation in the Holden Beach area.

    Drug agents seized 61 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area off Hazelnut Drive. An investigation led agents to 1129 Bluefish St. in Holden Beach, where they found three ounces of marijuana, grow material, seven additional marijuana plants, a 72-plant seed bed and related drug paraphernalia at the Bluefish residence.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for hiring man to kill estranged Shallotte husband

    SALLEY, S.C.—A South Carolina woman was arrested June 9, accused of hiring a man to murder her estranged husband and his son, both of whom live in Shallotte.

    According to U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins, 42-year-old Judy W. Dickson, of Salley, S.C., allegedly agreed to pay a man $10,000 plus expenses to burn the Shallotte home of Raymon Dickson and his son Ryan “Bugaboo” Dickson while they slept inside the home.

    But the man who agreed to carry out Judy Dickson’s plan instead notified Raymon Dickson and the FBI.

  • County adopts $198.6 million budget with no tax increase, no benefit reductions

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have unanimously approved a $198.6 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no reductions in staff, tax increases or reduction in benefits.

    To do that, however, the county is using $3.8 million from its fund balance, or savings account, something commissioners warned might result in cuts next year if the economy doesn’t turn around.

  • County confirms two adult cases of H1N1

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus in adults, one in Winnabow, another in Bolivia.

    The victims have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, officials say.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said this week.