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Today's News

  • Mayor, two commissioners seek re-election in Ocean Isle Beach

    Two commissioner seats and the mayor position are open in this year’s November election, but all incumbents are running uncontested.

    Mayor Debbie Smith filed for re-election on July 8. Smith has run for mayor unopposed since 2003. Smith previously served on the board of commissioners from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    Commissioner C.D. Blythe filed for re-election on July 7. Blythe also serves as the mayor pro-tem. Blythe has served on the board since 2001, running uncontested in 2005. Blythe previously served on the town’s board of adjustments and planning board.

  • Examining sin and finding ways to overcome it

    I read an interesting commentary regarding the question of sin in our lives and in our world. In Joan Chittister’s “In My Own Words” she asks, “What is sin?” and says that question has changed her life completely.

    Chittister’s words challenged me. Nobody wants to think about sin and sinfulness. It’s such a downer, but I began to question how many times and in how many ways I had indulged myself in activities or omissions that occurred at the expense of others.

  • 14 of 17 schools make AYP

    “We have never seen what we’re getting ready to see,” Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools told county principals Tuesday at a summer retreat. “We’ve never seen it. Everybody in here has got something to celebrate.”

    The cause for celebration—14 of 17 school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2008-2009 school year. Lincoln Elementary School, West Brunswick High School and Brunswick County Academy did not make AYP.

  • Lifesaver found for 8-year-old in need of kidney

    A new kidney awaits 8-year-old Jarrod Danka, who will undergo transplant surgery next week.

    Daryl Anderson Jr., Jarrod’s cousin, was the last of three potential donors tested and the only one to be approved as an organ donor.

    “I was kind of surprised,” Anderson said of being notified he was the only approved donor for Jarrod, “but I am very happy to be able to do this.”

  • Learning fundamental baseball

    The substitution seemed insignificant.

    The Brunswick County Dixie Boys team had just scored a run to take a 6-2 lead in the third inning over Dunn in the first-round game Saturday of the state tournament at Smithville Park.

    With two outs, Tanner Sellers singled. Manager Randall Morrison then had pinch runner Travis Oliver enter the game. He stole second and later scored on Ricky LaChance’s single. Brunswick went on to win 12-2 in six innings.

  • Brunswick's Dixie Boys teams win early-round games

    SOUTHPORT—Brunswick’s Junior Dixie Boys baseball team (13-year-olds) is 2-0 in games through Monday in the state tournament being played this week at Smithville Park.

    Brunswick’s Dixie Boys (14-year-olds) are 2-1 in games through Monday night.

    The winners of each tourney advance to its group’s World Series. Below are summaries of Brunswick’s games.

    DIXIE BOYS (14s)

    BRUNSWICK 12

    DUNN 2

  • BCC hires women's basketball coach

    Ashlyn Burke will be the head women’s basketball coach for Brunswick Community College this season. Burke currently serves as the program and events coordinator for the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center and will be adding coaching to her duties.

    Burke’s previous coaching experience includes the Trask Middle School girls’ basketball team for two years; basketball camps at UNCW, Chowan University, Spartanburg Methodist College and South Columbus High School; and several years as an individual- skills coordinator.

  • McCumbee 11th in Kentucky NASCAR truck race

    Chad McCumbee nearly had his fifth top-10 finish of the season, finishing 11th Saturday in the Built Ford Tough 225 at the Kentucky Speedway. A late-race collision dropped the SS Green Light Racing team driver out of the top-10 with three laps to go.

    McCumbee started 19th and patiently waited for the handling of his truck to improve during the early stages of the race. A bold move by the Bobby Dotter led SS Green Light team moved the tiwi Chevy into the lead on lap 36.

  • Earth Angels grant aims to prevent childhood obesity

    Earth Angels Child Care Center in Shallotte has received a state-funded grant to help prevent childhood obesity.

    The Preventing Obesity by Design II grant, a partnership between the Natural Learning Initiative of N.C. State University and the North Carolina Partnership for Children Inc., was awarded to about 30 centers in North Carolina.

  • Commissioners sell easement to department of transportation

    BOLIVIA—After a closed session Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners voted to sell an easement on county-owned property to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

    County attorney Huey Marshall said commissioners approved the department of transportation’s approximately $21,000 offer for an easement and property on N.C. 133 near N.C. 87 for the future expansion of N.C. 133. While DOT officials are still acquiring property, once construction begins, DOT would fund the relocation of any utilities if needed, Marshall said.