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Today's News

  • Leland homicide victim died from gunshot wound; sheriff's office still seeking information

    Mark Deegan Johnson, 54, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Friday.

    Chief deputy Charlie Miller said Johnson's body was found at his home on Red Fox Street around 1 p.m. Monday. Ingram said investigators believe Johnson was killed sometime between Saturday and Sunday. Johnson was last seen Saturday morning at his home, Ingram said.

    Johnson was not married and lived alone at the home at 9826 Red Fox St., where his body was found. A neighbor reported finding Johnson's body.

  • Lively Lonnie

    Lonnie is a 6-month-old, high-energy orange tabby who plays well with others and loves attention. He is at his best when there is another cat or two in the house. To see him, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit their Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Lonnie, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • West wins first round in volleyball playoffs

    In top form for the first round of the Class 3-A state playoffs, the West Brunswick High School volleyball team routed C.B. Ayock 25-8, 25-6, 25-19 Saturday.

    The victory advanced West (16-2) to a second-round game Tuesday (too late for this edition).

    “They were ready to play regardless of who they were going to play,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “They were into it before the other team even got here.”

  • South Brunswick wins golf conference championship

    OAK ISLAND—A young South Brunswick girls golf team is the Waccamaw Conference champion.

    Led by medalist Laura Johnston, the Lady Cougars won the conference championship Oct. 13. Johnston, a sophomore, shot 51-43—94 at the par-72 Oak Island Golf Club.

    Molly Gore, also a sophomore, shot 52-43—95. And sophomore Abby Kjome shot 51-47—98 to complete the team scoring.

  • Sheriff’s deputy charged with DWI

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired from the sheriff’s office after being charged with driving while impaired.

    Jason Stone, 25, worked as a bailiff in the courthouse until he was fired on Oct. 13, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Stone was charged with driving while impaired and possession of an open container around 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Leland Police.

  • Planning board gets refresher course in procedures

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members want to know how to better perform their duties, and on Tuesday, Penny Tysinger of the Cape Fear Council of Government told them to look at all options when making decisions and always be consistent.

    Tysinger met with board members at town hall during a special workshop to discuss the planning board’s role in the town and its procedures for making decisions.

    “We have several things coming up within next six months, especially the vision plan,” board Chairman Dennis Winters told Tysinger.

  • Tickets on sale for Brunswick Arts Council’s annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces

    Brunswick Arts Council, the nonprofit arts association of Brunswick County is gearing up for its fifth annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces.

    The gala evening will be on Nov. 22 at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash.

    The event is the Council’s sole fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will provide funding for scholarships, free concerts, literary events, reading programs, dramatic and musical theatre performances, educational programs, artist grants, art symposiums, youth programs, senior programs, in-school activities and more.

  • Corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, turkey legseecan it get any better than this?

    The Festival by the Sea is my chance to eat sinfully, at least one day a year.

    Elephant ears, funnel cakes and lemon shakeups! It has been years since I have eaten an elephant ear, but those were always my favorite. I usually get at least a lemon shakeup every year at the festival. And, if there is a vendor selling deep-fried candy bars, I may have to try one…though the call of the funnel cake is strong.

    How do you make Sloppy Joe’s on a stick? Oh, never mind, I probably don’t want to know!

  • How-to manipulate irrigation systems for the fall

    Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally arrived. We don’t have to mow as much because the grass is slowing down. Trees and shrubs are losing their leaves and getting prepared for the winter dormant period and sports fans are enjoying baseball’s grand finale—the World Series.

    Somewhere between watching the boys of October and trying to figure out the craziness that is the Bowl Championship Series, you need to give your irrigation system a bit of attention.

  • When things stop growing, gardens still need attention

    Fall is the time when the sun drops low in the sky and shadows grow long. Although the garden seems to be shutting down for the winter, it’s really time to prepare for next year’s garden by paying attention to garden sanitation and soil. The following is a list of tasks you might need to perform soon:

    Pest Control