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Today's News

  • Capital improvements part of Sunset Beach budget talk

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing rather than the economy is what is delaying many of the town’s capital improvement projects until the next fiscal year.

    Sunset Beach Town Council members convened last week at their annual budget retreat to discuss a five-year period (2008-2013) for such projects, including a proposed second fire station, bike trails and pedestrian walkways, street paving, Sunset Boulevard enhancements and public beach facilities.

  • A father's love

    Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.

  • Maternity nurse arrested on drug charges

    A maternity nurse at Brunswick Community Hospital has been arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Staci Avery Wood, 44, of 20 Durham St., Boiling Spring Lakes, was arrested Wednesday, June 24, and charged with trafficking amphetamines, obtaining a controlled substance through forgery or fraud, possession of a schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Ocean Isle armed robbery suspects caught in South Carolina

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was still daylight when a 57-year-old Kansas woman went to return her shopping cart to the cart rack at Lowes Foods on Beach Drive.

    When she did, around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, June 25, Shane Fletcher was allegedly there waiting for her. After unsuccessfully attempting to steal her purse, Fletcher is alleged to have cut the woman’s forearms several times, causing deep lacerations, and causing her to let go of her purse, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.

  • Family-friendly activities will light up Brunswick County this Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July holiday weekend is, for many, a weekend about fun, family and friends. It’s a time when grills get fired up early in the day and bellies are stuffed with all types of food from sunup to sundown.

    For many, events are centered around a family member’s or friend’s backyard. Others use the holiday weekend as a good excuse for a getaway, a time to coordinate a much-needed vacation with good weather and an extra day off work.

  • Street talk makes for hot topics in towns

    Maybe it’s the heat, or the humidity. Or maybe it’s just that hot time of year—it is summertime, isn’t it?—when problems seem to sprout up out of nowhere.

    Jack Butcher can vouch for that—he’s got grass growing through the street in front of his house on Court 11 off Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores.

    Butcher is blaming faulty paving for the fault, but the town has indicated it’s not at fault.

    Well, somebody must be to blame, especially where it involves government.

  • Fourth of July events set to explode throughout Brunswick County

    The city of Southport hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival each year, and this year’s festivities will take place July 1-4.

    Beach Day will kick off the celebration in Oak Island on Wednesday, July 1, starting with a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., followed by youth activities, all-day contests, a water rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., the Holiday Band from 6-9 p.m., a shag competition at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Ocean Crest Pier.

  • County may revoke adult establishment permits in wake of arrests

    Brunswick County may revoke business permits for several adult and sexually oriented businesses if the employees recently charged with soliciting prostitution are convicted, county attorney Huey Marshall said recently.

    “The county will wait until those matters…have been adjudicated,” Marshall said. “We think the evidence will demonstrate what’s occurred in the establishments was not what the permits stated.”

  • Some parents go too far when it comes to giving their children what they want

    It’s great to see parents willing to do anything for their children—legal things, that is.

    Of course, every so often we hear of these oddball parents who break the law, going above and beyond, to make sure their precious angels get exactly what they want.

    Remember Texan suburbanite Wanda Holloway, who was arrested and later sentenced for hiring a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter’s biggest rival on the school’s cheerleading squad?

  • Pedicab service comes to the beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With limited parking spaces at local businesses and public beach accesses, parking and navigating through traffic at Ocean Isle Beach can be difficult during highly populated summer months.

    Coastal Bike Cabs now gives residents and tourists a solution to the packed hot spots. The pedicab service began operation in early June, offering an environmentally friendly travel alternative.

    “It’s really a fun part of the vacation experience, and it’s also fun for the locals,” Betsy Palmer said.