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Today's News

  • Lady Trojans lose MEC games

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team lost two Mideastern Conference games last week, 1-0 in overtime to Class 4-A Ashley on May 4 and 7-1 to Class 4-A Hoggard on May 6.

    The losses dropped West’s conference record to 0-11. West is 8-12 overall.

    The game May 6 was the last of the regular season at home for eight Lady Trojan seniors: Gabby McClanahan, Monica Young, Kaitlyn Johnson, Elise Winner, Mariah Evans, Jordie Shaw, Amanda Silva and Kaitlyn Humbert.

    WEST JV ENDS

    FIRST SEASON

  • South Brunswick golfers fifth in regional

    The South Brunswick High School boys’ golf team finished fifth out of 10 teams in the Class 2-A East Region golf tournament last week at Bear Trail Country Club in Jacksonville.

    South shot a 339, missing by five strokes a top-three finish that would have qualified the Cougars for their eighth straight state tournament.

    South Lenoir was first at 308, Clinton second at 328 and Pasquotank third at 334. West Bladen was fourth at 338 and South next at 339.

  • No tax, water or sewer increases proposed for Ocean Isle Beach budget

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The proposed budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year does not include any increases in tax rates, water or sewer services for the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The proposed budget presented at Tuesday’s board of commissioners meeting shows $8,857,023 in revenues and expenditures, a $3 million decrease from the 2008-2009 budget.

    The general fund budget of more than $4 million was based on a valuation of more than $2.6 million at .09-tax rate per $100 valuation with a 99.3 percent collection rate.

  • Future of Calabash fire department hot topic at town and joint meetings

    CALABASH—The future of the Calabash Fire Department is getting closer scrutiny, with a joint town meeting scheduled Friday.

    “Not-for-profits are not surviving,” Calabash Commissioner Cecelia Herman said at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Tuesday night, noting the possibility of “municipalization” of the fire department will be discussed.

    The joint meeting with Carolina Shores commissioners is slated for 9 a.m. this Friday, May 15, at the Calabash Fire Department on Persimmon Road.

  • Sunset Beach council denies request to use vehicle on beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A resident’s quest to use a vehicle on the beach for research has failed to garner the approval of Sunset Beach Town Council.

    At their May 4 meeting, council members voted to deny the proposed amendment requested by Jo O’Keefe of Carolina Shores.

    O’Keefe sought permission from the town to use a vehicle on the strand because she is physically handicapped and does research from “institutes all over the world,” Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein noted at council’s April meeting.

  • Red-=hot dolphin fishing begins at the coast

    Thank goodness we can count on something. As they are supposed to, the dolphin, aka Mahi-mahi, have shown up in huge numbers off our coast. Each year they migrate northward in the Gulf Stream, out of the Bahamas, along the southeastern coast and toward the mid-Atlantic. It is believed there are two groups: one group comes from the Gulf of Mexico and the Keys area and the other comes from the Bahamas. These two groups collide off the Carolina coast and make for one of the best dolphin fisheries in the world. This anomaly occurs annually from mid-May through June.

  • Golf action

    BRICK LANDING

    MEN’S SPORTS CLUB

    The weekly tournament was May 5. Format was one best net on the par 5s, two best nets on the par 4s and three best nets on the par 3s. Bill Kosanke, Chuck Dixon, Bob Mularczyk and Larry Agrimonti were first at -31. Cal Calhoon, John McGuirt, Ken Horton and Jack Blair tied for second at -26 with Greg Strickland, Alan Morrissey, Bill Healy and Eric Nelson. John McGuirt won two skins. Ken Horton, Ted Lide, Bill Kosanke and Larry Agrimonti each won one skin.

  • Brick Landing Rally for a Cure tournament raises $1,860

    The Brick Landing Ladies Golf Association had its annual Rally for the Cure golf tournament April 23. Fifty-four men and women participated and raised $1,860 for the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which supports breast cancer research and awareness programs.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated larceny at the Islander Inn on Monday, May 11. According to the police incident report, an oblong pink cameo gold ring and a yellow topaz ring were removed from a guest room.

  • There is no room for errors when it comes to child safety

    Last week a Brunswick County special needs student was left behind in a Wilmington park after stopping there with his South Brunswick High School class on a field trip.

    Luckily for him and his family, the Good Samaritans who found 16-year-old Tad Speidell made sure he was safely left in the custody of Wilmington police. These people are heroes in a day filled with unacceptable, unimaginable mistakes.