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Today's News

  • Attorneys appeal to jurors in closing arguments in former officer’s gender discrimination case

    Editor’s note: The jury in this case was deadlocked at 10-2 in favor of the plaintiff, leading Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to declare a mistrial in the case Tuesday, Aug. 3.

    BOLIVIA—After seven days of testimony in the wrongful termination and gender discrimination trial against the town of Holden Beach, the town’s fate and that of the plaintiff, former Holden Beach police officer Terri Oxford, were placed in the hands of the jurors.

  • Strong storms knock power out in parts of the county

    A strong storm system moved through Brunswick County Thursday afternoon, producing heavy rain and frequent thunder and lightning.

    Power was knocked out in parts of the county and a number of possible fire calls went out to local emergency personnel. So far, there have been no reports of actual fire damage caused by the storm. The town of Holden Beach reported a possible lightning strike to a power pole.

  • Leland mother dies after crash in Columbus County

    Dawn Baldwin-Ivey of Leland, a former Miss Brunswick County and lifelong county resident, died yesterday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center related to injuries received in a traffic collision on July 23.

    She was the wife of Officer Tillman Ivey of the City of Wilmington Police Department. They have three children Jacob 12, Shelby 9, and Bryanne 5.

    The Whiteville News-Reporter reported Baldwin-Ivey was critically injured at 4:14 p.m. last Friday while driving a 2001 Honda south on N.C. 11 in Columbus County, according to a report by Trooper Scott Floyd.

  • What would Calabash be without its local shrimpers?

    Calabash is known as the Seafood Capital of the World, but behind the restaurants, docked in the waterway, are the boats that make Calabash what it is.

    Calabash is a seafood town, but what would it be without its local shrimpers?

    “The docks are open to everyone here,” Mayor Anthony Clemmons said. “The docks have been part of the mystique of Calabash. You come to Calabash and eat and the docks call you down there.”

  • Second witness testifies to odor of alcohol at scene with chief

    BOLIVIA—Terri Oxford said she smelled alcohol when Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne responded to a cardiac arrest on Holden Beach in November 2004.

    Layne said he wasn’t intoxicated that November evening—that he wasn’t even drinking.

    Oxford, who worked for the town police department from 1999 until 2008, filed a wrongful termination and gender discrimination lawsuit after she was fired from the town in 2008.

  • Blessing of new sanctuary at St. Brendan

    More than five years ago, parishioners at St. Brendan Catholic Church in Shallotte began planning to expand their fellowship hall and sanctuary.

    According to St. Brendan’s social ministries coordinator Kathy Doyle, the church began planning the expansion in 2002, but the land for the expansion was not purchased until 2005.

    The Rev. Robert Ippolito and the Rev. Hector LaChapelle have been working with the building committee since their arrival in 2005.

  • Calabash Presbyterian Church tourney draws 140 players

     The 10th annual Calabash Presbyterian Church Golf Tournament and Raffle took place July 1 at the Thistle Golf Club. Thirty-five teams competed in six flights (140 players total).

  • The First Tee’s fall programs begin in August

    The First Tee of Brunswick County will begin its fall programs next month at Cinghiale Creek and six other affiliates. The parent orientation, class schedule and certification levels are below.

    PARENT ORIENTATION

    A parent orientation/registration meeting is mandatory if your child is a new participant to The First Tee. If your child has not participated in the spring/fall programs, you must attend a parent orientation/registration meeting to be eligible to register. The summer camp does not count as a spring/fall program.

  • Bodenheimer wins Forsyth County Junior Open

    In his first competitive tournament, Kellan Bodenheimer, 12, won the Forsyth County Junior Open golf tournament in Winston-Salem. 

    Bodenheimer, competing in the Cubs’ division for those 12 and younger, played nine-hole layouts July 13-15 at Winston-Lake, Tanglewood and Reynolds Park. He shot a 134 for the three-day event and won by three strokes. 

    Bodenheimer is the grandson of Jim and Kay Bodenheimer of Ocean Isle Beach and Lewisville. 

    He is making plans to compete in the Jim Roach Memorial golf tournament Aug. 28 at Brierwood.

  • Highlights, scores of area golf leagues

     BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played at Brierwood. Low gross: Stu Cleveland and Paul Michal, 89. Low nets: Bob Smith and Hal Riebesehl, 68; Jim Beairsto, 69. Team (four players total nets): Smith, Riebesehl, Dan O’Connell and Beairsto. Player of the week was Bob Smith.

    BRIERWOOD MIXED SCRAMBLE

    The team of Marianne Nobes, Ron Arvidson, Chuck Hornfeck and John Beavers finished first at 2-over par in the Brierwood nine-hole mixed scramble July 21. Carola Hornfeck, Sharon Beavers, Ralph Trimmer and Bob Nobes finished second.