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Today's News

  • Education lottery offers chance to ‘dream a little’

    By Alice Garland

    Guest Columnist

    Perhaps it’s a dream of doing something fun, learning to scuba dive or going to Disney World. Maybe it’s a desire to help someone, paying for a new kitchen for your mother or donating to a good cause. Or it could be giving someone the gift of education.

    Over and over again, when you talk to someone about why they play the lottery, they mention they have fun thinking about what they would do if they win. They talk about their dreams.

  • You decide: Are changes ahead for state pensions?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    My wife has now been retired for 10 years. She taught elementary school for 32 years, usually putting in 12- to 14-hour days when classroom time, after school grading and lesson plans are included. She was a teacher for so long that many times she taught the children of former students. She took pride in the accomplishments of her pupils, and even today is thrilled to see some of them — of various ages — about town.

  • Give me a break, please — not the brakes

    Hello, again! I’m back from my week-long column hiatus, which was prompted by two reasons.

    1. I was recovering from a root canal — only my second ever, but on the same tooth, and it didn’t go as well as the first. I’ll leave it at that.

  • Beware of hazards posed by lightning

    Summer safety tips often revolve around seasonal risks like rip currents, hurricanes, flooding, sharks and fireworks, and other activities like holiday travel and outdoor grilling. But lightning is often overlooked, despite its common occurrence and the devastating consequences it has.

  • ‘Smokey Joe’s Café’ opens for business June 15 at BLT Theatre

    Rock out and remember the songs of the 1950s and ‘60s this week and next as Brunswick Little Theatre transforms into “Smokey Joe’s Café” June 15-18 and 22-25.

    Based on the prolific and successful songwriting team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, the show became the longest running musical revue in Broadway history when it opened in 1995 and ran for 2,036 performances.

    It was also nominated for seven Tony awards and took home the Grammy award for best musical show album.

  • Warm up with The Embers and Craig Woolard on June 18 in Holden Beach

    Summer concert stages will heat up in coming days and weeks, especially as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at four Brunswick County summer concerts.

    The renowned beach music legends are scheduled to perform at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and on July 7 in Ocean Isle Beach, Aug. 22 in Calabash and Sept. 6 in Sunset Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity, leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  • Beach Reads: Barnhill’s ‘Beautician’s Notebook’ snips into beauty shop murder mystery

    She’s a published author of historic fiction set in Tudor England.

    Local writer Anne Clinard Barnhill dips into a different style and more recent era this summer with her latest novel, “The Beautician’s Notebook.”

    For book protagonist Willa Jo Temple, “dying” takes on new meaning when she is found murdered in her own beauty shop in the fictitious coastal town of Summerset, N.C.

  • Club Profile: Sunset Vision

    **Sunset Vision presents Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale, June 22-24 at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom, 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach. Fundraising reception 6-8 p.m. Friday, June 23, $25 per person. Free viewing 4-6 p.m. June 22 and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. June 24. Go to sunsetvision.org.**

    Sunset Vision launched in 2015, its mission encompassing “a group of diverse, caring citizens who are working to enhance the Sunset Beach experience for residents and visitors alike.

  • Carolina Shores administrator merits contract, $10,000 pay hike

    CAROLINA SHORES — A little more than three years after being hired, Carolina Shores Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall has signed a three-year contract that includes a significantly higher salary than that of his hiring date.

    The town board of commissioners approved Mendenhall’s employment contract last week to lock in “stability and experience as the administrative head of town government,” according to a news release issued by the town last Friday, June 9.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, June 8-11, 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    June 8

    Unknown children threw rocks, causing damage to vehicle in an area of Canal Street.

    June 10

    Larceny of a wallet from a vehicle on Chandlers Lane.

    June 11

    Theft of a hand power pole from a boat on 30th Street.