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Today's News

  • Students work as team, learn skills through ‘Spartan Challenge’

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Middle School physical education and health teacher Holly Borden recently heard about a survey in which U.S. citizens between middle school age and 21 were asked what their dream jobs would be. No. 1 was a YouTube star. No. 2 was a professional Instagram Model. And No. 3 was to be an American Ninja Warrior.

  • 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival set for Sept. 29-30

    The world will take center stage on the campus of Brunswick Community College on Sept. 29 and 30 in the form of this weekend’s 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

  • Oak Island police arrest pair on marijuana charges

    Tips and information from the public led to the arrest of an Oak Island couple on marijuana charges last week.

    Oak Island police arrested Robert Dakota Howard, 22, and Lauryn Austyn Sims, 19, both of Northeast 50th Street, on Sept. 21 and charged each of them with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

    A town news release did not say how much marijuana was seized during the arrests.

  • Seat opens on Holden Beach board ahead of Nov. 7 election

    HOLDEN BEACH — Kim Isenhour officially resigned her seat on the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, leaving a vacancy until November’s municipal elections.

    Isenhour resigned because she is no longer a resident of the town, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden said during the Sept. 19 commissioners’ meeting. Commissioner Ashley Royal was absent from the meeting.

  • Board names Oates schools’ associate superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Jerry Oates as Brunswick County Schools associate superintendent.

    Beforestarting with the district as executive director of human resources in July 2015, Oates served as assistant principal at New Hanover High School and principal at Lakeside High School, Mosley Performance Learning Center and Williston Middle School, according to a district news release.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, we had a big part of the N.C. House of Representatives right here in Brunswick County. House Speaker Tim Moore was in Brunswick County all day Sept. 13. It was my privilege to help arrange his schedule and show him around. When we found out he would be able to come to a couple of events here, we made sure that he stayed busy and saw as many parts of the county as possible.

  • In remembrance of my lifelong friend, Nikki Smith

    I thought by now it might be easier for me to write that my friend, Nikki Smith, died suddenly the night of Sept. 9 of complications from a chronic brain disorder.

    It isn’t.

    What comes much more naturally is telling the world about the light she brought into my life.

    Nikki and I first met when we were second-graders in Mrs. Dottie Saffer’s class at Our Lady of Mercy Catholic School. I can’t recall many details from that year, but I remember Nikki went out of her way to be my friend.

  • Court of Appeals panel hears two local cases in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA— The Brunswick County Courthouse served as the location for a special North Carolina Court of Appeals session Tuesday to commemorate the court’s 50th anniversary.

    Among those who attended were students, lawyers and court personnel, in addition to the general public.

  • Let us always remember POW/MIA military service members

    As controversy churns over professional athletes kneeling during the national anthem at sporting events and what it says about our country’s values less than a month after we marked the 16th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, it is very likely far too many Americans failed to observe Sept. 15 as National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

    Members of VFW Post 8866 in Holden Beach and VFW Post 7288 in Calabash were among the local residents who made sure our prisoners of war and service members missing in action were not forgotten.

  • Legislation, education address opioid crisis

    SUPPLY — While the opioid epidemic cannot be solved within this decade, North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein said, work is being done toward turning the tide. 

    Stein spoke about the crisis, and what the government is doing about it, during the Brunswick County Opioid Task Force’s Sept. 20 meeting. Its members are law enforcement officers, faith-based community representatives, medical and treatment providers, and many others throughout the county.