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Today's News

  • Government concerns addressed at rallies for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—About 125 residents turned out for a citizens’ rally to address concerns about town government Wednesday night.

    “We would like to reform our government,” said Tom Pressel, chairman of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, speaking to the crowd in a borrowed room at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    The fledgling group consisting of about 30 residents wants integrity and accountability in government, along with a town board of commissioners that “recognizes they serve the people of this town,” Pressel said.

  • With sweepstakes joints, it's deja vu all over again

    It wasn’t that long ago North Carolinians with a penchant for losing money could venture south of the border into my fair town—Little River, S.C.—to play video poker.

    I even visited the joints a few times, only because I was working on a story for the local newspaper.

    Another time, while I was having my car worked on at a service station on U.S. 17, I wandered into an adjacent business called The Donut Hole in search of, well, doughnuts.

  • Ordinance amendment prohibits commercial use of recycling bin

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An ordinance amendment in Ocean Isle Beach no longer allows business owners to use the town’s recycling bins for their businesses’ bottles.

    Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopted a change to the town’s recycling ordinance at their meeting earlier this month, prohibiting commercial businesses with ABC permits to recycle ABC bottles in the town’s recycling bin.

  • Deputy involved in shooting on administrative duty pending SBI investigation

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who shot and killed a man over the weekend is on paid administrative duty, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Ingram said deputy Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, will remain on administrative duty until investigators with the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation complete their investigation into Sunday evening’s shooting.

    SBI agents will pass their findings along to District Attorney Rex Gore.

  • Governor restores lottery money

    After withholding $37.6 million in lottery money from school districts throughout the state last year, Gov. Bev Perdue has restored all lottery funds.

    “When the national recession created a shortfall of billions of dollars, I had to turn over every stone to pay North Carolina’s bills—to pay teachers, to keep schools and other core services running,” Perdue said in a press release. “With our bills paid and the books for last fiscal year cleared out, I’m restoring the school construction lottery funds in full.”

  • West blanks South for first victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 16-0 Friday for its first victory of the 2009 football season.

    West’s passing game was the key to the victory. Quarterback Quan Bates threw a 16-yard touchdown pass to Thomas Reaves in the second quarter for the Trojans’ first score. Halfback Maverick Pate threw a 30-yard pass to Bradley Bell to set up a 21-yard field goal by Corey Bell with 69 seconds left in the third quarter. Pate, who gained 122 yards on 16 carries, scored West’s final touchdown on a 9-yard run in the fourth quarter.

  • South tennis team improves to 2-0

    The South Brunswick girls’ tennis team began its 2009 conference season by beating Whiteville 6-3 Sept. 1 and West 8-1 Sept. 3.

    South won five of the six singles matches.

    At No. 1, Summer Phillips beat Brooke Palmer 6-1, 6-2. At No. 2, Tori Hall beat Sarah Royal 6-2, 7-6 (4). At No. 4, Sarah Brock beat Olivia Butler 6-2, 6-0. At No. 5, Hillary Walker beat Allison Royal 6-3, 6-2. At No. 6, Tiffany Capps beat Jacqueline Rapeley 6-1, 6-0.

    Whiteville’s Ginni Lane won at No. 3 singles, beating LeighAnn Scheetz in the closest singles match, 5-7, 6-4, 10-6.

  • Trojans JV football team fights off South comeback, holds on for 26-22 win

    The West Brunswick Trojans’ JV football team used another stellar rushing performance to outlast South Brunswick Thursday night in Shallotte, winning 26-22. In a game that featured several long runs from each squad, the Cougars’ final drive fell short at the West 31-yard line, preserving the Trojan win.

  • Willie Fulford finishes ahead of dad at MB speedway

    Willie Fulford and dad Dub battled for the lead in the closing laps of the Mini-Stock race Saturday at Myrtle Beach Speedway, and it was Willie who won 20-lap race. This was his third victory of the season.

    The Limited Late Model race also proved to be an exciting one, as Kevin Barnhill and Randal Roberts battled for second straight for the win. The result was the same, however, as Barnhill used the outside to his advantage to pass the defending champion and points leader on lap 17 in taking his second consecutive victory and his third overall of the season.

  • Calabash authorizes telephone sweepstakes permits; tables UDO review

    CALABASH—The town will begin issuing permits for businesses to have telephone promotional sweepstakes machines.

    Town commissioners approved the measure Tuesday night, voting to authorize interim town administrator Kelley Southward to issue permits for telephone-card sweepstakes machines to any business in town holding a current business license.

    Currently in North Carolina, retailers can have up to four of the standalone machines in their businesses.