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Today's News

  • Life sometimes forces us to come face-to-face with its fragility

    We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?

  • Spring season leaves plenty of memories

    Some lasting moments from the high school spring sports season:

    Perfect in conference: The North Brunswick baseball team finished 12-0 in the Waccamaw Conference and advanced to the fourth round of state playoffs. The South Brunswick girls’ soccer team finished unbeaten in the Waccamaw Conference and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

  • West Brunswick foe, Eastern Wayne, finishes second at state finals

    Lake Norman built a big lead and then held off Eastern Wayne 8-7 Saturday in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.

    Among the teams Eastern Wayne beat to reach the series was West Brunswick, winning 6-4 in the fourth round.

  • McCumbee finishes 13th at Texas Motor Speedway

    After two sets of pit stops throughout the race for the crew to work on the handling of the tiwi Chevrolet, Chad McCumbee was able to hold on to an ill-handling truck to finish 13th at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.

    McCumbee started seventh and quickly moved up to fourth in the opening laps of the race. But fighting a tight chassis that was putting additional stress on the right front tire, McCumbee remained patient on the track until the first round of pit stops, which came under yellow following a caution on lap 40 of the 167-lap event.

  • Holden Beach agrees to fund back-up sewer equipment costs

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved transferring $80,000 from the capital project fund to buy sewer equipment to use in the event of equipment failure.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay for the back-up equipment after discussing the matter in a budget meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.

  • Brunswick 911 center telecommunicator arrested on drug charges

    A telecommuinicator with the Brunswick County 911 Center has been suspended pending a criminal investigation.

    Lana Tripp Rising, 36, of 4520 Squirrel Ave., Shallotte, was charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, which is a felony, on June 1. She was suspended without pay the following day.

    Drug agent Israel West said Rising was arrested after she allegedly changed the strength of a prescription narcotic from 5 milligrams to 7.5 milligrams and then tried to have the forged prescription filled.

  • BCC students, faculty seek patents for algae fuel

    Several Brunswick Community College faculty and students recently submitted an application for a provisional patent and received patent pending status for a newly discovered process for extracting oil from algae, according to Liz McLean, director of marketing at BCC.

    “This new process is of real significance in that it is entirely mechanical in nature and utilizes very little energy,” said Doug Holland, director of the BCC Center for Aquaculture and Biotechnology.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy, and is packed with fascinating insights and a wealth of how-to tips.

    “The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide” by Martin D. Weiss. How to protect your savings, boost your income and grow wealthy even in the worst of times.

  • Oak Island golfer wins N.C. Open

    Five years after his last Carolinas PGA major championship win, Oak Island resident Steve Isley won the 45th Pepsi North Carolina Open June 4 at Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powells Point.

    Isley, who worked at St. James before becoming PGA director of golf at Masonboro Country Club in Wilmington, shot a 5-under 67 in the final round for a five-stroke victory over Bryan Sullivan and Rick Morton.

    Isley finished at 15-under 201 (63-71-67). Thirty-seven competitors made it to the final round in the tourney in Currituck County.