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Today's News

  • Family-friendly activities will light up Brunswick County this Fourth of July weekend

    The Fourth of July holiday weekend is, for many, a weekend about fun, family and friends. It’s a time when grills get fired up early in the day and bellies are stuffed with all types of food from sunup to sundown.

    For many, events are centered around a family member’s or friend’s backyard. Others use the holiday weekend as a good excuse for a getaway, a time to coordinate a much-needed vacation with good weather and an extra day off work.

  • Street talk makes for hot topics in towns

    Maybe it’s the heat, or the humidity. Or maybe it’s just that hot time of year—it is summertime, isn’t it?—when problems seem to sprout up out of nowhere.

    Jack Butcher can vouch for that—he’s got grass growing through the street in front of his house on Court 11 off Northwest Drive in Carolina Shores.

    Butcher is blaming faulty paving for the fault, but the town has indicated it’s not at fault.

    Well, somebody must be to blame, especially where it involves government.

  • Fourth of July events set to explode throughout Brunswick County

    The city of Southport hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival each year, and this year’s festivities will take place July 1-4.

    Beach Day will kick off the celebration in Oak Island on Wednesday, July 1, starting with a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., followed by youth activities, all-day contests, a water rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., the Holiday Band from 6-9 p.m., a shag competition at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Ocean Crest Pier.

  • County may revoke adult establishment permits in wake of arrests

    Brunswick County may revoke business permits for several adult and sexually oriented businesses if the employees recently charged with soliciting prostitution are convicted, county attorney Huey Marshall said recently.

    “The county will wait until those matters…have been adjudicated,” Marshall said. “We think the evidence will demonstrate what’s occurred in the establishments was not what the permits stated.”

  • Some parents go too far when it comes to giving their children what they want

    It’s great to see parents willing to do anything for their children—legal things, that is.

    Of course, every so often we hear of these oddball parents who break the law, going above and beyond, to make sure their precious angels get exactly what they want.

    Remember Texan suburbanite Wanda Holloway, who was arrested and later sentenced for hiring a hit man to kill the mother of her daughter’s biggest rival on the school’s cheerleading squad?

  • Pedicab service comes to the beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With limited parking spaces at local businesses and public beach accesses, parking and navigating through traffic at Ocean Isle Beach can be difficult during highly populated summer months.

    Coastal Bike Cabs now gives residents and tourists a solution to the packed hot spots. The pedicab service began operation in early June, offering an environmentally friendly travel alternative.

    “It’s really a fun part of the vacation experience, and it’s also fun for the locals,” Betsy Palmer said.

  • State CIS event to distribute profits to local programs

    Communities in Schools of North Carolina had its seventh annual North Carolina Education Ball on Friday in Raleigh. Money raised from the ball is distributed to local CIS programs across the state. Last year’s event raised more than $305,000 and collected $99,999 in donations from local business leaders.

    Cynthia Tart, executive director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. attended the event and said the sold-out crowd of 650 attendees appeared larger than last year.

  • Grant focuses on gang awareness among students, community

    A recent grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission will fund an initiative of District Attorney Rex Gore and his office with local gang prevention and intervention.

    The grant provides $102,453.68 for the first year and $100,983.68 for the second.

    Glenda Ansley, youth services coordinator, said part of the money will be used to hire a case manager who will specifically work with at-risk youth and help redirect their attention to help them become involved in local programs and services such as First Tee or school-based after-school programs.

  • Pint-Sized PIcassos get artsy on Tuesday mornings

    Three-year-old Jillian Fatkin makes a fireworks painting by using eyedroppers to make paint droplets and blowing on her artwork through a straw to spread the paint out at Pint-Sized Picassos Tuesday morning.

  • Calabash sewer bidder rescinds lower $4.72 million offer

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons was hyped about a bid approved last week to extend sewer lines in his town for $4.72 million, an amount significantly lower than the previously projected $7.3 million.

    But it really was too good to be true.

    On Tuesday, the town got word from Brunswick County the bid by L.M. McLamb Construction Co. of Calabash had been rescinded.

    “It’s null and void now,” Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb said of the cancelled bid.