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Today's News

  • Parade of Homes wraps up this weekend

    As Brunswick County’s eighth annual Parade of Homes concludes this weekend, organizers are relaying information that homes in St. James can only be viewed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    The Parade of Homes committee was notified Saturday six homes on the open-house tour in St. James Plantation can only be visited noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, committee chairman Cathy Six said this week.

  • Break-ins, thefts investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several residential break-ins and accompanying thefts reported in the last week.

    On Tuesday, police discovered a break-in at a house on 17th Street on the Sunset Beach island. An LCD television was stolen.

    On Oct. 16, a report of larceny was reported on Avian Drive in Sea Trail. A renter reported his cell phone and charger he had left on a table in an apartment were gone when he returned to the unit.

  • Bridge's 1,119th breakdown surely one of its last

    I don’t really know how many times the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge has broken down.

    The number is written down somewhere in that great tenders’ logbook up in bridge heaven, where this old span—IF THE NEW HIGH-RISE EVER OPENS—is about to go.

    Until that day, “ye olde bridge” suffered another breakdown this past Saturday, and I finally got caught by it.

  • Homemade Halloween costumes provide original looks and memories

    Just about every retailer these days stakes a claim in the Halloween business.

    You can find costumes, wigs, accessories, scary things, gross things and all things spooky at just about every store you venture into. I’m sure for parents on the go, this one-stop shop approach is convenient. But to me, it takes the anticipation and excitement out of the holiday.

    The subject of homemade versus store-bought Halloween costumes came up when talking with friends this weekend, when one said her friend had planned to take her child to buy his costume that day.

  • South completes perfect regular season in tennis

     The South Brunswick High School girls’ tennis has completed its second straight unbeaten regular season and won its fourth straight unbeaten conference championship.

    A talented mix of newcomers and experienced players have kept alive the unbeaten streak. For coach Debbie Adams, it has been gratifying to see the team play so well. Over the summer, she was uncertain what would be her starting lineup.

  • West, Whiteville end 0-0 in OT

     The West Brunswick and Whiteville high school soccer teams played a scoreless overtime conference game Monday night at West.

    The game was the second straight shutout for West, which beat East Bladen 1-0 last week. Jack Donoghue scored off an assist from Scottie Melvin in the final minute.

    West is 5-3-1 in the conference, 6-9-2 overall.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Monday, Oct. 11

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Smart people don't litter; proud people don't litter

    Some people aren’t very smart.

    OK, maybe that’s a little harsh, but I thought about other ways to say it and this is just as simple as it gets.

    Some people aren’t very smart—particularly people who litter and especially people who throw trash out of the windows of their cars.

    Why?

    Is it too difficult to hang on to whatever trash you have in your car until reach a destination with a trash can?

  • Operation Bad Candy nets 27 arrests, more than 60 related drug charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office launched its fifth countywide drug roundup in the Sheriff John Ingram administration Monday morning, this one dubbed Operation Bad Candy.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and Ocean Isle Beach Police officers searched for more than 50 suspects wanted for various violations of the North Carolina Controlled Substances Act beginning around 6 a.m. Monday.

  • Lancaster, S.C., teen defends title in Carolina Oyster Festival 10K

     A Lancaster, S.C., teen defended his title in the Carolina Oyster Festival 10K race Saturday at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Wylie Penegar, 17, ran the course on the cool morning in 35 minutes, 45 seconds, finishing nearly three minutes ahead of 86 other runners. He won last year in 35:56.

    The top female finisher was Shannon Luper, 28, of Lumberton, who finished sixth overall in 44:30.