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Today's News

  • UNCW's Hall predicts 1 percent economic growth in region

    After experiencing virtually no growth during 2008, the local economy of Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties is forecast to expand by approximately 1 percent during 2009 and 3 percent during 2010.

    William W. “Woody” Hall Jr., senior economist with the Center for Business and Economic Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business, announced his economic predictions Tuesday at UNCW.

  • Holden Beach OKs budget with no tax increase

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved a $12.27 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 that keeps the same tax rate and water fees.

    The board unanimously approved the budget town manager David Hewett presented Tuesday night at a special meeting at town hall.

    The budget keeps the current tax rate of 6.9 cents per $100 of property valuation. The town has a current tax base of $2.211 billion, down about $20 million over the previous year due to property owner’s appeals of their assessments.

  • State trooper honored for his commitment to safety, community

    We’ve all done it—on the way to work, in a hurry, when we see flashing blue lights up ahead. Somebody’s been caught speeding and instinctively you hit the brake and slow down so you won’t be next.

    If you happen to have lead feet, then you may have even gotten caught a time—or four.

    For many of us, tickets are what we think of first when we think of state troopers. But the truth is they do so much more than issue speeding tickets.

  • Southport crew wins $25,980 in Jolly Mon King Classic

    Reel Time, captained by Samuel T. Rees of Southport, won the Yellowfin-OIFC.com Jolly Mon King Classic, catching a 38.15-pound king mackerel Father’s Day. Including tournaments within the tournament, the crew won $25,980.

    Reel Time also finished first in the 23-foot boat division. Another member of the boat, Samantha Nowell, finished first in the ladies’ division.

    The two-day tournament attracted competitors on 305 boats and took place Saturday and Father’s Day. Capt Brant McMullan of the Ocean Isle Fishing Center organized the event.

  • Rees and Crew win Jolly Mon King Classic

    Samuel Rees and crew members Preston Nowell, Chad Malpass, Samantha Nowell and Jessica Rees of the Reel Time arrived to the Jolly Mon weigh-in at the Ocean Isle Fishing Center on Sunday afternoon with a smile on their face. Capt. Samuel Rees deferred from taking the fish out the fish bin for pictures, citing he “knew it was going to be close.”

  • B.J. Maloy grows Evolve Golf by making green, durable golf tees

    Last month, B.J. Maloy, founder and CEO of Evolve Golf, was named among the “Top 40 Under 40” executives for 2009 by Sporting Goods Business magazine. This award recognizes young business people who are leaders in the sporting goods market.

    B.J. was selected from more than 500 nominees, based on criteria of years of service, level of responsibility attained, accomplishments and commitment to teamwork. He was noted to have made a direct and positive impact on the sporting goods industry as a whole.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Winners of the Beachcombers’ 1-2-3 tournament Friday at Carolina Shores with a score of 113 (-23) were Stu Cleveland, Bill Cameron, Ed Hennessey and Gary Gutheil. Low gross for the day were Jim Bearisto, 84; Paul Michal and Gary Gutheil, 86. Low nets were Jim Bearisto, 64; Paul Michal and Bill Cameron, 68; and Dan O’Connell, 69.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny from a motor vehicle on East First Street; suspect stole a JC Penney credit card, a draft card, a driver’s license, Social Security card, health insurance card and a debit card from a vehicle.

    •Larceny to a motor vehicle on East Second Street; suspect stole a GPS unit, cell phone charger and a woman’s wallet from a vehicle.

  • Between bridges

    SUNSET BEACH—As the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge goes up, so does anticipation for its completion and changes it will bring.

    The $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span should be finished and ready to open in the next 15 months as long as work stays on schedule, a construction official said last week.

    “We’re on schedule as of right now,” said Mark Hackney, project supervisor with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., which is building the new North Carolina Department of Transportation span to replace the one-lane pontoon bridge.

  • First Tee golfers Taylor, Gore achieve national honors

    Harrison Taylor has been selected to represent The First Tee of Brunswick County at the 2009 Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Eugene, Ore. The academy takes place July 28-Aug. 4 for the first time at the University of Oregon.