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Today's News

  • Acclaimed N.C. artist exhibits oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace

    CALABASH—Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller is exhibiting her newest collection of oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace from June 1 through July 11.

    The collection consists of just fewer than 20 works depicting the seashore and wetlands of Sunset Beach, where the artist has a second home.

    Miller’s inspiration is beauty in the landscape.

    “I’m always seeking to capture a bold yet quiet impression of nature, as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” she says.

  • Mandatory sewer hookup requirement postponed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council has postponed voting on an amendment that would require mandatory sewer hookup for anyone applying for a building permit.

    Town attorney Michael Isenberg, speaking at Monday’s monthly council meeting, said the measure would make the town ordinance consistent with Brunswick County, provider of future sewer service for the town.

    He said the rule would apply to any type of building permits, including those for accessory buildings.

  • Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Staff report

    Members of Blue Star Mothers of the Grand Strand are spreading the word and fliers about their cause—supporting adult children serving in all branches of the U.S. military.

    The chapter, formed in February 2008 in Little River, S.C., meets once a month at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River.

  • Citizens to launch petition drive after change of government approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A group of residents is launching a referendum petition after town commissioners approved a charter amendment Tuesday changing the town’s form of government from mayor-council to council-manager.

    Residents calling themselves Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores said they plan to initiate the petition to force the board to put the ordinance to a vote of citizens.

  • Mr. Murphy's magic

    Mr. Murphy will quickly get your attention as he looks at you with such love and devotion and begs for your attention. He's a gentle, 1-year-old husky and shepherd mix who is housebroken, good-natured, and very adaptable. He would be great in any home; he just needs a chance. At 56 pounds, he's medium-sized and ready to go. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • Recycling revives good intentions

    So I’ve finally grown concerned about all the plastic grocery bags drifting around out there—getting lodged in trees, floating aimlessly along the highway like lost balloons.

    I realized if I had a dollar for each homeless bag littering our otherwise pristine environment (except for the beer cans), my 401K and I could reconsider retirement.

    Apparently, nobody is offering reimbursement for these little eyesores and wildlife hazards.

  • Navy veteran recalls Normandy landing 65 years ago

    CALABASH—Sixty-five years ago this Saturday, as dawn was breaking over the choppy English Channel, 19-year-old Tom Koester was aboard one of the first U.S. landing crafts to reach Omaha Beach at the start of what has been recorded as the longest day in history.

    As they approached at H-hour—6:30 a.m.—at first it was a “picnic,” the Navy veteran said.

    When they were 200 yards from shore, however, German machine guns opened up from cliffs overlooking the beach.

  • Ocean Isle Beach to celebrate its 50 years this weekend

    A lot can happen in 50 years. Just ask any of the original residents of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Ocean Isle Beach was a 7-mile stretch of pure beach some 50 years ago. When Odell Williamson and M.C. Gore purchased the island in 1953, they sold only a handful of lots before Hurricane Hazel hit the following year and wiped away most if the island’s initial developments.

    Over time, the town rebuilt and grew into one of the best restored beaches in the country, according to the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.

  • Kazmierczak ready to clear next hurdle

    Perhaps it was a hug that clinched Jenna Kazmierczak’s decision to attend Coastal Carolina University on a track scholarship, the same hug she got from parents Christine and Mike after she signed a letter of intent May 27 at South Brunswick High School.

    “The Coastal coaches were actually really nice people,” said Christine, herself a track coach at South who knows how harsh coaches can be sometimes. “They hugged us to say, ‘Welcome to the family, and we’re glad you are here.’”

  • Plans being designed for BCC baseball field

    Plans for the Brunswick Community College baseball stadium are taking shape, and it is hoped within the next few years the Dolphins will have a home park.

    “We’re moving forward,” BCC baseball coach and athletics director Robbie Allen said Saturday, “but we’re moving forward slowly.”

    Allen said an architect “has been given the OK” to start designing. But it is unlikely a field will be in place next season “because we still have to raise the money to build it.”

    Allen estimated the cost to be $200,000.