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Today's News

  • Sea Trail residents collaborate on children's book

    SUNSET BEACH—When her grandchildren were small, Anne Giordano used to make up stories to tell them.

    The retired educator’s gift for fictitious license recently re-emerged in the form of a new children’s book, “Spencer, the Magic Rabbit.”

    It’s a freshly published collaboration between Giordano and fellow Sea Trail resident and illustrator Marie Munn.

    Noting it’s her first book, Giordano said “Spencer” is the print rendition of a story she used to tell her granddaughter, Kellie.

  • Future sewer costs still a concern in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town still needs to come to the aid of its citizens to help offset future sewer expenses, a resident told town commissioners at a recent meeting.

    “I feel some responsibility is here to provide some kind of help for citizens, whether budgeting some tax money or whatever,” said Calabash Acres resident Mack Sanders, speaking at commissioners’ Jan. 12 meeting.

    “I think the money should come from the town to help pay for this,” Sanders said.

  • Golf-course open zone consideration postponed by Sunset Beach Town Council

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has deferred consideration of a golf-course open-space zone, which is still being addressed by the town staff and planning board.

    “That’s something that’s still being worked on,” Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said at council’s Jan. 11 workshop.

  • Indoor recreation awaits at Planet Fun

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is a newly opened venue for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Draft calendar for 2010-2011 school year ready for approval

    The draft 2010-2011 school year calendar for Brunswick County Schools is complete and ready to be approved by the board of education.

    Deanne Meadows, executive director of personnel, presented the calendar to the policy/curriculum committee Tuesday afternoon. Staff members and parents representing each school put the calendar together.

  • Committee discusses bus stop diversion request

    Board members are not recommending approval of a request to divert a bus stop near a daycare facility.

    The board received a request from Christine Hewett, owner of Apples & Bananas Day Care in Calabash, asking the bus stop on Tree Acres Road be changed to the daycare facility.

    While the diversion is .16 miles, about 800 feet, the daycare is on an unimproved private section of Tree Acres Circle.

  • Study outlines DWI problems in Brunswick County; next step: a strategic plan

    There are a lot of misconceptions about who is drinking and driving in Brunswick County, Jayne Mathews, a member of the Brunswick’s Alcohol Fatality Committee (AFC), said Friday morning at a meeting of the Brunswick Resource Coalition.

  • Breaking-and-entering cases reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating several breaking-and-entering incidents reported in the New Year.

    On Jan. 1, breaking and entering with property damage was reported on Sixth Street on the Sunset Beach island.

    On Jan. 5, two other breaking-and-entering incidents with property damage were reported at two residences on East Main Street.

    On Jan. 7, breaking and entering with property damage was reported on Canal Drive on the island.

    On Jan. 8, breaking and entering with property damage was reported at Colony II.

  • It's all about family for West Brunswick sisters

    Krystal, Samantha and Heather Von Wald are about as close as sisters can be.

    The girls grew up on the move; their dad was a part of the National Guard. With about a dozen moves under their belts, the girls realize the importance of family and sticking together.

    Now settled in Brunswick County for the past six years, Krystal, 18, said it’s the longest their family has been in one place.

    “It’s a miracle,” she said.

    Krystal joined JROTC her freshman year at West Brunswick High School after seeing what her dad did in the military.

  • Early College algebra class scores 100 percent on end-of-course test

    Becky Willis’ last-semester Algebra II class is the model of perfection.

    Students in her Early College High School math class scored 100 percent on the North Carolina End-of-Course test.

    “I had an amazing group of students,” Willis said at the school’s awards ceremony Friday.

    Vicky Snyder, principal of the Early College High School, said scoring 100 percent means “the teacher prepared everyone of those students to excel in math, to go beyond memorization of problems to understanding and problem solving,” she said.