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Today's News

  • Happy 43rd birthday, FOIA: Let's celebrate by inviting Congress, administration

    As if we don’t already have enough to celebrate and be thankful for on July 4, there’s one more reason—it’s the 43rd birthday of the Freedom of Information Act.

    Born from the minds of lawmakers on Capitol Hill in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, commonly referred to as FOIA, is the crux of an open and transparent government—well, if it’s the executive branch of federal government—but not the president or his immediate staff.

  • Financial card thefts in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating two reports of financial card fraud and theft reported last week.

    A Raleigh man reported on June 15 his financial card was not returned at a local eating establishment. The card later was used by a suspect in the Supply area.

    Another man from Concord reported his financial card also was not returned after he had dined at another eatery in the county.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 10, 11, 12 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, June 10

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

  • Congratulations to Computers for Kids

    Congratulations to Jayne Mathews and all those involved with the Brunswick County Volunteer Center for the recent honor of being named a “Best Of” winner by the National Association of Counties.

    For its work with the Computers for Kids project, the center won an achievement award in the children and youth category.

    Supported by county government, with guidance of the volunteer center, the project donates computers that are no longer being used by the county—and that have been rehabbed by volunteers—to local schools.

  • So many choicesee luckily, a lot of time

    My daughter is still talking about being a bug scientist when she grows up and still wants me to go looking at bugs with her when it’s 150 degrees outside, but she’s also considering a second career.

    Thanks to games provided by Disney Channel and Nickelodeon Web sites, she now thinks she has developed the skills to be a fashion designer.

    Now, I don’t know about you, but I’m thinking the cutthroat world of fashion design sounds a little more dangerous than the slightly less cutthroat world of academic research.

  • Brunswick County graduates new class

    Seniors throughout the county ended their high school careers this weekend as they accepted diplomas and graduated from Brunswick County high schools.

    Brunswick County Academy graduated 19 students—its third class of seniors—during its commencement service Friday night. West Brunswick High School graduated nearly 300 students Saturday afternoon.

    Brunswick County Academy

    Thirteen students participated in Brunswick County Academy’s graduation ceremony Friday night, which was at the school.

  • Calabash Town Hall evacuated

    CALABASH—Town Hall was evacuated Thursday afternoon after employees detected a burning odor inside the building on Persimmon Road.

    Calabash Fire Department, EMS and Sunset Beach Fire Department responded to an emergency call that went out around 3:15 p.m.

    Town administrator Jeremy Cribb said a malfunctioning fluorescent light ballast apparently was the source of the problem.

    Employees were allowed to return to the building after the problem was checked by fire officials and two light ballasts replaced, Cribb said.

  • Bolivia fisherman wins Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament

    Wes Knox, of Bolivia, finished first in the 26th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament. He caught a 29.77-inch flounder that weighed 11.14 pounds. He won $1,500.

    The Sudan Daredevils of the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club put on the tournament, which took place Friday and Saturday. Awards were handed out Saturday night at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

    Twenty-eight county children are receiving free care from the Shriners, who dedicated this tournament to Vernon Ward.

  • Artist McCune transforms Ocean Isle Beach driftwood into furniture

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Strolling the west end of Ocean Isle Beach eight years ago, metal sculptor and artist David McCune noticed a hulking chunk of wood drifting in the water.

    Bulky and battered by the restless surf, the unwieldy lumber was not something to catch the attention of an unseeing eye. But McCune saw potential.

    He asked town officials if he could have the wood, and permission was granted.

    “They would rather me deal with it than them,” he said.

  • Memories of a visit to Cooperstown

    I just received an e-mail from the baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, N.Y. They are having a new event on Father’s Day this year, the Hall of Fame Classic. This game will consist of old-timers and not-so-old-timers. They will play the game at Doubleday Field.

    Some of the scheduled players are Bob Feller, Phil Niekro, Ferguson Jenkins, Brooks Robinson, Paul Molitor, Steve Finley and Kevin Maas.