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Today's News

  • Don’t hurt real estate growth with delays, Congress

    People who live in communities like ours know how vital the housing and tourism industries are to our livelihood.
    This county has been hard-hit in recent years. As the bottom dropped out of the real estate market, people in many lines of work lost their jobs. From service professionals to business owners, everyone has been hoping the market will soon rebound and jobs and cash flow will return to this area.

  • Carolinas, books, come to life in Calabash shops

    CALABASH—It’s a corner nook, just waiting for browsers to come and discover delights that await within.

    One of them is All About the Carolinas, a shop tucked away inside the Low Country Stores complex where browsers can find an array of items made in the Carolinas.

    Shop owner Sally Pennington says she’s trying to feature items made exclusively in North or South Carolina.

    “I thought it would be a real challenge to find things, but no,” says Pennington, tending to gift baskets behind the counter of her boutique.

  • Movie-makers starring at planetarium

    Filmmakers are scheduled to be in Sunset Beach this week.

    Susan Silk, marketing coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, said a film company is supposed to be at the planetarium in Sunset Beach this Wednesday, Sept. 28.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame is producing a made-for-TV movie to air via ABC-TV in January, according to Silk.

  • Movie-makers starring at planetarium

    Filmmakers are scheduled to be in Sunset Beach this week.

    Susan Silk, marketing coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, said a film company is supposed to be at the planetarium in Sunset Beach this Wednesday, Sept. 28.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame is producing a made-for-TV movie to air via ABC-TV in January, according to Silk.

  • Sunset gets set for Sunset at Sunset Saturday

    Vendors and music will once again collide when the fifth annual Sunset at Sunset festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 1, in Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include more than 100 vendors, crafters, food booths and nonprofit groups, and three bands are slated to perform.

    Festivities begin at 10 a.m. and continue until 5 p.m.

    It’s a day, said Sunset Beach Mayor Ronald Klein, to offer residents and visitors a chance to come together as the busy tourist season draws to a close.

  • West teams sweep conference cross-country race

     West Brunswick ended South Brunswick’s conference winning streak in a girls’ cross-country race Sept. 27 and the West boys remained unbeaten this season, beating South in a close race.

    South’s Carmen Hilliard won the 3.1-mile girls’ race of 42 runners in 20 minutes, 13 seconds, her best time this year. Any finish quicker than 20 minutes is usually good enough to place high in the state meet.

  • Sea Trail files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

    Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

    Sunset Beach’s crown-jewel mainland resort is about $18 million in debt owed about 100 creditors, according to New Bern attorney Trawick “Buzzy” Stubbs, who is representing Sea Trail in the action filed Tuesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington.

  • Fisherman snags medal for saving swimmer

    A fisherman with ties to Brunswick County has been bestowed a national award for his heroic efforts rescuing a swimmer from the Atlantic Ocean last year in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    C.P. Parker, a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was recently notified he is among 25 recipients of a Carnegie Hero Medal for his rescue Aug. 14, 2010, of a man who was being swept out to sea in the Cherry Grove Inlet.

  • Code of ethics discussed but not approved at DSS meeting

    BOLIVIA—Recently resigned, then reappointed DSS board member Tina Jackson was absent from Tuesday’s meeting, causing board member David Grimes to ask to table two of the agenda’s items.

    One of the items Grimes sought to table was a DSS compact board chairman Charles Warren sent to board members last week.

    “What I emailed out to the board was the Department of Social Services compact. I did not receive any feedback regarding this compact, so what I am going to ask for is a motion to approve the compact,” he said.

  • The bus business: A look at staggered starts in Brunswick County Schools

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories dedicated to staggered start times in Brunswick County Schools. Future installments will include how parents, students and teachers feel about the change.

    BOLIVIA—Ten teaching positions.

    That’s what Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school system was able to save by adopting a staggered start schedule this school year.