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Today's News

  • Long

    Jeremy and Mallary Long of Longwood are the parents of a son, Thomas Drake Long, born at 7:55 a.m. April 28 at the Betty H. Cameron Women’s Center at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Randy and Natalie Hewett of Sunset Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Lewis and Rita Sellers of Lake Waccamaw and the late Dale Long.

    Great-grandparents are Bill Tripp of Shallotte Point, Norris and Doris Hewett of Shallotte and Sarah Jettie Long of Whiteville.

  • Lauster-Swaim

    Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity and Kevin and Marty Middleton of Pleasant Garden.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • To be a keeper of the house demands courageous determination

    Though I love to read, I am often deterred from my ardor by the time it takes to “get into” the book.

    This was not the case with “Keeper of the House,” an interesting and unusual novel by Rebecca Godwin. I simply could not put the book down, finishing it in the course of a day despite breaks to make meals and clean house. The latter was reduced to what my mother would call “a lick and a promise!”

  • Brunswick's all-stars

    Four county athletes are expected to compete next week in the East-West All-Star games.

    John Mendoza (West Brunswick) is on the East roster for the East-West All-Star game July 21 at the UNC Greensboro soccer stadium.

    Ryan Hill (West), A.J. Ferguson (South Brunswick) and Greg Gilbert (South) are on the East roster in the East-West All-Star football game July 22 at Grimsley High School.

    The games feature the top graduating seniors in the state, regardless of school classification.

  • Skydive Coastal Carolinas instructors put the-one-left-behind at ease

     Walking up to the skydiving hangar at the Brunswick County Airport on Oak Island Saturday, I elbowed my boyfriend Cory when I saw a brand new convertible Corvette parked nearby.

    “Of course an adrenaline junkie would have a fast car,” I laughed as we moved closer.

    Cory beamed. He smiled at the car. He smiled at the planes on the runway. He smiled at me. That day, his 35th birthday, he was more than eager to get inside and mark a life adventure off his bucket list—going skydiving.

    While I was excited, I was more than a bit apprehensive.

  • Planning board discusses dumpster ordinance, recommends updating UDO

    Shallotte Planning Board members are eager to have the town’s dumpster screening ordinance enforced, but some members still have questions.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, board member Ray Lyles questioned the ordinance that requires businesses to screen its trash dumpsters on all four sides without regard to the area of town.

    “It still needs to be worked on,” Lyles told other board members. “There should be a graduated system rather than blanket coverage.”

  • Farmers market regulations approved in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have approved adding regulations for a future farmers market.

    All that’s needed now is a site.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons said the town planning board had reviewed the rules and had come back with a favorable recommendation to forward to commissioners.

    “The concept here is the town, with the community service committee as sponsors, to sponsor a Calabash farmers market,” Clemmons said, adding a location is yet to be determined.

  • Animal shelter halts dog adoptions for two weeks

    BOLIVIA--Brunswick County Animal Services has suspended dog adoptions for at least two weeks after two cases of distemper were confirmed.

    During the past week two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirm the cause of the illness to be distemper. Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Superintendent surprised by leaked grievance

    Brunswick County School Superintendent Katie McGee said Monday she was surprised to learn the grievance filed against her had been made public since grievances are confidential personnel matters.

    Sherry Dove, executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education, filed a grievance against McGee, which the board of education heard during a daylong meeting Thursday, July 2. The meeting was in closed session; the board cited confidential personnel matters as the subject of discussion.

  • Sheriff’s office searching for burglary suspect

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about burglary suspect Rodney Wayne Suggs’ whereabouts.

    Suggs, 40, of 335 Mount Pisgah Road, Supply, is wanted for first-degree burglary and larceny after breaking and entering.

    Suggs, is 5-feet-9-inches tall and weighs 200 pounds.

    According to an arrest warrant, Suggs is wanted for allegedly breaking into a Supply home and stealing a purse, jewelry, a passport, checks, credit cards and medication between midnight-5 a.m. July 16.