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Today's News

  • Free throw winners advance to state

    On Jan. 28, the Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039, Shallotte, had its local annual Knights of Columbus free throw championship at Shallotte Middle School. Thirty-three boys and girls ages 10-14 competed.
    The winners: 10-year-old girl, Isabelle Smeltzer; 10-year-old boy, Dylan Jeffries; 11- year-old-girl, Sadie Benoy; 11-year-old-boy; John Priester, 12-year-old-girl, April Nicole Nash; 12-year-old boy, Devon Boiling; 13-year-old girl, Mogana Tew; 13-year- old boy; Joseph Tyler Stanley;  14-year-old boy, Timothy Bellamy.

  • School board did right by not changing calendar

    Brunswick County School Board members did the right thing Tuesday night when they voted to approve the calendar for the 2012-2013 school year.
    There were three draft calendars before the board for consideration. Two of those got a nod Tuesday night.
    Both of the approved drafts are viable under current state legislation. One has 185 days of student instruction included. The other, which needs a waiver from the state’s department of public instruction, has 180 student instruction days.
    Both would have students going back to school on Aug. 27.

  • Lady Trojans rout New Hanover 11-1

     The West Brunswick High School softball team beat New Hanover 11-1 in six innings March 6, West’s first victory of the season.

    Dez Avallone hit a three-run home run and had four RBIs, Alyssa Chappell was 4-for-5 with two doubles and one RBI and Alex Wickel was 4-for-5 with one RBI.

    Winning pitcher Savannah Pridgen gave up one earned run and five hits. She struck out seven and walked two.

    New Hanover scored in the first off a single, a double and a two-out infield error. Catcher Hannah Stocks threw out a runner trying to steal second.

  • Shallotte octogenarian pens book of lifelong 'pomes'

    SHALLOTTE—London Gore may be 88, but he doesn’t know much about slowing down.

    The World War II U.S. Army veteran still plays and wins regular games of pool at the Shallotte Senior Center.

    “I’ve done really good lately,” he said. “I just hold the table till I’m worn out, and then I have to quit.”

    This past Monday, “I held out for over an hour this morning,” Gore said. “We’ve got some real good players up there.”

  • Incidents investigated in Sunset Beach

    Town police investigated the following incidents reported within the past week:

    •Breaking-and-entering to a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported Feb. 29 on Dunbar Drive. About $25 worth of change was reported stolen, according to Sunset Beach Detective Joe Smith.

    •Injury to real property was reported March 1 at an address on West Main Street.

  • Councilwoman scolds mayor for 'witch hunt' over Sunset at Sunset

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph took Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato to task Monday night for his continued questioning about the town’s Sunset at Sunset Festival.

    “It saddens me to bring this up again, but recent actions require it,” said Joseph, reading from a prepared statement at the start of the meeting.

  • 'An Intimate Evening with Psychic ALX' set for March 16 at Sea Trail

    Do you yearn to know what’s in your future, coupled with a little magic?

    Then Psychic ALX is your ticket.

    The nationally known psychic and entertainer will come to Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center next Friday, March 16, to “read” his audience and entertain them with magic.

    “It’s a higher form of feeling,” ALX said this week in a phone interview.

    Psychic abilities are his talent. Magic, he says, employs the principles he uses.

  • N.C. rep says Gov. Perdue's blockage of ferry-hike rates is illegal

    Legislative ferry fare increases slated to take effect April 1 remain up for debate now that North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has issued a mandate to block them.

    Last week, Perdue issued an executive order thwarting the increase that would effectively double ferry fares.

    State Rep. Frank Iler (R-Brunswick) of Oak Island, who worked last year on that transportation budget, said Tuesday he thinks Perdue’s order blocking the fare hikes and imposing a moratorium for at least a year is illegal.

  • Sunset Beach seeks professional help to offset crazy island parking

    With March roaring across the 2012 calendar like a lion, and a new, warmer-weather season fast approaching (we hope), Sunset Beach has opted to get professional help and guidance for future seasonal parking on the island.

    Maybe that will help alleviate any parking zaniness, for example when beach visitors are frantically trying to find “space” in the heat of the summer rush like, say, on the Fourth of July.

  • Carolina Shores gets in gear for budget, bucket list

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town is getting ready to tie its annual budget preparation with a bucket list the town board of commissioners compiled last month at their annual retreat.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday morning, gave a “rough guesstimate” of $1,702,300 for the upcoming 2012-13 budget that takes effect July 1.

    She described it as a brief or rough overview, “but hopefully close as to what we are looking at for the upcoming year. Everything else is kind of up to you guys.”