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Today's News

  • Fruitcakes are a symbol of good luck for the New Year

     Some years ago, a research firm polled about 1,000 adults asking what they did with fruitcake, a symbol of good luck for the New Year, as well as for weddings and other celebrations.

    The result was fairly predictable: 38 percent said they gave it away, 28 percent actually ate it, 13 percent used it as a doorstop, 9 percent scattered it for the birds, 8 percent couldn’t remember and 4 percent threw it out!

  • A full year of health

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Each new year sparks time to reflect on the past and look to the future. Many see this time as an opportunity to make changes in their lives. That’s where those New Year’s resolutions come into play. So frequently people set goals to do something good for themselves in the new year.  Unfortunately, quite often these are goals are very unrealistic.

  • Walk your way to better scores

     I love this time of year. We can discard the old ways, make new resolutions, begin all over again and do what we really want to do. We can create a healthier lifestyle.

    So, let’s begin by walking. Walk the dog, walk the neighborhood, walk the mall. Best of all, walk the golf course.

    Walking regularly is a terrific way to become healthier and happier in the New Year. The American Heart Association tells us that walking:

  • Bluefin tuna landed by local anglers

     

    It seems every year the fish come up with new excuses not to bite, yet every year fishermen will find ways to get them to bite. Fishermen usually will begin to spend countless hours trying to research what a particular fish bites, why it bites that bait and, most importantly, where it bites that bait. However, I have found that hard work, persistence and unrelenting dedication will prevail more times than knowing the particulars. In fact these characteristics carried a team from our area to the ultimate victory Dec. 22.

  • Road projects create too many hazards, headaches

    Too many efforts to make Brunswick County roads and bridges safer and more convenient are posing serious risks and creating major hardships as we enter a new year.

    Some discomfort is to be expected during times of change, as indicated by endless clichés like “no pain, no gain” and “you can’t make an omelet without breaking a few eggs.”

    But some projects under way by the North Carolina Department of Transportation seem to have given little thought to the people who live, work and travel here.

  • Nora’s Christmas story

    SUPPLY — It was a bleak wartime winter back in her native Britain in December 1941, and 16-year-old Nora Oglesby and her fellow teen-aged nannies caring for 20 orphaned boys were worried.

    Recently relocated to a Scottish castle away from the deadly barrage of German bombings in England, the staff and children of one of Dr. Thomas Barnardo’s renowned orphanages were poised to observe Christmas with next to nothing.

  • 2015 calendar: Instruction, senior events

     

    Tennis lessons

    Adult tennis lessons at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center are
Wednesdays, March 25 to April 29
and May 6 to June 10.
Beginners meet 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Intermediate lessons are 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $70 per person. Call 253-2583 for more information. 
Registration required.
Adult lessons at Smithville District Park are Wednesdays, March 11 to April 29. Teens and adult beginners meet 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $100 per person.
Registration required. Go to www.rdutennis.net or email brian@rdutennis.net
 Call 253-2670 for more information.




  • NCDOT to close part of Ocean Isle Beach Road

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), near Ocean Isle Beach, from Monday, Jan. 5, through Sunday, Feb. 1, to install storm drain pipe.

    Signs will detour traffic from Old Georgetown Road to Seaside Road, then to Beach Drive (N.C. 179).

    NCDOT reminds motorists to stay alert, drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time and encourages use of alternate routes when possible during this period.

  • Suspects sought in Calabash armed robbery

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives are searching for two men who robbed and assaulted an employee at a Calabash convenience store Dec. 22.

    Two black men wearing ski masks entered the Citgo gas station on Beach Drive at 9:25 p.m. One brandished a handgun.

    The robbers assaulted the clerk and stole some cash and her purse before running out of the store toward the South Carolina state line, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. 

    The clerk was treated on the scene for minor injuries. 

  • Expanding N.C. 211 into Southport tops Brunswick’s list for transportation improvement

    Brunswick County could see a four-laned N.C. 211 into Southport in the next five years.

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee released a summary of the major new transportation projects that are funded for construction in between 2015 and 2021 as part of the draft State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP).

    The STIP is a list of projects that are one step away from state approval and two steps away from federal funding.