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Today's News

  • Bare-hoofin' it

    SUPPLY—Charly Boy stood patiently in place as Scott Spencer trimmed the black-and-white-paint Tennessee Walking Horse’s barefoot hooves last week.

    For the past three years, Spencer, a certified trainer in natural horsemanship, has been practicing and perfecting what he believes is a healthier, more natural way for horses to move via The Healthy Hoof program—going shoeless.

  • Driver charged in concrete truck wreck near school

    Nineteen minutes after Union Elementary School released its students, a concrete truck overturned on Union School Road, just off U.S. 17 south of Shallotte last week.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Troopers on the scene, the driver of the concrete truck was driving south on U.S. 17 at about 55 mph when he swerved onto Union School Road to avoid a car stopped at the light around 3:19 p.m. Wednesday, April 8.

    Troopers charged the driver, Steven Chadwick Epps, 38, of Conway S.C., with careless and reckless driving, according to state highway patrol Sgt. T. Daniels.

  • West Brunswick beats South, Jacksonville

    The West Brunswick baseball team improved to 5-1 in the Mideastern Conference by beating Jacksonville 4-3 April 8. West got five hits and made three errors in the victory. The game was tied 3-3 entering the bottom of the fifth, but West broke the tie when Pat Kamfolt led off with a double to center field, went to third on Wally Kamfolt’s flyout to right and scored on Josh Powell’s sacrifice fly to right field.

  • Lady Trojans win tourney opener

    Lady Trojans open tourney with victory

    BY BOB BREEN

    SPORTS CORRESPONDENT

    The West Brunswick softball team beat Lakewood, Ohio, 9-6 Monday night in a first-round game of the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational at West.

    Lakewood took the early lead, as junior Sam Kash belted a triple with one on in the first inning for a 1-0 lead. She then ran home on a wild pitch, and Lakewood went ahead 2-0.

  • Carolina Shores gets ready for second annual Tour of Gardens this Saturday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Just in time for nature’s flower show erupting in their neighborhood, members of Carolina Shores Garden Club are hoping for balmy weather and a good crowd for this Saturday’s second annual Tour of Gardens.

    Six homes are on this year’s Carolina Shores Tour of Gardens, slated for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. this Saturday, April 18.

  • State should leave local ABC systems alone, SB councilman says

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilman Bob Bobinski believes ABC stores should be left under the control of local boards, rather than fall under greater control by the state as mandated in pending legislation.

    Bobinski, who serves on the Sunset Beach ABC board, said at a town council meeting April 6 if the bills are enacted, it would not be a good thing for the town or locally managed ABC stores in North Carolina.

    “It would be a terrible loss of control,” Bobinski said at the monthly council meeting.

  • Stop annexation

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    Stop annexation

    A ‘stop annexation’ sign marks the spot along the east side of N.C. 179 that is being eyed for annexation by the town of Sunset Beach. With sewer a concern, as well as residents in the area who oppose the idea, Sunset Beach Town Council will revisit the plan at its next monthly meeting May 4.

     

  • SBFD gets $40,850 grant for new equipment

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre made a special delivery to the Sunset Beach Fire Department last week in the form of a $40,850 ceremonial check and grant to buy new emergency equipment.

    The money was awarded to the department in January by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    The grant will be used to buy a breathing air compressor and rapid intervention pack (RIT-PAK).

  • Ocean Isle updates hazard mitigation plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s hazard mitigation plan is being updated this year and is currently under review.

    Penny Tysinger, planning director for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said hazard mitigation plans are to be updated every five years or following a federally declared disaster.

  • Developer wants to delay driveway installation plans

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Due to a slowed building amount and an economic recession, owners of property at the corner of Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 have asked the town of Ocean Isle Beach to relinquish responsibility for adding additional driveways to the property—features that were among the developers’ original plans and what town commissioners call “a big issue.”