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Today's News

  • Man charged with breaking and entering

    A Vermont man has been charged with breaking and entering after someone broke into a house on the Sunset Beach island.

    John J. Ennis, 20, was charged after a man broke into a house on Second Street and began staying there, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said. Ennis was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle from Vermont in the incident reported Oct. 5.

    In another case reported Sept. 26, an Ocean Isle Beach man told police money had been taken from his account at a Sunset Beach bank.

  • Cooking queen Paula Deen at BCC this Saturday

    A few general-admission tickets are still available to see Southern cooking personality Paula Deen, who will be at Brunswick Community College Saturday, Oct. 15.

    The popular Food Network star and author is coming to the local college as part of a fundraiser for student scholarships orchestrated by the board for the Foundation at Brunswick Community College.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    BRIERWOOD WGA
    The format for the BWGA event Oct. 4 was best 15 less handicap. In the first flight, Nancy Kumlin, Dee Bogard and Mary Jane Scivani tied for first with a 52. Nancy Kumlin had fewest putts, 29. In the second flight, Betty Gabor came in first with a 51. Marianne Nobes came in second with a 53. Sandy Bloom had fewest putts, 32.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    BRIERWOOD WGA
    The format for the BWGA event Oct. 4 was best 15 less handicap. In the first flight, Nancy Kumlin, Dee Bogard and Mary Jane Scivani tied for first with a 52. Nancy Kumlin had fewest putts, 29. In the second flight, Betty Gabor came in first with a 51. Marianne Nobes came in second with a 53. Sandy Bloom had fewest putts, 32.

  • Getting ready for a shell of an oyster season

    VARNAMTOWN—If the schedule goes as planned and the creek don’t rise, oyster season will officially kick off this Saturday, Oct. 15, local resident Marlene Varnam says.

    Varnam ought to know.

    Not only is she a Varnamtown native, her late husband, Carson, operated a shellfish market in town for decades.

    Since her husband passed away three years ago this month, Varnam has continued the annual tradition and season that she says will start this Saturday as long as it doesn’t rain too much this week.

  • Ocean Ridge wins Interclub championship

    Carolina National took advantage of its home-course knowledge to capture first place in the final 2011 Coastal Carolina Interclub Association event played on Oct. 3. Carolina National and Magnolia Greens finished in a tie; however, Carolina National won the tiebreaker. Ocean Ridge claimed the CCIA 2011 Championship by leading all teams with 1,770 total points for the season.
    The CCIA format includes seven two-man teams from each club who play a USGA Stableford system, net best ball, and count only the scores from the top six teams of the seven competing.

  • Jim McFadyen: Following his dream

    Jim McFadyen has a passion for golf, for his family, for life and for his faith. He is following his dream in Southport in a tiny shop called Mac’s Caddie Shack in the quaint Old Southport Village Shops section on Howe Street.  
    Jim grew up playing golf in Massachusetts
    “I started playing golf when I was very young, using my father’s old blades with the grips held together with black duct tape,” he said as we talked in his shop last Saturday morning. “I’m a self-taught golfer.”

  • Hurricane furniture: Old chest was salvaged when Hurricane Hazel hit 57 years ago

    VARNAMTOWN—With the 57th anniversary of Hurricane Hazel coming up this weekend, Marlene Varnam has a priceless memento to help her remember.

    Tucked in a room of her house is a pinewood chest-of-drawers that her late husband, Carson Varnam, salvaged from the Lockwood Folly River when Hazel wrought her destruction on North Carolina on Oct. 15, 1954.

  • Park plans shelved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have voted to shelve plans for a future town events center or park, at least for now.

    The unanimous vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Oct. 6. Town commissioner Joyce Dunn said there was never any intent to spend $300,000 for such a project in one fell swoop. A design consultant has estimated that would be the amount for a full-blown project if all facets of it were carried out.

    Dunn said the project should be placed on hold. She made a motion to do so, which was seconded by fellow town commissioner Tom Puls.

  • Carolina Shores board member walks out of meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner and mayoral candidate Walter Goodenough got up and left the room during a town meeting last week after telling a resident she needed to be quiet and sit down.

    Goodenough left the meeting room while town resident Jo O’Keefe was speaking during public comment at the end of the Oct. 6 town commissioners’ meeting.

    O’Keefe had been referring to an email she received the day before from an elected official. Goodenough interrupted and said he took issue after being called an “airhead.”