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Today's News

  • McCumbee finishes 13th at Texas Motor Speedway

    After two sets of pit stops throughout the race for the crew to work on the handling of the tiwi Chevrolet, Chad McCumbee was able to hold on to an ill-handling truck to finish 13th at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.

    McCumbee started seventh and quickly moved up to fourth in the opening laps of the race. But fighting a tight chassis that was putting additional stress on the right front tire, McCumbee remained patient on the track until the first round of pit stops, which came under yellow following a caution on lap 40 of the 167-lap event.

  • Holden Beach agrees to fund back-up sewer equipment costs

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved transferring $80,000 from the capital project fund to buy sewer equipment to use in the event of equipment failure.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay for the back-up equipment after discussing the matter in a budget meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.

  • Brunswick 911 center telecommunicator arrested on drug charges

    A telecommuinicator with the Brunswick County 911 Center has been suspended pending a criminal investigation.

    Lana Tripp Rising, 36, of 4520 Squirrel Ave., Shallotte, was charged with one count of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, which is a felony, on June 1. She was suspended without pay the following day.

    Drug agent Israel West said Rising was arrested after she allegedly changed the strength of a prescription narcotic from 5 milligrams to 7.5 milligrams and then tried to have the forged prescription filled.

  • BCC students, faculty seek patents for algae fuel

    Several Brunswick Community College faculty and students recently submitted an application for a provisional patent and received patent pending status for a newly discovered process for extracting oil from algae, according to Liz McLean, director of marketing at BCC.

    “This new process is of real significance in that it is entirely mechanical in nature and utilizes very little energy,” said Doug Holland, director of the BCC Center for Aquaculture and Biotechnology.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “Animals Make Us Human” by Temple Grandin. Ably challenges assumptions about what makes animals happy, and is packed with fascinating insights and a wealth of how-to tips.

    “The Ultimate Depression Survival Guide” by Martin D. Weiss. How to protect your savings, boost your income and grow wealthy even in the worst of times.

  • Oak Island golfer wins N.C. Open

    Five years after his last Carolinas PGA major championship win, Oak Island resident Steve Isley won the 45th Pepsi North Carolina Open June 4 at Kilmarlic Golf Club in Powells Point.

    Isley, who worked at St. James before becoming PGA director of golf at Masonboro Country Club in Wilmington, shot a 5-under 67 in the final round for a five-stroke victory over Bryan Sullivan and Rick Morton.

    Isley finished at 15-under 201 (63-71-67). Thirty-seven competitors made it to the final round in the tourney in Currituck County.

  • Flounder tournament begins Friday; Jolly Mon next weekend

    The 26th annual Sudan Daredevils Flounder Tournament takes place Friday and Saturday. Last year the winner was decided by 0.01 pounds. Jeff Shaver’s winning weight of 7.27 pounds edged Randy Parnell’s weight of 7.26 pounds. Ricky Lefler had the five heaviest flounder (19.39 pounds).

    Mike Potts, one of the organizers, said he expects competitors in 100 to 130 boats to take part in the tournament. The captains’ meeting will be from 6-10 p.m. June 11 at the Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Catching a flying fishing rod is much harder than it sounds

    Do I have a fish story for you.

    Last weekend I was flounder fishing on foot around the Sunset Beach Bridge. If you know the old bridge area, you know it’s beside the new bridge they are building, where a lot of old pilings are on their sides. I was on the island side, on the opposite shore from the new bridge construction.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers’ event at Cypress Bay. Low gross: Stu Cleveland, 78; Paul Michal and Jim Beairsto, 84; Hal Riebesehl, 85; Bill Cameron, 87; Bob Smith, Bob Byrne and Fred Ortiz, 89. Low nets: Cameron, 60; Cleveland, 63; Smith, Ortiz and Beairsto, 65; Jim Quigley, 68; Michal and Riebesehl, 69. The team format was one low net on the par 5s, two low nets on par 4s and three low nets on the par 3s. The winning team was Smith, Ortiz, Cameron and Beairsto at 29-under par. Golfer of the week was a tie between Cameron and Cleveland.