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Today's News

  • Brunswick Plantation has third annual member-member tournament

     Brunswick Plantation and Golf Resort sponsored its third annual member-member golf tournament May 31-June 3. The women played on May 31 and June 2 and the men played on June 1 and June 3.

    Day one was a two-person captain’s choice with 50 percent of the lowest handicap deducted from the two-person team score. Day two was stroke play with each two-person team using 80 percent of its combined tournament handicap deducted from the score.

  • Golf action

     The Beachcombers played at Beachwood Golf Course. Low gross: Stu Cleveland 82, Paul Michal and Charlie Shore 83, Bob Byrne 84, Hal Riebesehl 85, Randy Cogdill 89. Low nets: Riebesehl 63, Byrne 64, Cleveland and Bob Smith 65, Ed Hennessey 67, Michal 68, Dennis McCann, Ed Nocella and Shore 69. Team two low nets per hole: Ed Kinney, Dennis Davidson, Smith and Riebesehl were 33-under par. Golfer of the week was Riebesehl.

    BRIERWOOD MIXED SCRAMBLE

  • The First Tee: A credit to Brunswick County

     I’m so proud I could burst. 

    In five short years, The First Tee of Brunswick County has become one of the premier chapters in the country. Imagine that. 

    Out of 204 chapters scattered across the United States and abroad, we are ranked near the top. We have great kids, wonderful volunteers, a real commitment from our business community, and two founders (Rusty and Carol Petrea) who are indefatigable in their support and leadership. 

  • Protect yourself from the dangerous heat lingering in the county

    Here’s a comment from Captain Obvious, “It’s hot outside.”

    As I sit here writing this Monday afternoon, Brunswick County is under a heat advisory. The National Weather Service has Monday’s highs at about 98 degrees, with the heat index potentially pushing as high as 107.

    Tuesday, the day the newspaper is printed and readied for the public, temperatures are expected to teeter in the mid-90s, with temperatures hanging out around 90 degrees for the rest of the week.

  • Terminal groin bill should go to the House floor

    The decision about whether terminal groins could be a viable option for coastal erosion control is now in the hands of one person, and that’s not how it should be.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith and Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, N.C. Speaker of the House Joe Hackney is controlling whether Senate Bill 832 will be heard on the House floor during the General Assembly’s short session. 

  • Local agencies join together for Safe Summer event

    It was before 2 a.m. when a driver on U.S. 17 was caught traveling about 96 mph. 

    When she was stopped by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) team, she thought she was somewhere near Leland.

    Actually, she was south of Shallotte, and she was intoxicated.

    “She had no clue,” ACE Sgt. Billy Caulk said, relating the tale of one of the many intoxicated drivers he’s encountered on Brunswick County roadways.

  • Homeless fundraiser reaps $5,000 for future shelter

     LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Calvin Riley sat quietly inside a church fellowship hall Saturday, soaking up the tributes being paid to his late son.

    Knowing this church—Little River United Methodist on U.S. 17—was Phillip Riley’s last environment helps bring closure to his death, said Riley’s stepmother, Faye.

  • Oil spill spurs higher prices for some local shrimpers

    VARNAMTOWN—The bad news is there’s a horrendous oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico.

    The good news is it’s spurring higher prices for some East Coast shrimpers.

    “The prices have gone real high,” said Nicky Varnam, owner of Garland’s Fresh Seafood, standing in the midday humidity as a shrimpboat unloaded Friday at his business overlooking the Lockwood Folly River.

  • SBI launches investigation into former Bald Head Island mayor obtaining tax information

    BALD HEAD ISLAND—Former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert was out of town when he learned State Bureau of Investigation agents arrived at Bald Head Island Village Hall and said he was the subject of an SBI investigation.

    Lammert learned about the investigation June 4, when he received call from the village attorney saying SBI agents were at village hall and advising him to retain a criminal attorney.

  • New county ordinance to require mandatory reporting by pawnshops, scrap metal dealers

    A new county ordinance will require pawnshops and scrap metal dealers to report receipts of all goods purchased and pawned, and local law enforcement officers say this will help close cases.

    Brunswick County commissioners at their June 7 meeting adopted electronic record keeping requirements for pawnbrokers and scrap or surplus dealers.

    “We had a volunteer system where pawn brokers, scrap metal dealers complied voluntarily except for a couple,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives Capt. Gene Caison said.