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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meets in three sessions Monday

    Discussions about fire station design, the pontoon bridge-tender house and parking committee membership are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting next Monday night, Aug. 2.

    Council will also consider a resolution to alter distribution of Alcoholic Beverage Control revenue.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. work session to review the draft agenda and for general council discussions.

  • Lot owner objects to Sunset Beach easement claims

    SUNSET BEACH—Margaret McCarrel is trying to fight city hall about property rights.

    McCarrel claims a town road is improperly infringing on a lot she bought five years ago at the corner of Canal Avenue and Shoreline Drive West, and she wants the town to make amends for it.

    “The lot was supposed to be .42 of an acre—18,400 square feet,” said McCarrel, referring to the undeveloped lot.

  • Raspet co-edits estate manual

    Two Smith Moore Leatherwood trust and estate attorneys, Tanya Oesterreich, based in Charlotte, and Jill Raspet, who lives in Brunswick County and is based in Wilmington, served as co-managing editors of the seventh edition of the North Carolina Estate Administration Manual as a part of their service on the Estate Planning & Fiduciary Law Section of the North Carolina Bar Association.

  • Laughter is an infectious disease; it’s catching

     Hubby Dear sometimes comments we two are the town clowns. He opines folks invite us to parties because we invariably provide entertainment. I am not convinced he is correct in his assessment, but I do know laughter has always been good for our souls, and even our bodies.

    Over the years, I have known the joy of laughter. Sometimes, it bubbles up when I least expect the sound. It diffuses anger and heightens gladness. It softens the edge of sorrow and puts a sparkle in tearfulness. Most importantly, it is an infectious disease. 

  • Williams hosts public relations workshop

     Brunswick County resident Frank Williams, president of Pioneer Strategies Inc., facilitated a public relations workshop recently at the N.C. Alliance for Public Charter Schools’ inaugural conference in Raleigh. 

  • If I'm at the movies, I'm doing research

    One of the perks of journalism is the constant opportunity to get out and circulate.

    If you see a reporter hanging out at the beach on a sunny summer weekday, for example, chances are he/she is taking photographs and/or interviewing people for a future story.

  • Songwriting program planned at Creative Exchange event

     Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will host Wilmington musician Jim Quick as he presents “Inside the Song: the Making of Music” at its monthly Creative Exchange event from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11.

    There is a $5 fee and, due to limited seating, reservations are required.

  • Golf tourney to aid Ash mom set for Aug. 15

    A “Bring Brody and Nathan Home” golf tournament to help raise legal funds for Ash mom Amy Smith has been scheduled for 1-7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 15, at Leopard’s Chase Golf Links at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    Needed are 36 four-man or woman teams, 144 players. The cost is $75 per player, which includes golf, golf cart, range balls and food. Hole sponsors are also needed.

  • Caison birth

    Richie and Serenity Caison are the parents of a daughter, Madison Elizabeth Caison, born at 8 a.m. June 8 at Columbus Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces, and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Gavin, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Lee and Lisa Harris of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Billy and Linda Caison of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Janet Wicker of Fayetteville, Jean Harris of Fayetteville, Faye Gaskins of Fayetteville, and Lula King of Supply.

  • Local youth makes bid for North Carolina 4-H President

     Each year during the third week in July youth from throughout North Carolina meet on campus at North Carolina State University to celebrate. The event is known as North Carolina 4-H Congress. 

    Youth ages 9-19 make presentations on a number of topics and compete to represent the state in several national competitions.

    Last week, a delegation from Brunswick County included Justin Simmons of Supply, who made bid for state president. Simmons, a home school graduate,