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Today's News

  • Candidate interviews 'waste of time' in Carolina Shores, contenders charge

    CAROLINA SHORES—Candidate interviews conducted last week by a community action group were a charade, two seasoned contenders claim.

    The Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores met in separate, closed sessions with all six town candidates in a room provided at Calabash Presbyterian Church on Aug. 18. The media also was not allowed into the sessions, except to shoot a few quick photographs.

  • Roving meat seller charged in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A Wilmington man was charged with driving while license revoked after someone complained about him going door-to-door selling meat.

    Matthew Duncan Kennedy, 28, was arrested after someone reported a suspect was going door-to-door soliciting customers to buy meat from the back of a small freezer truck. The incident was reported at the corner of Park and Holly streets on Aug. 19.

    Kennedy was released on $500 secured bond, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

  • Take cover: Hurricane Irene is whipping a warpath in this direction

    Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

    That’s my new motto, especially now that Hurricane Irene is churning toward the East Coast.

    When every weather pro on TV is urging caution, as they did Tuesday complete with ominous-looking graphics encompassing the Carolinas, I tend to listen.

    “Close your garage doors,” warned one local forecaster.

    Before or after we skedaddle west?

  • Getting to the Point--Shallotte Point, that is

    On a peaceful summer afternoon—so peaceful you could almost hear the Shallotte River ripple—World War II veteran Hector McNeill relaxed in one of the rocking chairs on his front porch overlooking the world at Shallotte Point.

    “My father was raised here,” said the Whiteville resident, who also owns a couple of historic houses at Shallotte Point, the historic, scenic convergence of the Shallotte River and Intracoastal Waterway three miles south of Shallotte.

  • HURRICANE IRENE: Closings and delays

    Island residents should make sure they have vehicle decals.Decals are the basis for allowing early return to islands for residents following a hurricane evacuation. Decals shall be displayed in the lower left-hand corner of the vehicle windshield.

  • Quake shakes East Coast, including Brunswick County

     Brunswick County residents felt shaking from an earthquake that struck the East Coast on Tuesday afternoon.

    The National Earthquake Information Center recorded a 5.9-magnitude tremor at 1:51 p.m. Tuesday. The epicenter was about 27 miles east of Charlottesville and 34 miles southwest of Fredericksburg, Va.

    The quake was felt in New York City and Washington, D.C., where thousands evacuated buildings, according to MSNBC.

    The quake was felt at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Local residents also reported feeling the quake.

  • Viriginia earthquake felt in Brunswick County

    A 5.8 magnitude earthquake that happened in Virginia is reported as being felt here in Brunswick County.

    More information as it becomes available.

  • Supply woman killed in single-vehicle wreck

    SUPPLY—A Supply woman was killed Saturday in a single-vehicle wreck on Stanbury Road in Supply.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks said Sabrina Fulford Parrish, 53, of Stanbury Road, was driving her 2001 Lexus Sport Utility Vehicle south on Stanbury Road.

    Around 5:47 p.m., Parrish, who was driving an estimated 70 mph on the 55-mph stretch of road, came to a curve in the road, when she ran off the road to the right and collided with ditch.

  • McCumbee savors victory

     BY COURTNEY McGARRY

    Although his face was covered by layers of dirt and sweat, the smile on Chad McCumbee’s face was unmistakable Sunday afternoon at the Illinois State Fairgrounds.

    The driver of the No. 1 ModSpace Ford had just won the Allen Crowe 100 for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, leading the final 51 laps and easily pulling away in a couple late-race re-starts. A caution flag on Lap 99 could have been disastrous for McCumbee, but he got the jump on Tom Hessert on the seventh lap of overtime to win by six car lengths.

  • West girls’ tennis team loses opener

     The West Brunswick High School girls’ tennis team began is 2011 season Aug. 17 with a non-conference home dual at the Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center. West lost 8-1 in a dual against Ashley that had close individual matches.

    “The season is under way, and for the first match everyone performed pretty well,” West coach Scott Mehalick said.

    “A lot of new players are in the lineup, but all of them play very well. Playing in her first match, Victoria Jordan won her singles match.”