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Today's News

  • CAMA grants $500,000 for Sunset Beach boat ramp

    SUNSET BEACH—A Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) grant of $500,000 has been approved for a new public boat launch site in Sunset Beach.

    “It’s good news, of course,” Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said of the announcement made last week.

    Parker said the grant will have to be used for what the town has proposed—acquisition for $1.9 million of a 1.2-acre mainland site next to the waterway where the ramp is to be built.

  • ABC store reopens in Village at Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—“Today we should get our first customer,” Bob Bobinski said, standing in the town’s newly relocated ABC store as it opened in a drenching rainstorm at 9 a.m. Monday.

    The Sunset Beach councilman and local ABC board member was right.

    Minutes later, Roy Greenwood of Sunset Beach bellied up to the liquor-store counter to buy two George Dickel Tennessee Whisky mini-bottles from store clerk Brooke Farquhar for $3.21.

    “All my friends are coming to visit tonight,” Greenwood joked.

  • Lessons from the end of a paddle left lasting impressions

    My teacher made it very clear. She was leaving the room. We were to work on our assignments and should not speak a word while she was gone.

    Knowing my penchant for jabbering—reflected in the “Stacey talks too much” that often appeared on my grade-school report cards—my teacher looked right at me.

    “Don’t talk,” she said as she headed out the door.

    I tried hard to do my work, but with the teacher gone, the impulse to talk was much bigger than my third-grade body could contain.

  • Public should get report on how board thinks district is doing

    Each year, the Brunswick County School Board reviews its superintendent’s performance in closed session. Because the evaluation is a personnel issue, the law does not require it to be released to the public. However, the law does not prohibit a superintendent from releasing any information from his or her evaluation once it is complete.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 18 and 19 in Bolivia.

    Monday, Aug. 18

    Judge William Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Timothy Pete Barnett, speeding 75 in a 60 zone, costs; no operator’s license, drive/allow motor vehicle no registration, both voluntarily dismissed.

    Tocarra Batts, failure to reduce speed, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Trojans begin season 3-0

    LELAND—Different approach, same result.

    The West Brunswick boys soccer team beat the North Brunswick Scorpions 6-0 Monday evening, the same score by which it beat them in the season opener.

    This time, however, the Trojans used a different style of play in the first half. Rather than attacking, the Trojans worked on set plays, and the second team played nearly as much as the first team.

    West led 2-0 at halftime but scored four goals in seven minutes at the start of the second half.

  • Love's labors are not lost when we live by grace of daily obligations

    Labor Day looms, announcing summer’s demise with a huge sigh of regret. For a brief moment, we will celebrate the cessation of work and creation of play. Grills heat up, families gather and relaxing is the word of the day.

  • Scrimmages have good moments

    Some impressions from the scrimmages.

    A.J. Ferguson. The South Brunswick senior tight end, who is 6-foot-2, 230 pounds, made a sensational catch in the Cougars’ scrimmage Aug. 15 with Jacksonville in the BB&T Football Jamboree.

  • What to do between seasons

    Mid-August to mid-September is sort of the stepchild of fishing seasons. The summer bite has mostly shut down, and the fall bite has yet to begin. The main reason for the slow down is from the high water temperatures.

  • Now is time to think about spot fishing; hope for their return

    It may still be August, but it is not too early to start thinking about spot fishing. The last few years have been down ones when it comes to the annual spot run, which draws hoards of anglers to our piers and marinas seeking our most beloved little saltwater panfish. However, there is reason for hope.

    This has been an unexpectedly good year for flounder fishing, following some rather bad ones. Whether this is due to more stringent regulations or just species fluctuations is a matter of debate, but clearly there have been more flounder out there.