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Today's News

  • Brookers celebrate 40 years

    Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brooker of Ocean Isle Beach are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Together since high school, they married on June 8, 1968, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Md. The couple lived in Maryland, Virginia and New Hampshire while raising two children and having a successful 30-year career with Sears Roebuck & Company. In 2002, the couple moved South to enjoy retirement by the beach. They have two children and two grandchildren. The couple celebrated by taking a trip to New Orleans with close friends.

  • Morgan-Becker

    Vicki Morgan and Robert Becker of Ocean Isle Beach were married May 23 at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lisa Mosca officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Bob and Beatrice D’Angelo of Topsail Beach.

    The groom is the son of George and Jean Becker of Asheville.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Bryan Morgan.

    Veronica Walker of Bolivia, the bride’s daughter, served as matron of honor.

    Maid of honor was Eleyna D’Angelo of Kings Mountain, the bride’s niece.

  • How to remain upbeat in a worrisome world

    The young man was bright and breezy. He exuded the optimism and freshness of youth. There was no doubting his sales ability. There was also no doubting his hopefulness and trust in the resiliency of humankind.

  • Church briefs

    Antioch Baptist to host ’Outrigger Island‘ VBS

    Antioch Baptist Church, 1700 Midway Road in Bolivia, will host “Outrigger Island,” a week of vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-27.

    It will be a week of non-stop action, featuring games, music, food and learning how to live God’s unshakeable truth.

    Kick-off and signup will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 21; and at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22. At 7 p.m., there will be a VBS program.

    Zion Hill sets program

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 904

    A Shallotte man was killed Monday afternoon when his moped struck a tractor on N.C. 904 near Sunset Beach.

    Just before 4 p.m. Monday, Keith Howard Lofton, 58, of 1059 Radford Way, was traveling north on his moped at about 35 mph, according to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol.

    Lofton was driving in the roadway and apparently didn’t see the tractor with a bush hog on the back of it, which was partially on the shoulder of the road and moving at about 15 mph.

  • 5th teen guilty of home invasion

    BOLIVIA—A jury found 18-year-old Darren Deanthony Marlow guilty Friday in connection with the December 2006 home invasion of an elderly Hickmans Crossroads woman.

    The former West Brunswick High School athlete was sentenced to serve between three and a half years to five years in state prison by Superior Court Judge Tom Lock. A 12-member jury found Marlow guilty May 30 of first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, and felony larceny.

  • April's real estate sales up over '07

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Association of Realtors (BCAR) wants to get the word out that real estate is still a good investment. It’s even starting to rally after hitting rough waters in recent years, the group says.

    According to the latest numbers from the North Carolina Association of Realtors, Brunswick County was the only county in the state to post an increase in sales between April 2007 and April 2008.

    This April, the number of units sold was in the county was 137, up from 116 last April, a 19 percent increase.

  • Tourism officials seek increase in state tourism marketing budget

    The N.C. Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development is seeking more money for tourism marketing in the 2008-2009 state budget to keep up with other Southeastern states, all but one of which outspend N.C. every year.

    The current year’s budget is $13.6 million, compared to $28.1 million in South Carolina and $18.5 million in Virginia.

    Among Southern states, only Alabama has a smaller tourism marketing budget, $12.6 million.

  • TDA set to adopt more than $1 million annual budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (TDA) is set to vote on its 2008-2009, $1.06 million budget at its June 25 meeting.

    The money comes from 1 percent of revenue from accommodations, which the 10-member authority oversees and spends to promote the Brunswick Islands through ad campaigns and e-mails.

  • Commissioners make wellness program voluntary for a year

    For the second time in two weeks, county commissioners’ chambers overflowed with county employees awaiting the fate of a proposed wellness plan.

    The wellness plan made its second appearance on the commissioners’ agenda Monday night after commissioners tabled the matter at their May 19 meeting.

    This time a decision was reached.

    The wellness program with Living Well Health Solutions would be optional for the first year, but the program’s success depends on employee participation, commissioners chairman Bill Sue said.