Today's News

  • EDC study points to four best spots to push for new retail in Brunswick County

    A Brunswick County Retail Study sponsored by the Economic Development Commission pointed to the best locations in the county to emphasize retail development.

    Jim Bradshaw, Executive Director for the EDC contracted with Retail Strategies of Birmingham. Ala. for the study to identify retail gaps, demographic trends, consumer behavior and attitudes, and opportunities for new retail recruitment.

    Lacy Beasley, Vice President of Business Development at Retail Strategies began the study in May and completed it for release Nov. 3.

  • Community keeps stepping up for Leland boy with brain tumor

    Lathyn Elmer did everything a six year old boy does at a Saturday fall festival – he played all the games, ate more than he should and ran into a friend every time he turned around.

    He did not look like a boy who spent his Friday travelling to Chapel Hill and back for chemotherapy treatment, or who had been sick from the drugs all morning.

    His father, Dusty Elmer and stepmom Stephanie Tatom weren’t sure he would make it to the festival held in his name.

  • Verhoosky and Boob win Tournament of Champions


    On a cold November weekend beset with freezing temperatures, wind and sprinkles of rain, Mona Dye Boob of Brierwood and Mike Verhoosky of Lockwood Folly won the 11th annual Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

    Boob shot a consistent 165 (82-83) in finishing ahead of Barbara Sauter of St. James, who shot 168 (88-80). Connie Koch of Carolina National finished third with a score of 175 (86-89).

  • Meo remembered for life of service

     Joe Meo, a popular golfer in this area, died Nov. 8 at age 97.

    Meo was born May 5, 1917, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He and wife Ann moved to Carolina Shores from New Jersey in 1986. He served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    During the funeral Mass Friday, Nov. 14, Rev. D. Anthony Droze used a phrase from a World War II documentary in describing Meo as “a trophy of God’s grace.”

  • Trojans lose playoff opener 42-14 to Chapel Hill


    SHALLOTTE —  Connor Stough threw four touchdown pass and the Chapel Hill defense forced six turnovers as the Tigers beat West Brunswick 42-14 in a first-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3-AA state football playoffs Friday, Nov. 14, at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    The Tigers, 9-3 and the No. 12 seed in the East bracket, advance to play either No. 13 Eastern Guilford or No. 4 Fayetteville Terry Sanford. The Trojans, the No. 5 seed, finish 5-7.

  • Fuzzy Zoeller talks about putting, other topics

     LELAND — Fuzzy Zoeller delivered his quips as smoothly as he has putted during a professional golf career that has earned him $10.6 million.

    About U.S. futility in the Ryder Cup: “It’s unbelievable. It just so happens that the boys from overseas who live down in Orlando (Fla.) right now — well, I’ll say 97 percent of them live down in Orlando — win.”

  • School board fires Pruden

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

    Bud Thorsen and board chairman John Thompson cast dissenting votes.

  • We can never repay debt to veterans

    United States veterans are traditionally honored at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the latter of which is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

    Originally, in 1938, Congress made Nov. 11 Armistice Day, a legal holiday celebrating world peace and honoring World War I veterans. In 1954, Congress amended that act to make the holiday Veterans Day, honoring American veterans of all wars. After some confusion over what date the holiday should be observed, however, Veterans Day again was designated as Nov. 11 in 1978.

  • Tough times prompt early Thanksgiving, pair of requests

    There’s nothing like a tough couple of weeks to remind you of what you value most in others and in life. Even though Thanksgiving’s two weeks away, here’s why I’m celebrating a little bit every day from now on.

  • West end development reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents packed town hall but were not allowed to speak as proposed oceanfront development west of Mad Inlet underwent scrutiny last week in Sunset Beach.

    The Sunset Beach Technical Review Committee, much of it composed of town department heads, convened Nov. 6 to review a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Sunset West development on a 24.95-acre tract.

    Town building inspector Randy Walters said the proposed subdivision consists of 21 platted lots.