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Today's News

  • SOAR taking entries for pet calendar contest

    Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is taking entries for its pet calendar contest.

    The contest is open to any pet — dog, cat rabbie, snake, pig, goat, etc. — and is not limited to the Southport/Oak Island area.

    Rules and entry forms can be printed off at the SOAR website at www.soar-nc.org under the events tab.

    Anyone owning a business who would like to advertise in the calendar can buy a business-card-size ad for $10.

  • Calabash FD sparks renewed effort for Fourth of July fireworks in 2015

     The Calabash Fire Department has taken on fundraising to bring Fourth of July fireworks back to Calabash.

    Lt. Chris Hearn, firefighter and EMT-1 with the department, said members will not be using any money from the Calabash Fire Department.

    “Everything that we use will be donated,” said Hearn, speaking at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting Aug. 7.

    Hearn cited fundraisers and other means the department will take on in the coming year to raise money for the celebratory fireworks show in 2015.

  • Carolina Shores recycling employee moved to custodial job

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town board of commissioners has voted to move town recycle center employee Jerry Franklin to a custodial position.

    The unanimous vote came following closed sessions Aug. 7 with the town’s human resources committee and town attorney Jim Eldridge.

  • New coach Hanna reworking Trojan football program

     SHALLOTTE — Bob Hanna is using no shortcuts as he takes over as coach of the West Brunswick High School football team.

    A stern remark during an interview discussing the team’s starters revealed Hanna’s no-nonsense approach.

    “I grade film,” he said.

    Just a few weeks after being hired after a 20-year career at Irmo (S.C.) High School, where he was 163-93 and reached three state title games, Hanna has assessed the Trojan program and the work he and his staff need to do.

  • Oceanfront swimming pools endorsed for Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the Sunset Beach oceanfront.

    The proposal is on a list of proposed UDO amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting.

    Board chairman Carol Santavicca said since there are no longer septic tanks on the island, the time has come to allow oceanfront swimming pools.

    Santavicca said the lots have land and space to accommodate swimming pools.

  • Fishing for shark, barracuda

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger 

    It has once again been another tough week for anglers in Brunswick County. Between the torrential rainstorms and gale force winds, it seems fishermen can’t catch a break. The storms that stalled across our coastline last week produced torrential rains, which dirtied our near shore waters. This shattered almost every angler’s hope to catch Spanish mackerel along the beach this week.

  • Finn begins to rebuild at South Brunswick

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — A winless 2013 football season has given some South Brunswick seniors a winning attitude as the 2014 season begins.

    New coach Daniel Finn praised the leadership of three seniors, which includes quarterback Cole Blackburn.

    “During practices he’s making our kids do things they should be doing when the coaches aren’t available,” Finn said. “He’s been a very pleasant surprise for us.”

  • New quarterbacks to lead Scorpions

     LELAND — Garry Bishop knows how to use talent. The latest proof of that was the indoor and outdoor state championships he coached the North Brunswick boys’ track and field teams in 2014.

    Entering his 21st season as head coach of the Scorpion football team, Bishop once again is assigning players to positions that fit their talent and will help North win football games.

  • Change in weather brings new challenge
  • Sunbelt Senior Tour players rule

     The Sunbelt Senior Tour came to Brick Landing last week and played a two-day rain-shortened tournament. I was there to watch most of it, and let me tell you, folks, these guys can play.

    Danny Edwards, a five-time PGA Tour winner, carded a 129 (65-64) in finishing first and winning $2,000. In second place was Roger Rowland (66-65— 131). Third place went to Tim Conley (70-64 — 134). Fourth place was a tie between John Whitty and Steve Ford. They both shot 36-hole a score of 5-under-par 137.