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  • Summer concerts, movies at the beach and beyond

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Teen rushes to aid of mom with CPR

    When the West Brunswick High School Class of 2013 graduates this Saturday, one proud mom seated in the audience will be especially grateful.

    Christine Muniz is thankful she’ll be able to see 18-year-old daughter Megan graduate after suffering a life-threatening asthma/allergy attack at her Shallotte Point home during the early-morning hours of June 2.

    Muniz and her family credit Megan for rushing to her mother’s aid, using CPR skills she was taught at a Saturday class last December to help save Muniz’s life.

  • Twelve-year-old rescues fawn from lake

    SUNSET BEACH—Shortly after noon Sunday, Lee Gushman arrived home from church just in time to find her 12-year-old son, Connor, in the lake and calling for help.

    “He said, ‘Mommy, Mommy, help!’” said Connor’s mom, Lee Gushman.

    Without fearing for his own safety or the possibility of lurking alligators, Connor had waded barefooted right into Lake Medcalf to rescue a baby deer that had wandered into the water.

  • Town administrator gets a boost in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a 5 percent merit raise for Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett.

    The unanimous vote came at the town board’s monthly meeting June 6, following a closed session for the board to conduct a review of Hargett’s performance.

    The maximum merit increase of 5 percent boosts his salary to $78,923 annually.

  • Sheriff's office to provide no more info on baby death

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any more information regarding the death of a 4-month-old baby in Shallotte last week.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said this week Sheriff John Ingram stated his office would not be providing any more information about the case due to its sensitive nature.

    Randy Lee Richardson II, 19, of 1515 Pelican Place in Shallotte, was brought into custody at 1:45 a.m. last Wednesday, June 5, on a charge of murder of 4-month-old Colton Tillman Richardson.

  • Tropical Storm Andrea breezes up the coast

    Tropical Storm Andrea breezed up the Carolinas coast Friday, churning local waters and creating sandstorms at area beaches.

    “Blame it all on my mom,” joked 10-year-old Parker Henderson, visiting Sunset Beach midday Friday with his mom, Andrea, and sisters Kira and Kate.

    Andrea Henderson, visiting here with her family from Point Pleasant, W.Va., had been unaware of the approaching storm after their arrival here this week.

  • Storm delays last day of school

    June 7 was scheduled to be the last day of school for students, but thanks to Tropical Storm Andrea that date will now be Monday, June 10.
    Brunswick County Schools will be closed for students and school personnel Friday, June 7, according to a press release issued Thursday by schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki.

  • Storm spurs cancellations

    Due to the approach of Tropical Storm Andrea, Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, and the last day of school has been postponed until Monday, June 10. Brunswick County Academy’s graduation has been rescheduled as well, from Friday to 6 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.
    In addition, the free summer concert for Friday, June 7, in Ocean Isle Beach has been cancelled.

  • Family of Ryan Dilworth remembers son with motorcycle run

    The second  “Buckle Up for Ryan” motorcycle ride June 1 raised funds to bring distracted driving awareness into high schools.

    Ryan Chase Dilworth, 17, of Supply died April 21, 2012, in a single-car accident on Stanbury Road.

    The West Brunswick High School junior ran off the road, overcorrected, crossed the centerline and flipped his SUV.

    North Carolina Highway Patrol troopers said he was not wearing his seat belt.

  • Buried Treasure

    Holden Beach couldn’t have asked for a better person to discover an unexploded shell in the sand.

    Gerald Workman, who unearthed a Civil War-era Parrott shell there April 8, knows all about munitions handling.

    He spent 13 of his years in the Marines as a munitions expert and served in Kuwait during Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm making sure ammunition got where it was supposed to be.

    “I’ve handled most (types of) ammunition as an explosives officer,” Workman said.