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  • West grad to compete in NBC's new singing reality show

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    A young man from Ash is living out in Los Angeles, hoping for his big break—and he just may have found it.

    Jesse Mayo, a 2010 graduate of West Brunswick High School, will be featured on NBC’s new singing reality show “The Winner Is.”

    A preview of the show will air Monday, June 10, just after the “The Voice.”

  • ‘Tammy’: The reel deal

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last week, traffic on Main Street slowed to a crawl as people tried to get a look at the hustle-and-bustle outside The Grille. Despite all the work going on outside, the restaurant was not open. The sign simply read “closed for Tammy.”

    For anyone who may be wondering exactly who “Tammy” is, she is the main character in a movie of the same name.

  • Shallotte restaurant and restaurateur make debut in next summer’s film ‘Tammy’

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Last Friday, Sal Rubio’s day started out anything but glamorous.

    “It was an average day,” he said. “I took the kids to school, had to take two sick cats to the vet, and then I came home to a broken air-conditioner and had to take care of that.”

    But by 5 p.m., Rubio was dressed and ready to film scenes for the movie “Tammy,” a comedy based on the screenplay by Melissa McCarthy and her husband, Ben Falcone.

  • GOT-CHA!

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    Jimmy Price can remember the day he got hooked on fishing. He was just a young boy—about 7 or 8 years old—and was fishing with his parents and brother on the old Southport fishing pier, when a large fish broke the line on his fishing rod.

    After the line broke, he stood beside his family’s car and cried.

  • Students can ‘Dig Into Reading’ this summer at the library

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff Writer

    If you’re worried about your children being bored this summer, Kelly James has the answer: Get them to pick up a book.

    James, a library assistant at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte, is in charge of youth services. One of her major projects is the library’s summer reading club.

    The summer reading club is a countywide initiative, targeting children ages 4 to 12 to keep them reading through the summer so that they don’t lose reading skills acquired during the school year.

  • Forest Service says Thursday wildfire still hot, but contained

    By Renee Sloan and Brian Slattery

  • Sunset Beach meeting continues after mayor's statement

    SUNSET BEACH—Minutes after convening, two town council members called to adjourn the monthly Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night when Mayor Richard Cerrato tried to read a statement calling for an external investigation related to a police officer’s recent firing.

    Cerrato was referring to the May 1 firing of town police officer Jamie Clemmons, whose employment was terminated by town police chief Lisa Massey for giving conflicting information in a court case.

  • Shallotte octogenarian London Gore publishes latest book

    Eighty-nine-year-old London Lewis Gore has hardly slowed down.

    The World War II veteran still shoots mean weekly games of pool at the Shallotte Senior Center.

    He’s still penning poems and prose and recalling memories of growing up poor on an Ash tobacco farm, joining the Army at age 17 and finding adventure overseas serving under Gen. George Patton.

    He’s commemorated those memories by publishing his latest book, “Hard Times, War Times, and More Hard Times.”

  • Economic expert offers aid in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission is willing to help the town of Carolina Shores lure more businesses into town.

    That’s what Jim Bradshaw, director of the BCEDC, told the town board of commissioners at its monthly workshop Monday.

    Bradshaw distributed copies of a handout and told board members he’d be glad to try to answer any questions they might have.

  • Sheriff's office seeks fugitive

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking a 21-year-old Shallotte man.

    At around 2 p.m. Tuesday, deputies attempted to serve felony warrants to Tyler Gray Hughes, 21, at 375 High Hills Drive in Shallotte.

    When officers arrived at the residence, Hughes fled into a wooded area behind the residence. At that time, Hughes’ pit bull named “Beast” charged Deputy Andrew Lentz. When the dog was about five feet from him, Lentz fired two shots, killing the animal instantly.