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  • Rupp wins collegiate surfing national championship

     Nick Rupp, an Ocean Isle Beach native, recently captured the men’s individual title at the National Scholastic Surfing Association National Championships held in Dana Point, Calif.

    Rupp, a sophomore at UNC Wilmington, was the captain of the Seahawks’ team and captured the second individual title for UNCW in the last four years. Rupp’s teammate and lifelong friend, Michael Powell, is also an Ocean Isle Beach native.

  • Road to Recovery offers cancer patients transportation

     The American Cancer Society (ACS) has brought a program to Brunswick County to help cancer patients get to and from treatments that can save their lives.

    In most major metropolitan areas and in many small communities, the ACS has a corps of trained volunteer drivers through the program called Road to Recovery. These volunteers use their own vehicles and gas while donating their time to take patients to chemotherapy, radiation, surgery or an initial consultation to set up those treatments. The service is offered at no cost to patients.

  • Loflin faces terminal illness after lifetime of service

     Judy Loflin received the news last month she has pancreatic and liver cancer.

    “There’s nothing we can do at this point,” the doctors told her.

    Since then, Loflin has spent her time preparing for the end of her life.

    In all facets of her life, Judy has served. She was a manager at Kirby’s Steakhouse in Shallotte for several years before stints as cafeteria manager at two Brunswick County elementary schools, Union and Waccamaw.

  • Winnabow man named North Carolina’s top farmer

     Following a stint in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, Wilbur Earp returned to his home in Winnabow, back to where he was most comfortable: the farm.

    Earp sought financial assistance to purchase land and begin his career as a farmer. When he applied for the loan, he was asked how much acreage would be used for tobacco farming.

    When he told the potential lenders he didn’t plan on growing what was then the state’s leading cash crop, they quickly dismissed his application and advised him to seek financial help elsewhere.

  • Sheriff's office charges suspect, searches for another in drug deals

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice-Narcotics Taskforce, along with the Wilmington ATF, has arrested Hakeen Ahmad Muhammad (aka Alfred Lamont Butler), 38, of Rusty Trail in Longwood.

  • Sixty years later: Veteran returns to Korea to learn how U.S. troops made a difference

    This year marks the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean War.

    This year, George Vlasic, accompanied by his wife, Nancy, was among U.S. veterans invited for a return visit to South Korea, the country they aided for the war’s duration, 1950-53.

    Then, two weekends ago, the Vlasics took part in the 60th anniversary Korean War Armistice ceremony in Washington, D.C.

  • Sunset Beach focuses on beach safety following drownings

    SUNSET BEACH — When two people died July 3 after getting caught in rip currents off Sunset Beach, it was the first time in 17 years anyone had died that way, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said.

    For Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey, the July 3 drownings of 54-year-old Chief District Judge Mitch McLean of Wilkesboro and the woman he had tried to rescue, 55-year-old Mary Anne Galway of Waxhaw, were the first he’d known in his 14 years with the town.

  • Carolina Shores board converts workshop into business meeting

    CAROLINA SHORES — Because of anticipated absenteeism, Carolina Shores commissioners have tended to monthly business at their monthly workshop this week.

    In lieu of their regularly scheduled meeting this Thursday, the board, minus town commissioner Bill Brennan, took action on several agenda items at its workshop Monday morning.

    That included granting approval to stormwater system maintenance, a 40-year tree-plan initiative and a raise for professional services provided to the town.

  • Teen dies after falling from truck

    A 13-year-old boy died Monday, Aug. 5, when he fell from the back of a pickup driven by his best friend near Holden Beach.

    John Paul Smith Jr. was riding in the bed of the truck, driven by 15-year-old Danny Parker Jr., when it happened at 1:43 p.m., N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper T.D. Wheeler said.

    Parker was preparing to make right turn onto Red Bud Road from Oyster Lane in Supply, toward Holden Beach. Just as he began to make the turn, Smith stood up, lost his balance, fell from the truck and hit his head, Wheeler said.

  • Holden Beach vacationers, homeowners collect 100,000 pounds of food

    People whip their cars into the Holden Beach Chapel parking lot and pop out of the front-seat doors like sideways jacks-in-the-box.

    Then they fling open the door of the back seat, trunk or hatchback and snatch up bags of groceries. Volunteers say “thank you” as they receive the bags and immediately put them on a set of scales.

    The contributors are back in their cars in less than three minutes and headed home, wherever home may be. People who donated food Saturday, July 27 came from as far away as Utah and Nevada.