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Today's News

  • Shrimp-A-Roo is Saturday in Varnamtown

    Shrimp lovers can celebrate the season at the Shrimp-A-Roo fall dinner this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

    Dinners will be served from 3-7 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    Plates are being served for $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. Fried shrimp, potato salad, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and iced tea are on the dinner menu.

    Members of the church will be preparing the food, including hot, fried shrimp.

  • Pick pets and pictures for adoption fair

    PetSense in Shallotte is having a Pet Adoption Fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

    Highlights include assorted animals that will be available for adoption as well as vendors who donate to rescue groups.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services will be bringing dogs to the event.

    Another highlight is animal owners can bring photos of their pets—or have their pets’ photo made on-site—to be converted into life-size decals.

  • Kutless and company coming to Shallotte

    Oregon-based Christian rock band Kutless and four other groups are coming to Shallotte on Friday to perform in concert.

    The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road in Shallotte. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 for VIP Artists Circle, $20 general admission and $15 for groups of 15 or more.

    VIP ticket-holders must arrive at 5:45 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer with band members in Kutless and Fireflight, another Christian group performing at the church Friday.

  • Board considers county vocational school

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s vocational future is a key consideration of the school system’s 2012 facilities master plan, school officials informally agreed Monday.

    “This is a four-phase process, and we’re in the initiation phase and the launching phase,” said consultant Bill Klein of KBR Building Group at the start of a school board workshop. “This is where we’re going to make sure that we have our goals and our mission clearly defined.”

  • Man charged with assault

    An 82-year-old Sunset Beach man has been charged with assault on a female.

    Barris Spivey of 514 Lakeshore Drive, Sunset Beach, was charged by Sunset Beach police on Sept. 23.

    Police also charged Joan Michelle, 24, of 3999 Big Neck Road, Ash, with going 85 in a 55 mph zone on Sept. 22 on N.C. 904.

  • Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development.

    Property owner Cas Kacala complains road work isn’t being done fast enough and accuses council of spinning stories about it.

    Last week, Joseph responded via email on behalf of the town board to Kacala’s email recently sent to owners of 119 lots in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • Jaguar's Lair work

    Following are some of property owner Cas Kacala’s detailed claims about work at Jaguar’s Lair with town councilwoman Karen Joseph’s responses on behalf of the town.

    Regarding results of the first four meetings, after a tolling agreement was approved May 24, between two council members, town staff and Coastal Communities representatives, Kacala claimed status for completed infrastructure was only received for Section 1 in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • A moment for one young surfer to shine and hang 10

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Professional surfers be on the lookout: One young Ocean Isle Beach surfer has his sights on becoming the best in the sport.

    Eight-year-old Cooper Kirkland has one thing on his mind—surfing. He wants to be in the water every day.

    In the summer, Cooper wakes up, checks his surf cams and wakes his mother Amber Shreve by saying, “It’s a nice day to be on the beach.”

    Most days that is where Cooper can be found. During the school year, he and his mother are on the beach a couple of hours each afternoon.

  • Community watch groups help prevent crime in their neighborhoods

    The Brunswick County Community Watch group learned a few new safety tips Monday during their monthly meeting.

    Bradley Huggins of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office bicycle patrol division discussed his job with members. He is the only full-time bike patrol officer employed by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Man charged with killing doctor

    A South Carolina man has been charged with the murder of a former Brunswick County doctor whose body was found Sept. 12 in Kansas.

    Dr. Franchesca Brown, 39, a pediatrician from Myrtle Beach, S.C., was found dead in a wooded area near a Kansas City hotel. She had last been seen Sept. 3 while she was in Kansas attending a medical conference.

    John Meredith Hodges, 44, of Ladson, S.C., has been charged with first-degree murder, credit card fraud and identity theft.