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Today's News

  • Man asks woman to marry him high above Holden Beach

    Christy Nesbitt got the proposal of a lifetime Jan. 17 from fiancé Terry Chavis.

    That’s the day Chavis’ proposal, “Marry me, Christy,” was inscribed in the Holden Beach sand.

    Then the Laurinburg couple took flight over the coast so Christy, a nursing student, could see the proposal for herself.

    The popping of the big sand-question was originally supposed to take place a day earlier, on Nesbitt’s birthday.

  • Sunset Beach: Mayor accuses board, staff of 'backroom games'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato is accusing the town board and staff of “backroom games” after a council member was appointed to serve on a regional transportation group.

    At its Jan. 7 meeting, council unanimously approved appointing Mike Williams, rather than the mayor, to serve as the town’s sole representative on the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) technical advisory committee.

  • Calabash: Town partnership could build Spay-A-Stray program

    CALABASH—Paws-Ability has invited the town of Calabash to become a grant partner in its community Spay-A-Stray or Fix-A-Friend program.

    At its last monthly meeting Jan. 8, the Calabash Board of Commissioners considered the request initially proposed in November by Janie Withers, founder and president of Paws-Ability. Paws-Ability is a Brunswick County nonprofit that provides financial support for animal issues in the county.

  • Brunswick businessman Kemp Causey remembered

    Kemp Millard Causey came from humble beginnings in Horry County, S.C.

    He went on to become a successful Charlotte banker and bank president, founder of a Chapel Hill-based insurance company, developer, and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president.

    The 81-year-old Brunswick County businessman, who died Jan. 20, was one of a kind.

    Several who spoke Sunday at his funeral at his church, Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach, could vouch for him, including Causey’s four adoring grandchildren.

  • Perfect pairings: Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival sweetens weekend

    Wine and chocolate—what better combination does one need to celebrate the month of valentines?

    That’s the way organizers of the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival feel about their most delicious fundraiser.

    This year’s “sweet affair” kicks off Friday night, Feb. 1, with a grand tasting from 7-10 p.m. at the Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

  • BCLC fundraiser Saturday features Mike's Garage Band

    Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band of St. James Plantation will perform at a fundraiser Saturday for the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    The Feb. 2 event starts at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores.

    The south-end campus facility is off U.S. 17 at mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include a cash bar with wine and beer and snacks.

  • Big trial no laughing matter, except for when it was

    Being assigned to cover a days-long trial like last week’s Lewis vs. Rapp libel case at the Brunswick County Courthouse is a mixed bag, for sure.

    On one side of the courtroom, you have a rare, fascinating case involving our own Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis, who for nearly three years has been relentlessly pursuing her day(s) in court as a plaintiff seeking justice against libel.

  • North girls rally past South

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick rallied in the fourth quarter to beat South Brunswick 36-35 in a girls’ conference basketball game Friday.

    Sophomore guard Gracan Deal led the rally, as she hit three 3-pointers in the fourth quarter and scored 13 of North’s points in the quarter. She finished with 19 points.

    South led 22-16 at halftime and 29-19 after three quarters.

  • Middle school, junior varsity wrestling tourney at West Brunswick High School

     West Brunswick was host Saturday to the annual junior varsity and middle school wrestling tournament.

    The tournament enabled middle school wrestlers to get ready for the county tournament Saturday at North Brunswick High School and it allowed junior varsity wrestlers—the future of the high school varsity teams—more matches to improve their skills.

    These are the top-two finishers in each weight class in the middle school tournament:

    At 80-84: 1. Gavin Bipes (South); 2. Wyatt Beatini (South).

  • West, South swimmers finish regular season

     BOLIVIA—South Brunswick’s girls and West Brunswick’s boys won the final swim meet of the regular season Friday at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    South’s girls beat West 123-18. West’s boys beat South 76-36. South won the overall meet between the two teams 159-94.