Today's News

  • Service dog lends ears to aid resident

    TinaMarie Sifford had been looking for a good dog, one that could be her service dog.

    She finally found Whimsey, a Labrador retriever provided by NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Whimsey has become her ears and at times even her eyes.

    Sifford has been deaf all her life.

    “I was born with rubella,” the Shallotte resident said.

    When she was born, she had only 3 percent of her hearing ability.

  • Weigh pound-shedding options in 2013

    2013 is a brand-new year with fresh weight-loss options.

    One of them is Weight-Wise Woman offered by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

    It’s a 16-week behavioral weight-management program for women ages 18-64 with a body-mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher.

    Each session has a behavioral objective to help participants reach goals using supplemental information and strategies.

  • 'Certified Lunatic' Kubinek comes to BCC tonight

    He’s renowned as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” and he’s coming to Brunswick County.

    Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show has been described in many ways, from “physical poet, verbal acrobat” and “needless risk-taker” to “professor of fantastically useless inventions” and “arduous advocate of the commonplace miracle.”

    But probably the best way to take in the Kubinek experience is to see him for yourself.

  • Coastal Carolina Camera Club has snappy show

    The Coastal Carolina Camera Club is exhibiting members’ photographs in the art gallery of Silver Coast Winery through the end of January.

    The show, which kicked off with a reception Jan. 5, features an array of subjects and photos shot by members of the club.

    Club members span the spectrum of experience and photography forms, including point-and-shoot, digital and 35 mm and integrated advanced digital cameras.

  • Future of town's sweepstakes in higher hands

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town will leave it up to higher powers to determine the future of sweepstakes businesses.

    Since last week’s state Supreme Court ruling granting law enforcement authority to enforce a state ban on the machines, the town should check with the sheriff’s office to monitor local establishments’ activities, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

  • Property owner unhappy with Jaguar's Lair agreement

    Cas Kacala, one of Jaguar’s Lair’s most vocal property owners who has spoken at several town council meetings, has taken issue with the town’s new agreement with Coastal Companies approved in December.

    While the agreement outlined a work schedule for Section 1, he said it failed to address still-inaccessible sections 2A, 2B and 2C in Jaguar’s Lair, which he claims comprise the majority (92 percent) of the community’s total unfinished infrastructure.

  • Couple seeks new neighbors in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH—It’s a beautiful home in what Debbie and Larry Sweeney deem to be an ideal area.

    Since the former New Jersey residents retired here a year ago to their freshly built home, they’ve been enjoying all the amenities their community, Jaguar’s Lair, has to offer.

    Larry regularly plays golf at the “Big Cats” courses in nearby Ocean Ridge. Both enjoy going to the beach and using the amenities offered there as well.

    All they need now are neighbors.

  • Sunset Beach approves pier alignment along canal

    SUNSET BEACH—Following much debate, town council has approved an amendment that will allow alignment of piers along a mostly undeveloped island feeder canal.

    Monday night town council also approved allocating “sufficient funds” from the general budget, up to $15,000, to ensure whatever dredging is needed to keep the canal open.

    The canal in question is along North Shore Extension, on the northeast side of the island that feeds into Tubbs Inlet.

  • Groundbreaking ignites work on new Calabash fire building

    CALABASH—Construction of the new Calabash Fire Department building has officially begun.

    Groundbreaking for the future building took place Friday morning, Jan. 4. Government, fire and construction officials took the first digs in the dirt with gold shovels at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads.

  • West Brunswick athletics director John Floyd announces retirement