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  • Dry, mild winter predicted due to La Niña but don’t rule out a chance of snow

    Last year’s winter weather forecast called for a wet, but not very cold, winter for Brunswick County because of an El Niño.

    This year it is a La Niña that will affect the winter weather, said Tim Armstrong, senior meteorologist and climate program leader for the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Instead of storms and heavy rainfall across the eastern Carolinas, Armstrong anticipates the La Niña will provide dry, mild days, punctuated by occasional cold arctic outbreaks.

  • New, re-elected county commissioners seated

    BOLIVIA — New and re-elected members of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners took their oath of office during their meeting Monday night, Dec. 5.

    Commissioners Pat Sykes and Frank Williams were sworn in to the Districts 3 and 5 seats they retained, respectively, and Mike Forte took his seat after winning the race to replace board chairman Scott Phillips, who decided not to run again for the District 4 seat he’d held since 2008.

  • Carolina Shores finishes post-hurricane debris work

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town has finished picking up after Hurricane Matthew, amassing 13,042 cubic yards of debris.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall, speaking at the Dec. 5 town workshop, said that amounts to about 800 truckloads that were carefully counted and tabulated by debris monitors during cleanup following the Oct. 8 storm.

    Economic outlook

    Auditor Isaac Norris said during his annual assessment of the town budget construction activity in the town is a good indicator the local economy is finally picking up and getting better.

  • Man hospitalized after submerging car in water

    A Southport man was hospitalized Nov. 30 after a medical condition caused him to drive his car into water at Waterfront Park in Southport.

    Southport police patrol officer Jason Freeman said the man, whose name won’t be released for medical reasons, was on his way to work at 6 a.m. on Southport-Supply Road when a medical condition set in.

    Freeman said the man told police the last thing he remembered was being at Long Beach and Southport-Supply roads.

  • Shallotte man, son accused of using brass knuckles in attack

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man and his son who are accused of using brass knuckles to attack a man Nov. 30.

    Thomas Edgar Martinez, Jr., 56, of Copas Road in Shallotte and Brandon Amos Martinez, 21 of Robinson Street in Ocean Isle Beach were arrested Thursday, Dec. 1, and each charged with assault with a deadly weapon and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile, both misdemeanors.

  • Exam Jam features visit from canine companions

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College students fretting over finals received stress relief from some furry friends Wednesday, Nov. 30.

    As part of the BCC’s Exam Jam to help students survive finals, therapy dogs made a home of the campus library for students to play with and pet.

    Carmen Ellis, the college’s director of learning resources, contacted Canines for Service of Wilmington, which provided dogs from its Canines for Therapy branch for the event.

  • Sunset Beach rescinds ban on cabanas

    SUNSET BEACH — Following much discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night voted to rescind a prior action Nov. 15 to ban cabanas on the beach.

    Sunset Beach Mayor Robert Forrester opened discussion at the Dec. 5 meeting stating prior reports council had enacted a ban on the sun-shading devices wasn’t accurate because such an action would have required an ordinance amendment and four affirmative votes, which didn’t occur at the Nov. 15 meeting.

  • Wilmington woman accused of sharing private photos

    A Wilmington woman is accused of sharing someone’s private photos in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 25-year-old Brittany Carmichael, of Wrightsville Avenue, on Friday, Dec. 2, and charged her with eight felony counts of disclosure of private images.

  • Volunteer team brings new life to old home in Southport

    SOUTHPORT — Lela Tobler was ready when a team of Duke Energy volunteers showed up at her house last week to do much-needed repairs on her home.

    The team from across the Cape Fear region had partnered with Brunswick Housing Opportunities’ Home SAFE program, a comprehensive home assessment and modification program for seniors, veterans and disabled homeowners.

  • Marie Holmes Foundation to host toy giveaway Dec. 10

    The Marie Holmes Foundation will sponsor a toy giveaway and provide refreshments for children in the community at the Shallotte Senior Center on Saturday, Dec. 10, from noon to 3 p.m.

    This event, held in conjunction with the Kids Connect Charitable Fund, is intended to spread the spirit of the holidays in the Shallotte community and to provide gifts to children in the area who might not otherwise get a toy. Pizza and other refreshments will also be provided.