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  • 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.

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project dredging scheduled to begin Dec. 15

    Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project is scheduled to begin dredging operations on Thursday, Dec. 15.

    The project will place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Elections board to have recount of auditor’s race results Wednesday

    The Brunswick County Board of Elections will conduct a recount of the state auditor’s contest Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 10:30 a.m.

    Republican Chuck Stuber received 40,213 votes, or 62.45 percent, to incumbent Democrat Beth Wood’s 24,176 votes, or 37.55 percent, in Brunswick County in the Nov. 8 general election. Statewide results show Wood received 2,259,383 votes, or 50.07 percent, to Stuber’s 2,018,947 votes, or 44.44 percent.

    The recount will take place at the board of elections office, 75 Stamp Act Drive NE, Building H, Bolivia.

  • Fifth person in custody in August OIB armed robbery

    A fifth person is in custody in an Ocean Isle Beach armed robbery that happened in early August 2016.

    Jeffery Leon Collins, 38, of Peach Street in Clarkton, was arrested in New York City on Dec. 12, 2016 and was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility Jan. 4 on $1 million bail, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • ATMC-TV to air holiday programming

    ATMC-TV will air two special holiday programs throughout the Christmas season on ATMC Cable Channel 3 and HD Channel 910.

    Yuletide Fireplace and Holiday Music will air Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to midnight and Christmas Day from 12:30 to 8 p.m.

    The Shallotte Christmas Parade, hosted by Brunswick County Clerk of Court and host of ATMC-TV’s Our Hometown, Jim MacCallum, and Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce president Shannon Viera, airs Dec. 7-23 Mondays through Fridays at noon and Saturdays and Sundays at 8:30 p.m.

  • Holden Beach makes TripAdvisor list

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach is on TripAdvisor’s recently compiled list of “25 Travel Destinations with Skyrocketing Interest in 2016.”

    Ashlee Centrella, digital public relations specialist for vacation rentals through TripAdvisor, said the site this year took a look at the top destinations that saw an increased interest in vacation rentals.

    Holden Beach, she said, saw a 47 percent increase in travel interest from 2015 to 2016, putting it at No. 14 on the list.