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  • Calabash in gear for Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot

     CALABASH — The town board of commissioners has given permission for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot this year in the Seafood Capital.

    Commissioners voted in favor of the proposal following a presentation by Johnna Hall with Coastal Race Productions at their monthly meeting Feb. 10.

  • Wedding house report under review in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners sent back a report for further review to the planning and zoning board about the wedding house controversy during their meeting Feb. 10.

    Commissioners had asked at their January meeting for the planning and zoning board to look into the situation involving the 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season.

  • BCSO K-9 officers protected as they protect citizens

     BOLIVIA — The days of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers going into a dangerous job without the necessary protection are over.

    Following a lengthy application process, Vested Interests in K-9s, an international company, donated seven vests worth nearly $1,000 each to the sheriff’s office in early January, K-9 Unit supervisor Lt. Brian Chism said.

  • McCrory stresses need to close skills gap during Leland visit

     LELAND — If North Carolina wants to compete with other states in attracting industry and growing existing businesses, it must close the skills gap and improve transportation and infrastructure, the governor says.

    Gov. Pat McCrory outlined his plan to improve industry in the Tar Heel State during a news conference on the Brunswick Community College campus in Leland on Friday, Feb. 13. He spoke in front of several community leaders as well as representatives from eight existing Brunswick County industries.

  • Meteorologists expect ‘dangerously cold’ temperatures

     A winter weather advisory issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) is no longer in effect, but the cold is here to stay through the end of the week.

    The winter weather advisory issued earlier in the week was lifted after very little precipitation fell Feb. 16-17, said Steve Pfaff, an NWS meteorologist in Wilmington.

    But the forecast prompted Brunswick County Schools to operate on a one-hour delay for students Tuesday, Feb. 17.

  • African childrens choir visits Camp Methodist

     SHALLOTTE — The regular scheduled Wednesday night service at Camp United Methodist Church had a global feel last week as a children’s choir from a different continent.

    The Watoto African Children’s Choir performed at Camp United Methodist Church off Main Street on Feb. 11 as part of a tour through the Tar Heel State. The show consisted of vibrant, original African music, dance routines and personal testimonies.

  • Treatment court graduates share testimonies at ceremony

     BOLIVIA — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said Brunswick County Treatment Courts program wouldn’t be possible without the help of several willing people ranging from county commissioners to professional drug counselors.

    She knew she’d need assistance from the entire community when she made her vision of establishing a local treatment court a reality in 2008. Lewis continued to thank those who assisted her in making the treatment a reality at a recent treatment court graduation ceremony Jan. 29.

  • Uncle of escaped inmate arrested following bond hearing

     Another relative accused of aiding 23-year-old William Earl Hewett of Southport during his alleged escape from the county jail faces charges following his Feb. 12 arrest.

    William Hewett’s uncle, 41-year-old Robby Wayne Hewett, was charged with felony harboring an escapee and accessory after the fact Feb. 3, but wasn’t arrested until Feb. 9, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Seven face drug charges in separate cases

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested four people in Supply on drug charges Monday, Feb. 16, following an investigation prompted by tips and complaints from the community.

  • Attorney alerts lottery of apparent winner

    An attorney representing a person who claims to have one of the winning tickets sold in the Feb. 11 Powerball jackpot has told the North Carolina Education Lottery no immediate claim of the prize is planned.

    The N.C. Education Lottery confirmed Thursday the winning Powerball ticket was sold at the Scotchman convenience store on Whiteville Road in Shallotte.