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  • Holden Beach lights Christmas tree Thursday, flotilla canceled

    Holden Beach will light its town Christmas tree Thursday at 6 p.m. at the town pavilion under the bridge.

    A host of activities are planned around the pavilion, town clerk Heather Finnell said.

    The town will also host a chili cookoff. Ten participants have already signed up and will begin cooking at 5 p.m.

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will serve as judges, selecting a first-place winner and one runner-up, who will be announced before the tree-lighting ceremony.

    The Holden Beach Chapel choir will lead a sing Christmas songs.

  • Apartment developer faces questions from Waterford residents

    LELAND—An information session for a proposed apartment complex next to Waterford subdivision brought out a number of residents with tough questions for the developer.

    Hunter Gibson of Easlan Capital hosted two informational meetings Nov. 20 at the Leland Recreation Building at town hall. While a few Waterford residents said they attended just to find out what was planned, several more were vocal opponents.

  • Falling through the cracks

    SUPPLY—Every day is pretty much the same for one Supply couple.

    She is confined to bed. He is barely able to move from his recliner.

    Wayne and Debbie Elliott get by the best they know how. They moved to Supply in 2003 from South Carolina. Seven years ago, Debbie had an accident that has since confined her to a bed.

    “I had fallen at work and at the grocery store, but the third fall is what put me in the bed,” Debbie said.

    She crushed her hip and broke her wrist in the third fall.

  • Be a pearl: Recycle that oyster shell

    Oyster shells have been keeping area filmmakers busy this fall.

    The North Carolina Oyster Shell Recycling Program has been at the N.C. Oyster Festival in Ocean Isle Beach and the Varnamtown Dixon Chapel Methodist Church Oyster Roast.

    According to Sabrina Varnam, oyster shell recycling coordinator for the Resource Enhancement Division of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries, the Oyster Festival is the largest oyster roast/festival function in the state for the program.

  • The Red House Specialty Shops

     

    SHALLOTTE—Shopping in Shallotte can help others.

    Communities in Schools recently began operating The Red House Specialty Shops on Main Street.

    There are 40-plus vendors and a portion of every purchase is donated to CIS.

    The store rents booth/shelf space to vendors. A portion of the rent and fees from items sold are set aside for CIS.

    Volunteers work in the store and are available to help shoppers find the perfect item.

  • County unemployment rate drops slightly to 9.5 in October

    Unemployment rates have decreased in 76 of North Carolina’s 100 counties, including Brunswick County.

    According to the latest data released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped slightly from 9.8 percent this past September to 9.5 percent in October.

    The county’s latest monthly unemployment rate is 1.6 percent lower than it was a year ago, when it was 11.1 percent in October 2011.

  • Charles Dickens Christmas Festival Friday and Saturday in Southport

    In observance of Charles Dickens’ 200th birthday, historic Southport will be transformed into an authentic Victorian-style English village this Friday and Saturday, Nov. 30 and Dec. 1.

    The town, in conjunction with the Brunswick Arts Council, is sponsoring a bicentennial Charles Dickens Christmas Festival from 1-9 p.m. both days, rain or shine.

    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 7-12. Children ages 6 and younger are admitted free. Prices include the two-day event for all venues and entertainment.

  • Man charged with strangulation, kidnapping woman

    A Brunswick County man has been arrested and charged with kidnapping and trying to strangle a woman.

    Turner Chadwick Gray III, 30, 1701 Hideaway Road SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged Sunday with strangulation, second-degree kidnapping, interfering with emergency communication and communicating threats.

    Gray injured the woman when he squeezed her neck and cut off her air supply, according to information on an arrest warrant. He also unlawfully confined and took her to another place without her consent.

  • Calabash tree lighting set for 6 p.m. this Friday, Nov. 30

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 17th annual tree lighting has been moved up a week.

    Because of a scheduling conflict, the event that traditionally takes place the first Friday in December is set this year for 6 p.m. this coming Friday, Nov. 30, at Callahan’s of Calabash on the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

    Festivities launch with the annual Spirit of Calabash Parade showcasing creatively decorated and lighted golf carts and costumed participants.

  • Ceremony marks opening of new Calabash Community Park

    CALABASH—Calabash’s new 1-acre community park is officially open.

    Opening ceremonies and festivities took place Nov. 17 at the new park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    About 100 people braved cold temperatures to attend.

    Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance said the park was built using funds from the North Carolina Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant Program, matching funds from the town, and private donations.