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  • Commissioner honored to finish what husband started

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—At first she said no, but to carry on her husband’s deep commitment of being a public servant, she said yes.

    On Tuesday, Nov. 13, Carolyn Parker Blythe was sworn as a new town commissioner filling the position left empty after her husband, C.D. Blythe, died on Sept. 4. C.D. was elected in 2009 to a four-year term ending in 2013. Carolyn Blythe will serve the remaining 13 months of his term until December 2013.

    “I decided I wanted to finish what he had started,” Carolyn said.

  • Candlelight service honors victims of violent crimes

    LELAND—There was hope and there was strength.

    And Friday night at the 17th Annual Justice for Citizens Vigil there was rememberance.

    “While God has a plan, sometimes criminals have a plan too,” District Attorney Jon David said as he welcomed the audience for the candlelight memorial service on Friday, Nov. 19, at First Baptist Church of Leland. “It is hard enough to deal with loss, but how much worse is it when our loved ones are taken by the criminal acts of someone else? It’s a whole new level.”

  • Santa comes a little early for some in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Santa Claus has made a special delivery to Shallotte Senior Center.

    The senior center received 200 Fraser fir trees fresh from the North Carolina mountains last week.

    This year for the first time, the center will sell Christmas trees at its Main Street location. All proceeds will go to the up-fit of the new Shallotte Senior Center on Express Drive.

    The first day the trees arrived, volunteers sold five before the lot was completely constructed.

  • Man arrested for murder of elderly Longwood woman

     

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office has arrested Richard Hugh Grissett, 51, of Shallotte, and charged him in the murder of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward of Longwood.

    Grissett is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond.

    On Monday, Nov. 26, Grissett was indicted for first-degree murder by a grand jury in Brunswick County Superior Court. He was also indicted for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, first-degree burglary and common-law robbery.

  • Rouzer requests recount

    Republican state Sen. David Rouzer has requested a recount of votes cast in the Nov. 6 7th-Congressional District race between himself and Democratic incumbent Mike McIntyre.

    Rouzer’s campaign issued a statement Tuesday morning.

  • Newly expanded McDonald's reopens near Grissettown

    Morning coffee-drinkers and Egg McMuffin-eaters can rejoice.

    McDonald’s at the corner of U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 has reopened after being demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    Plans called for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old 22-year-old building, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

    The new McDonald’s has a double side-by-side drive-thru, an inside play area consisting of musical instruments, an outside patio and a new stone facade.

  • More donations to aid Sandy victims fill Silver Coast barrel room

    GRISSETTOWN—More donations have come through to aid people affected by Hurricane Sandy.

    It was enough, in fact, to fill the barrel room at Silver Coast Winery, where volunteers were busy sorting and labeling items last week to take to aid people in storm-devastated New York and New Jersey.

  • McIntyre beats Rouzer on vote-count canvass

    Incumbent Mike McIntyre has been re-elected to his ninth term in U.S. Congress.

    As 12 counties in the 7th Congressional district finished their canvassing process last Friday, Nov. 16, the final vote tally showed McIntyre with 168,697 votes to Republic opponent David Rouzer’s 168,042. It was a victory margin by 655 votes for McIntyre in the Nov. 6 General Election.

    Based on these latest tallies, McIntyre’s percentage is just slightly more than 50 percent—50.09 percent to 49.9 percent for Rouzer—a difference of .19 percent.

  • Calabash board removes long-range planning proposals

    CALABASH—A majority of town commissioners have voted not to consider long-range-planning items posed by another commissioner.

    At the board’s Nov. 13 monthly meeting, town commissioners Jody Nance, Emily DiStasio, Sandy Melahn and Buddy Walton voted to remove two items posed by fellow commissioner Daria Buccilli, who serves as board liaison on the town’s long-range planning committee.

    Buccilli said the items were something the town’s long-range committee had been working on.

  • Thankful for assistance: Residents line up for community distributions

    BOLIVIA—Cars lined either side of Old Ocean Highway well before the 9 a.m. start of a federal food commodities distribution last week.

    The Nov. 14 distribution at Brunswick County Democratic Headquarters drew a crowd of hundreds, who waited outside in 45-degree temperatures for their turn to receive food.

    When the distribution ended that afternoon, workers had distributed food for 993 households encompassing 2,183 people.