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  • Loon set free following Thanksgiving Day rescue

    Laura Clark was out for a Thanksgiving Day run when she first spotted the loon trapped in fishing nets in the surf off the coast of Bird Island.

    Someone, she said, had put out fishing nets stretching in the surf from 40th Street in Sunset Beach all the way down to the jetties at Little River, S.C.

    “It was probably five different nets strung together, so all the pelicans were dive-bombing because they could see the fish getting caught in the surf,” Clark said.

    Beyond that, she saw dolphins swimming in the ocean.

  • Christmas train show on track for the weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire Department

    LONGWOOD—For the sixth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s sixth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6-9 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • 16th annual tree lighting to brighten Calabash on Friday

    CALABASH—Christmas is officially coming once again to the Seafood Capital as the town’s annual tree-lighting gets under way at 6 p.m. this Friday, Dec. 2.

    The annual yuletide event, traditionally scheduled for the first Friday in December, takes place in the parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash Christmas shop at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road.

  • World War II veteran bestowed Patriot Award

    Monday was E.R. “Bud” Sweetman’s day for an award and accolades.

    During ceremonies in Wilmington, the 88-year-old Brunswick County World War II veteran—who turns 89 next January—was recipient of a Patriot Award from U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.

    The award, sponsored by the Civilian Marksmanship Program, honors a select veteran who “has demonstrated valor in military service abroad and a continued dedication to his fellow Americans after returning from service,” according to a press release from McIntyre’s office.

  • Brunswick County Low Income Energy Program begins Dec. 1

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Dec. 1, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services will begin operating its Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

    Brunswick County DSS Director Patty Connelly said the program provides residents 60 years and older or those who are disabled with assistance for heating costs.

  • State House passes gas tax cap

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina House of Representatives on Tuesday passed a bill to cap the state’s gas tax at 35 cents per gallon for six months.

    But before the ink on the legislation had even dried, state Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, accused his colleagues in the House of playing politics with the bill’s passage.

    The bill passed its third reading in the House Tuesday afternoon 94 votes to 23 votes, with Brunswick County’s two representatives, Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, and Dewey Hill, D-Whiteville, voting in favor of the measure.

  • Old scams updated with new twists

    Editor’s Note: This is the second story in a series of stories about various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County residents continue to lose money to overseas scams, and scammers continue to change tactics and update popular scams.

  • DSS board argues, appoints vice-chair and recesses until December

    BOLIVIA—Newly appointed Department of Social Services board member David Grimes took the reigns at a recent DSS meeting, which chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren fought.

    At the start of the DSS meeting Tuesday, Nov. 22, Grimes moved to scrap Warren’s agenda, appoint board member Tina Jackson as vice-chair and recess the meeting until December.

  • State unemployment drops slightly in October to 10.4 percent

    Statewide unemployment was down slightly in October, but North Carolina’s unemployment rate is still higher than the national average.

    According to the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina, statewide unemployment dipped from 10.5 percent in September to 10.4 percent in October.

    The national average also dipped slightly—from 9.1 percent unemployment in September to 9 percent in October.

  • Commissioners approve one-time bonuses for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Just in time for the holidays, county employees now have some extra cash in their accounts.

    At their last meeting, commissioners approved a one-time bonus for all full-time county employees.

    County employees who have been employed prior to last Jan. 1, 2011, received a $1,000 bonus. Full-time county employees who were hired after Jan. 1, 2011, received a $250 bonus.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the funds—totaling $1,054,550—were deposited in county employees’ bank accounts last Wednesday, Nov. 23.