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  • Caretakers scams on the rise

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth in a series of stories about the 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—Caretakers.

    They live in your home. Take care of you. Watch over your finances. In some cases, even control your checkbook.

  • BBs found in soup at South Brunswick Middle School

    On Thursday afternoon, staff at South Brunswick Middle School discovered they were serving up a little something extra in the day's meal.

    According to information released by Brunswick County Schools, BBs were found in vegetable soup at the school. According to Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, a student during the 8th-grade lunch block allegedly dropped a handful of BBs into the soup. The student reached behind the serving line to place the BBs.

  • Brunswick County woman killed in wreck

    A Brunswick County woman was killed Wednesday afternoon after the car she was driving collided on U.S. 17 with a vehicle driven by another driver who ran a red light.

    Bolivia resident Barbara Brunson, 72, died after her car was hit by a pickup truck driven by Danny Chase, 51, of Shallotte around 3:50 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of N.C. 211.

    Brunson was heading west on N.C. 211 in a 1994 Mazda Miata when Chase's northbound 2004 Ford Explorer Sport Trac truck ran a red light and hit Brunson's driver's-side door, N.C. Trooper Mat Strangman said.

  • Former senator Soles found not guilty in assault case

    By Deuce Niven

    Tabor-Loris Tribune

    TABOR CITY—Former state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. was found not guilty Friday in a September 2011 assault case, after his accuser testified to lying about some of his claims in an effort to get money from North Carolina’s longest-serving lawmaker.

  • GOP candidates clash for critical South Carolina support

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—When it comes to GOP presidential nominees, South Carolinians are kingmakers.

    South Carolina Republicans pride themselves on the fact that since 1980, no Republican has gone on to clinch the GOP presidential nomination without first winning South Carolina.

    No exceptions.

    It’s a distinction they’d like to hold on to, and at a recent debate, candidates tried their best to earn South Carolinians’ blessing as their next presidential nominee.

  • Sunset Beach council to discuss issues with business owners Tuesday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to discuss island parking, roll carts and accommodation tax usage with business owners at a monthly workshop next Tuesday.

    The meeting is scheduled for 9 a.m. Jan. 24 in the town hall conference room.

    Also on the meeting agenda are town salary adjustments for certifications, a performance-based merit pay system and public comments session.

    The first public-comments session is at the start of the meeting and is for agenda items only. A general public-comments session is scheduled at the end of the workshop.

  • Third delicious Soup-er Bowl kicks off Saturday in Shallotte

    It’s Soup-er Bowl Saturday time.

    This Saturday, the South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is kicking off its third fundraising Soup-er Bowl, an Empty Bowls Project to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry.

    For the price of a $15 ticket, each patron will be treated to a single serving of delicious soup prepared by one of the local participating restaurants or chefs at the event planned from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

  • Former Holden Beach mayor, businessman remembered

    Holden Beach has lost one of its residents who worked diligently both in the spotlight and behind the scenes.

    Former Mayor Jim Lowell died last week at his home on the island. He was 78.

    Lowell and his wife, Barbara, also served as owners/operators of Lowell’s Bookworm on Holden Beach Road for more than three decades.

  • Hospital food is all the rage at The Break Room Cafe

    BOLIVIA—Pat Gilbert supped on a bowl of hot clam chowder.

    Her sister, Pauline Benton, enjoyed a freshly baked meatball calzone as the two played a lunchtime game of backgammon on a board laid out on the table between them.

    The sisters, both of whom work for Brunswick County, say they often make the 7-mile trip southward from the county complex to have lunch inside The Break Room Café inside Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

  • Classes lure students to BCC's new South Brunswick Islands Center

    CAROLINA SHORES—On a chilly mid-January afternoon, computer instructor Joseph Tese is telling students assembled in his classroom what to do.

    Using a wall-sized PowerPoint projection tied to his own computer desktop, Tese guides these older adult students in Understanding PCs class through the basics of getting better acquainted with personal computers.