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  • 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.

  • Carolina Shores selects new town commissioner

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has a new commissioner.

    Tuesday, the town board of commissioners selected Greg Davis, a resident of the Calabash Lakes community, to fill a two-year board vacancy left when former commissioner Walter Goodenough was elected mayor last November.

    During interviews conducted with three finalists at a specially called meeting Tuesday morning at town hall, the retired educator and athletic director cited his experience serving as previous president of the Calabash Lakes HOA and on the board of its Architectural Review Committee (ARC).

  • Making music wherever he goes

    You may have heard singing on your way to run a few errands recently.

    There is a music man who shares his talents throughout the county. He doesn’t get paid: he simply loves making music.

    Charles Danford plays music from the back of his station wagon, inside fast food restaurants—wherever he goes.

    Lately he has been sharing his talents with residents and visitors to Shallotte.

  • Calabash OKs legal avenue for Devaun Park clear-cutting

    CALABASH—The town has approved taking legal action against developers regarding the clear-cutting of trees in Devaun Park.

    Following a closed session to discuss legal matters with town attorney Mark Lewis at its monthly meeting Jan. 10, the town board of commissioners unanimously approved taking legal action for last year’s clear-cutting violation.