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  • Volunteers needed for first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival

    Volunteers are sought to participate and assist with the county’s first Charles Dickens Christmas Festival planned for Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in Southport.

    Brunswick Arts Council is presenting and orchestrating the event that will take place 1-9 p.m. both days in downtown Southport. The celebration is a tribute to the renowned English author, whose 200th birthday was this past February.

  • 59th Annual Oyster Roast is Saturday in Varnamtown

    VARNAMTOWN—A shuckin’ good time is just around the bend in Varnamtown.

    This coming Saturday, Nov. 3, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church will be the site of this riverfront fishing town’s 59th annual oyster roast.

    The event is from noon-5 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The cost for the oyster roast is $20 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and younger. Meals will consist of hot, fresh oysters roasted over an open fire, hot hushpuppies, pickles and coffee. Soft drinks will be sold separately.

  • Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity dedicates its 40th home

    CAROLINA SHORES—Six-year-old Aaliyah Crawford rode her pink bicycle around the yard while her mom, Lakeisha Stanley, talked on her cell phone on the front porch.

    The two, along with Stanley’s grandmother, Mary Stanley, have been enjoying their new Habitat for Humanity home, which was dedicated during a ceremony Tuesday.

    The three-bedroom, 1,248-square-foot house is the 40th one built through Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity.

  • Candidates outline stances for District 13 judgeship

    Two candidates, W. Richard Cox and Pauline Hankins, are vying Tuesday in the nonpartisan race for District 13 Judge.

    The seat is being vacated by retiring District Court Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr.

     

    Richard Cox

    Cox, an attorney who lives in Sunset Beach, is seeking election after he was encouraged by a study group at his church, then by others.

    “This district is my home where my wife and I are

  • N.C. insurance commissioner calls June hearing for proposed increase

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin has ordered a hearing about a proposal to increase homeowners insurance rates by as much as 30 percent for this area.

    The insurance companies, represented by the N.C. Rate Bureau, have requested an overall average increase of 17.7 percent in rates statewide. The proposed hike targets the southeastern region of the state for the largest increases— about 30 percent—for territory 8 encompassing Brunswick County.

    Goodwin has said proposed rates seem to be excessive and unfairly discriminatory.

  • Halloween event cancelled at Old Sunset Beach Bridge

    Halloween at the Old Sunset Beach Bridge has been cancelled. As Hurricane Sandy moves up the coast, bringing all-day rain and wind, the Old Bridge Preservation Society has cancelled the Halloween event that had been planned Saturday, Oct. 27.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Brunswick County upgraded to Tropical Storm Watch

     

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington has upgraded Brunswick County to a tropical storm watch. A tropical storm watch is an announcement that tropical storm conditions (sustained winds of 39 to 73 mph) are possible within the specified area within 48 hours.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

  • WEATHER UPDATE: Tropical Storm Watch in Brunswick County

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County is preparing for tropical storm force conditions as a result of Hurricane Sandy passing offshore.

    Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said on Friday afternoon the county is preparing for the storm.

    “The Emergency Operations Center will be operating at a condition three,” Marzano said.  “This means the EOC is on hot standby. If we feel the need to activate it we can press the button and activate.”

  • Hurricane Sandy inflicts minor damages on Brunswick County

    As she heads north to make a more memorable landfall, Hurricane Sandy’s visit past Brunswick County this past weekend brought minimal damages, local officials said Monday.

    “Other than a couple of the towns that may be assessing beach erosion issues, we are not aware of anything structural,” said Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano.

    The county’s emergency operations center operated at Level 3 throughout the weekend, meaning the EOC was on “hot standby” and ready to activate if needed.

  • Storm postpones weekend events

    Due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy, at least two planned weekend events have been postponed.

    The Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival originally planned for Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte has been postponed until 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10.

    Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea celebration scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Nov. 17 and 18.

    A decision was made Thursday afternoon to postpone the annual two-day event at a meeting of the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association.