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  • Law allows excused absences for religious holiday observances

    BOLIVIA—State law now directs public schools to authorize excused absences for religious observances.

    House Bill 357, which went into effect July 20, dictates school principals must grant “a minimum of two excused absences” for religious observances.

    “Most school systems are already doing this,” Superintendent Ed Pruden said during the Brunswick County Board of Education policy meeting Tuesday morning.

  • Brunswick County talent part of North Myrtle Beach Xmas cantata this weekend

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Most people around Sunset Beach know Marc Kaplan for his business acumen, as the longtime operator of the local fishing pier and Island Market.

    Monday night, however, Kaplan left the island and was busy singing and fulfilling his duties as the longtime choir chairman for the North Myrtle Beach All City Christmas Cantata, which will be presented in three performances this weekend.

  • Fifth annual train show pulling into Grissettown Longwood Fire Station

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

    The department’s fifth annual Christmas Train Show continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

    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.

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Dec. 9 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at town hall.

    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

    Agendas for the meetings will be available later this week, according to deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.

  • Christmas in Calabash set for Friday with parade, tree, song, dance

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 15th annual “Spirit of Calabash” tree-lighting festivities and parade get under way this Friday starting at 6 p.m.

    As it did last year, the event will kick off with a Spirit of Calabash Christmas golf cart mini-parade down Beach Drive.

    The parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash gift shop, at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road, is where the town’s 15th annual tree lighting is scheduled to begin immediately afterward.

  • Bolivia man killed in early-morning wreck Sunday

    A Bolivia man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck near Belville.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, 20-year-old Anthony Burgess, of Bolivia, was killed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in a high-speed, single-vehicle wreck on N.C. 133 near Belville.

    Daniels said Efird Johnson, 26, also of Bolivia, was driving a Cadillac south on N.C. 133 at an estimated speed of about 70 mph on the 55-mph-stretch when he crossed the centerline, overcorrected and ran off the road on the right side.

  • Brunswick County Volunteer Awards

    Jayne Mathews, director of the Brunswick County Volunteer Center, announced five recipients of the Brunswick County Volunteer Awards last week at a reception in Bolivia. One of the recipients, Mary Pritchard, a volunteer at South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry, went on to win the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

    Mary Pritchard, South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry

    Mary Pritchard volunteers at the South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  • Holden Beach moves closer to finalizing property purchase

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously authorized the town attorney, mayor and/or town manager to sign the closing documents for the town to purchase three lots behind town hall and accept three other gift properties, once the documents are legally prepared and agreeable to both the buyer and seller.

    Holden Beach Enterprises has offered to sell the Town of Holden Beach three lots behind town hall for $1 million and offer the other three properties as gifts.

  • Movie magic from Ocean Isle Beach

    Two Ocean Isle residents have combined their talents to make movie magic.
    Adam Melton and John Keogh teamed up with Tri-Rahn Pictures and Vela Films to create the feature film “Pendulum Swings.” Melton, a partner in Vela Films, served as both the lead actor in the film and the producer. Keogh utilized his extensive writing background to bring life to the script.

  • Decorating the town

    Every day last week, drivers on Main Street in Shallotte passed a woman whose mission for the past decade has been to make the town more attractive.

    Now in her early 70s, Sara McCullough has tried to retire from serving as the head of the town’s appearance committee for several years, but she says this is her last.

    “I am stepping down at the end of this year,” she said. “I tried last year, but I agreed for one more year. It has gotten so big.”