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  • BFA families: Christmas efforts a challenge for local charity

    It’s a busy time for Santa’s “elves” at Brunswick Family Assistance.

    This holiday season, the charity is stretched trying to meet all the requests for its holiday wish list, in addition to covering for the rent for its annual Christmas distribution site coming up in less than two weeks, on Dec. 15 and 16 in Shallotte.

    BFA volunteer Rae Numbers stayed busy Monday answering phone calls and assisting clients stopping by for food at the charity headquarters in Twin Creek Plaza in Shallotte.

  • Wrongful termination suit retrial begins this week

    BOLIVIA—Former Holden Beach Police officer Terri Oxford will once again have her day in court to try to convince jurors she was fired from the force for being a woman.

    In August, a deadlocked jury failed to unanimously determine whether Oxford was fired for being a woman, leading Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to declare a mistrial in the nearly three-week wrongful termination and gender discrimination trial against the town of Holden Beach.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

  • County golf cart ordinance to take effect Dec. 1

    BOLIVIA—Beginning Wednesday, Dec. 1, golf cart drivers in Brunswick County will be required to follow new regulations.

    Adopted by county commissioners at their Nov. 1 meeting, the golf cart ordinance regulates recreational golf cart use in the unincorporated portions of the county.

    The new provisions require golf cart drivers to have a valid driver’s license to drive on state roads with speed limits under 35 mph. Learners’ permits will not be considered a valid license, the ordinance states.

  • Trade assistance workshop for shrimpers in Varnamtown on Wednesday

    A workshop for shrimpers who have applied for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance is set for 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Varnamtown Town Hall.

    Jackie Varnam, chairman of Brunswick Catch, which is hosting the event, said the session is for area shrimpers who have applied for up to $12,000 in individual federal assistance being offered as compensation for reduced prices they’ve been getting for their shrimp.

  • Decorations are one local couple's Christmas gift to the community

    The Christmas lights came on for the first time on Oct. 30, but the owners weren’t done. In fact, they still aren’t done.

    If you drive past Jennies Branch on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach in the evening, you can’t miss the holiday cheer.

    “We started off with one strand of lights across the back of the house 10 years ago,”  Reba Lefler said.

  • Thanksgiving celebration helps introduce American traditions to Hispanic community

    SHALLOTTE—With a rapidly growing Hispanic population of parishioners, introducing families to American culture and traditions is a way to help the Hispanic community at St. Brendan the Navigator better integrate into society.

    Last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving celebration hosted at the Shallotte church. It was intended to show the Hispanic community what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is like.

  • Federal investigation ends with state plea for former governor

    RALEIGH—Another North Carolina politician now bears the scarlet “F.”

    Last week, in a Wake Court courtroom, the year-and-a-half-long federal investigation into former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley ended with a guilty plea in state court.

    Easley, who served two terms as North Carolina governor, from 2001 until 2009, entered an Alford Plea Tuesday, Nov. 23.

    Easley entered the plea deal to one felony count of certifying a false campaign finance report.

  • Golf-cart ordinance on Sunset Beach agenda

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council is scheduled to review a golf-cart ordinance at its upcoming meeting Monday night, Dec. 6.

    At council’s last meeting in November, concerns were expressed about how to regulate golf carts in town, particularly as they relate to the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge and traffic on Main Street.

  • Shop ’til you drop

    The turkey was barely eaten and leftovers put away before the Christmas shopping craze began.

    Black Friday shoppers bombarded Walmart in Shallotte well before the official start of the store’s sale at 12:01 a.m. Shopping was under way several hours before midnight at Walmart, according to several shoppers who waited in line for the 4 a.m. opening of Belk. One shopper reported by midnight, the checkout lines in the store were lined up with dozens of shoppers with carts overflowing with everything from movie DVDs to bath towels.