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  • Community comes to aid of couple burned out of home

    CALABASH—Deana Palmer was cooking dinner while her husband watched TV when she saw a flash of light.

    “I thought it came from the fireplace or maybe the TV,” she said.

    Then she heard “that noise again.”

    Flames erupted in a sunroom off the main part of the couple’s trailer on Townview Place off Beach Drive.

    Steven Palmer grabbed two fire extinguishers from the kitchen, neither of which would work.

  • Varnamtown woman speaks out against repeated vandalism

    Fed up with feeling paranoid and victimized, Karen Roberts of Varnamtown is standing up and speaking out.

    Her home on Varnamtown Road has been the target of local vandals four times since Halloween. Each time, the perpetrators left no traces of who they are or where they came from, making it difficult to investigate the incidents.

    But Roberts says someone knows who is damaging her property, and she’s asking them to come forward.

  • Smoke-free now only way to be in N.C. restaurants, including Calabash

    CALABASH—As the state’s smoking ban went into effect at restaurants and bars Jan. 2, smokers and non-smokers alike debated the impact.

    At Granny Allyns Country Kitchen on Thomasboro Road this week, the effect hasn’t been that dramatic because the eatery went smoke-free six months ago, said Mateus Buchanan, daughter of restaurant owner Brenda Dixon.

    Prior to the restaurant implementing a no-smoking rule July 1, some people couldn’t dine there, Buchanan said.

    A lot of customers, she said, couldn’t be around smoking for medical reasons.

  • Gas chamber still on tap at Brunswick County Animal Shelter

    SHALLOTTE—The county is continuing with plans to use a refurbished gas chamber to euthanize animals that can’t be safely handled, Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said Tuesday.

    Yousey, along with county environmental health director David Stanley and shelter director David Swain, met informally at a local restaurant with a group of residents concerned about animal welfare issues.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis

    A sandy-haired toddler wiggled impatiently in his mother’s arms. Squirming, crying, she tried to soothe him, but it was obvious neither of them wanted to be where they were.

    The mother, a 20-something petite blonde in a pink shirt, stood in court before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis during a Drug Treatment Court session last month, nervously awaiting what Lewis would say.

    Lewis sighed.

  • Comedian Bobby Collins headlines second Stand Up For Charity this Saturday

    The Shallotte Junior Women’s Club will present its second annual Stand Up For Charity benefit comedy show featuring comedian Bobby Collins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 2, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Collins’ brand of humor is described as heartfelt and witty, engaging audiences with a “clever blend of characterizations and hilarious observations.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Bob Grimes

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    When Bob Grimes came back to Brunswick County in 2007 to take over as principal at North Brunswick High School, he didn’t exactly know what he was getting himself into.

    “I didn’t know a whole lot about the status of the school,” he said. “I knew by looking at the test scores they were not where they should be, or where I thought they should be. And obviously the state didn’t feel that they were where they should be, either.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Robert Lawson "Roblo"

    BY KATHRYN JACEWICZ

    “Everybody can rap, but it just depends on what you do with it.”

    Robert Lawson may only be 17 years old, but he knows how to bring attention to his music and has already built a fan base into the millions.

    Lawson—better known as Roblo—burst onto the music scene two years ago when he began writing, recording and producing his own songs.

    His love of songwriting stems from his introduction to poetry in fifth grade when he was a part of the Basketball Poets, a program that incorporates poetry and basketball.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Clarice Holden

    “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.”

    Clarice Holden begins each day with these words. She feels the words of the Jabez prayer help keep her grounded and achieve her goals. In addition to running a women’s clothing store, Island Breeze, Holden spends her time working with mission projects overseas and helping local charities raise funds to meet needs.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    When you see Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, her petite frame is balancing a multitude of bags. “This is how I stay organized,” she said gesturing to three bags of various sizes and shapes. “Each bag represents an organization.”