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  • High surf advisory, rain, cold weather in Brunswick

    A high surf advisory is in effect for Brunswick County beginning at 3 p.m. Friday and lasting through midnight.

    Six to 8 foot breakers are expected to develop in the surf zone, according to the National Weather Service. That means the surf will be rough and strong, frequent rip currents are expected, especially around high tide Friday night.

    Throughout the day Friday, rain is expected to develop and linger. Rainfall amounts of 1-2 inches are expected. Some areas may see as much as 3 inches of rain.

  • BCC training workers for new careers and higher levels of employment

    SUPPLY—Students in the heating and air conditioning (HVAC I) class at Brunswick Community College take their training seriously. They are all either seeking jobs or looking to advance in their careers.

    Learning to spot code violations, how to determine what’s wrong with a heat pump and good customer service are just a few of the things students learn as they prepare for work in this highly sought after field.

    The course instructor, Kurt Ferguson, is serious about his job, too.

  • Toy run benefits children in need at Christmas

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts and local classic car clubs came together to have fun and provide Christmas presents for needy children Saturday, making their way from Shallotte to various parts of Brunswick County through cold weather.

    The event began and ended at Walmart in Shallotte, where the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office escorted drivers all over the county, collecting cards for poker hands and spreading goodwill.

  • Angels needed to aid Christmas tree shortfall

    The Angel Tree needs a miracle.

    Donna Phelps, founder of Building HOPE Ministries in Shallotte, said this week the ministry’s Angel Christmas Tree drive has come up short.

    Phelps said the names of 47 of 590 children the ministry plans to help this Christmas were not returned with donations of toys or gifts by deadline this past Monday, Dec. 14.

    “All needs have been met but 47 children that weren’t turned in,” Phelps said Tuesday. “It’s put me in a bind.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal activists voice concerns about gas chamber

    BOLIVIA—Several activists spoke out Monday night against the county’s plan to activate a refurbished gas chamber to euthanize homeless animals.

    Former shelter volunteer Kelly Stanley recalled a time after the new shelter was built that it didn’t even have a gas chamber.

  • Grand jury finds probable cause for assault in shooting at Sole's home

    A Columbus County grand jury has found probable cause that R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest-serving legislator, assaulted a man during the August shooting at Sole’s Tabor City home.

    On Thursday, 12 grand jurors found sufficient evidence that Soles, a state senator and Tabor City attorney whose district includes Brunswick County, assaulted Kyle Blackburn during an altercation at his home on Aug. 23.

    While the grand jury found probable cause, no charges have been filed.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance gears up for family, senior Christmas distribution

    On the outside, it’s the Brunswick Family Assistance Christmas headquarters on Main Street. Inside, it’s a Santa’s workshop of sorts, with an army of volunteers packing, wrapping and organizing presents to fulfill local children’s Christmas wish lists.

  • Shallotte Hardee's robbed Saturday night

    Shallotte police officers are investigating a robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun at Hardee’s on Main Street on Saturday night.

    Officers reported two suspects entered the store and rushed an employee into the office where the manager was. The suspects held employees against their will and stole $2,700 from the restaurant.

  • Carolina Shores mayor won't pursue e-mail breach

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby said this week he doesn’t plan to further pursue a breach of his e-mail account at town hall.

    A few weeks ago, it was discovered Selby had not received e-mail sent to him at town hall for about a month because it had been “compromised.”

    Speaking at a town board of commissioners’ workshop Dec. 7, Selby said he did not receive e-mails sent to his town hall address from Oct. 19 through Nov. 23.

    All of his e-mail had been forwarded to a now defunct address, to “Mica Richards” at yahoo.com.

  • Midway property owners file suit against St. James

    Property owners in the Midway Road area, one of two areas the town of St. James has approved for involuntary annexation, recently filed suit against the town seeking to declare the annexation ordinance “null and void.”

    The suit claims the annexation plan does not meet the requirements of state statutes regarding annexation and criticizes methods the town used to select the property.