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  • Locals step up to help toy run

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run provided some Christmas presents and a lot of goodwill once again this year.

    Despite difficult economic times, local volunteers stepped up and helped make Christmas special for Brunswick County children and families in need.

    Following the successful poker run portion of the event, each rider took a child in need of Christmas presents shopping at Walmart and spent $100 on each child, organizer Jerome Munna said recently.

  • Couple’s events raise money for families in need

    Eleven years ago, Michelle Griffin and her husband, Charles Griffin, threw a Christmas party for their friends in their home on Ocean Isle Beach. But it wasn’t just any holiday party—each guest was to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to needy children.

    Since then, the party has grown and now attracts much of the Ocean Isle Beach community. To accommodate the large crowd, the party has now moved from the Griffin’s home to Sharky’s, a restaurant at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • DSS worker, six others charged with fraud

    A former Brunswick County Department of Social Services worker has been charged with fraud after investigators say she defrauded the government of $135,123.

    April Stuckes, 33, of Breezewood Drive, Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 10, and was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in excess of $100,000, a Class C felony.

  • Bolivia man indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

    A Bolivia man is one of five people indicted federally in a mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Nov. 19, a federal grand jury returned criminal indictments on Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 37, of Bolivia and four other suspects, charging each suspect with conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud and conspiring to money launder, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

  • ‘Journey to the Manger’ takes audience back in time

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Crowds packed the theater at Ocean View Baptist Church this weekend to see “Journey to the Manger,” a musical about the meaning of Christmas and the way the holiday has been celebrated over the years.

    The play starred Ocean View member Kelly Beeler as Nathan, a sculptor who created an original Nativity scene but who is not interested in Christmas. He thinks the holiday season is all about money.

    When the pastor of a local church cannot afford to buy the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve, Nathan sends him away.

  • Devoted meeting-goer honored in Calabash

     CALABASH—He sits quietly at each meeting, rarely speaking and never raising Cain about any of the many town issues unfolding before him.

    Calabash resident Bill Seip just likes to attend Calabash commissioners’ meetings—every one of them.

    Seip was recognized last week by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who publicly commended the dedicated meeting-goer at the Dec. 9 monthly commission meeting.

  • Calabash mayor hopeful federal ‘back-to-work’ will aid sewer

    As sewer talks continue with Brunswick County, Mayor Anthony Clemmons is optimistic President-Elect Barack Obama will implement a back-to-work plan that will help the delayed project in Calabash.

    “As you know, we’re in a holding pattern at this time,” Clemmons said last week. “During that time, we are actively seeking means of funding that would reduce the total assessment.”

    Clemmons said information about a proposed federal back-to-work program could be just the ticket to help offset costs for the estimated $7 million project.

  • Carolina Shores ponders hiring public safety officer

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun exploring the possibility of hiring a public safety officer to patrol and provide police protection.

    During a Dec. 1 commission workshop, it was noted preliminary research shows it would cost about $105,120 annually, plus gas, to hire county deputy dedicated to serving both neighboring towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash.

    The cost to Carolina Shores would then amount to a little more than $52,000 per year.

  • Seventy percent increase in homeowners’ insurance requested for coastal counties

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau has submitted a rate filing with the state Department of Insurance requesting a nearly 70 percent in increase in homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties like Brunswick and a nearly 50 percent increase on the beaches.

    The bureau’s general manager said this week the request is just a starting point, and he does not expect it to be approved. The state Department of Insurance similarly issued a statement saying the department has not historically approved the exact rates recommended by the bureau.

  • Annexation, trash talk in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The future of annexation and trash were hot topics at two specially called commissioners meetings Monday.

    N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles took part in one of the afternoon sessions to discuss municipal legislation, which is up for consideration in the upcoming General Assembly long session that launches Jan. 28.

    Stephanie Lewis, Brunswick County operation services assistant director, answered commissioners’ questions at the other meeting regarding how refuse is handled between the county and Waste Industries.