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  • Fire destroys Leland home while family is on vacation

    Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire destroyed a Leland home.

    No one was in the home when it caught fire.

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, the family who lives in the home was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday when the blaze destroyed the home on South Navassa Road.

  • Holden Beach lawsuit moved to federal court

    A pending lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach has been moved from Brunswick County Superior Court to U.S. District Court.

    The now-federal lawsuit was first filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8, and alleges gender discrimination, wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Terri Oxford, the plaintiff, worked for the Holden Beach Police Department from 1999 until 2008. She claims in the lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is female.

  • Changing of the guard

    BOLIVIA—The new, all-GOP Brunswick County Board of Commissioners convened Monday night, but not before bidding farewell to outgoing county commissioners.

    Before new commissioners Scott Phillips and Charles Warren took their oaths of office, Tom Rabon and May Moore were honored for their longtime service to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners OK public utilities field operations center

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday approved a $4.6 million field operations center for the county’s public utilities department.

    Tabled at the commissioners’ last meeting, board members approved the construction contract for the field operations center with John S. Clark Co.

  • 95-year-old Calabash veteran hasn't forgotten Dec. 7, 1941

    CALABASH—With Pearl Harbor remembrances slated Sunday at the local VFW and Battleship North Carolina, 95-year-old Tony De Biase is among veterans who will never forget Dec. 7, 1941.

    The retired civil engineer and World War II Navy Sea Bee officer hadn’t been recruited yet when he first heard about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, but he heard about it on the radio.

  • Aldermen want four-way stops at accident-prone intersections

    SHALLOTTE—Tuesday’s wreck at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets that injured four people prompted the board of aldermen to begin the process of putting in additional stop signs there, as well as at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, brought the issue to the board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    He said the wreck involving a car and an ambulance was the third in the past five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • ‘Black Friday’ attracts shoppers, despite economy

    Local merchants reported “Black Friday,” the traditional start of the Christmas shopping season, was a modest success in Brunswick County.

    Retailers say they are looking forward to a successful shopping season, despite the slowdown in the economy.

    At Belk in Shallotte, store manager Beth Herndon said 250 people were in the store by 5:10 a.m., judging by the results of the store’s gift card giveaway.

    Herndon said sales were “very good” this year and about on par with last year’s Black Friday receipts.

  • Ambulance, car collide at Shallotte Intersection

    SHALLOTTE—An ambulance and a car were involved in a wreck Tuesday afternoon at the corner of Mulberry and White Streets in Shallotte.

    Shallotte Police and the N.C. State Highway Patrol were investigating the cause of the accident that injured four people.

    Two people from a Life Star ambulance and the driver of a Nissan passenger vehicle were taken to Brunswick Community Hospital. The passenger in the Nissan was airlifted to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

  • Salvation Army worker plays harmonica while ringing in holidays

    SHALLOTTE—“I’m just a little different than the rest of ‘em,” Sam Lospinoso said as he played a blues-style “Jingle Bells” on harmonica while ringing his Salvation Army bell at the entrance to Wal-Mart.

    Customers bustling in and out of the store one day before Thanksgiving were appreciative of the talented worker and the array of tunes he’s been playing by ear since he was 10.

    “If it’s behind my ear, I can play it,” the Wilmington resident said.

  • Ingram Planetarium kicks off first phase of digital transition

    SUNSET BEACH—A transition to digital is taking place at Ingram Planetarium.

    The two-part transition began during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, when new laser projection equipment with full-color animation and lights choreographed to music was unveiled. The equipment comes complete with a 5.1 surround-sound system.

    The system comes with about 20 shows that can be choreographed to popular music from some of history’s greatest artists.

    Preview shows featuring music by The Beatles and Pink Floyd took place during the weekend.