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  • Ocean Isle Beach spreads holiday cheer throughout county with donations

    Instead of giving gifts to each other during the holiday season, employees and residents of Ocean Isle Beach decided to team up for a more worthy cause.

    Together, 1,410 pounds of food were collected as well as toys, clothing and all the food needed for 11 local families to cook a traditional Christmas dinner.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said three years ago a town employee suggested the idea of not exchanging gifts and instead donating money to needy families.

    “This year, with the economy, we wanted to help as many families as we could,” she said.

  • Politicians, party officials reflect on Soles' senate tenure

    As State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.’s 42-year political career comes to a close, state politicians and local party officials reflected on his career in Raleigh.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the state’s longest serving lawmaker announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate in 2010.

    Marc Basnight, the Democratic President Pro Tem of the senate, said Soles “has represented in the senate the very best of what a senator should be.”

  • Bolivia man arrested for peeping, assaulting deputies

    A Bolivia man has been arrested for felony secret peeping and assaulting two Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies.

    According to arrest reports, Ronnie Dawson, 48, of 394 Randolphville Road, was charged with felony secret peeping, resisting a public officer and two counts of assault on government official on Jan. 4.

    Dawson allegedly assaulted the two officers as detectives with the sheriff’s office special crimes unit were investigating the peeping complaint.

  • Commissioners tighten electronic gaming regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners tightened restrictions on where electronic gambling parlors can be located within the unincorporated portions of the county.

    While the new regulations prohibit electronic gaming operations within 1,500 feet of churches, schools, daycares, parks, libraries, cemeteries, skating rinks, movie theaters, tattoo and adult or sexually oriented businesses, existing establishments can stay.

    “For lack of a better term, these would be grandfathered,” county planning director Leslie Bell said.

  • Commissioners ask attorney to draft resolution opposing undocumented residents in community colleges

    Brunswick County Commissioners have asked county attorney Huey Marshall to draft a resolution opposing admitting undocumented individuals into North Carolina community colleges.

    Around 10:20 p.m. Monday, after re-emerging from closed session to discuss matters of attorney-client privilege and real estate with Marshall, commissioners voted to have Marshall draft a resolution in opposition of community colleges accepting undocumented individuals.

  • 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.