Today's News

  • Christmas officially lights up Calabash

     CALABASH—Christmas arrived in Calabash last week as the seafood capital's 13th annual tree lighting launched with a huge crowd, onstage entertainment, a new mini-parade and Santa visit Dec. 5 in the parking lot of Callahan's store.

    Observers estimated 300-400 people turned out for the holiday event Friday night at the corner of River Road and Beach Drive, where a parade rolled down to lead Santa into town on a Calabash fire engine.


  • To shop or not to shop—did abstaining from shopping cure this shopaholic?

    I have not shopped for myself for 11 months, 4 days, 16 hours and 30 minutes.

    My no-shopping adventure began last Jan. 2, when I decided to really clean out my clothes closet.

    Let me explain. When Gene and I built our retirement home here on the Carolina coast, I wanted a big walk-in closet. In our last home, my clothes were stuffed into a small wall closet with heavy sliding doors that often fell off the track. I dreamed of a big closet the same way golfers yearn for a single-digit handicap or a hole-in-one.

  • ‘Stand Up For Charity’ fundraiser set for Jan. 3 at BCC

    Staff report

    Comedian Jon Reep will be the featured headliner in the first “Stand Up For Charity,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Women’s Club set for Saturday, Jan. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

  • Milliken, Armour arrested on tax charges

    Shallotte businessmen Lloyd Milliken and Robert Armour were arrested last week on charges relating to tax fraud in South Carolina.

    South Carolina Department of Revenue investigators charged Milliken, 77, with five counts of state income tax evasion on revenue from his Murrells Inlet, S.C., restaurant.

    He was in custody at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Dec. 5 and released the same morning.

  • ’Tis the seasoneeto give a pet a home or contribution

    Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

    They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

    Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

    Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

  • Galloway hits 10 3-pointers in BCC loss

    Kiana Galloway scored 30 points—hitting 10 3-pointers—but BCC lost 91-51 to Louisburg College Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick.

    Two 3-pointers by Galloway tied the score 6-6, but Louisburg held BCC scoreless for nearly four minutes in taking a 16-8 lead.

    A score by BCC freshman Jessica Moyer cut the lead to 16-10, but three straight fast-break baskets by the Hurricanes gave them a 22-11 lead.

    A 3-pointer by Galloway left BCC down 24-14, but Louisburg outscored the Dolphins 12-2 the rest of the half to take a 36-16 lead.

  • Holden Beach considers joining beach towns in move to have lobbyists push for terminal groins

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett expects in January to bring Holden Beach Commissioners a request to help fund a General Assembly lobbyist promoting building terminal groins on the coast.

    The cost from North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties would be a total of $75,000, he said at Tuesday night’s meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners. He wasn’t sure yet how much Holden Beach’s share of that would be.

  • CIS program provides more than after-school care

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted at its December meeting to pay $30,000 toward the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, a program which provides free after-school remediation and transportation to students performing below grade level.

    Getting the board’s approval was no easy task. The board voted 3-2 to approve the money, with newly elected board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke dissenting.

  • Church briefs

    Day of sharing set for Dec. 13

    New Hope Outreach Ministry will host a day of sharing at Rourk Gardens, behind the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Shallotte, from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    There will be free toys and candy for kids, free gloves and coffee mugs for adults and free food for everyone.

    Indoor yard sale set

    Sweet Water of Life Church, 149 Mulberry St. in Shallotte, will have an inside yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Christmas performance set at Sharon

  • Varnums celebrate 50 years

    Harold and Katie Varnum of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 5. Harold is retired from Brunswick Community College, and Katie is retired from Union Elementary School. They have two children, Tina Carlyle and Harold Varnum Jr., seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.