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Today's News

  • Administration building dedicated in memory, honor of former county commissioner

    BOLIVIA—The $6.6 million, 34,000-square-foot county administration building may be the new digs for the county’s administrative, finance and legal staff, but for the people of Brunswick County, it’s theirs.

    While 77 staff members call it home, the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday was dedicated in the late county commissioner’s honor for the people of Brunswick County, just as Sandifer would have wanted it.

  • Woman wants to comfort homeless with new socks

    SUPPLY—Theresa Tese had been praying for guidance, asking for something she could do to help others when inspiration struck.

    Ensconced in her Long Island living room a couple of winters ago, Tese looked down at her cozy new Christmas slippers and began to think about people whose feet might not be as warm that night.

    “It just was in my heart, that the homeless really need this,” she said. “They go through their socks, they wear them out, in one week. It’s always a renewable need.”

  • Town considers next steps in vision plan: revising height limits, other rules

    SHALLOTTE—Members of the planning board will discuss at next month’s meeting the possibility of changing the town’s building height restrictions.

    Easing the restrictions would allow for more creative downtown design in keeping with the town’s new vision plan, board members say.

    “When we get into the new plan, we’ll have multi-family and work-live situations, and we want to take a close look at it and see what we need to do and prepare for it,” explained planning board member Evelyn Madison.

  • Local artists win awards at statewide show

    For members of a small gallery, some Franklin Square Gallery artists won big at the statewide watercolor show in Greenville and several other competitions.

    Six artists from this Southport cooperative gallery had their work accepted to this prestigious juried show and five won major prizes. Others won awards in Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and locally.

  • Arts Council announces Arts by the Shore winners

    The winners in the 14th annual Arts by the Shore, hosted by Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks and Recreation, have been announced.

    Jane Staszak, an award-winning artist and judge from South Carolina, was the juror.

    Best of Show

    “Thunderhead” by Dick Staat.

    Two-Dimensional

    Oil

    First place: “Old Wilmington Beauty” by Ann Lees.

    Second place: “Morning Rush” by Phil Meade.

    Third place: “Paint Job” by Ortrud Tyler.

    Acrylics

  • There is more than one way to cook your bird for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving dinner usually revolves around a glorious, bronzed, succulent roast turkey. This is actually one of the easiest parts of the meal.

    Plan on about 1-1/2 pounds of turkey for each person. You can buy a frozen turkey and thaw it ahead of time, cook your turkey still frozen (see below) or order a fresh bird. With a frozen bird, you have to plan ahead to thaw it. It takes at least 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds of turkey, so a 20-pound bird will take 4-5 days to thaw.

    Brining the Turkey

  • How can we live in a world of changelings?

    Obviously, I have just returned from an intense couple of hours entrenched in the anxieties, terrors and corruption of 1928 Los Angeles in the film, ‘Changeling.’

    From the onset, I was immersed in the story of the abduction of Walter Collins and the ceaseless battle waged by his mother, Christine, as she fought to learn of her son’s whereabouts.

  • Calabash OKs request for sewer delay

    BY LAURA LEWIS 

    CALABASH—Calabash commissioners have unanimously approved a request asking Brunswick County to put the town’s wastewater project on hold.

    The request is to delay the estimated $7 million project once engineering is complete for not less than six months so the town can explore financial options.

  • Special meeting Wednesday afternoon in Sunset Beach

    A workshop and specially called meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Sunset Beach Town Hall.

    Town council will discuss a StreetScape design for the island causeway and hear a request for additional funding from Scott Kucera, director of Ingram Planetarium.

    All interested citizens are encouraged to attend.

  • Trojan seniors, take a bow

    By the end of a season, teams have established their identity.

    Conference champions or conference patsies. Overachievers or slackers. Good sports or disgusting rogues.

    When the West Brunswick High School football season ended Friday night after a 51-27 loss to Overhills in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 3-AA playoffs, West coach Jimmy Fletcher felt good about these 2008 Trojans.

    And he was especially grateful for the way the seniors played.