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Today's News

  • New weight loss program being offered at extension office

    After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom tin. You grab it, and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage. Surveying the house, you see that all the gifts have been put away and everything appears to be back to normal, finally.

  • Looking back is crucial to facing forward

    The Roman god Janus, whose name we adopted for our month January, fastidiously guarded doorways, offering safe entry and exit from ancient homes. He looked forward and backward to ensure all was well.

    In the same way, we take time annually to gaze upon the departure of the past 12 months and to look with eager anticipation to the coming year. We offer ourselves the gift of remembering, not simply for its own sake but so that we might empower positive change in the future.

  • Son joins father in high school hall of fame

    Recently I wrote about Paul Swartz, a West Virginia native now living in Shallotte who was inducted into the Musselman High School Hall of Fame on Sept. 12.

    Musselman High School is in Inwood, W.Va. Swartz’s athletic feats in the mid-50s in football, basketball and baseball spread fast in that part of tri-state area.

    Steve Denney, now a Brierwood resident, lived, in Clark County, Va., about 20 miles away for Swartz. Denney was one of those who heard about Swartz’s accomplishments.

  • Losses mount, but BCC coach remains energetic

    A hoarse voice is the first indication of how the BCC women’s basketball season has been for first-year coach Ashlyn Burke.

    “I have a raspy voice,” she said Dec. 6, one day after her Lady Dolphins played its fourth game in six days.

    “I’ve taken my last four showers here at the facility here this week. And I think I need a blowup mattress to put in my locker room.”

    But Burke knew the hours would be long.

  • South swim teams place second in meets

    The South Brunswick girls’ swim team finished second and South’s boys third in a 14-team meet Dec. 19 at Goldsboro. South’s boys missed second by three points.

    The Cougars had three first-place finishers: Rachel Van Noordt in the 200 individual medley, Myles Williams in the 50 freestyle; Cody Spencer in the 100 backstroke.

    Results

    Girls’ 200 medley relay: South A team second, South B team seventh; South boys, third.

    200 freestyle: Brian Teemsma, second; Elias Gilbert, sixth.

  • Retiring emergency management director begins new chapter

    BOLIVIA—Surrounded by bare walls in his once-embellished office, Randy Thompson reflected on his career in public safety on his last day of work before heading for retirement.

    Career fulfilled, Thompson said his years in public safety have been a childhood dream realized—from police chases and dangerous arrests as a young public safety officer to ascending to new heights on a fire department ladder truck—Thompson leaves his latest post to start a new chapter, fittingly in disaster management.

  • Town resolution not sent; DA says it didn't affect his decision

    Shallotte officials didn’t send a resolution the town board approved in November asking the district attorney to file charges against someone who accused a town police officer of assault.

    According to town clerk Sandy Strickland, the resolution wasn’t sent after the meeting because the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the allegations was still under way.

  • Beach renourishment big project for 2010 in Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach will see more than 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the strand during 2010.

    The town is scheduled for another beach renourishment, which Mayor Debbie Smith said should be the largest project of the year.

    “That’s always a welcome addition to the storm protection strand out there,” she said.

  • The people behind Drug Treatment Court

    On a balmy July evening 18 months ago, Drug Treatment Court debuted in Brunswick County—the first in the state at the superior court level.

    The brainchild of Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, Drug Treatment Court has now hit its stride. Seven people have successfully completed and graduated from the program, with another 30 actively participating.

    Drug Treatment Court coordinator Vicki Prince said, so far, the program has a zero-percent recidivism rate for drug offenses.

  • Car break-ins reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police investigated a rash of car break-ins reported Dec. 20.

    Seven incidents were reported involving vehicles parked overnight at Sunset Lakes Boulevard, Magnolia Drive, Dogwood Drive and Waterway Drive.

    Most incidents involved unlocked vehicles. In another incident, a rock was thrown through a window.

    In one case, $100 in cash was reported stolen. Most of the vehicles were entered but nothing was taken.

    The incidents are still under investigation.