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Today's News

  • Early morning roundup nets 54 arrests

    Dawn had yet to break, but they had already hit the streets.

    With more than 80 arrest warrants to serve, work started early on Operation First Step, a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office countywide drug suspect apprehension campaign.

    Operation First Step, an eight-month narcotics investigation, became a reality on a mild December morning with an army of law enforcement officers.

  • Merry Christmas

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are scheduled throughout Brunswick County and the surrounding area this week.

    •Candlelight Christmas service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Bethel United Methodist Church, 3909 U.S. 17 Business, Bolivia. Come dressed as you are. Brief Christmas service to include singing Christmas carols, a message and communion. For more information, call the Rev. Mark Murphy at 617-3245.

    •Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW (N.C. 904), Sunset Beach. 579-5753.

  • Locals step up to help toy run

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run provided some Christmas presents and a lot of goodwill once again this year.

    Despite difficult economic times, local volunteers stepped up and helped make Christmas special for Brunswick County children and families in need.

    Following the successful poker run portion of the event, each rider took a child in need of Christmas presents shopping at Walmart and spent $100 on each child, organizer Jerome Munna said recently.

  • Best and worst of the year: From screaming to singing

    It’s that time of year again folks, and I don’t mean Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa.

    I’m talking about the time of year when people who write smarty-pants newspaper columns, blogs and magazine articles like to haul out their “best and worst of the year” lists.

    I, of course, am not immune to this trap, mainly because I’m one of those who loves reading these lists.

  • If you do the crime you might do the time

    Crime does not pay

    —1935 Radio Program

    One of my old FBI associates recently wrote a letter to the editor in which he mentioned structured sentencing. That triggered my mind into the reminiscing and reflection modes. Here are my thoughts.

    My jail time

    I served about seven months in the Los Angeles County Jail—not as an inmate, but as a deputy sheriff.

  • Couple’s events raise money for families in need

    Eleven years ago, Michelle Griffin and her husband, Charles Griffin, threw a Christmas party for their friends in their home on Ocean Isle Beach. But it wasn’t just any holiday party—each guest was to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to needy children.

    Since then, the party has grown and now attracts much of the Ocean Isle Beach community. To accommodate the large crowd, the party has now moved from the Griffin’s home to Sharky’s, a restaurant at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • West volleyball players make all-conference team

    Three West Brunswick High School volleyball players are on the Mideastern All-Conference team.

    Anna Hart and Carly White were selected to the first team.

    Hart, a senior, was nearly perfect in serving, completing 97 percent of her attempts. She averaged 10 kills per game, three digs per game and five blocks per game.

    White, a junior, averaged 10 kills and five blocks per game.

    Kenzie McDuffie, a junior, was MEC honorable mention. She completed 93 percent of her serves. The setter averaged 27 assists per game and two digs per game.

  • Grand jury indictments for Dec. 1

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Knox Jenkins with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Dec. 1:

    Janet Marie Bost, 35, of 10168 Pine Bark Place SE, Leland; felony embezzlement, felony financial card fraud, felony accessing computers.

    Jaquan D’Angelo Brooks, 21, of 4491 Maple Hill Road, Shallotte; felony assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, felony discharge weapon occupants property serious bodily injury.

  • Drug roundup

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit issued the following charges and made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

  • Buffkin-Davis

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage Crystal Nicole Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and Graham James Davis of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ricky and Frances Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The prospective groom is the son of Bobby and Connie Davis of Shallotte and is employed at the State Employees Credit Union in Chapel Hill. A June 20, 2009, wedding is planned at First Baptist Church of Shallotte.