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Today's News

  • Do-it-yourself travel has its privileges

    My idea of an ideal vacation used to involve air travel and a nice hotel.

    Those were the good ol’ days, pre-dating terrorism plots posed by the likes of Osama bin Laden & Co., a murky economic outlook and a resurgence of bedbugs.

  • Fifth annual train show pulling into Grissettown Longwood Fire Station

    LONGWOOD—For the fifth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department has become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s fifth annual Christmas Train Show continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Dec. 9 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at town hall.

    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

    Agendas for the meetings will be available later this week, according to deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.

  • Christmas in Calabash set for Friday with parade, tree, song, dance

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 15th annual “Spirit of Calabash” tree-lighting festivities and parade get under way this Friday starting at 6 p.m.

    As it did last year, the event will kick off with a Spirit of Calabash Christmas golf cart mini-parade down Beach Drive.

    The parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash gift shop, at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road, is where the town’s 15th annual tree lighting is scheduled to begin immediately afterward.

  • Bolivia man killed in early-morning wreck Sunday

    A Bolivia man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck near Belville.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, 20-year-old Anthony Burgess, of Bolivia, was killed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in a high-speed, single-vehicle wreck on N.C. 133 near Belville.

    Daniels said Efird Johnson, 26, also of Bolivia, was driving a Cadillac south on N.C. 133 at an estimated speed of about 70 mph on the 55-mph-stretch when he crossed the centerline, overcorrected and ran off the road on the right side.

  • Brunswick County Volunteer Awards

    Jayne Mathews, director of the Brunswick County Volunteer Center, announced five recipients of the Brunswick County Volunteer Awards last week at a reception in Bolivia. One of the recipients, Mary Pritchard, a volunteer at South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry, went on to win the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

    Mary Pritchard, South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry

    Mary Pritchard volunteers at the South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  • West, South open wrestling season

     The West Brunswick and South Brunswick wrestling teams opened their seasons in duals Nov. 23 at West with Hoggard, Lumberton and South View.

    West lost to South View 48-22. West winners were Ronnie Dellinger 6-2, James Hall 13-5, Antaun Miller by fall, Mike McCrimmon 13-11 and Bryan Lewis by fall.

    West beat Lumberton 54-28. West winners were Shane Bell by forfeit, Ronnie Dellinger by fall, Dillon Aubrey by fall, James Hall by fall, Mason Underwood by fall, Jason Huff by fall, Antaun Miller by fall, David Gibson by fall and Markell Stanley by fall.

  • Holden Beach moves closer to finalizing property purchase

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously authorized the town attorney, mayor and/or town manager to sign the closing documents for the town to purchase three lots behind town hall and accept three other gift properties, once the documents are legally prepared and agreeable to both the buyer and seller.

    Holden Beach Enterprises has offered to sell the Town of Holden Beach three lots behind town hall for $1 million and offer the other three properties as gifts.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 12 and 16 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Friday, Nov. 12

    Judge jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Nov. 15:

    Stephanie Sabrina Aguirre, 18, of 485 McMilly Road, Shallotte; felony robbery with dangerous weapon, felony conspiracy robbery with dangerous weapon.