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Today's News

  • How can we achieve harmony and peace on earth?

    Advent has come again. The four-week spiritual preparation time for Christmas is often lost in the frenzy of commercial preparedness.

    Many fall prey to a hectic countdown against a sales clock that marks the birthday of the Prince of Peace as an ending, rather than a beginning.

    We become people holding all kinds of expectation instead of being people of expectancy. As a result, we are more often disappointed than excited, discontent rather than enthusiastic.

    We lose our sense and commission to be People of Peace.

  • Harris and team recognized for sales

    Realtor Sarah Harris and the Sarah Harris Team have been recognized for Top-12 months sales position of all Brunswick County Realtors in accumulative areas west of Shallotte.

    Her production was more than 70 percent above any Ocean Isle island and mainland Brunswick County agent sales, and ranked 150 percent above any other Ocean Isle Beach agent unit sales.

    Additionally, no other Ocean Isle Beach sales agent has sold more of their own listings than Harris.

  • The column has been paid foree

    (This lead paragraph is presented to you by a company selling a revolutionary weight-loss pill.)

    I remember watching sports on TV when most of what you saw was athletic competition.

    (These transition paragraphs are brought to you by a beer company.)

    Now it seems every five minutes of a sports program on TV—and especially on radio—is interrupted with the announcement that some part of it has been paid for or presented by or sponsored by a Fortune 500 company (or, since the stock market crash, the Fortunate 400-Or-So companies.)

  • Locals win best-of-breed in AKC contest

    The 2008 AKC Carolina Youth Challenge took place Nov. 8 in Hallsboro. Many youngsters from the county had entries in the challenge, and four of the entries won best of breed.

    In the Black and Tan division, the winner was Roxy. The owner is Jeremiah Frazier, of Ocean Isle Beach. The handler is Ryan Michael.

    In the English division, the winner was Bear Branch Booger Man. The owner is Thomas Inman, of Ash. The handler is Eric Anthony.

    In the Plott division, the winner was Maple Gully Sissy. The owner and handler is Doogie Hewett of Supply.

  • Yellow Jackets end South Brunswick’s football season

    MARSHVILLE—The third-seeded Marshville Forest Hills Yellow Jackets ended South Brunswick’s football season Friday night in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2-AA playoffs. The 11th-seeded South Brunswick Cougars, playing without injured quarterback Zack Alcorn, lost 35-14.

    Alcorn suffered a knee injury in the Cougars’ playoff victory the previous week over Orange High School.

  • North Brunswick JV football team has another championship year

    To those who thought the North Brunswick High School junior varsity football team would be unable to repeat its county and conference champions, the Scorpions proved everyone wrong.

    North completed another stellar season Nov. 6 when it beat West Bruswick 26-0. The victory completed a sweep of county teams (North beat South 34-20) and gave it a record of 9-1. The only loss was to Whiteville—ending an 18-game winning streak—and the two teams finished the season tied for first at 5-1 in the Waccamaw Conference.

  • Gossett, Cumbee 1-2 in Seneca 400 race

    Supply drivers finished 1-2 in Street Stocks during the Seneca 400 weekend of racing at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    According to results from the speedway, Clay Gossett was first and Dean Cumbee second in the Nov. 22 race. Kent Bellamy was third, David Hatchell fourth and two-time track champion Tommy Poole fifth.

    In Mini-Stocks, Brian Powell was first, followed by Lucas Williams, Chad Campbell and track champion Dub Fulford of Shallotte. Harry Floyd, of Ash, was seventh; Jason Floyd, of Ash, ninth; and Willie Fulford of Supply, 10th, in the 27-car race.

  • Maintain—don’t gain—Join the holiday weight challenge

    This is the third year the North Carolina Division of Public Health is promoting a holiday weight challenge.

    All North Carolinians are encouraged to maintain their current weight during the upcoming holiday season. The challenge will be referred to as “Eat Smart, Move More... Maintain, Don’t Gain.” You can join the six-week online challenge for free at: www.MyEatSmartMoveMore.com.

    You will receive a free weekly newsletter full of tips, ideas, recipes and other helpful tracking tools. To help you get started for the holidays, try the following tips:

  • New Web site set up to defend school start law

    The North Carolina School Start Coalition has unveiled a new Web site, ncschoolstart.org, to inform voters and legislators of what the coalition says is the need to maintain the state’s school calendar law.

    Tourism officials say the law has had a positive effect on Brunswick County, and they are supporting the coalition’s efforts.

  • Existing home sales increase over October 2007, drop from previous month

    Brunswick County had a 96 percent increase in existing home sales in October compared to the previous year, the N.C. Association of Realtors recently announced.

    Brunswick County agents sold 159 homes in October 2008, compared to 81 the previous year, resulting in a 74 percent increase in dollars, from $23.46 million to $40.9 million.

    The average cost of a home in Brunswick County dropped from $289,695 in October of 2007 to $257,369 in 2008.

    The number of homes sold was down slightly from September of this year, when sales topped 170.