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Today's News

  • 'Twas the week of Christmas in Brunswick County

    ‘Twas the week of Christmas, and all through Brunswick County, people were wishing for a bountiful bounty.

     

    Not necessarily in material goods, just peace and so forth, and maybe a little snow, except for those who came here from up North.

     

    The yuletide trees had sold out at local lots, and folks shopped local stores until they nearly dropped.

     

    The stores were full, and their shelves were cleaned, of every holiday goody and everything in between.

     

  • Longwood man sentenced to 35 years in state prison

     BOLIVIA — A Longwood man awaiting trial on a second-degree murder charge was sentenced to more than 35 years in state prison in Brunswick County Superior Court Friday, Dec. 19.

    Judge Gale Adams sentenced Alfred Lamont “Peanut” Butler, also known as Hakeem Muhammad, to between 35 and 48 years in the N.C. Department of Correction following Muhammad’s conviction Friday afternoon.

    A jury deliberated for about two hours before returning six guilty verdicts for various drug violations, including selling and delivering cocaine.

  • Friends run Calabash stained-glass shop after owner's passing

    CALABASH — Wielding a soldering iron and needle-nose pliers, Judy Rodriguez toiled over repairing a broken bowl of stained glass fruit.

    It’s a craft she learned years ago from the best — her late teacher and friend, Pati Lewellyn, longtime owner of Reflections Stained Glass studio and shop, who died last January after an illness.

    Nearly a year after Lewellyn’s passing, Rodriguez is one of three friends who have pitched in to keep the Calabash business going.

  • Former prosecutor charged with forging court document

     A former assistant district attorney representing Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties faces criminal charges.

    Randy Lemay Cartrette, 40, of Whiteville, was arrested Dec. 16 by agents with the State Bureau of Investigation agents, according to an email from SBI spokeswoman Teresa West.

    Cartrette faces charges of misdemeanor common law forgery and misdemeanor obstruction of justice. He is accused of forging a July 8 document to recall an order of arrest for one of his clients. He was incarcerated briefly but released after posting $10,000 bail.

  • Florida doctor faces sex crimes charges in Brunswick County

     A children’s doctor from Miami is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County after being arrested in Brunswick County last week.

    Sixty-two-year-old Robert Kemp Crockett turned himself into the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday, Dec. 17, after warrants for indecent liberties with a child, second-degree sexual offense and statutory rape were issued for his arrest.

    Crockett was incarcerated and released on the same day after posting $50,000 bail.

  • Community brings tidings of great joy to animal shelter

     SUPPLY — The animals at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Animal Protective Services shelter are already having a Merry Christmas because of a charitable group of givers from all across Brunswick County.

    People from different parts of the county came together at the sheriff’s office animal shelter off N.C. 211 in Supply and donated toys for dogs and cats, pet food, cleaning supplies, treats and many other goodies for the shelter staff and the pets to enjoy this holiday season and beyond.

  • Traffic debacle sparks confusion, frustration

     CIVIETOWN — Civietown Fire Chief Mark Hewett has begged the state for years to place a stoplight at N.C. 130, Shell Point and Civietown roads.

    Construction is finally under way for the stoplight, but the timing couldn’t have been worse, he said.

    The closure of Gray Bridge Road for bridge replacement began Dec. 15 and is expected to last four months, the N.C. Department of Transportation said. In the meantime, motorists on Gray Bridge Road must travel down N.C. 130 and take the detour road, Shell Point Road.

  • Choosing a fishing boat that fits your interests
  • OIFC encounters the Gulf Coast

      With Christmas quickly approaching, most folks either have their head wrapped around family gatherings or wrapping presents for the family gatherings. This eventually leads folks to forgetting about the outdoors and how much fun you can have. Whether it’s fishing for trout in the skinny backwaters or calling in a drake mallard from your duck blind, the week of Christmas is the perfect time to teach and perform these activities with your family members.

  • Baby, it’s cold outside

     Many of us who live in Brunswick County are from the north. We’re from New Jersey, New York, Wisconsin, Ohio, New England, even Minnesota.

    Years ago, Gene and I came down on a family vacation and we fell in love with the beaches, the golf, the fishing, restaurants —  and the weather.

    Historically, the average temperature in this area in January is a high of 55 and a low of 34. Chicago, on the other hand, has an average daily temperature of 31 (January) and New York has an average daily temperature of 39 for the same month.