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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Trojan wrestlers honor Hawkins, beat North in dual

    The West Brunswick wrestling team took time before its dual with North Brunswick on Dec. 16 to honor Caleb Hawkins.

    Hawkins, who died 10 days before his 18th birthday of injuries suffered in a car wreck in May, was a three-sport athlete. He would have been a senior wrestler in the starting lineup against the Scorpions on this night.

  • Mini concert set at Shallotte Presbyterian

    Shallotte Presbyterian Church will host a "noontime mini concert" Tuesday, Dec. 22, at the church.

    A "bring your own lunch" will follow in the fellowship hall. Beverage and dessert will be provided.

    The public is invited to attend.

    For more information, call 754-6929.

  • Holiday carriage tours rolling out in Southport

    Katie Stewart has childhood memories of visiting Southport during the holidays.

    “We would all pile in the car and drive around and look at the beautiful Christmas lights,” she said. “Gramps would turn on the Christmas carols, and we would all sing off-key.”

    Two-and-a-half years ago, Stewart decided she wanted to help families create memories of their own. She decided to use her business, Old South Tour and Carriage Company to do it.

  • Seaside cantata draws full-house crowds

    SUNSET BEACH—Seaside United Methodist Church Choir presented its annual Christmas cantata in two full-house performances on Dec. 13.

    The cantata, performed by 95 choir members, was “One Small Child” by Tom Fettke, choir director Kathryn Parker said.

    A 12-piece orchestra, some from the Wilmington Symphony, provided accompaniment for the 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. performances at the church at 1300 Seaside Road in Sunset Beach.

    The ensemble also included a harpist from Southern Pines, Parker said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal activists voice concerns about gas chamber

    BOLIVIA—Several activists spoke out Monday night against the county’s plan to activate a refurbished gas chamber to euthanize homeless animals.

    Former shelter volunteer Kelly Stanley recalled a time after the new shelter was built that it didn’t even have a gas chamber.

  • Common sense, situational awareness can keep you safe for the holidays

    For many, the holiday season is a time filled with joy. From gatherings of friends and family to participation in religious and civic activities, the months of November and December provide much to do.

    But the holidays can also be an unfortunate time—a time when ne’er-do-wells are all too intent on dashing holiday spirits.

  • First bluefin tuna of season hooked off Brunswick County coast

    The anticipation has been building over the past weeks as fishermen await the arrival of the giant bluefin tuna to our waters. Since 2005, these powerful and highly valuable fish have provided sport and much needed supplemental income to local fishermen. As this is still a new fishery to our area, every year the big question is, “I wonder if they’ll show.”

  • Charlie Megaswing: Golf teacher, poet, dancer, raconteur

    As a working journalist, I have met a lot of different folks over the years. Interviews are one of the facets of writing I dearly love. It’s fun to meet new people, to ask questions, to find out what makes them tick.

    Last week, I met a real raconteur, a guy who has a great life story and a gift of gab to go with it.

    Charlie Megaswing has been teaching the game of golf at the State Line Driving Range for more than 10 years. The facility is on the southbound lane of U.S. 17, right on the border of North and South Carolina.

  • Beach Assembly of God presents ‘Bethlehem Live’

    After being rained out Friday and Saturday, Beach Assembly of God presented Bethlehem Live for the first time on Sunday,     Dec. 6.

    About 500 people attended Sunday night despite the cold. The church had more than 2,500 people make reservations to attend one of six      performances.

    Performances are set for Friday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday,     Dec. 13.

    To make reservations, or for more information, call the church at 579-9701.

  • Grand jury finds probable cause for assault in shooting at Sole's home

    A Columbus County grand jury has found probable cause that R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest-serving legislator, assaulted a man during the August shooting at Sole’s Tabor City home.

    On Thursday, 12 grand jurors found sufficient evidence that Soles, a state senator and Tabor City attorney whose district includes Brunswick County, assaulted Kyle Blackburn during an altercation at his home on Aug. 23.

    While the grand jury found probable cause, no charges have been filed.