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Today's News

  • Shallotte police vehicle goes missing; detective's wife cited

    The wife of a Shallotte police detective has been cited for possessing and operating a Shallotte Police Department Jeep without permission on Dec. 26.

    According to police chief Rodney Gause, the Jeep, which is used by a police detective, was missing for about 45 minutes to an hour. Police located it in the Home Depot parking lot at about 9:30 a.m.

    Karen Elisabeth King, 38, of 381 Gray Bridge Road, Shallotte, has been cited for taking and operating a 2000 Jeep Cherokee belonging to the Town of Shallotte without consent.

  • Schools, sheriff discuss SRO costs

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met with Sheriff John Ingram to discuss the escalating cost of School Resource Officers (SRO) salaries and overtime costs.

    Board members Shirley Babson and Scott Milligan, who also serves as the finance chair, met with Ingram Tuesday to discuss the temporary contract for SRO services approved last month.

    The board had been operating with no contract since July and approved a contract through the end of January which agreed to pay all SRO salaries, benefits and fixed costs on a monthly billing cycle with no set limit.

  • Community says ensuring safe schools most important for new superintendent

    BOLIVIA—According to the Brunswick County community, providing a safe environment for students and staff is the most important quality the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools must possess.

    A survey facilitated by the North Carolina School Boards Association garnered 651 responses—355 from the community and 296 from staff members.

    “You had excellent response to your surveys,” Kathy Boyd, senior staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) told the board of education Tuesday afternoon.

  • Board of education settles lawsuit for $80,000

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by the family who claim their child was molested by a former custodian.

    Board attorney Kathleen Tanner Kennedy announced the board settled the lawsuit filed by David and Melinda Cooper for $80,000—$75,000 from board of education funds and $5,000 from the North Carolina School Boards Trust (NCSBT).

  • Not-so-terrible moments overshadow the terrible twos

    As I headed toward the ringing phone, I was cutoff at the pass by a mischievous 2-year-old.

    Grabbing the phone, Levi took off running. I tried to step into his path, zigging when I should have been zagging. I continued to pursue him down the hall and into the bedroom.

    “Hello,” he said in his sweet toddler voice throwing the phone under the bed.

    I knelt down beside him to try to grab it. As I reached for it, he did too, and pushed it farther from my reach--and ran.

  • After bird day, it might be time to think about Christmas cookies

    Goodbye, turkey. Hello, Christmas cookies. The bird may reign at Thanksgiving, but cookies will be king for the next few weeks, when almost every gathering and party will feature holiday sweets.

    A great idea after baking all those holiday treats is to have a Christmas cookie exchange with friends and family. We do it every year and end up with many cookies, cakes and other “sweeties” that we would not usually indulge in.

  • Sauerbraten is a perfect dish for large gatherings during the holidays

    Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4-5 pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.

    The meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and wine, onions, carrots and celery, along with various spices, such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns.

  • Enjoy classic Christmas holiday drinks with your family and friends

    Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s a time for family and friends, which means a lot of eating and drinking. Make your holiday gathering special by including some classic Christmas tried-and-true holiday drinks.

    If you’re throwing one of these parties, it’s essential to serve a combination of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for a successful get together. You want everyone, drinkers and non-drinkers, to have a variety of drink options in having a fun night.

  • For entertaining friends and relatives, try these holiday appetizers

    Are you planning to go out on New Year’s or stay home with many of your friends and relatives? We used to go out a lot, but lately we’re just comfortable staying put and maybe having a few friends stop by during the day to enjoy the new year.

    If you’re going to be staying at home and are expecting guests to pop in, why not have some scrumptious holiday appetizers for everyone to munch on while downing a favorite beverage of choice? These are not only good on holidays, but just about any other time of the year.

    Baked Parmesan Artichoke Baguettes

  • Golf action

    In an CFAG event Dec. 28 at Farmstead, Steve Maiorca, Frank Janton, John Ogden and Joe Meo placed first with a 160. Teams scored one net and one gross per hole. Placing second were Ned Meier, Jerry Rubin, Joe Gallo and a draw.

    On Dec. 30 at Meadowlands, Steve Maiorca, Bob Jaeger and John Ogden placed first with a 94. The three-man teams scored one net on the par-3 and par-4 holes and two nets on the par-5s. Frank Janton, Jen Dearborn and Joe Meo were second.