Today's News

  • Christmas dinner traditions are celebrated throughout the world

    Adults and kids alike look forward to that customary Christmas dinner of roast turkey garnished with chestnuts, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Afterward, we all enjoy those homemade cookies and other delectable sweets.

    Food is an integral part of any celebration and, of course, Christmas is no different. Most every country has its own Christmas dinner traditions but the food served differs from country to country.

    The classic turkey dinner is also a traditional dish in Canada and England.

  • Hero on the rise, the Northern Cross

    By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    In the eastern sky, right after dark, a hero is rising and soon will take his place as the ruler of the early evening winter sky. 

    At the same time, over in the west, a cross adorns the sky a symbol of the present season. As the sun’s light fades away, the early evening’s darkness reveals two groups of stars in the shape of a cross and a bright rectangle. The weather is reflecting winter and so are the stars.

  • Community briefs

    Foodmaker class begins Jan. 22

    Learn how to lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve immune system and eat to fuel your body on a Total Food Makeover program at New Beginnings Church on Jan. 22. There will be weekly accountability meetings to keep you on track every Monday night for three months.

    Contact Family First Chiropractic at familyfirstchiro@atmc.net.

    NBHS class plans reunion

  • Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

  • 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 Dec. 13:

    Jamar Lee Bell, a.k.a. Jamar Belle, 30, of 9821 Bellway Road, Leland; misdemeanor assault on a female, misdemeanor resisting public officer, felony possession of firearm by felon.

    Colin Chase Bennett, 20, of 2806 Sea Aire Drive SW, Supply; felony robbery with dangerous weapon.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 8, 9 and 13 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.

    Wednesday, Dec. 8

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Tracie Arlen Bartlow, assault by strangulation, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Fired DSS director sues women who made sexual harassment claims against him

    The saga continues.

    Jamie Orrock, the former Department of Social Services director who was fired amid allegations of sexual harassment, has now sued the women who accused him of harassment.

    On Monday, Dec. 20, Orrock filed a lawsuit in Brunswick County Superior Court against Celia Lienau, Rebecca Ring and Sharon Billingsly for claims of libel, slander, defamation and civil conspiracy.

    The three defendants had all previously claimed Orrock had sexually harassed them in the past. Orrock claims their statements led to his termination as DSS director.

  • Tax increase would be required for countywide curbside recycling

    BOLIVIA—For countywide curbside recycling to be a feasible option in Brunswick County, commissioners would have to raise the tax rate to fund the collection.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone delivered the news to commissioners at a workshop Monday afternoon.

    Stone said a recent legal opinion from the North Carolina School of Government determined the county could not levy a recycling fee.

  • Opposition mounts in landfill expansion project

    BOLIVIA— There’s a general consensus of “not in my backyard” among residents who live in the neighborhood near the proposed construction and demolition landfill expansion project near Bolivia.

    So much so that commissioners once again put off voting on the project, instead opting to host a community meeting for neighboring residents potentially affected by the landfill.

    Commissioners first tabled the project in November, after a public hearing drew considerable opposition.

  • Farmer's market volunteers needed

    As the Shallotte Farmers Market enters its sixth year in 2011, a volunteer market manager is sought.

    The position is available through the Downtown Shallotte committee.

    For the past three years, Linda and Jack Herrick led the way as managers. The couple, involved from the start, has watched the farmers market grow annually.