Today's News

  • Warm Homes, Warm Hearts helps local families

    We’ve editorialized several times in the past year about how the economy has affected Brunswick County families.

    From residents losing jobs, to those who are having difficulties making ends meet, many residents have found themselves in need. Some need help with food and clothing; others need help paying bills for life essentials like housing and electricity.

    The weather recently has added an additional strain on some of the county’s cash-strapped residents.

  • Time to stock up on lures and begin preparing your tackle box for warm weather

    Not many people are wetting a line right now, since it’s just too darn cold for most folks to get out after the fish. There might be a few trout or drum around, but if there are, they’re pretty safe. Instead, local anglers are preparing for warmer weather and the inevitable burst of the spring fishing season.

  • Lauren Hunt: Beginning the hunt for success, one day at a time

    Several years ago, I watched a petite young lady pound balls on a practice tee. Her swing was classic, the balls flew long and straight.

    The kid was cute, long brown hair pulled back in a ponytail, a wide infectious smile. I had a feeling I’d see her again.

    Last week, I did.

    Lauren Hunt is still petite with that same winning smile, but she’s all grown up now. Done with high school and junior golf, she has graduated from the University of North Carolina, where she played on the women’s golf team.

  • It should take more than a threat of a light dusting to close area schools

    Schoolchildren in Brunswick County were given an extra two hours to sleep in last Friday, as the district called a two-hour delay in preparation for the “light dusting” that might possibly fall overnight.

    A delay? Two hours? For a light dusting? Turns out, there was no such dust, and it was the warmest day we’ve seen in awhile, with temperatures marking the mid- to high-40s.

    Now I’m not from here—and I’m certainly not from the South—but it just doesn’t make sense why everyone is so afraid of a little snow.

  • R.C. Soles Jr. should step down

    Last week we said we were waiting to see what would happen next for North Carolina Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.

    We were quick to find out.

    Soles, North Carolina’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday, Jan. 7, for the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate in Tabor City.

    He was indicted on one count of assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury. Soles has maintained the shooting was in self defense.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30, 31 and Jan. 4, 5 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec.30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Marcella R. Anderson, simple possession schedule IV controlled substance, complied with deferred prosecution.

    Tabatha Christine Bakan, a.k.a. Tabatha Christine Varnam, driving while license revoked, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Get your dance moves on in 2010 with array of classes

    Looking for something new, active and fit to do in 2010?

    Try moving your feet to music.

    Instructors are stepping up with an array of dance classes in a variety of styles, from beginner to advanced, throughout Brunswick County.

    Every day of the week, students are dancing somewhere at an area venue.

  • Couple's kindness shows Northerners meaning of Southern hospitality

    Shirley Bemis and her husband Wayne moved to Bolivia a little more than a year ago.

    They left behind the cold northern weather of New Hampshire for the coast’s warmer temperatures.

    “We’re New Hampshire Yankees,” Shirley said, adding, “but we’re country people at heart, too.”

    Southern hospitality has been among the many things the Bemises have enjoyed since relocating to our milder temperatures, but a recent encounter at a local store truly warmed their hearts.

  • Beat the cold-weather blues with some comfort-tainment

    After dealing for the last two weeks or so with frosty windshields, keeping track of gloves and enough static in my hair to power the entire Beacon office, it’s hard for me to believe that in about six months, I will be complaining about the heat.

    Mid-July is when I usually break out my DVD of “Fargo,” where I enjoy watching the snow fall and secretly thank my lucky stars I’m not seven months pregnant in Brainerd, Minn., solving grisly murders in 15-below-zero weather.

  • A different kind of ball room

    LOCKWOOD FOLLY--Friendly competition, camaraderie and fun are the main reasons people enjoy shooting pool, and for a group of friends in this golf course community, another reason is neighbor Bob Marston’s new billiards room.

    The group of about a half-dozen Lockwood Folly residents plays three nights a week, and Marston’s friends say the night they enjoy most is when he hosts the game.