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Today's News

  • Wilma 'n' Fred

    Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Volunteering: When we become the hands and feet of God

    “…Here am I; send me.”

    Isaiah 6: 8

    An insightful moment came to members of the Holden Beach Chapel’s Council at our monthly meeting.

    We were brainstorming on the subject of how to stimulate interest in volunteer work. Everyone had an opinion as to what it meant to become a volunteer.

    Finally, Maureen volunteered an opinion. She simply said, “Volunteering is a time when we become the hands and feet of God.”

  • Book covers restaurants south of the border

    Several restaurants just across the state line are featured in a new book published by Sandlapper Magazine.

    The book, “Stop Where the Parking Lot’s Full,” is a collection of Sandlapper’s favorite restaurants excerpted and updated from columns over the past two decades by magazine staffers Aida Rogers and Tim Driggers.

    Among featured write-ups are restaurants in the Little River and Longs areas, as well as Myrtle Beach, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, Georgetown and dozens of other eateries throughout South Carolina—159 in all.

  • Bolivia Elementary uses Wii to get fit

    BOLIVIA—During a gym class at Bolivia Elementary School, students take turns at bat and Shelley Warnett, physical education teacher, throws pitch after pitch.

    While playing baseball may not seem unusual during gym class, the students do not use real baseball bats and Warnett does not use baseballs. Instead, they use Nintendo’s Wii system, with controllers instead of bats and balls and a video game to take them through nine innings of a virtual game.

  • Grand jury indictments for Feb. 9

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Feb. 9:

    Willie James Bellamy, 20, of 2056 Inland Drive, Ocean Isle Beach; five counts felony breaking and/or entering, three counts felony larceny after breaking/entering.

    James R. Bethea, 17, of 2056 Inland Drive, Ocean Isle Beach; eight counts felony breaking and/or entering, six counts felony larceny after breaking/entering.

  • Troopers target teen drivers in 'Operation Drive to Live'

    SHALLOTTE—State troopers will be targeting teen drivers this week as part of the statewide initiative “Operation Drive to Live,” to reduce traffic collisions involving teenage drivers.

    Beginning Feb. 23 and continuing until March 1, state troopers and other local law enforcement agencies will amp up patrols, especially around area high schools, from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

    Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina, trooper J.L. Reeves explained, adding 125 teens were killed on North Carolina highways in 2008.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 11, 12, 16 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Feb. 11

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Maria Helena Aguinada, no operator’s license, prayer for judgment continued and costs, $35 interpreter fee; speeding 60 in a 45 zone, voluntarily dismissed.

    Amber Marie Alderton, improper equipment, costs; expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

  • BCC celebrates Black History Month

    Brunswick Community College held its Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 19. Student ambassador Shanta Vaught opened the event by reading ‘Phenomenal Women,’ a Maya Angelou poem. The BCC Faculty and Staff Choir performed several vocal selections and lead the crowd in singing of ‘Life Every Voice and Sing—The Negro National Anthem.’ A drumming and dance performance by the Wilmington Drummers and Dancers performed several numbers and explained how African natives perform them.

  • Commissioners hurl accusations of inappropriate conduct

    CALABASH—Town commissioner John Melahn has accused fellow commissioner Forrest King of disrespectful and abusive behavior at a town meeting.

    Melahn made the accusation at a heated Feb. 11 meeting continued from commissioners’ monthly meeting the night before.

    Melahn charged King violated “respect for process” in the town ethics policy for town officials and acted in an abusive and threatening manner at commissioners’ Feb. 3 agenda meeting.

  • Brunswick home sales up slightly in December

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County inched up again in December 2008, from 110 in November to 114 in December.

    Sales were up 41 percent over December 2007, when only 81 houses were sold, according to the most recent report from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    The average cost of a house in Brunswick County decreased slightly between 2007 and 2008, going from $260,306 to $253,488.

    The association also reported buyers spent $25,897,600 on houses in December 2008, up from $21,084,771 in December 2007 and up from $25,536,204 in November 2008.