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Today's News

  • Black Friday, Small Business Saturday sales are up

    Whether you were one of Black Friday’s early risers or you opted to sleep in and shop Saturday instead, chances are your wallet is a little lighter after the holiday weekend, which has become as famous for shopping and sales as turkey and pumpkin pie.

    According to the National Retail Federation, Americans are once again spending money—with shoppers spending $52.4 billion on Black Friday alone.

  • UPDATE: Calabash bank robbery suspect nabbed

    Christopher Wilson Scott, a suspect in a Calabash bank robbery, has been captured.

    Scott, 32, was apprehended Wednesday night by the Horry County, S.C., Police Department as he exited the waterway at a marina in Little River, S.C.

    At 7:50 p.m. Wednesday, Horry County police went to the Sleep Inn in Little River after receiving a report of a possible sighting of the suspect there.

    Brunswick County detectives were already on the scene and began chasing Scott on foot, according to a press release issued Thursday by the Horry County Police Department.

  • Seven drivers arrested for DWI over Thanksgiving holiday

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team arrested seven suspects for driving while impaired over the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. ACE deputies issued 61 total charges from Nov. 21-27.

    ACE deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Frank Pruitt, 54, of 1530 Hickman Road, Calabash, was charged with DWI and no operator’s license.

  • More than a brown sugar-and-marshmallow covered side dish

    Sweet potatoes are more than a popular side dish at Thanksgiving—they are a risky business in Brunswick County.

    Brunswick County farmer Wayne Grissett of W.W. Grissett Farm off Russtown Road in Ocean Isle Beach grows a little bit of everything on his farm.

    “Farming is such a risk, every year one crop is bad for one reason or another,” he said.

    This year more than one of his crops have been in danger.

  • Holden Beach Tea Party

    HOLDEN BEACH—There was tea and politics on the agenda Saturday during the annual Holden Beach Tea Party.

    More than a hundred people showed their support for the movement by attending an event featuring musical entertainment, six speakers and a barbecue lunch.

  • Generations separate us, but technology links newfound friends

    We are unlikely pen pals.

    He’s a World War II-era veteran who has tales to share about his service as an Army Air Force medic. 

  • Leak at nuclear power plant sparks NRC investigation

    SOUTHPORT—A reactor at Progress Energy’s Brunswick nuclear plant was shut down last Wednesday, Nov. 16.

    A leak prompted the shutdown of the Unit 2 reactor and has sparked an investigation by the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

  • Advocates offers hope to crime victims at annual vigil

    Tragedy.

    It’s something Mel Chilton knows all too well.

    Chilton, featured speaker at the 16th annual Justice for Citizens’ candlelight memorial service Friday night in Leland, lost her mother in 1975 to a violent crime.

  • Heather Menzel makes it into round two in ‘Millionaire’

    SHALLOTTE—Heather Menzel, a U.S. History teacher at South Brunswick High School from Shallotte, was a contestant on last Wednesday’s episode of “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire.” 

    Menzel made it all the way up to the $250,000 question.

    She successfully navigated her way through round one of the game (questions 1-10) and went on to round two (questions 11-14) with an accumulated “Millionaire” bank of $68,500. She had one lifeline left.

  • When you fall, make sure you fall forward

    It is so easy to look around and find things in my life I wish were different. There could always be a little more money, a little more food in the pantry, a little more gas in the truck, a little more time off work, a little more time to write, five more minutes to sleep.

    I could make a list a mile long of all the things I want.

    This week as I attempted to write my column I thought a lot about what I am thankful for and the list ranges from my health, a roof over my head, family and friends to the sand in my bed and the meowing of my cats.