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Today's News

  • Caroling is great, but not as sentimental as it sounds

    When most of us think of Christmas caroling, scenes of Dickensian street orphans singing “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” in cockney accents for tuppence from the upper class or of well-dressed, top-hatted men and bonneted women singing “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and good-naturedly begging for figgy pudding often come to mind. (OK, maybe just to my mind.)

    But in reality, my experiences with caroling have been a lot less picturesque.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South swimmers start season, attain regional times

    SUPPLY—One meet into the high school swim season, South Brunswick has already qualified swimmers for 11 events in the Class 3A regional.

    The Cougars competed against Clinton in a Saturday morning dual at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center. (Lumberton and Swansboro also competed in the eight-lane short-course pool.) South’s boys won 168-57 and South’s girls won 118-78.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Fun at the Shallotte Christmas Parade

    Morning rain didn’t delay Shallotte’s annual Christmas parade, which proceeded down Main Street promptly at 10 a.m. Dec. 5.

    The rain clouds parted just long enough to allow the hour-long procession to continue as scheduled from Lowe’s Home Improvement Warehouse onto Main Street.

    “I think there was a lot of praying going on,” said parade organizer Cindy Babson with the town of Shallotte.

  • Spirit of Calabash Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

    Calabash's Christmas tree lighting Dec. 4 was a life-size rendition of the cozy ceramic villages sold at Callahan's, the local store where the annual event took place.

    As holiday music played, townspeople gathered outside the gift shop to await the golf cart parade, which proceeded down Beach Drive and River Road to the delight of children and adults gathered on the sidewalk.

    Folks lined up for free popcorn from an old-timey vendor. There also were hot dogs, coffee and cocoa.

  • West Brunswick students honored with 'Effort Awards

    More than 60 West Brunswick High School students were honored Friday morning with Effort Awards.

    Nominated by their teachers, students were recognized with Effort Awards for class participation, attendance, attitudes, willingness to help and any other positive behaviors exhibited.

    Principal George Kelley said Effort Awards, which are given out semiannually, are to tell students “thank you for what you’ve been doing.”

    Read next week’s Beacon for the complete story.

  • Has the real estate market turned a corner?

    Since January, Brunswick County Realtors have sold 858 site-built houses and townhomes and 316 condominiums and manufactured/modular homes. That is down from 947 and 413 in 2008, according to statistics from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

    An additional 131 sales are now pending, and local agents say that’s a harbinger of good news for the market’s future.

    Bonnie Black, broker-in-charge at Re/Max at the Beach’s Calabash office, went as far as to say the county’s housing market has taken a turn for the better.

  • Mayor, commissioners sworn in for new terms at Holden Beach

    The newly elected and re-elected Holden Beach mayor and commissioners were sworn in during the regular commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night at town hall.

    Commissioner Sandy Miller reminded Holden Beach property owners an open house would be from 1-5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11, at the new town hall. Property owners can tour the $4 million, two-story facility then.

  • Tomato-picking at the local farmers market can be a family event

    Last weekend, my wife and I decided to go to the local farmers market and pick some tomatoes. I had never done this before, so I didn’t really know what to expect.

    Once there, we grabbed some boxes and hopped on the hay wagon. There were five or six others onboard with us for the tomato-picking experience.

  • Party crashers: Sheriff's, chief deputy's move trump Tareq, Michaele Sahali stunt

    Move over Sahalis—the jig and your 15 minutes of fame are up. You crashed a White House soiree, embarrassed the Secret Service and the administration and now face Congressional hearings. You’ve kept politicians and pundits entertained in Washington, D.C., and across the country. You even landed the coveted opening of “Saturday Night Live.”

    But here in Brunswick County we have two new party-crashing stars, Sheriff John Ingram and chief deputy Charlie Miller, at least it seems, according to the reaction to the news.

  • Outstanding fishing foreseen for this month

    The long anticipated arrival of the first bluefin tuna catches of the year are finally here. This past weekend the first giant bluefin of the year were landed out of Morehead City. Reports are the water is still a bit on the warm side, but the recent cool weather will certainly drive more fish to our waters.