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Today's News

  • Don’t drink and drive

    This past Sunday, a 20-year-old Bolivia man was killed in a single-vehicle wreck on N.C. 133 near Belville.

    Investigators believe high speed, failure to use seat belts and alcohol are all factors that may have contributed to the wreck that killed Anthony Burgess. 

    The driver, Efird Johnson, 26, of Bolivia, now faces criminal charges.

    While families across this community plan to celebrate the holiday season, it will be a time of mourning and sadness for the families and friends of these two young men.

  • Programs such as Head Start help kids get an early start on learning

    We’ve had several stories and editorials lately about how many people in our community need help especially during the holidays.

    This isn’t something new. There have always been people in our community who need a little extra assistance, especially families this time of year.

    It reminds me to count my blessings because I was one of those kids myself. 

  • Firefighters battling fire at Capt. John's Restaurant in Calabash

    First posted Tuesday, 7:32 p.m.

    CALABASH—Firefighters from several departments are battling a fire that broke out Tuesday at Capt. John's Seafood House.

  • New park opens, and children craft gifts for wildlife

    A new park has come to Shallotte.

    On Monday the town celebrated the opening ceremony followed by a reading time and craft session for Head Start students.

    The Rourk Library Pocket Park began three years ago as an idea discussed by the appearance committee. The group wanted to create a pocket park behind Rourk Library on Main Street. The vision was to create a usable space for residents to enjoy.

  • Trade assistance workshop for shrimpers in Varnamtown on Wednesday

    A workshop for shrimpers who have applied for federal Trade Adjustment Assistance is set for 6-8 p.m. this Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Varnamtown Town Hall.

    Jackie Varnam, chairman of Brunswick Catch, which is hosting the event, said the session is for area shrimpers who have applied for up to $12,000 in individual federal assistance being offered as compensation for reduced prices they’ve been getting for their shrimp.

  • Christmas season officially arrives in Shallotte this weekend

    The Christmas season is in full swing in Shallotte.
    This weekend the season will get even merrier as the town will be home to two events celebrating the sights and sounds of the season.
    On Friday, Dec. 3, at 6 p.m. in Rourk Gardens, the annual Christmas tree lighting celebration presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and the Junior Women’s Club will kick off a weekend of festivities.

  • BFA families: Christmas efforts a challenge for local charity

    It’s a busy time for Santa’s “elves” at Brunswick Family Assistance.

    This holiday season, the charity is stretched trying to meet all the requests for its holiday wish list, in addition to covering for the rent for its annual Christmas distribution site coming up in less than two weeks, on Dec. 15 and 16 in Shallotte.

    BFA volunteer Rae Numbers stayed busy Monday answering phone calls and assisting clients stopping by for food at the charity headquarters in Twin Creek Plaza in Shallotte.

  • Wrongful termination suit retrial begins this week

    BOLIVIA—Former Holden Beach Police officer Terri Oxford will once again have her day in court to try to convince jurors she was fired from the force for being a woman.

    In August, a deadlocked jury failed to unanimously determine whether Oxford was fired for being a woman, leading Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to declare a mistrial in the nearly three-week wrongful termination and gender discrimination trial against the town of Holden Beach.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Nov. 22-28, K-9 deputies answered 19 calls, wrote five citations and made four drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Longwood and Reed’s Country Store and Lakeside.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Myron Sanders, 19, of 4015 Bluefield Court, Leland, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and charged the following suspects during the last two weeks:

    •Ashton Brooke Edwards, 21, of Supply, was charged with displaying a revoked license and no insurance on Nov. 12.

    •Brandon Scott Childress, 22, of Southern Pines, was charged with displaying an expired registration and expired inspection on Nov. 14.