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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Waccamaw Elementary students earn awards

    Waccamaw Elementary has announced its first nine-weeks honor rolls:

    A honor roll

    Second grade: Emily Hales, Samuel Hewett, Kaziah Lewis and Lily Wells.

    Third grade: Ella King, Olivia Fish, Ashleigh Warren, Tanner Babson, Austin High, Jadyn Hill, Jordyn Hill, Rachel Tennett, Daniel Vanskiver, Peyton Daniels and LeAnna Mintz.

    Fourth grade: Jacob Cribb, Olivia Fluharty, Myangel Ledbetter, Jonathan Mintz, Leonardo Ramirez, Christopher Tucholski and Alex Younts.

  • West’s HOSA chapter wins four events at district competition

    The West Brunswick High School HOSA chapter won big at the district competition on Nov. 20, winning four events.

    Nicole Turner finished first in Sports Medicine; Naquasha Hill won in Job Seeking Skills; Corey Burr and Kayanna Causey won in Career Health Display; and Christian Jackson and Jasmine Marlowe finished on top in CPR/First Aid.

  • Island Home Tour set at Ocean Isle Beach on Dec. 4

    This year’s Island Home Tour will be followed by the Island Good Time party at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 4.

    From 2-5 p.m., walk through the homes of Linda and Joe Grooms, Robert and Rosemary Pulliam, Ron and Debbie Sinclair, the Lewallen Family, Ricky and Debbie Gilchrist and the Ward Family. Each of the homes has unique features. After the tour, enjoy a party with drinks and heavy hors d’ouevres.

  • Church briefs

    Church plans Christmas cantata

    The Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas Cantata by the adult choir. 

    Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Camp UMC to  have cantata

  • It’s not easy to enter darkness to see a great light

    It’s true. I love hearing a good story. I love to tell a good story. If exaggeration will assist in the hearing and telling, I’ll use it; however, this is more than narrating a saga to regale an audience. It’s more than my causing amusement, laughter and distraction from our daily doings. It’s more than adding spice to a mundane routine. This is the stuff of life that causes one to stop, really stop and smell the roses in our everyday bouquet of life.

  • Decorations are one local couple's Christmas gift to the community

    The Christmas lights came on for the first time on Oct. 30, but the owners weren’t done. In fact, they still aren’t done.

    If you drive past Jennies Branch on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach in the evening, you can’t miss the holiday cheer.

    “We started off with one strand of lights across the back of the house 10 years ago,”  Reba Lefler said.

  • Brown-Johnson engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tiffany Nicole Brown of Supply and Austin Gene Johnson of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of James and Janet Brown of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Deanna Johnson of Shallotte. An April 30 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Thanksgiving celebration helps introduce American traditions to Hispanic community

    SHALLOTTE—With a rapidly growing Hispanic population of parishioners, introducing families to American culture and traditions is a way to help the Hispanic community at St. Brendan the Navigator better integrate into society.

    Last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving celebration hosted at the Shallotte church. It was intended to show the Hispanic community what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is like.

  • Federal investigation ends with state plea for former governor

    RALEIGH—Another North Carolina politician now bears the scarlet “F.”

    Last week, in a Wake Court courtroom, the year-and-a-half-long federal investigation into former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley ended with a guilty plea in state court.

    Easley, who served two terms as North Carolina governor, from 2001 until 2009, entered an Alford Plea Tuesday, Nov. 23.

    Easley entered the plea deal to one felony count of certifying a false campaign finance report.