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Today's News

  • Break-ins, DWIs reported in Sunset Beach

    Town police investigated seven incidents of breaking-and-entering reported along Main Street on the Sunset Beach island in the past week.

    Police also charged two men with driving while intoxicated in separate incidents.

    Reported break-ins include:

    •A CD player, a 26-inch Sanyo flatscreen TV and a 19-inch Dynex flatscreen TV were reported stolen in Nov. 15 incidents involving three separate addresses on East Main Street.

  • New leaders in Carolina Shores get a swearing-in

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town’s new mayor, its newest commissioner and two recently re-elected town commissioners were sworn in during ceremonies Monday.

    New Mayor Walter Goodenough, newly elected town commissioner Bill Brennan and board and re-elected town commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo were sworn in by outgoing Mayor Stephen Selby.

    The board also voted to re-appoint Przywara mayor pro tem for the town.

  • Goodenough to be mayor: New leader wants to keep Carolina Shores moving forward

    CAROLINA SHORES—More than six years ago, Walter Goodenough sat in the middle of his street in the Village at Calabash and posed for a newspaper photograph to illustrate his concerns about roads sorely in need of paving.

    Goodenough definitely made a statement.

    Looking back on that day, the newly elected mayor of Carolina Shores had no idea he’d someday become mayor of the town he once took issue with.

    “Absolutely, 100 percent not,” Goodenough said in an interview last week.

  • Grand opening Dec. 1 for BCC's new south-end facility

    Brunswick Community College’s new south-end facility is finally ready for its official opening.

    Grand opening festivities, including a ribbon-cutting and open house, are slated for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. next Thursday, Dec. 1, at the new facility in a converted building on U.S. 17 that previously housed an adult-entertainment club near Carolina Shores.

    The 7,800-square-foot facility, BCC’s newest addition, is described as an ideal site for receptions, banquets, small conferences, lectures, dances and small concerts.

  • Food collections, distribution 'overwhelming' this season

    Just in time for Thanksgiving, local food contributions and subsequent distribution this year are both at an all-time high.

    Mary Pritchard, coordinator of the food pantry for the South Brunswick Interchurch Council, said donations for the annual Thanksgiving distribution have been overwhelming.

    Volunteers with the SBIC pantry, based at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte, are grateful for food collected at Union Elementary School.

  • County considers options for old Brunswick Community Hospital facility

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County officials are considering their options for what was once Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply.

    When Novant Health opened Brunswick Novant Medical Center in July, Brunswick Community Hospital closed its doors.

    Then, in September, the former hospital on U.S. 17 in Supply reverted back to county ownership.

    Brunswick County commissioners, however, made it clear they did not want an aging and expensive hospital facility on their balance sheet, and Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing opened the hospital up for bid.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1, 2, 3, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.
    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Education briefs

    BEMC awards classroom grants
    Throughout the month of November, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives, including BEMC, will award Bright Ideas education grants to deserving teachers across the state. The grants make possible innovative, classroom-based projects that would otherwise go unfunded.
    This year, BEMC will contribute $44,043.97 to teachers in Brunswick and Columbus counties. In total, North Carolina’s Touchstone Energy cooperatives will collectively contribute nearly $600,000 to fund more than 550 Bright Ideas projects this year.

  • Religion briefs

    Coat closet
    seeks donations
    The St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church Neighbor to Neighbor Coat Closet outreach program is open from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesdays and Saturdays. Donations of warm, gently used adult and children’s coats will be accepted on these days. Vouchers will be needed to receive a coat. Call the church office at 754-9313.
    Thanksgiving service set

  • Changing one’s mind is crucial to growth

    Often, unfortunately too often, individuals who change their mind are perceived as shallow, superficial and unable to stick to their guns. Knowing smiles accompany the perception of ambivalence as viewers see weakness rather than strength. Disappointment reigns, vocalized both orally and non-verbally in the chastisement: “Make up your mind!”