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Today's News

  • The ever-pleasing poinsettia

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop till we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold.

  • Students gain valuable experience through Teen and Peer Court

    Brunswick County students believe in second chances. As volunteers in Teen and Peer Court programs, students serve as defense and prosecuting attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and jurors to determine sentencing for first-time juvenile offenders who have admitted to their crimes.

  • South swimmers split meet with Lumberton, Topsail

     

    In their last meet before the holiday break, the South Brunswick High School swim teams won one dual and lost another Dec. 14 at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    The girls beat Lumberton 107-41 but lost to Topsail 89-87. The boys beat Lumberton 83-63 but lost to Topsail 83-79.

    South’s boys had regional-qualifying times in five events. The Class 3A East Regional is Feb. 3-4. The state meet is Feb. 9-11.

    Myles Williams was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a qualifying 2:10.69. He won the 500 freestyle in 6:02.71.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge lighting up for holiday event Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Wreaths, bows and lights adorn the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, standing in yuletide finery at its new retirement site on Shoreline Drive West.

    Last December, the old span had just been put out of commission to make way for the new high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

    This December, the Old Bridge Preservation Society hasn’t forgotten the old span, where the nonprofit group is planning a holiday celebration, called “Christmas at the Old Bridge,” this coming Monday night.

  • Resident gadfly now new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—Like him or not, for the past six years Richard Cerrato has been a vivid presence in this Brunswick Islands town.

    It started with his first, losing election bids, first as a town council candidate in 2005, then in the 2009 mayoral race. It continues now with Cerrato’s first election victory this past Nov. 8 as the town’s new mayor, an election he finally won with nearly 60 percent of votes cast—914 votes over challenger Clinton Dunlop’s 610, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • Toy run brings out best among bikers, car buffs, chicks and season

    My stint as a “biker chick” has been long overdue.

    So when organizer Jerome Munna invited me to ride along on the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ toy run last Saturday, I responded with enthusiasm and wonder.

    I wondered: Where is all my leather stuff?

    All my closet could yield that cold morning was an off-white cardigan sweater to don over my jeans and black Ugg-like boots. The bottom part was acceptable, but the top, I soon learned, didn’t fit in at all.

  • Nature trail plans approved in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved proposed plans for a nature trail for The Farm at Brunswick.

    Approval of the developer’s proposed plan revision for the community, which consists of a nine-tenths-mile-long trail, came during the board’s monthly meeting Dec. 8.

    Brad Brundage, city manager for Farm developer D.R. Horton’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington offices, previously outlined plans at a town commissioners’ workshop Dec. 5.

  • New mayor, three commissioners take oaths in Calabash

    CALABASH--Newly elected Mayor Mary Knight and three new town commissioners took oaths of office at the town's last monthly meeting of the year Tuesday.

    Knight, along with newly elected town commissioners Sandy Melahn and Buddy Walton, were sworn in during the early portion of the meeting.

  • Bank robbery suspect still in S.C.

     A Calabash bank robbery suspect is still being held in South Carolina.

    Christopher Wilson Scott, 32, a suspect in the Nov. 29 bank robbery of Security Savings Bank in Calabash, has been incarcerated at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., since his capture and arrest by Horry County, S.C., police on Nov. 30.

    In South Carolina, Scott, of 1659 Edgewood Drive in Little River, has been charged with three counts of forgery, value less than $5,000, according to information on the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

  • Little River church fire investigated

    LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—Former Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby stood outside his burned church Tuesday morning, surveying damages along with church pastor Carl Wood and fire officials.

    Anchor Baptist Church on Highway 50 was heavily damaged when a fire broke out inside the unoccupied building around 4 p.m. Monday.

    “We’re blessed, because it could have been worse,” Selby said of the blaze battled Monday by several fire units, including the Calabash Fire Department. The two-lane highway was also shut down.