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Today's News

  • Law allows excused absences for religious holiday observances

    BOLIVIA—State law now directs public schools to authorize excused absences for religious observances.

    House Bill 357, which went into effect July 20, dictates school principals must grant “a minimum of two excused absences” for religious observances.

    “Most school systems are already doing this,” Superintendent Ed Pruden said during the Brunswick County Board of Education policy meeting Tuesday morning.

  • Cyber Monday girl not up for the hassle that is Black Friday

    I have always loved to watch game shows on TV, but I never expected to find myself in a real-life version.

    One of my favorites was always “Supermarket Sweep.” Three teams took turns to guess the price of items and win 10 seconds to build up a lengthy sweep time. The big sweep, as it was called, was a free-for-all, where one person from each team tried to fill his or her shopping cart with the most expensive items in hopes of having the highest grocery bill at the end.

  • Brunswick County talent part of North Myrtle Beach Xmas cantata this weekend

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Most people around Sunset Beach know Marc Kaplan for his business acumen, as the longtime operator of the local fishing pier and Island Market.

    Monday night, however, Kaplan left the island and was busy singing and fulfilling his duties as the longtime choir chairman for the North Myrtle Beach All City Christmas Cantata, which will be presented in three performances this weekend.

  • Do-it-yourself travel has its privileges

    My idea of an ideal vacation used to involve air travel and a nice hotel.

    Those were the good ol’ days, pre-dating terrorism plots posed by the likes of Osama bin Laden & Co., a murky economic outlook and a resurgence of bedbugs.

  • Fifth annual train show pulling into Grissettown Longwood Fire Station

    LONGWOOD—For the fifth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire Department has become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s fifth annual Christmas Train Show continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett says.

  • Workshop Monday, meeting Dec. 9 in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners will convene at their monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at town hall.

    The board’s monthly meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9.

    Agendas for the meetings will be available later this week, according to deputy town clerk Nicole Marks.

  • Christmas in Calabash set for Friday with parade, tree, song, dance

    CALABASH—The Seafood Capital’s 15th annual “Spirit of Calabash” tree-lighting festivities and parade get under way this Friday starting at 6 p.m.

    As it did last year, the event will kick off with a Spirit of Calabash Christmas golf cart mini-parade down Beach Drive.

    The parking lot of Callahan’s of Calabash gift shop, at the corner of Beach Drive and River Road, is where the town’s 15th annual tree lighting is scheduled to begin immediately afterward.

  • Bolivia man killed in early-morning wreck Sunday

    A Bolivia man was killed early Sunday morning in a single-vehicle wreck near Belville.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels, 20-year-old Anthony Burgess, of Bolivia, was killed around 3:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 28, in a high-speed, single-vehicle wreck on N.C. 133 near Belville.

    Daniels said Efird Johnson, 26, also of Bolivia, was driving a Cadillac south on N.C. 133 at an estimated speed of about 70 mph on the 55-mph-stretch when he crossed the centerline, overcorrected and ran off the road on the right side.

  • Brunswick County Volunteer Awards

    Jayne Mathews, director of the Brunswick County Volunteer Center, announced five recipients of the Brunswick County Volunteer Awards last week at a reception in Bolivia. One of the recipients, Mary Pritchard, a volunteer at South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry, went on to win the Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service.

    Mary Pritchard, South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry

    Mary Pritchard volunteers at the South Brunswick Interfaith Food Pantry at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  • West, South open wrestling season

     The West Brunswick and South Brunswick wrestling teams opened their seasons in duals Nov. 23 at West with Hoggard, Lumberton and South View.

    West lost to South View 48-22. West winners were Ronnie Dellinger 6-2, James Hall 13-5, Antaun Miller by fall, Mike McCrimmon 13-11 and Bryan Lewis by fall.

    West beat Lumberton 54-28. West winners were Shane Bell by forfeit, Ronnie Dellinger by fall, Dillon Aubrey by fall, James Hall by fall, Mason Underwood by fall, Jason Huff by fall, Antaun Miller by fall, David Gibson by fall and Markell Stanley by fall.