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Today's News

  • Charlie Megaswing: Golf teacher, poet, dancer, raconteur

    As a working journalist, I have met a lot of different folks over the years. Interviews are one of the facets of writing I dearly love. It’s fun to meet new people, to ask questions, to find out what makes them tick.

    Last week, I met a real raconteur, a guy who has a great life story and a gift of gab to go with it.

    Charlie Megaswing has been teaching the game of golf at the State Line Driving Range for more than 10 years. The facility is on the southbound lane of U.S. 17, right on the border of North and South Carolina.

  • Beach Assembly of God presents ‘Bethlehem Live’

    After being rained out Friday and Saturday, Beach Assembly of God presented Bethlehem Live for the first time on Sunday,     Dec. 6.

    About 500 people attended Sunday night despite the cold. The church had more than 2,500 people make reservations to attend one of six      performances.

    Performances are set for Friday, Dec. 11, Saturday, Dec. 12 and Sunday,     Dec. 13.

    To make reservations, or for more information, call the church at 579-9701.

  • Grand jury finds probable cause for assault in shooting at Sole's home

    A Columbus County grand jury has found probable cause that R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest-serving legislator, assaulted a man during the August shooting at Sole’s Tabor City home.

    On Thursday, 12 grand jurors found sufficient evidence that Soles, a state senator and Tabor City attorney whose district includes Brunswick County, assaulted Kyle Blackburn during an altercation at his home on Aug. 23.

    While the grand jury found probable cause, no charges have been filed.

  • Brunswick Family Assistance gears up for family, senior Christmas distribution

    On the outside, it’s the Brunswick Family Assistance Christmas headquarters on Main Street. Inside, it’s a Santa’s workshop of sorts, with an army of volunteers packing, wrapping and organizing presents to fulfill local children’s Christmas wish lists.

  • Shallotte Hardee's robbed Saturday night

    Shallotte police officers are investigating a robbery with a dangerous weapon, kidnapping and assault by pointing a gun at Hardee’s on Main Street on Saturday night.

    Officers reported two suspects entered the store and rushed an employee into the office where the manager was. The suspects held employees against their will and stole $2,700 from the restaurant.

  • Carolina Shores mayor won't pursue e-mail breach

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby said this week he doesn’t plan to further pursue a breach of his e-mail account at town hall.

    A few weeks ago, it was discovered Selby had not received e-mail sent to him at town hall for about a month because it had been “compromised.”

    Speaking at a town board of commissioners’ workshop Dec. 7, Selby said he did not receive e-mails sent to his town hall address from Oct. 19 through Nov. 23.

    All of his e-mail had been forwarded to a now defunct address, to “Mica Richards” at yahoo.com.

  • Midway property owners file suit against St. James

    Property owners in the Midway Road area, one of two areas the town of St. James has approved for involuntary annexation, recently filed suit against the town seeking to declare the annexation ordinance “null and void.”

    The suit claims the annexation plan does not meet the requirements of state statutes regarding annexation and criticizes methods the town used to select the property.

  • Shallotte charges Hardee's employee with aiding armed robbery

    Shallotte police officers have charged a Hardee’s employee in connection with a robbery at the restaurant on Main Street on Saturday night. Two other suspects remain at large.

    Jessica Danielle Cortes, 17, of 4731 Babson Road, Ash, has been charged with aiding and abetting an armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Arrests of the two suspected robbers are pending, police said Tuesday.

  • County tests water after sewer line break

    Water quality testing is being done on nearby areas on Benton Road in Bolivia following a sewer leak early Tuesday morning.

    John Nichols, assistant director of utility operations, said a minor leak in a relatively new line installed by developers of the Goose Marsh subdivision occurred Tuesday morning.

    “Evidently, there was a leak, which was apparent and just coming up through the ground,” he said. “We sent our forces down to repair it. They dug down to the pipe and they had to cut the line…after isolating the line to make the repair.”

  • Early Childhood Center open for classes

    The Early Childhood Education program at Brunswick Community College now has a building of its own.

    Construction of The Early Childhood Education Center is complete, and classes finished out the year in the newly constructed building Monday.

    Funded as part of a $30 million bond referendum passed by the county in November 2004, the $2.5 million dollar building provides 11,000 square feet of classrooms for instruction, an administration area and room for a future daycare center.