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Today's News

  • From Cyber Monday to Tragic Tuesday: Sale extension may spur slow economy

    Franklin D. Roosevelt may have been on to something when he moved Thanksgiving up a week in 1939.

    Annually celebrated on the last Thursday of November since Abraham Lincoln’s presidency in 1863, FDR chose to move the holiday a week earlier in ’39 at the requests of retailers and businesses.

    See, there were five Thursdays that November, and Thanksgiving fell on the 30th. Leaving only 25 days for shoppers to secure holiday goodies and only 25 days for businesses to cash in on the holiday rush, FDR chose to move the holiday that year and the next two.

  • Burglaries, thefts in Sunset Beach during Thanksgiving holiday

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a number of burglaries and thefts reported during the Thanksgiving holiday period and weekend.

    On Nov. 25, a Tom Tom GPS navigation system was reported stolen from a motor vehicle parked at Duncan Place.

  • Coastline Rescue Squad searching for more volunteers

    SUPPLY—Coastline Rescue’s dwindling volunteer roster has the squad chief and president worried about the volunteer squad’s future.

    Squad president David Robinson and chief Mike Murphy say the squad desperately needs volunteers. Unlike volunteer fire departments that receive money from fire fees in the district they serve, Murphy said volunteer rescue squads receive no state funds.

  • Burglary suspect arrested

    SUPPLY—When a resident of a vacation home on Talman Street in the Ocean View area of Supply came to Brunswick County this week, an unexpected visitor was in the home.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detective Tony Caison said Nelson Alexander Caraballo was living in the Talman Street home for an unknown amount of time, which was last secured by the homeowner in September.

    Nothing was reported stolen from the residence.

    “A vacationer came into the residence and walked in and [Caraballo] was in there,” Caison said.

  • Senate votes to begin debate on healthcare bill

    It took a party-line vote for Senate Democrats to win the right to debate Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s healthcare reform bill, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, on the Senate floor.

    Reid, a Nevada Democrat, introduced the Senate version of the bill Wednesday, Nov. 18.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Sheriff's office 'Bad Boys' trump drug treatment court participants on the hard court

    In what Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis called the “first annual” match up between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office “Bad Boys” and participants and volunteers with the Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court, the “Bad Boys” narrowly defeated their opponents 33-31.

    The “Bad Boys” joined drug treatment court participants and volunteers, including a probation officer, on the hard court last week at Brunswick Community College.

  • Trojans open home wrestling season

    The West Brunswick High School wrestling team opened its home wrestling season with three duals Nov. 24 at Shallotte Middle School, and the Trojans’ Ronnie Dellinger won all three of his matches at 103 pounds by pin.

    Against Jacksonville, West got all three of its victories by pin: Ronnie Dellinger at 103, Dylan Bernier at 119 and Bryan Murdaugh at 171. West lost 61-18.

  • Armed robbery reported at Supply grocery store

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for two men who reportedly robbed a grocery store last Wednesday evening in the Civietown area of Supply.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said the armed robbery was reported around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at Smith’s Grocery and Hardware on Holden Beach Road in Civietown.

    Davis said the victim reported being robbed by two black male suspects, both of whom were armed and wearing orange ski masks.

  • Stimulus money reported to phantom congressional districts

    More than $5.7 million in federal stimulus money went to North Carolina’s 37th, 86th, 24th, 14th and 91st congressional districts, according to the government-run Web site that tracks American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.

    The problem?

    North Carolina only has 13 congressional districts.

    According to www.recovery.gov, the government-run Web site that tracks how and where American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money is being spent, $5,722,231 was designated to the nonexistent districts, plus district 00.

  • Escaped inmate captured in Maryland

    Rosher Rodriguez-Aguilar, the inmate who was mistakenly released from the Brunswick County Detention Center in September, has been captured in Baltimore.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco, with the department’s professional standards division, said Baltimore Police captured Rodriguez-Aguilar, 27, around 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 16, during a routine traffic stop.

    Rodriguez-Aguilar is in a Baltimore jail on a $40,000 secured bond and a detainer, “meaning he shouldn’t be able to get out,” Francisco said.