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Today's News

  • Get festively fishy at area aquariums

    Looking for something to do during the long Christmas holiday weekend?

    Even in December, aquarium activity abounds both north and south of Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher just a ferry-cross over the Cape Fear River from Brunswick County.

    In Myrtle Beach, S.C., Ripley’s Aquarium is showcasing “holiday wishes from 9,000 fishes.”

  • Police make another arrest in Hardee's case, seek suspect

    Shallotte Police have charged another person in connection with the armed robbery at Hardee’s on Main Street Dec. 12. They have also identified the alleged robber, who is still at large.

    On Tuesday, police charged Bobbie Diabo, 39, of 3686 Spring Dale Road, Little River, S.C., with aiding and abetting armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    She’s now custody at J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C.

  • Holden Beach residents will have to replace corroded tanks, panels

    This wasn’t exactly the Christmas spending many Holden Beach homeowners had planned on.

    But rusty and corroded propane tanks and/or electric panels pose such an imminent danger that replacement will be required within 30 days.

    “The gas tanks can leak, and somebody’s flipping cigarettes off the back deck—or fireworks…” said Holden Beach town manager David Hewett. “I’m cognizant of the yard-Nazi thing on anything the building inspector does, but this is a no-brainer.”

  • Town hall renovations continue

    Renovations to the Shallotte Town Hall building on Cheers Street are continuing. In the fall, the town signed a contract with Landmark Builders to build $358,419 in additions to the town hall’s administration building including improvements to the exterior and installing an elevator inside.

  • SBWSA money to go for sewer aid in Calabash, Sunset Beach

    Surplus funds from the defunct South Brunswick Water and Sewer Authority will be used to provide sewer connection assistance in Calabash and Sunset Beach.

    Brunswick County Utilities Director Jerry Pierce said this week roughly $67,000 has been earmarked for Sunset Beach, and Calabash will receive “exactly that same amount.”

    Funding will be for eligible property owners, those in low-to-moderate income brackets, as well as those who are handicapped, Pierce said.

  • Nostalgia is hard to resist: Remembering sticky holiday situations

    My folks didn’t raise me to be sentimental. They were pre-teens and teenagers when the Great Depression descended upon the country, so they knew about hard times and how to survive. Their expectation was we would tough things out and move on. When I haven’t allowed myself to fall prey to self-pity and remembered those lessons, it has served me well.

  • Heavy winds across this area can damage homes and landscaping

    Heavy winds whipped across southeastern North Carolina recently, waking homeowners and leaving downed trees and limbs behind.

    Strong weather is common in southeastern North Carolina, and so is cleaning up after it. But there’s a way to do it safely and wisely.

    Prioritize your chores by starting to work on trees that endanger buildings and fences first.

    Don’t attempt to handle trees that overhang or touch power lines. Call local utility company professionals for assistance in removing these trees.

  • Christmas merriness is often a mixed blessing

    For many years, I have announced I am not a Christmas person. I say to all who care to hear this is not my holiday. My words have caused some to look askance at me. It is likely I am raining on their “happiness parade,” bringing a negative note to their Noels.

  • Family of 100-year-old woman celebrates her life

    Lydia F. Hewett’s children and grandchildren fondly recall spending Christmas at her house in the Boone’s Neck community, stringing popcorn and eating home-cooked meals to celebrate the holiday season and Hewett’s birthday each Dec. 15.

    Her most recent celebration was the ultimate milestone birthday. Hewett turned 100 years old last week, and several of her children and other family members visited her at Autumn Care of Shallotte to honor her years of love, caring and wisdom.

  • Christmas wishes for Congress: Read the Constitution (and the bills you pass)

    Ah, Christmastime. What a wonderful time of year. In our nation’s capital, a record snowfall has blanketed the city, creating a beautiful backdrop for a legislative disaster of epic proportions that is unfolding within the hallowed walls of the U.S. Capitol.

    In the spirit of the holidays, I thought I’d write a light-hearted tribute to the season, but then, around 1 a.m. Monday, the Senate secured its 60 votes needed to move forward with healthcare reform, derailing any hopes for jovial Christmas prose or sugarplum fairies to dance in my head.