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Today's News

  • A different kind of ball room

    LOCKWOOD FOLLY--Friendly competition, camaraderie and fun are the main reasons people enjoy shooting pool, and for a group of friends in this golf course community, another reason is neighbor Bob Marston’s new billiards room.

    The group of about a half-dozen Lockwood Folly residents plays three nights a week, and Marston’s friends say the night they enjoy most is when he hosts the game.

  • Brunswick representatives attend forum on investing in children's futures

    “Smart Investing: Communities Thrive When Children Thrive” is an initiative funded by the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation to find out what North Carolinians think are the most important priorities for the state, specifically related to young children.

    The foundation funded eight forums across the state, and several representatives from Brunswick County attended the forum in Fayetteville last month.

  • Sunset River Marketplace to feature watercolors by Richard Staat

    CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace is featuring paintings by watercolor artist Richard Staat in a show titled “Watercolors with a Transparent Touch,” from Jan. 11 through Feb. 20.

    The eclectic exhibition includes figural pieces as well as landscapes and coastal scenes. A reception, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16.

  • MARTIN LUTHER KING OBSERVANCES

    MLK OBSERVANCE THURSDAY

    A Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration will be at 1 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 14, in the Brunswick County Commissioners Chambers located in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the Brunswick County Government Center in Bolivia. Everyone is invited to attend. Nonperishable food items will be accepted at the event. For more information, contact Andrea White at 253-2016.

    SOUTHPORT SETS TWO-DAY CELEBRATION

  • Winter exercise takes a hike

    Ah, winter exercise.

    There’s nothing I like better than to get up on a frosty morn (any of the ones we’ve seen this month), stretch my arms toward Mr. Coffee and do a lengthy sit-down on the couch in front of the television.

    I say I’m tuning in for exercise-at-dawn, and I do. But it has nothing to do with any outrageous outdoor running or power-walking on dangerously icy pavement. You have got to be kidding.

    But what’s not to love about FitTV’s exercise guru Gilad Janklowicz?

  • West Brunswick girls rout Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick girls’ basketball team dominated from the first minutes in beating Whiteville 49-29 in a Waccamaw Conference game Friday night.

    Breana Gause scored 18 points, had 10 rebounds and made five steals for the Trojans, now 2-2 in the conference, 7-4 overall. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 12 points, had 12 rebounds and two seals.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED South beats North in wrestling dual

     LELAND—The South Brunswick wrestling team won eight matches by pin in beating North Brunswick 66-18 in a Waccamaw Conference dual Jan. 6.

    The Cougars gained 18 points from three forfeits.

    Senior heavyweight Robert McHenry won the first match by pin with 1 minute, 10 seconds left in the second period.

    Sophomore Zack Von Voight won the 103-pound match by pin with 1:22 left in the second period.

  • Cold weather does not deter good cause

     I know all about cold weather.

    I grew up in Chicago and I covered sports for two years in Wyoming.

    I know cold weather.

    Living in North Carolina has spoiled me. When the temperature dips below 40 degrees, I pout. But cold weather does not deter athletes. It is one more challenge they are determined to overcome.

    I saw that firsthand over the weekend.

  • Soles indicted on assault charges for August shooting

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., the state’s longest serving legislator, was indicted Thursday afternoon for assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.

    The grand jury returned a true bill of indictment at 1:45 p.m. Thursday, charging Soles with the Aug. 23, 2009, shooting of Thomas Kyle Blackburn at Soles’ Branchwater estate at Tabor City.

    The indictment came just days after Soles announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate.

  • BEMC Kicks off Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign

    Brunswick Electric Membership Cooperation (BEMC) has kicked-off its second-annual Warm Homes, Warm Hearts campaign and has raised more than $21,000 so far.

    The company is raising money in order to help local residents in need. The money raised will go towards Brunswick Family Assistance and the Columbus County Department of Aging to help local residents with their heating and electric bills and other necessities during the winter season.