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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    The ACE team conducts driving while impaired, driver’s license and criminal information checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • 'Smart’ conversation livens otherwise average meeting

    A business-as-usual county commissioners’ meeting on Monday night turned animated when commissioners considered a cell phone stipend plan, which almost cost county department heads their BlackBerrys.

  • Has technology affected our sense of connection to society?

    If I had a nickel for every cell phone, iPod or BlackBerry given this Christmas, I could retire early.

    I am not one of those people opposed to technology. In fact, I had several of the latest tech gadgets on my Christmas list. Technology is great—but lately I have been wondering how it’s affecting our society. Do we as a society interact less because it is more convenient to whip out our cell phone and text?

  • Hobgood birth

    John and Tracy Hobgood of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Noelle Ann Hobgood, born at 3:45 p.m., Dec. 12.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21–1/2 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Nathan, 23 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Cliff and Lynn Errickson of Sunset Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Bob and Nancy Hobgood of Greenville.

    Great-grandparents are Sam and Dottie Panettiori of Sunset Beach and Doris Hobgood of Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Brunswick Community College announces continuing education class schedule

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement. Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 910-755-7380 to register. The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars:

    Small Business

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Police charged Christian S. Smith, 20, of 114 Dolphin St., Holden Beach, with driving while impaired on Bridgers Road. She was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Pedestrian killed in Shallotte on New Year’s Eve

    A pedestrian was struck by a car and killed on New Year’s Eve near Shallotte.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A. E. Morris, around 6 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 31, Julius Drake Lewis, 53, of Shell Landing Road, Supply, was killed after he was hit by a vehicle driven by Steven Paul Stepka, of Shallotte, near the intersection of Gray Bridge and Tar Landing roads.

    No charges have been field, Morris said. Morris said alcohol did not appear to be a contributing factor for the driver.

    Other wreck

  • Newer artificial baits luring fisherman

    January is a great time for boat shows and tackle expos, and if you go to one you will see a bewildering selection of lures available for throwing at inshore saltwater fish. The Bass Pro Shop, Dick’s Sporting Goods, our fine local tackle shops and even the better Walmarts carry most of the same artificial choices. All of them work in the right situation, and you shouldn’t be reluctant to try some of the newer models out there gaining fame for their success.

  • Golf action

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a modified Stableford tournament Jan. 2 at Cypress Bay. The winning team with a score of +17 was Paul Michal, Roger Dunham and Ed Kinney. Ed Kinney led the team with a +9.5 and an eagle on No. 15. Most over his points was Dennis McCann at +11.5. Low gross for the day was an 84 by Gary Gutheil and Paul Michal. Low nets were Ed Kinney at 65, Hal Riebesehl at 67, Dennis McCann at 68 and Roger Dunham at 69.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Get to know Brunswick County's Most Interesting People

    Whether serving coffee, styling hair, directing a church choir or singing gospel music with his family, Michael Clemmons is never happier than when he’s interacting with people in his community.

    Asked his favorite place in Brunswick County, the 21-year-old Bolivia native has a unique answer: Jumpin’ Java, the coffee shop in Shallotte where he works one of the two jobs he manages to squeeze in while going to school full time and directing his church choir.