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Today's News

  • Warm-weather spoiled Coastal Carolinian feels the real depth of the deep freeze

    Growing up in central Kentucky, I’m used to winter’s cold temperatures, snow, wind, rain and ice. Although it’s nothing compared to many northern states, Kentucky has plenty of below-freezing days during winter months.

  • Positive thinking may lead to a revitalized economy

    This is the beginning of a new year. It is time to release the past and look toward the future. It is important not to allow past failures and disappointments to hinder future success. Rather than reflect on what has gone wrong with our economy in the past, we need to reflect on what can go right with our economy in the future.

    The Apostle Paul says in the fourth chapter of Philippians, “think on those things that are true, honest and just.”

  • Overboard incidents/loss of life on cruises

    To the editor: An open letter to cruise lines: In our fast-forward, intelligent society, I see a need for brainstorming when it comes to room balconies and outer deck railings on cruise ships.

  • Leland crime report

    Leland police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week, which are taken directly from patrol activity reports:

    •Property damage on Hampton Pines Court; suspect cut the power line to victim’s Christmas lights between Dec. 25 and Dec. 29.

    •Shoplifting on New Pointe Boulevard; two juvenile suspects were released to their parents’ custody after shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Property damage on Egret Nest Circle; suspect kicked dents into the driver’s side door of victim’s vehicle.

  • 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.