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Today's News

  • Maresca-Madison

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Veronica Maresca of Ash and Tim Madison of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ann Maresca of Sunset Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Evelyn Madison of Shallotte and John Madison of Shallotte Point. A Feb. 21, 2009, wedding is planned in Charleston, S.C. After a honeymoon in the Caribbean, the couple will reside in Ash.

  • Bolig celebrates 80th birthday

    Joyce Ann Bolig, formerly of Lionville, Pa., now a 14-year resident of Carolina Shores, recently celebrated her 80th birthday at the Calabash VFW with her many friends and family. The guests were entertained by Peggy Lenard & Her Bag Pipes. Everyone enjoyed the Buffet catered by the Calabash Deli. Bolig is active in her church, sings in the choir and is a member of the Red Hats. She keeps busy working part time at Toby's Old World Gift Shoppe in Little River, S.C.

  • Supply students graduate from D.A.R.E. program

    D.A.R.E. officer Adam Stanley led the Supply Elementary assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance before 66 fifth-grade students walked across the stage to receive their D.A.R.E. diplomas on Monday, Dec. 8.

    Supply Elementary Principal Dwight Willis welcomed the students, staff and guests to the 2008 D.A.R.E. Ceremony. Special guests were Brunswick County school board member Catherine Cooke, Detective Todd Coring, Brunswick County Sheriff John W. Ingram and motivational speaker Joe Yalch.

  • Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

    In the spirit of the holidays, knowing many readers have faced difficult times during the past year, we reprint “Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” to spread Christmas cheer.

    Eight-year-old Virginia Hanlon penned the original letter, and it appeared in the New York Sun in 1897.

    Veteran newspaperman Francis Pharcellus Church wrote the response. Since it’s creation some 111 years ago, the piece has become history’s most reprinted editorial.

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.

  • Santa Claus comes to town

    CAROLINA SHORES—Bill Woods is naturally bearded and jovial.

    Small surprise, then, that the affable, retired FDNY lieutenant has been playing Santa Claus for the past quarter-century.

    This Christmas, the retired Carolina Shores resident and his wife, Carol, planned to hitch up their sleigh and journey to their native New York, where Woods was to visit with children at firehouses where the couple’s two sons now serve.

  • Students give $1 million to favorite charities

    If Andrew Whitlock had $1 million to give away, he’d use it to build a skate park for boys and girls to skateboard or rollerblade, complete with boards and blades for everyone free of charge.

    Not being able to keep her million dollars, Alisha Skaggs would donate to St. Jude’s, so it could help parents with previous medical bills and provide clothes and toys to the sick children.

  • Services set for 'reason for the season'

    Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are scheduled throughout Brunswick County and the surrounding area this week.

    •Candlelight Christmas service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Bethel United Methodist Church, 3909 U.S. 17 Business, Bolivia. Come dressed as you are. Brief Christmas service to include singing Christmas carols, a message and communion. For more information, call the Rev. Mark Murphy at 617-3245.

    •Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW (N.C. 904), Sunset Beach. 579-5753.

  • West cheerleaders invited to nationals

    The West Brunswick High School cheerleaders have been invited to compete March 20-22 at the Cheer Ltd. Nationals at CANAM in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    West was selected to compete in the national competition because it scored high enough in the sixth annual North Carolina High School Athletic Association Invitational Cheerleading Championships Nov. 8 at the Raleigh Convention Center.

    West coach Tiffa Murray said the West Brunswick varsity team has been invited to previous nationals but never has had the chance to actually go.

  • Location is key when finding fish in winter

    The weather has alternated between unusually warm and typically cold, but local inshore fishing has settled into its traditional winter pattern. That means fewer people are fishing but some coolers are still being filled.

    For the casual bottom angler and the surf fishermen there are targets out there, though they might not be easy to find. Fish are schooled up tight, meaning it isn’t hard to miss out on them if you are at the wrong spot at the wrong time. Some of them also tend to be more active at certain times of the day and night.

  • Merry Christmas to all

    Dear Reader, Since Christmas is a time to send letters and cards to friends and family, here’s my Christmas letter to y’all.

    The Christmas season is a reminder of the power of love and light. If you are a Christian, you commemorate the time when God reached down to earth and gave the ultimate gift, his son, Jesus.