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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Former officer not guilty of assault

    Published at 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, Dec.17

    After deliberating for about an hour and a half, a Brunswick County Jury returned a not guilty verdict for a former Holden Beach Police officer charged with assault.

    Just after 5 p.m. Wednesday, Brannon Gray, 24, was found not guilty of assault inflicting serious bodily injury, a felony, as well as two possible misdemeanor assault charges a jury could have found him guilty of had the state not met the burden of proof for the felony conviction.

  • Study of bike, pedestrian paths continues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Planning board members have agreed to continue tweaking a proposed bicycle and pedestrian plan.

    “I don’t think it’s ready for us to agree to anything to [forward] to council,” board member Bob Perry said at the Dec. 18 meeting.

    No alternatives have been outlined, and no cost estimates given for such a “Share the Road” program, he said.

    The board discussed possible details and concerns about establishing such paths on the island and mainland. Concerns also were expressed about safety.

  • Commissioners mull housing options

    After discussing eliminating the county’s director of public housing position in closed session at their Dec. 15 meeting, commissioners have voted to keep the position for the next fiscal year.

    County staff recommended commissioners eliminate the position in the next fiscal year’s budget, and asked commissioners to consider a new senior-level position responsible for housing development in the county’s planning and community development department.

  • Drug agents arrest Ocean Isle Beach man for trafficking

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have arrested an Ocean Isle Beach man for trafficking illegal prescription medication.

  • Sewer grants not granted; land buy initiated in Calabash

    Grants for future sewer in Calabash have been rejected it was learned, while town commissioners took steps to buy land for expansion at a specially called meeting Dec. 18.

    Commissioners learned at the meeting two individual Rural Center for Support Grants of $500,000 each were not approved. The town applied for one of the grants, while Brunswick County applied for the other to help offset the cost of future sewer in the seafood capital.

    The governments have until Jan. 2 to file “intents to re-apply” and until Jan. 15 to actually re-apply for the grants.

  • Let’s not forget about the great tradition of making holiday drinks

    It’s that time of year when you are most likely to be hosting a party with friends or family.

    Make that gathering a little more festive and special by extending the holiday spirit to the drinks and refreshments you offer your guests.

    Here is what you need to prepare some of the more popular traditional holiday cheer and a few more.

    Wassail Bowl

    Drinking Wassail is an age-old winter custom. It is drunk at Christmastime, New Year’s and the 12th Night.

  • Winter weather is here and it’s time for trees

    Every year about this time, I grow a bit weary of all of the holiday stuff and the typical cool and wet weather of our winters. The only solution to this is to get out and get a little bit of dirt under the fingernails. Of course, purists will recoil at the mention of dirt.

    Yes, I know, the stuff we grow plants in is soil, but even though I’m quickly closing in on the big Five-O, I’m still that kid pushing those Buddy-L and Tonka bulldozers and dump trucks around the sand pile.