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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.