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Today's News

  • Commissioners hurl accusations of inappropriate conduct

    CALABASH—Town commissioner John Melahn has accused fellow commissioner Forrest King of disrespectful and abusive behavior at a town meeting.

    Melahn made the accusation at a heated Feb. 11 meeting continued from commissioners’ monthly meeting the night before.

    Melahn charged King violated “respect for process” in the town ethics policy for town officials and acted in an abusive and threatening manner at commissioners’ Feb. 3 agenda meeting.

  • Brunswick home sales up slightly in December

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County inched up again in December 2008, from 110 in November to 114 in December.

    Sales were up 41 percent over December 2007, when only 81 houses were sold, according to the most recent report from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    The average cost of a house in Brunswick County decreased slightly between 2007 and 2008, going from $260,306 to $253,488.

    The association also reported buyers spent $25,897,600 on houses in December 2008, up from $21,084,771 in December 2007 and up from $25,536,204 in November 2008.

  • Winnabow church sets barbecue fundraiser

    Mount Gilead Baptist Church, 5420 Ocean Highway, Winnabow, will host a barbecue fundraiser beginning at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 28.

    All proceeds will benefit Jerry Dean Simmons, a Winnabow native who has been diagnosed with cerebralitis. The disease has left him with a number of deficits, and he is undergoing speech, occupational, physical and vision therapy.

    Cost is $6 for a chopped barbecue plate, and $6.50 for a pulled barbecue plate. Each plate will include a choice of three sides and a roll.

    For information, call Pat at 253-6360 or 262-4545.

  • Man arrested for Winnabow woman's 2002 death

    Wilmington police have arrested a suspect in the 2002 murder of Vicki Robbins Brendle, 32, of Winnabow, a police department spokesperson announced Wednesday.

    Brendle was killed at 8 a.m., Sept. 28, 2002, at the intersection of the 1100 block of South Front Street.

    Last Wednesday, Wilmington detectives obtained a warrant for James Thurnan Daughtie, also known as James Daughtie, 25.

    Daughtie currently is in prison on unrelated charges and is due for release in 2010. He now faces the new charge of first-degree murder in Brendle’s death.

  • Volunteering ain’t what it used to be

    Volunteering your time, talents and money to help others is one of the noblest things you can do. “Paying it forward,” everyone giving back a little of what they’ve been blessed with helps everyone.

    But with the latest generation of retirees staying busy with second careers, part-time jobs, family obligations and the like, the old ways of volunteering just aren’t as appealing.

  • Art show continues; winners announced

    The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • 'Sharon in God's laughter' set for Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Sharon United Methodist Church will present “Sharon in God’s Laughter,” a variety show of comedy and music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Featured will be comedian and speaker David Ferrell, Crystal River gospel group and brother-and-sister singer/musician duo Trenton and Chloe Durham.

    The show is described as suitable for all ages. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Freewheeling Freddy

    Freddy is a delightful 11-month-old red-tick hound mix who is very loving and full of life. He is housebroken, gentle and mid-sized at 40 pounds. He will do well in a home with lots of love and a fenced yard. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily. Paws Place also offers animal care education and volunteer work programs at its 5-acre humanitarian facility 5 miles east of U.S.

  • Cooking for credit

    BOLIVIA—Days before Valentine’s Day, the wafting aroma of freshly baked cakes and brownies can be smelled throughout the halls of Brunswick County Academy.