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Today's News

  • Best and worst of 2008: Trends

    I promised I’d be back with more “best and worst” of the year. This time, I’ve decided to take on the trends of 2008.

    From “going green” to vampire books and movies, and from presidential slogans to penny-pinching, it was definitely a memorable year—for both good and bad trends.

    Best: I’m all for the trend of making good movies for kids and adults. “WALL-E” was one of the best movies I’ve seen in years, and it was highly entertaining for my daughter as well.

  • North wins over Trask

    LELAND—North Brunswick held Trask scoreless for the first quarter en route to a 69-21 victory over Trask Dec. 18 in a high school girls basketball game. North coach Travis Fortune used all 10 of his players and all scored at least two points.

    Sophomore forward Barbara Graham and sophomore guard Tyera Fisher each had 13 points. Fisher, who is leading the team with a 14-point scoring average, also had four assists.

  • Beach rentals still a bargain

    To the editor: This is a reply to the Gastonia reader’s letter last week about rising rental rates at Holden Beach.

    First is my disclaimer: I once rented my beach property at Holden Beach, but I haven't done so in more than 10 years, so I gain no benefit from higher rentals.

    Costs of owning beach property have risen dramatically. A vacuum sewer system has been installed for our convenience and the significant cost has been passed on to the homeowners for installation and higher water bills.

  • Mauck-Bailey

    Cabell Layne Mauck and Andrew Nelson Bailey were married Dec. 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va.

    The Rev. Mary Kay Collins officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Newbill Mauck III of Richmond.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her parents.

    The groom is the son of Laurie Anne Nelson of Ocean Isle Beach and George William Bailey Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.

    Caroline Neville Grumbine of Boston, the bride’s cousin, served as maid of honor.

  • 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.