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Today's News

  • New Year’s resolutions and Fibber McGee’s closet

    Everyone has within themselves their own personal demons, which they must conquer before becoming whole and complete.—Unknown

    Several months ago my spouse Penny and I were visiting with good friends, a long-married couple in a distant city.

    They are our age, successful professionals with grown-up kids. Their home could easily appear in any of several wonderful magazines portraying southern living.

    How could anything be amiss?

  • Cameras, photography change with time, increase ease of use, frequency

    I held the tiny white-edged Polaroid snapshot in my fingers. The edges have darkened over the years, and the color has tinted an odd shade of green.

    I’m in the center of the photo, probably no more than 3 or 4 years old, standing in front of an unshapely real Christmas tree. The tree is decorated with lots of shiny objects, accentuated with far too many stringy, silvery icicles.

    My hands are folded in delight, with a big smile on my face. Behind me are stacks and stacks of presents.

  • Leaving paradise to find a frozen White Christmas

    Some people around this area told me they dream of a white Christmas.

    If I had lived in 70-degree December weather for most of my life, I might be one of the dreamers, too. But living in a place with inches of snow and negative-degree wind chills for my entire childhood no longer leaves me with winter weather desire.

    If it snowed back home, it was usually after the New Year. February or March was more likely to be victims of blizzards than November or December.

  • Ocean Isle Beach crime report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated a breaking and entering and property damage on Isle Plaza this week.

    According to a police report, an unknown subject broke into a home by forcing the side door open. The side latch was damaged, and the doorknob bolt damaged the molding.

    The homeowners reported nothing missing.

  • Singletarys celebrate 50 years

    Pete and Augusta K. Singletary of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 25. They were married in 1958 at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply. They now have two daughters, Opal S. Hayes and Rita S. Elliott, and four granddaughters, all in Supply.

  • Earney

    Heather Huff and Shawn Earney of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Reagan Leanne Earney, born at 5:43 a.m. Nov. 20 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann and Walter Huff of Loris, S.C.

    Paternal grandparents are Leanne and Rocky Earney of Supply.

  • Golf action

    Bill Favro shot a net 62 and won the weekly Players Golf Association tournament at Meadowlands Golf Course. Second with a net 64 was Bob Lange. Third at 68 was Wil Garvin. Fourth at 69 was George Griffin. Favro also had the low gross of 76.

    GLANTON ACES

    PANTHER’S RUN 17th

    Beau Glanton made a hole-in-one Dec. 19 on the 17th hole at Panther’s Run. He used a 7-hybrid.

    BRIERWOOD MGA

  • Senior project helps autistic child through therapeutic riding

    What began as a senior project for West Brunswick High School seniors Ainsley Wood and Meredith Cox turned into a life-changing experience for an autistic 9-year-old boy and his family.

    Wood and Cox each began their projects with a different subject area of research—Wood focused on autism and Cox on the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

    “I thought it’d be interesting to know about [autism],” Wood said.

  • Local children have made big contributions to community

    They may be small in stature, but Brunswick County schoolchildren have proven they have big hearts and can make significant contributions to this community.

    During the last few months, students at schools throughout Brunswick County have been doing good deeds by taking part in selfless acts of giving to others.

    There are too many school-wide projects to mention them all, but among some of the many, many projects completed by students just before and during the holiday season are:

  • Wards win trip to New York City

    Al and Kathy Ward of Sunset Beach recently spent a weekend touring New York City as winners of the Big Apple Holiday Getaway presented by ATMC.

    The couple’s entry was submitted to www.atmconline.com, and they were selected via random drawing to win the four-day, three night trip, including accommodations at the Four Diamond Muse Hotel in New York’s famed theater district, airfare, tickets to NBC Studio Tour, dinner at the Rainbow Room and tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.