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Today's News

  • Locals step up to help toy run

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run provided some Christmas presents and a lot of goodwill once again this year.

    Despite difficult economic times, local volunteers stepped up and helped make Christmas special for Brunswick County children and families in need.

    Following the successful poker run portion of the event, each rider took a child in need of Christmas presents shopping at Walmart and spent $100 on each child, organizer Jerome Munna said recently.

  • Best and worst of the year: From screaming to singing

    It’s that time of year again folks, and I don’t mean Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa.

    I’m talking about the time of year when people who write smarty-pants newspaper columns, blogs and magazine articles like to haul out their “best and worst of the year” lists.

    I, of course, am not immune to this trap, mainly because I’m one of those who loves reading these lists.

  • If you do the crime you might do the time

    Crime does not pay

    —1935 Radio Program

    One of my old FBI associates recently wrote a letter to the editor in which he mentioned structured sentencing. That triggered my mind into the reminiscing and reflection modes. Here are my thoughts.

    My jail time

    I served about seven months in the Los Angeles County Jail—not as an inmate, but as a deputy sheriff.

  • Couple’s events raise money for families in need

    Eleven years ago, Michelle Griffin and her husband, Charles Griffin, threw a Christmas party for their friends in their home on Ocean Isle Beach. But it wasn’t just any holiday party—each guest was to bring an unwrapped toy to be donated to needy children.

    Since then, the party has grown and now attracts much of the Ocean Isle Beach community. To accommodate the large crowd, the party has now moved from the Griffin’s home to Sharky’s, a restaurant at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • West volleyball players make all-conference team

    Three West Brunswick High School volleyball players are on the Mideastern All-Conference team.

    Anna Hart and Carly White were selected to the first team.

    Hart, a senior, was nearly perfect in serving, completing 97 percent of her attempts. She averaged 10 kills per game, three digs per game and five blocks per game.

    White, a junior, averaged 10 kills and five blocks per game.

    Kenzie McDuffie, a junior, was MEC honorable mention. She completed 93 percent of her serves. The setter averaged 27 assists per game and two digs per game.

  • Grand jury indictments for Dec. 1

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Knox Jenkins with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Dec. 1:

    Janet Marie Bost, 35, of 10168 Pine Bark Place SE, Leland; felony embezzlement, felony financial card fraud, felony accessing computers.

    Jaquan D’Angelo Brooks, 21, of 4491 Maple Hill Road, Shallotte; felony assault with deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury, felony discharge weapon occupants property serious bodily injury.

  • Drug roundup

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit issued the following charges and made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

  • Buffkin-Davis

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage Crystal Nicole Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and Graham James Davis of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ricky and Frances Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and is a student at UNC-Chapel Hill. The prospective groom is the son of Bobby and Connie Davis of Shallotte and is employed at the State Employees Credit Union in Chapel Hill. A June 20, 2009, wedding is planned at First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

  • Mills-Webb

    Kay Moore Mills and Steven Douglas Webb of Supply were married Nov. 22 at their residence. The Rev. Eddie Hill officiated. The bride is the daughter of Jimmy and Frances Moore of Marshville. She was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Kayne Severson. The groom is the son of Gwen Webb of Supply and Owen Webb of Kentucky. Friends gave the couple a reception following the ceremony. The groom is the owner of Webb Erectors. The couple lives in Supply.

  • Think about others on the roads this holiday season

    During a DWI checkpoint over two days last weekend, local law enforcement officers took 23 potentially deadly drivers off area roadways—that’s 23 people who could have tragically changed their lives or the lives of others forever.

    Terry Randolph, a speaker at a recent regional candlelight vigil that honored and remembered those whose lives have been affected by drinking and driving, knows exactly how devastating it can be when someone foolishly decides to get behind the wheel of a vehicle after consuming alcohol.