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Today's News

  • Bolivia man indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

    A Bolivia man is one of five people indicted federally in a mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Nov. 19, a federal grand jury returned criminal indictments on Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 37, of Bolivia and four other suspects, charging each suspect with conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud and conspiring to money launder, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

  • He’s got a few strikes to spare

    It was so quiet you could hear 10 pins drop.

    Which is what Tom Gutierrez was hoping for as he rolled his final ball for a second-straight 300 game in the men’s Textile League Dec. 2 at the Cardinal Lanes Shipyard in Wilmington.

    Gutierrez’s ball slammed through all 10 pins and the celebratory noise erupted from the dozens of league bowlers in attendance who gathered to watch the final frame of the rare feat.

    The back-to-back 300s gave Gutierrez, a Winding River Plantation resident, an 837 series, just the second time he has ever had an 800 series.

  • If you can stand the cold, you might be able to catch fresh fish

    Plenty of spot are in the waterways of Brunswick County right now, although few people know it. These spot show up every year after the pinfish have left. A lot of folks are unaware they are still around. These are not the bigger ones you might catch in the fall, but the medium-sized silver fish. I caught 40 the other night and could have had all I wanted. They were eaten pretty quickly; fresh fried spot in December are a great treat.

  • The Island of Bermuda: always timeless and an amazing place to visit

    This past week, Gene and I made our 19th pilgrimage to the tiny island of Bermuda and, as usual, it was perfect.

    Bermuda is in the Atlantic Ocean, directly east of North Carolina. The climate is much like ours, but a bit more temperate because the Gulf Stream runs right by it, bringing warm ocean temperatures to its shores.

  • DSS worker, six others charged with fraud

    A former Brunswick County Department of Social Services worker has been charged with fraud after investigators say she defrauded the government of $135,123.

    April Stuckes, 33, of Breezewood Drive, Wilmington, was arrested Wednesday, Dec. 10, and was charged with obtaining property by false pretenses in excess of $100,000, a Class C felony.

  • Bolivia man indicted in mortgage fraud scheme

    A Bolivia man is one of five people indicted federally in a mortgage fraud scheme.

    On Nov. 19, a federal grand jury returned criminal indictments on Stanley Garfield Williams Jr., 37, of Bolivia and four other suspects, charging each suspect with conspiring to commit wire fraud and mail fraud, aiding and abetting wire fraud and conspiring to money launder, according to a U.S. Attorney’s Office press release.

  • ‘Journey to the Manger’ takes audience back in time

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Crowds packed the theater at Ocean View Baptist Church this weekend to see “Journey to the Manger,” a musical about the meaning of Christmas and the way the holiday has been celebrated over the years.

    The play starred Ocean View member Kelly Beeler as Nathan, a sculptor who created an original Nativity scene but who is not interested in Christmas. He thinks the holiday season is all about money.

    When the pastor of a local church cannot afford to buy the Nativity scene on Christmas Eve, Nathan sends him away.

  • Devoted meeting-goer honored in Calabash

     CALABASH—He sits quietly at each meeting, rarely speaking and never raising Cain about any of the many town issues unfolding before him.

    Calabash resident Bill Seip just likes to attend Calabash commissioners’ meetings—every one of them.

    Seip was recognized last week by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who publicly commended the dedicated meeting-goer at the Dec. 9 monthly commission meeting.

  • Calabash mayor hopeful federal ‘back-to-work’ will aid sewer

    As sewer talks continue with Brunswick County, Mayor Anthony Clemmons is optimistic President-Elect Barack Obama will implement a back-to-work plan that will help the delayed project in Calabash.

    “As you know, we’re in a holding pattern at this time,” Clemmons said last week. “During that time, we are actively seeking means of funding that would reduce the total assessment.”

    Clemmons said information about a proposed federal back-to-work program could be just the ticket to help offset costs for the estimated $7 million project.

  • Carolina Shores ponders hiring public safety officer

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town has begun exploring the possibility of hiring a public safety officer to patrol and provide police protection.

    During a Dec. 1 commission workshop, it was noted preliminary research shows it would cost about $105,120 annually, plus gas, to hire county deputy dedicated to serving both neighboring towns of Carolina Shores and Calabash.

    The cost to Carolina Shores would then amount to a little more than $52,000 per year.