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Today's News

  • ’Tis the seasoneeto give a pet a home or contribution

    Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

    They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

    Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

    Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

  • Galloway hits 10 3-pointers in BCC loss

    Kiana Galloway scored 30 points—hitting 10 3-pointers—but BCC lost 91-51 to Louisburg College Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick.

    Two 3-pointers by Galloway tied the score 6-6, but Louisburg held BCC scoreless for nearly four minutes in taking a 16-8 lead.

    A score by BCC freshman Jessica Moyer cut the lead to 16-10, but three straight fast-break baskets by the Hurricanes gave them a 22-11 lead.

    A 3-pointer by Galloway left BCC down 24-14, but Louisburg outscored the Dolphins 12-2 the rest of the half to take a 36-16 lead.

  • Holden Beach considers joining beach towns in move to have lobbyists push for terminal groins

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett expects in January to bring Holden Beach Commissioners a request to help fund a General Assembly lobbyist promoting building terminal groins on the coast.

    The cost from North Carolina’s 20 coastal counties would be a total of $75,000, he said at Tuesday night’s meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners. He wasn’t sure yet how much Holden Beach’s share of that would be.

  • CIS program provides more than after-school care

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted at its December meeting to pay $30,000 toward the 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant, a program which provides free after-school remediation and transportation to students performing below grade level.

    Getting the board’s approval was no easy task. The board voted 3-2 to approve the money, with newly elected board members Bud Thorsen and Catherine Cooke dissenting.

  • Church briefs

    Day of sharing set for Dec. 13

    New Hope Outreach Ministry will host a day of sharing at Rourk Gardens, behind the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Shallotte, from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    There will be free toys and candy for kids, free gloves and coffee mugs for adults and free food for everyone.

    Indoor yard sale set

    Sweet Water of Life Church, 149 Mulberry St. in Shallotte, will have an inside yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Christmas performance set at Sharon

  • Varnums celebrate 50 years

    Harold and Katie Varnum of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 5. Harold is retired from Brunswick Community College, and Katie is retired from Union Elementary School. They have two children, Tina Carlyle and Harold Varnum Jr., seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Local architecture, engineering firm launches project in South America

    H. Burkert & Company (HBC), a local landscape architecture, land planning and civil engineering firm, unveiled its first South American development project at the recent Urban Land Institute (ULI) conference in Miami, Fla.

    Coincidently, HBC’s main office is in Bolivia, whose town name and historical livelihood were based on its import relationship with South America.

  • Girls Inc. works to lower number of teen pregnancies

    According to the North Carolina State Center for Health Statistics, in Brunswick County in 2007, 183 women younger than 19 became pregnant. The youngest reported was a mere 12 years old. Across the state, more than 20,000 women younger than 19 got pregnant last year.

    In the Brunswick County Health Department’s Community Assessment for 2007, the report indicated the county “continues to have an unusually high rate of teen pregnancy,” referring to 296 children born to mothers younger than 19 during a year-and-a-half period.

  • Finding homeless animals a home for the holidays

    Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

    They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

    Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

    Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

  • West players receive soccer honors

    Five players from the West Brunswick High School boys soccer team and an assistant coach have earned postseason honors.

    The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association has selected senior forward John Mendoza to the Class 3-A All-State team.

    The NCSCA also selected Mendoza and teammates Chip Mendoza, Chaz Earp and Casey Leonard to the Region 4 Class 3-A team. West’s Steve Nagy was the Assistant Coach of the Year in the region.