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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Now is good to time to fish black drum

    With cold weather having firmly settled in, inshore anglers are finding the going pretty tough. Unless, of course, they happen to be out looking for black drum, which are around in force and are likely to be the best thing happening until spring arrives.

    Black drum are decent fighters and good to eat, and they hit in local waters virtually year-round. Tolerant to extremes in temperature, even the coldest water doesn’t put them off the bite, which is why they are a popular fish in the winter.

  • One dead after Oak Island bridge girder collapses; multiple agencies launch investigations

    Just before noon on Wednesday, Dec. 3, Bill Holub was 20 blocks away from the construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island when he felt the earth shake violently beneath his house.

    First dismissing it as Seneca Guns, Holub quickly learned the vibration he felt was not a natural phenomenon, but a girder crashing to the ground from the Middleton Street construction site of the second bridge to Oak Island.

    Meanwhile, at the construction site, Kyle Thomas, public information officer for the town of Oak Island, was filming for a documentary about the future bridge.

  • Shallotte prepares to reduce spending in strained economy

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen are attempting to arm this year’s budget against the recession by making it easier to reduce spending.

    At the recommendation of the N.C. League of Municipalities, the town has moved 8 percent of its budget, nearly $550,000, to a reserve fund in case of a revenue shortfall.

    According to a memo from the league’s Web site, “The League advises municipal officials to consider reducing expenditures for the current fiscal year in the expectation of lower consumption-based revenues” to keep up with the economic downturn.

  • Ocean Isle contributes money for lobbyist to help pass bill allowing terminal groins

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The town of Ocean Isle Beach is joining forces with other beach communities and hiring a lobbyist, which may be the key to passing a bill that will allow now-illegal terminal groins to be built in North Carolina.

    Mayor Debbie Smith has long been in favor of terminal groins and thinks it may be the best solution to erosion issues plaguing the ends of Ocean Isle Beach.