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Today's News

  • Fire destroys Leland home while family is on vacation

    Just before 10:30 p.m. Sunday, a fire destroyed a Leland home.

    No one was in the home when it caught fire.

    According to Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner, the family who lives in the home was out of town for the Thanksgiving holiday when the blaze destroyed the home on South Navassa Road.

  • Holden Beach lawsuit moved to federal court

    A pending lawsuit against the town of Holden Beach has been moved from Brunswick County Superior Court to U.S. District Court.

    The now-federal lawsuit was first filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 8, and alleges gender discrimination, wrongful termination, violations of the N.C. Wage and Hour Act and common-law violations of negligent infliction of emotional distress.

    Terri Oxford, the plaintiff, worked for the Holden Beach Police Department from 1999 until 2008. She claims in the lawsuit she was denied a promotion and wages because she is female.

  • Changing of the guard

    BOLIVIA—The new, all-GOP Brunswick County Board of Commissioners convened Monday night, but not before bidding farewell to outgoing county commissioners.

    Before new commissioners Scott Phillips and Charles Warren took their oaths of office, Tom Rabon and May Moore were honored for their longtime service to Brunswick County.

  • Commissioners OK public utilities field operations center

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners on Monday approved a $4.6 million field operations center for the county’s public utilities department.

    Tabled at the commissioners’ last meeting, board members approved the construction contract for the field operations center with John S. Clark Co.

  • 95-year-old Calabash veteran hasn't forgotten Dec. 7, 1941

    CALABASH—With Pearl Harbor remembrances slated Sunday at the local VFW and Battleship North Carolina, 95-year-old Tony De Biase is among veterans who will never forget Dec. 7, 1941.

    The retired civil engineer and World War II Navy Sea Bee officer hadn’t been recruited yet when he first heard about the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor in Hawaii, but he heard about it on the radio.

  • Aldermen want four-way stops at accident-prone intersections

    SHALLOTTE—Tuesday’s wreck at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets that injured four people prompted the board of aldermen to begin the process of putting in additional stop signs there, as well as at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, brought the issue to the board at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    He said the wreck involving a car and an ambulance was the third in the past five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • Thinks incident should be handled differently

    To the editor: In reference to Frank Smith’s letter: “Unhappy with Police Department.”

    Just to make a point of Mr. Smith’s letter, I did some research regarding his statement that the Shallotte Police Department allegedly said a crime had not been committed since no money changed hands and an investigation would not be warranted.

    I researched the North Carolina General Statutes and a partial reading of Article 19, False Pretenses and Cheats, states:

    “Obtaining property by false pretenses:

  • To give or not to give, and the need to more frequently carry cash

    A hood that was pulled up from a sweatshirt covered his head. To block the uncharacteristically cold wind that was blowing, he had a jacket tightened around him.

    From beneath it I could see that familiar red apron indicating he was standing in the cold for a good reason—he was a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.

  • Can we afford to ‘Buy Nothing?’

    Can you imagine cutting strangers’ credit cards, walking around malls dressed as zombies or getting together with friends to drive shopping carts around in a conga line at a local discount store?

    Those are a few of the ideas Adbusters, a nonprofit organization of anti-big business types, suggested for what they call “Buy Nothing Day,” a protest movement on the day after Thanksgiving.

  • Bakers celebrate 60 years

    Martin and Wilma Baker of Palm Coast, Fla., celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary by taking their family, nieces and nephews on a five-day cruise beginning Nov. 24. The Bakers married in 1948, when they were both teachers at Waccamaw High School. Wilma Baker is the former Wilma Phelps of Ash. Martin Baker is a native of Marietta, S.C. In 1951, they moved to Marietta, where they managed Baker Pharmacy and were active in mobile home park development. In 1989, they retired to Palm Coast.