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Today's News

  • Widow is ready to move on

    To the editor:

    I owe so many people my gratitude and apologies. I spent so much time reacting out of anger, hurt, and pain. I have now let go of my pain, anger and hurt.

    My deepest apologies to everyone who stood in my angry line of fire. Thanks for your love, care, kindness, and patience.

    I owe the most gratitude and apologies to my husband, Adam Bradshaw. I was blessed and fortunate when I met Adam. I found someone I could trust with my heart, life, all that I have and all that I am.

  • Holden Beach Causeway Streetscape

    To the editor:

    Being a local Realtor and traveling down the causeway almost daily, I have wondered what our causeway area would evolve to be.

    My family and I moved here in 2000 and other than minor fluctuations of business owners occasionally drifting in and out of leased space of existing buildings, there has been minimal change.

  • Decent people versus thugs: Who will prevail?

    Recently, at my request, a senior Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sergeant escorted me on a late night visit to seven residential areas the department identifies as priority drug enforcement targets.

    They are listed in the article I wrote about the “ride along” experience.

    A trusted friend of mine approached me in church wearing a grin that reminded me of a possum eating peanut butter through a screen door.

  • Season’s hottest toys bring along with them expensive price tags

    At more than two feet long, it might be a little difficult to squeeze Spike the Ultra Dinosaur inside your busy shopping cart this holiday season, but if you’re a parent who is intent on getting your child one of the season’s top holiday gifts, you might want to plan ahead for this one.

    According to besttoysguide.com, Fisher-Price’s Spike is one of the must-haves of the season. The green plastic dinosaur comes complete with a remote control that, when activated, enables Spike to move and sound like the real thing.

  • Memorial service offers hope for victims touched by tragedies

    I sat quietly as the names scrolled across the big screen in the front of the church. Some names I didn’t recognize, but most names I did.

    The names were names of those lost to murder, drunk driving and domestic violence, and the gravity of the evening was not lost on this reporter. Many of the names I recognized because I had reported on their deaths.

    I knew when and how these victims were taken from their families, but for the first times in many of their stories, I saw the people left behind in the wake of their senseless deaths.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged David Carl Collins, 44, of 2 Lee Drive, Wilmington, with driving while impaired Tuesday, Nov. 18 in the Kangaroo parking lot. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $500 secured bond.

  • Former detention officer charged with assault

    A former Brunswick County detention officer has been charged with assault on a female.

    Shallotte Police charged Gregory Robert Smith, 26, of 628 Village Road, Shallotte, with assault on a female Nov. 19.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said Smith was employed as a detention officer from March 11, 2008, until he resigned Nov. 20.

    Smith was making an annual salary of $28,789, Miller said.

    Smith’s district court appearance is scheduled for Dec. 18.

  • Brunswick Electric presents Bright Ideas grants to teachers at luncheon

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s (BEMC) headquarters in Shallotte buzzed with excitement as teachers, principals and superintendents from Brunswick and Columbus counties joined BEMC directors for the annual Bright Ideas Educational Grant Awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov 13.

  • Meeting our facility needs

    Brunswick County Schools operates in a dynamic environment. Our student enrollment continues to rise with our present student population in grades K-12 at 12,000. We also house more than 200 pre-kindergarten students yearly.

    Our need for more and more technology to support the instructional program is critical. Other factors that create the need for renovations and new schools include building age and the cost of energy.

  • Golf action

    Editor’s note: Because of an early deadline for the holiday, results received after Nov. 20 will be published next week.

    The Brierwood WGA had a scramble format on Nov. 18 in its last tournament of the season. The game resulted in a tie for two teams, which was broken by the matching of scorecards. The winning scores were 7-over-par 72. First place went to the team of Hilda Hall, Gloria Brkal, Ellie Scutt and Sue Janovic. The second-place team was Sarah Lula, Carol Fitz-Gerald, Pat Kronyak and Mickey Salerno.