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  • Leland’s second Whistle Pig 5K runs through Westgate Nature Park Feb. 1

    While Punxatawny, Pa. waits for a groundhog to see its shadow, Leland runners will chase the Whistle Pig.

    Leland Parks and Recreation will host the second annual Whistle Pig 5K race and one mile fun run/walk on Saturday, February 1 at 9 a.m. at the Westgate Nature Park.

    Looking for a different way to introduce the public to the Westgate Nature Park, Leland Parks and Recreation decided to host a 5K on Groundhog Day weekend. Groundhog Day is Sunday, Feb. 2.

    Whistle Pig is a different way of saying groundhog and the event is a different kind of 5K.

  • Luck you can count on

     SHALLOTTE — Frank and Lena Mae Causey own Shallotte Marine Supply, yet it’s someone else who runs the show.

    That someone is Lucky.

    Lucky is a 5-year-old yellow lab mix, but he’s far from an ordinary dog.

    Von, Frank and Lena Mae’s daughter, who has helped in the store as it prepares to close after 46 years in business, is Lucky’s owner.

    Frank Causey, who returned from working on the dredge almost 50 years ago and opened Shallotte Marine Supply, said he’ll miss a lot of things about the store.

  • Local athletes develop special bond with special needs students

     A pair of West Brunswick sophomores, Ian Niggles and Sam Zeng, thought Brunswick County could use a program for middle and high school aged special needs students, so they took matters into their own hands.

    They developed Free Kicks, a soccer program for special needs students that helps develop soccer and social skills.

    Niggles and Zeng both play on the varsity soccer team at West, and collaborated to found the program.

  • Southport police chief: Staff almost back to full force

     The outcome of the State Bureau of Investigation probe into the officer-involved shooting death of a mentally ill 18-year-old will determine how soon the Southport Police Department returns to full force.

    Detective Bryon Vassey was placed on administrative leave following the shooting death of schizophrenic Keith Vidal at his Boiling Spring Lakes home Jan. 5.

  • Judge sentences Supply man to more than 3 years in prison

     A Supply man will spend more than three years in prison after pleading guilty in Brunswick County Superior Court on Friday, Jan. 24, to felony possession with the intent to distribute, sell or deliver cocaine.

    Cumberland County Superior Court Judge Claire V. Hill sentenced 29-year-old Travis Lamar Stevenson, of 409 Little Macedonia Road, as a habitual felon to serve a minimum of 44 months to a maximum of 65 months — more than five years — in the North Carolina Department of Correction.

  • Bill Cosby ‘Far From Finished’ tour tickets going fast

    Bill Cosby tickets are selling like hotcakes.

    Since launch of ticket sales last Friday, Jan. 24, for Cosby’s upcoming “Far From Finished” tour stop April 6 at Brunswick Community College, about 400 tickets remain.

    Mike Sapp, director of BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium, said Monday about 1,000 tickets have been sold thanks to pre-sales, the Jan. 24 box-office launch and over the weekend.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Feb. 3

    Sunset Beach Town Council will convene at its regular monthly meeting Monday night, Feb. 3.

    The session begins with a 15-minute work session at 6:45 p.m. in council meeting chambers at town hall, 700 Sunset Blvd. N., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

    For agenda and packet information, go to www.sunsetbeachnc.gov or call town hall at (910) 579-3808 or (910) 579-6297.

  • Carolina Shores workshop Feb. 3; meeting Feb. 6

    The Carolina Shores Town Board of Commissioners will convene at their regular monthly workshop at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 3, at town hall at 882 Persimmon Road.

    The workshop will be followed by the board’s monthly meeting at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6.

    For agenda information, call town hall at (910) 575-4877.

  • Former sheriff’s office detective Caison dies after cancer battle

    Tony Caison, a former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detective and West Brunswick High School football standout, died early Monday, Jan. 27.

    Caison joined the sheriff’s office in 1998 and retired as a sergeant after he was diagnosed with late stage pancreatic cancer in March 2012. He traveled to Texas for treatment and continued chemotherapy treatments back home.

    A year after his diagnosis, it looked as though he had beaten the odds. Even the doctors couldn’t explain his improvement.

  • Red Cross opens emergency storm shelter in Shallotte

    The American Red Cross, in partnership with emergency management and the Department of Social Services, has opened an evacuation shelter at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road NW in Shallotte.

    A state of emergency for Brunswick County went into effect at noon. Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Brian Watts said the declaration does not include mandatory evacuations, curfews or travel restrictions.