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Today's News

  • Calabash Fire Report

    During December, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 133 calls: 12 structure fires, two woods/brush fires, four fire alarm activations, four motor vehicle incidents, 98 EMS first-response calls and 13 public service calls. 

  • Leland introducing new nature park with a 5K run

    LELAND—Leland will host its first 5K race on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    That’s Groundhog Day, so Leland Parks and Recreation organizers are calling it the “Whistle Pig 5K”—a different way of saying groundhog.

    And the race itself is a different way of introducing the public to the new Westgate Nature Park.

    “It’s not a fundraiser, but we will do it at-cost. We want to raise awareness of the new park and promote health,” Neal Brooks, Leland Parks and Recreation director, said.

  • Obesity, cancer, lack of information affect county health

    The Brunswick County Health and Human Services Department ended 2012 by presenting county commissioners with an update of its efforts to improve the county’s overall health.

    Health services director David Stanley said health issues they work on each year are based on the Community Health Assessment, a review completed every four years involving surveys and focus groups.

    The last assessment was in 2011.

    Using priorities identified in the assessment, they focus on issues they can bring in line with state levels.

  • Religion briefs

    Church to study ‘Purpose Driven Life’
    Sunset Beach Community Church in Pelican Square in Sunset Beach is beginning the best-selling Rick Warren blockbuster, “The Purpose Driven Life,” on Sunday, Jan. 13, for the next 10 weeks. Participants will meet four times each week: Sunday morning at The Gathering at 9 a.m.; Sunday morning worship service at 10:30 a.m.; Sunday evening at 6 p.m.; and Wednesday evening at 6 p.m.
    Be a part of the dialogue, “What on earth am I here for?” All are invited to participate.

  • Les misérables, the impoverished ones, cause us to weep and act

    I often heard my father speak in hushed tones of the heartrending tale Victor Hugo wrote.
    This did not impress me when I was young. It was a long time before I was awestruck that an Italian immigrant who had only attended school for three years in his native country could read, comprehend and appreciate Hugo’s genius and insight in “Les Misérables.”
    As time went on, I, too, read the story. When it became a Broadway production, I listened to the tapes and merrily sang along with the music.

  • Social Services offers training to add foster families in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services could use more foster parents.

    Tamela Jones, DSS licensing supervisor, is encouraging people to take part in a 10-week training program to become licensed as a new foster parent.

    There are 145 children in DSS’ care. The children range from only a few months to 18 years old.

    The county has 16 foster parents/families licensed by DSS.

    Jones said that’s not many, and it’s the reason they are recruiting more.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Jan. 1

    Bemon Wilson Kennedy, 48, 933 Village Road; arrested on an outstanding warrant and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public official.

     

    Jan. 2

    Larceny; unknown suspects removed cast iron storm drain grates, valued at $400, from the roadway at Brunswick Forest parkway.

  • Holden Beach police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 31

    Larceny from a boat and criminal damage to property; suspect took a gas tank, gasoline and a fuel line, with a total value of $57, from a boat parked on Lumberton Street.

  • A real treat: Getting to know more about pomegranates

    I recently took one of my Christmas gifts into our office to share. It was a pomegranate. Four of these beautiful fruits came in a package from a “foodie” friend.
    To me, this is what a gift should be; something you would like to have but hardly ever consider buying for yourself. A real treat.
    Several of my co-workers were familiar with the fruit. Others curiously watched and to their credit, sampled this new food.

  • Although it’s cold, it’s a good time to start planning your garden

    Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    During the cold month of January, what we really want to do is curl up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and the new seed catalogs. Go ahead and enjoy. Now is the best time to plan for our new bigger and better spring garden.
    If you have saved photos from last year’s garden, dig them out and use them to help lay out any changes you talked about making last year.