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Today's News

  • Two K9s retired by county, go to their trainers

    Two of Brunswick County’s canine law enforcement officers will retire to the care of their trainers.

    “Historically, since the K9 program started in the 1990s, the handlers are the first option to take the dogs,” Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said.

    Spike and Carlos were declared surplus at the Nov. 19 county meeting and were then given to their trainers, Jeremy Walls and Ben Simmons, respectively.

    The county’s choice was to find suitable, loving homes or have the dogs euthanized.

  • West Brunswick Interact students travel to New York City

    West Brunswick High School Interact Club members had a weekend to remember Nov. 2-4.

    They flew to New York City and experienced the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy hit the city a week earlier.

    “The Interact Club of West Brunswick High School was very fortunate to have the chance to attend National Rotary Day at the United Nations,” Millie Venegas, a West Brunswick High School teacher and Interact sponsor, said.

  • West Brunswick Interact students travel to New York City

    West Brunswick High School Interact Club members had a weekend to remember Nov. 2-4.

    They flew to New York City and experienced the recovery efforts after Hurricane Sandy hit the city a week earlier.

    “The Interact Club of West Brunswick High School was very fortunate to have the chance to attend National Rotary Day at the United Nations,” Millie Venegas, a West Brunswick High School teacher and Interact sponsor, said.

  • Classic car show planned to help diaper drive reach goal

    LELAND—Tonia Atkinson has a goal of delivering a half-ton of diapers to Brunswick Family Assistance to start the new year.

    The Smithfield’s Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q general manager is thinking big in the third year of her annual donation drive, which hit 800 pounds last Christmas.

    The collection has already begun, but the heavy lifting will start Dec. 4 during the year-ending classic car show at Smithfield’s in Waterford Village from 5 p.m. until dark.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—Hundreds of people will line the streets of Shallotte on Saturday, Dec. 1, as the town’s annual Christmas parade passes through.

    On Saturday, Main Street in Shallotte will be lined with hundreds of spectators cheering for their favorite parade participants. This year will marks the 60th year that Shallotte has had a parade.

    “We will be closing the streets at 8:30 a.m. until around noon,” said Cheryl Lewis, parade organizer.

  • Holden Beach lights Christmas tree Thursday, flotilla canceled

    Holden Beach will light its town Christmas tree Thursday at 6 p.m. at the town pavilion under the bridge.

    A host of activities are planned around the pavilion, town clerk Heather Finnell said.

    The town will also host a chili cookoff. Ten participants have already signed up and will begin cooking at 5 p.m.

    The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners will serve as judges, selecting a first-place winner and one runner-up, who will be announced before the tree-lighting ceremony.

    The Holden Beach Chapel choir will lead a sing Christmas songs.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 19 and 20 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Monday, Nov. 19

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Karen Richards and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Kopp’s Kwik Stop opens new village post office

    John and Donnie Kopp try to provide as many conveniences in their convenience store, Kopp’s Kwik Mart, as they can.

    So on Nov. 21 they added a post office.

    The Kopp’s store is the first Village Post Office (VPO) in Brunswick County—and North Carolina.

    “We are 15 miles from the Bolivia Post Office. We’ve got a large development here, River Run, there are a lot of people here—some are seasonal—but we are wide open in the summer,” John Kopp said.

  • Go beyond red this year when choosing holiday poinsettias

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Watching your waist during the holidays can be challenging

    Many people gain 1-5 pounds each year between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That may not seem too bad, but the long-term problem is that most people who gain weight during the holidays never manage to return to their pre-holiday weight in the new year. Year after year, this adds up.
    Research has shown (and I’m sure that many of you know from personal experience) this can be a difficult time to try to lose weight. So this year, instead of focusing on weight loss, set a goal of staying at the weight you are right now.