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Today's News

  • Dec. 21, 2012: Is it the end of the world as we know it?

    Will it or won’t it?

    Will the world end Friday?

    Should we worry? Should we hunker down like some folks plan to, with basic survival supplies and skills? Or should we be partying like it’s, er, 2012?

    This Friday, Earthlings will find out once and for all about reported demise of their world that may or not be greatly exaggerated, based on interpretation of an ancient Mayan calendar that seems to go nowhere after Dec. 21, 2012.

    Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach is opting for a celebration.

  • BCC teams split openers in home tourney

     The game started half an hour late because of a bizarre event and ended with two more bizarre events as Brunswick Community College’s women’s basketball team lost a 45-43 heartbreaker Monday afternoon.

    Community College of Baltimore County Dundalk won the first-round game in the M and M Mini Storage Holiday Basketball Tournament at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.

  • West, South compete in second home swim meet

     Rachel Van Noordt and Morgan Gilbert each won an individual event and a relay as the South Brunswick girls’ swim team finished second in a six-team meet Saturday afternoon at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    Van Noordt, a senior, won the 200-yard individual medley in 2 minutes, 29.93 seocnds, a time that qualified her for the regional in February.

    Gilbert, a sophomore, won the 100 breaststroke in 1:24.73 (a consideration time).

  • West honors football team that made history

     The West Brunswick High School football team had its awards banquet Friday, and coaches honored many players on a history-making 2012 team that won the county championship and a conference championship.

    Coach Jimmy Fletcher said this senior football class was the largest senior football class in the history of the school.  Those seniors led the Trojans to a conference championship for the first time in 15 years and won a county championship—after starting the season 0-4. West finished 5-1 in the conference, tying for first with South Columbus.

  • Former Shallotte Police detective pleads guilty

    During the Dec. 14, session of Superior Court in Brunswick County former Shallotte Police Detective Eric Proctor King plead guilty to one count of making false statements on an application for insurance during an incident that occurred on Jan. 27, 2011.

    King appeared in front of Honorable Greg Bell, a Superior Court Judge from Robeson County, and was sentenced to a term of 45 days. That sentence was then suspended by the court and King was placed on unsupervised probation for a term of 18 months.

  • Two arrested for drugs, counterfeit currency

     Two suspects arrested for drugs were in possession of counterfeit currency.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office the vehicle Eric James Faucette and Dawn Lea Brown were operating on Wednesday, Dec. 12 was involved in a vehicle stop. The Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit found controlled substances and a small amount of counterfeit money during the stop.

    Faucette, 31, of 218 Willard Street, Wilmington and Brown, 27, of 5420 Blue Clay Road, Castle Hayne were both arrested.

  • Calabash mayor called on carpet for flooring cost

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners voted 3-2 to “remove the powers” of Calabash Mayor Mary Knight after she spent $1,152 for new office flooring at town hall.

    The vote came at the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night upon a motion from Calabash commissioner Jody Nance.

    Nance’s motion was to “remove the powers of the mayor” and consult the state Local Government Commission and Cape Fear Council of Governments to see what further action may be needed.

  • Refrigerated truck manufacturer picks Shallotte for startup’s hub

    SHALLOTTE—A new business that opened in Shallotte on Dec. 5 intends to revolutionize the refrigerated trucking market, but local officials are happy just to have the anticipated 30 new jobs created in the first year.

    NEAH Transportation Holdings chose an existing building in Shallotte Business Park to base manufacturing and assembly of a new Refrigerated Transportation Vehicle (RTV).

  • Diaper drive benefits from car show, bike show set for Dec. 18

    LELAND—Smithfield Chicken ’N Bar-B-Q’s final classic car show of 2012 brought in 100 pounds of donations for General Manager Tonia Atkinson’s annual diaper drive.

    “The diaper drop off is going great. People are coming by dropping off a couple boxes at a time. We’ve started building our wall of diapers,” Atkinson said after the Dec. 3 car show.

    “We have a half-wall of diapers already. Within the last week and a half, people really started getting into the giving spirit.”

  • Brunswick County elected officials sworn in to new terms

    BOLIVIA—The 2012 elections may have been decided in early November, but elected officials didn’t reach their final destinations until they were sworn in Dec. 3 at the Brunswick County Commissioners’ meeting.

    The two new county commissioners, Frank Williams and Pat Sykes, and re-elected incumbent Scott Phillips, along with Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons and Brunswick County Coroner Greg White took their oath of office.