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Today's News

  • Free Winterfest event Saturday in Southport

    The Brunswick Arts Council is hosting a free Winterfest Performing Arts event 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, in the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport.

    The event, set up in a cabaret atmosphere with hot cinnamon cider, will feature performances from “Nutcracker” by Elizabeth Hester’s Wilmington School of Ballet, International School of Ballet and three companies with the emerging Brunswick School of Ballet.

    Navassa native Marsha Graham-Ali of Leland will entertain with vocals from opera to gospel.

  • 'A Christmas Carol,’ Nutcracker heighten season at OWA

    One-time performances of two traditional holiday productions brighten the season and stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend.

    A live touring production of “A Christmas Carol,” presented by PerSeverance Productions and CMI Entertainment, unfolds at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

    For the past few years, this special adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic holiday story has been presented to more than 100,000 audiences nationwide with heart, humor and humbug.

  • Toy Run revs up Saturday

    The 26th Anniversary Brunswick County Toy Run kicks off Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, from Supply heading to Southport.

    This year’s annual event to buy Christmas gifts for children launches with registration starting from 10:30 a.m. to noon, followed by lunch at Brunswick Islands Baptist Church at 1672 Mount Pisgah Road in Supply.

    The poker run featuring motorcycles and classic cars begins at 1:30 p.m.

  • A (Little) 18th Century Xmas Dec. 9 in Brunswick Town

    The gates reopen at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site at 8884 St. Philip’s Road SE in Winnabow just in time for a “compact” version of its 18thCentury Christmas 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 9. The historic site was closed after sustaining damages in September from Hurricane Florence.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Nov. 30-Dec. 2, 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Nov. 30

    Ryan Lee Darby, 31, of Elvira Street in Fayetteville was extradited from J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C., to face several financial card theft charges and several financial card fraud charges. He was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Center and held under $60,000 bail.

    Dec. 2

  • Calabash Fire Department November 2018

    During November, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 195 calls: eight structure fires, 12 fire alarms, 18 motor vehicle accidents, an investigation, a mutual aid, 34 public assistance and 121 first-response EMS.

  • An annual Christmas gift to our community

    Guest Columnist

    If you’re in need of some Christmas spirit, take a short drive from Shallotte. Go south on N.C. 179 toward Ocean Isle Beach. After dark, you’ll find Christmas lights and decorations to lift your spirits. They are on the right just before you cross Sauce Pan Creek. This is a Christmas present to the community from Reba and Billy Lefler, Terry and their family.

    The Lefler family says their creation is a family project. Family members come from Albemarle, Salisbury and Concord to join in the decorating and family fun.

  • Deadline to apply for Hurricane Florence assistance approaches

    By the Federal Emergency Management Agency

    If you sustained property damage or loss caused by Hurricane Florence, you have two weeks left to register for federal disaster assistance.

    The deadline to apply for assistance from FEMA and for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration is 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 13.

  • The dictionary might notice when your column stinks

    When I first saw the subject line of the email I received Nov. 21, I thought it was run-of-the-mill spam. “Jackie, you were quoted in Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day!” it exclaimed.

    The reference to the dictionary caught my attention and I wanted to know what its Word of the Day was, so I clicked to open it: “We wanted to let you know that you were quoted in today’s Merriam-Webster Word of the Day. You can view today’s Word of the Day on our website here: merriam-webster.com/word-of-the-day/noisome-2018-11-21.”

  • COLUMN: Reflections from the 2018 NASCAR campaign

     Thanksgiving has come and gone and the Christmas rush is on. This also means that the NASCAR season, 38 races over 10 months, has come to an end with Joey Logano and his No. 22 Shell/Pennzoil team being crowned champion.