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Today's News

  • A Nomad's Notes: an epic love story of another kind

    A lot of times when I read columns and someone writes, "The other day I was thinking about …" I usually assume it's something they've been thinking about for a long time and they just use that phrase for convenience's sake. But in this case, for this column, I really mean it.

  • Public Safety Day May 7

    Local law enforcement will be on hand to meet with the public during Public Safety Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at the site of the old Piggly Wiggly store at 925 Seaside Road.

    Highlights include fire trucks and hoses, a fire safety house, hands-on CPR, fire extinguisher training, child care seat checks, smoke alarm installations, fire safety materials and more.

    The public is invited to come out and meet local firefighters, participate in interactive displays and ask questions of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and fire department staff.

  • Rider going horseback to help feed children

    On a sunny Monday in April, Doc Mishler was a man on a mission as he rode and led his two horses through Shallotte, then up U.S. 17.

    As the usual heavy traffic breezed by on the hectic highway, Mishler and Charity II, the horse he was riding, along with gelding White Cloud who was tagging along for the ride, ambled steadily northward on the grassy shoulder.

    Pausing briefly after crossing Cumbee Road with his two equines, Mishler, 79, said he has been riding around the country to raise awareness about feeding the hungry.

  • Judge denies motion to dismiss charge against Vassey

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Scotland County Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Richard T. Brown denied a motion Tuesday afternoon to dismiss the voluntary manslaughter charge against a former Southport police sergeant who shot and killed a schizophrenic Boiling Spring Lakes teen more than two years ago.

    Bryon Vassey, 46, was the last of three law enforcement officers to arrive at the President Drive residence of 18-year-old Keith Vidal on Jan. 5, 2014.

  • Man charged in Bolivia woods fire

    A Virginia man has been charged with accidentally starting a brush fire that was allowed to spread, leading to last week’s 1,578-acre woods fire in Bolivia.

    Phillip Jenkins has been charged with a Class 3 misdemeanor charge of setting fire to grassland, brushland or woodland. He faces a fine of no less than $10 and up to $50 plus court costs, said Mike Malcolm, North Carolina Forest Service District 8 ranger and law enforcement officer.

  • Sunset Beach board votes against requiring proof of land ownership

    SUNSET BEACH — The Sunset Beach Planning Board has advised the town not to require proof of property ownership before it issues permits for new construction.

    The board’s 3-1 majority decision at its April 21 meeting is an advisory one that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

    The measure not to require ownership proof was approved by board members Len Steiner, Noelle Kehrberg and Greg Jensen, with Bob Tone casting a dissenting vote after Town Attorney Grady Richardson advised requiring proof could make the town liable.

  • Strawberry fields yield seasonal fruit

    ASH — People driving out to Waccamaw River Farm & Nursery at this time of the year are in for a seasonal treat.

    The annual strawberry harvest launched early this year at the scenic farm where Billy and Katherine Ingram and their team have once again been toiling and nurturing the delectable red fruit.

    “They’re just the sweetest berries in the county,” said a buyer who drove out to the farm on Kingtown Road on Earth Day last Friday, April 22, to buy a few flats and carry them back to Supply in his truck.

  • It’s wine time and more with local festivities

    Two area events are serving up wine and an array of accompanying accoutrements and festivities in coming days.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation has scheduled its annual biggest Wine Fest fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s Wine Fest theme is inspired by Tuscany.

  • Sunset Beach Waterfront Market launches first full season May 5

    It was a sell-out last fall, and it’s back again for a full season this year.

    The Sunset Beach Waterfront Market kicks off its second season from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 5, in Sunset Beach Town Park, 206 Sunset Blvd N.

    This year’s market, orchestrated by the nonprofit Sunset Beach Business and Merchants Association (SBBMA), will continue every Thursday during these hours through Oct. 27.

    Highlights include fresh produce and farm eggs, jams, jellies and honey, original art, homemade products and works by local authors.

  • Gather for a Spring Fling at The Gathering Place

    It’s the season to celebrate spring and have a fling in the process.

    The new Gathering Place Farm Tables and Furniture shop at 9501 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Carolina Shores is having its first Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

    The public is invited to gather to greet neighbors, make new friends and visit the new store featuring handmade furnishings and décor as well as items from around the world and furnishings shows in Atlanta.