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  • Physicians stress importance of seeking care from appropriate provider

    There are several reasons why people should seek immediate care at the emergency department—chest pain or pressure, stroke symptoms, car accidents, trouble breathing, broken bones or any injury requiring X-rays or intravenous fluids or medications.

    But a common cold is not one of them.

    With healthcare costs and uninsured patients on the rise, physicians say selecting the appropriate healthcare provider for any given injury or illness can help curb the cost of treatment.

  • Economy, lack of insurance affects when and where people receive care

    The strategically placed sign in the waiting room of a Shallotte physician’s office is a familiar one: “Co-pay due at time of visit.”

    Eighteen months ago the sign was little more than a formality for many insured patients going about their usual healthcare routine—preventive care, check-ups, physicals, immunizations and treatment of the occasional cold- or flu-like symptoms.

  • House bill 1305 voted out of insurance committee Tuesday

    RALEIGH—House Bill 1305, which amends North Carolina’s Beach Plan, was voted out of the House Insurance Committee Tuesday and referred to the House Finance Committee for review.

    N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, does not serve on the House Insurance Committee, but said he sat in on Tuesday’s committee meeting because of the potential effects the bill would have on Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte cancels fire truck order, starts re-bidding process

    The town of Shallotte has canceled its order for a fire pumper truck from Johnson Fire Safety Systems since the manufacturer, American LaFrance, has declared bankruptcy. The order has not been filled since the bid was awarded 18 months ago.

    The town board of aldermen voted unanimously at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting to cancel the order for a $276,572 pumper, which has been included in the town’s budget since 2008.

    Fire chief Paul Dunwell told aldermen he and the dealer’s representative have agreed canceling the truck would be the best thing to do.

  • Shallotte begins 'paperless' agenda era

    The Town of Shallotte is doing its part to go green—and to save time and money.

    Beginning with Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, the town board and staffers are working from Web-based “paperless” agendas on computer laptops provided at each alderman and employee’s seat during meetings.

    Each item on the electronic agenda is hyperlinked to the supporting documents. The full agendas will also be available online so any citizen interested can have easy access to the information, as well.

  • Calabash commissioners adopt solicitation amendment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners adopted a solicitation ordinance at a specially called meeting June 15.

    The workshop was to amend the town’s business regulations in its code of ordinances and add a chapter regarding peddlers, hawkers, drummers, roadside vendors, solicitors, salespersons, canvassers and demonstrators.

    Town officials said the amendment was in response to complaints from chartered fishing boat operators on the waterfront about employees with a competing fishing fleet who stand outside and wave customers into their parking lot.

  • Local cast of 'High School Musical' performs this weekend at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Disney’s hit musical “High School Musical” is coming to Brunswick County for one weekend only, kicking off tonight (June 26) at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Produced by the South Brunswick High School Musical Theatre Company, the stage version of “High School Musical” is based on the television movie and includes many of the same characters, songs and dialogue.

    The production also features set pieces ordered from Disney to precisely replicate the movie set.

  • N.C. 179 re-opens at Jennies Branch bridge

    Traffic is once again flowing smoothly along N.C. 179 after a stretch closed for a bridge replacement project re-opened this past weekend.

    The closed-down section of road at Jennies Branch between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach re-opened Saturday after being closed by the North Carolina Department of Transportation in November for replacement work.

    Traffic was re-routed to a detour along Hale Swamp Road while work was being done.

    N.C. 179 was slated to re-open May 15 but was delayed by contractor and subcontractor issues.

  • 'Southport Energy Park' idea wins contest

    A state park with a renewable energy theme is what members of No Port Southport think would make perfect use of 600 acres the state owns near Southport instead of an international port facility.

    Last week after an environmental panel discussion at the Southport Community Center,

    No Port Southport Inc. announced winners of its Public Options Regarding Terminal Site (PORTS) contest.

  • Twelve arrested in late night prostitution sting

    Twelve women were arrested at four locations just after midnight Friday during a late-night prostitution sting led by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Officers arrested five women at Close Encounters in Calabash, three at Smile Spa in the Thomasboro area, three at the Sun Spa in Longwood and one at Playmates in Calabash.