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  • Small plane crashes in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Supply resident Hal Cheers was 2,500 feet in the air when the engine in his Ultralight single-engine aircraft cut off around 2:15 p.m. last Wednesday.

    “I knew by the way it cut out it wasn’t going to start,” Cheers said the following day. “The first thing I did was look around for a place to land.”

    Cheers decided to attempt a landing along N.C. 130 near the water tower.

  • Mom steals eight shirts from Walmart: threw kid in car on getaway

    The Shallotte Police Department is searching for a suspected shoplifter who dragged a child through the parking lot while escaping from Walmart.

    The suspect has been identified as Courtney Margaret Mittelstad, 34, of 8888 Broughton Place N.W., Calabash.

    According to the incident report, the suspect was seen stuffing at least eight women’s T-shirts into her purse. The shirts are valued at $90.

  • A look beyond and relearning life lessons

    Sometimes we just have to relearn the same life lessons over and over again. Last weekend was one of growth and enlightenment though it could have been the exact opposite.

    Often people sugarcoat the truth—but say what you mean. I have a thick enough skin, and I would much rather hear it straight from the horse’s mouth than to hear the truth in a roundabout manner.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Alicesha Elizabeth Nye, 23, of 4377 Mary St., Shallotte, was arrested for trespassing and failure to appear after being caught shoplifting at Walmart; Nye had a warrant for first-degree trespassing and was charged with trespassing again because she was told not to come on Walmart property.

  • County switches to self-insured plan for employees in upcoming fiscal year

    BOLIVIA— In an effort to combat rising healthcare costs and to take advantage of the county’s wellness program, Brunswick County Commissioners switched to a self-insured plan for employee healthcare coverage.

    Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes told commissioners to keep their current plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county would have to absorb an $860,000 or 9.3 percent increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the switch to self-insured at their May 16 meeting.

  • Brunswick County receives preservation award from Historic Wilmington Foundation

    WILMINGTON—Brunswick County Commissioners were among the winners of the Historic Wilmington Foundation Annual Awards, announced last week in Wilmington.

    George Edwards, executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, said Brunswick County Commissioners were honored with the preservation award for leadership for completing the county’s first comprehensive historic resources survey in Brunswick County.

  • VA signs lease for Brunswick veterans outreach clinic

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County will finally have its own veterans’ clinic.

    On Wednesday, May 18, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) signed a lease for medical office space in Supply for a veterans outreach clinic.

    Brunswick County Veterans Services Director Anita Hartsell said the clinic was a big win for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans.

  • Veterans health fair this week in Calabash

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office would like to invite all veterans to attend the veterans health fair taking place at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7288 in Calabash.

    The health fair will be from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 26, at the Post at 900 Carter Drive, Calabash.  

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their county veterans service officer.

  • DA David appeals judge’s traffic court order

    RALEIGH—District Attorney Jon David has fired back.

    Last Thursday, May 19, in Raleigh, David filed a petition in the North Carolina Court of Appeals appealing an April 15 administrative order issued by Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    Dick Ellis, spokesperson for the N.C. Court of Appeals, said the petition appealed Jolly’s administrative order, which, among other things, ordered a stay on a fledgling traffic court program started by David.

  • Wartime memories: Veteran recalls surviving Pearl Harbor seven decades ago

    CAROLINA SHORES—Relaxing on the sun porch of his home overlooking the golf course, Hal Todd can still recall the attack that launched World War II for the U.S. on Dec. 7, 1941, nearly 70 years ago.

    He remembers, because he was there.

    “You want to talk about Pearl Harbor?” says the jovial 90-year-old.

    “Well, I could make up a lot of lies about that one,” he adds, chuckling. “Because nobody can check it out.”