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  • When a local hero needs help

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Every day, firefighters are asked to put themselves in harm’s way to protect citizens. Some are paid for their heroic acts, and others are volunteers. Regardless, they always put others first.

    On April 21, a car accident drastically changed the life of one of Brunswick County’s volunteer firemen.

  • Shallotte to have a ball, bocce ball

    SHALLOTTE—A newly renovated bocce ball court is ready for players behind the Shallotte Senior Center. A grand-opening ceremony and tournament will officially kick off the court’s presence in the community on June 1 at 9 a.m.

    For Bob Cozzi the renovation of the bocce ball court became more than a project; it became a passion.

    “When I lived in New Jersey, I played a lot,” said Cozzi, who moved to the area 10 years ago. “It all started last May when Khrystye (Haselden) called me from parks and

  • 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.