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Local News

  • Smoking rates drop in North Carolina

    The percentage of North Carolina adults who reported smoking cigarettes in 2016 is the lowest ever recorded, 17.9 percent, according to a state news release. Despite this milestone, North Carolina’s smoking rate remains slightly higher than the national rate of 17.1 percent, and smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of death in the state.

  • H2GO issues warning about possible scam targeting customers

    H2GO customers may receive a package in the mail from DVR Labs c/o Carolina Fresh Water from Greensboro requesting water samples. The package contains a bottle, which the company asks you to fill with tap water. It is assumed that after sending off the water sample, this company will then contact you claiming to show the presence of Dioxane and GenX while trying to sell a water filtration system.

  • Warrior Ride Coastal Carolina Tour scheduled for Oct. 17-21

    The Warrior Ride will have its annual Coastal Carolina Tour from Oct. 17 through 21.

  • Seniors Helping Seniors on Oct. 13

    Brunswick Senior Resources and its sponsors will have the seventh annual Seniors Helping Seniors event from 8:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in the ballroom at The Brunswick Center at Supply, 101 Stone Chimney Road.

    Admission is free and lunch will be provided.

    The opening ceremony by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office launches promptly at 9:30 a.m.

    Highlights include a variety of vendors and valuable information for seniors, their families and caregivers as well as food, prizes, games, speakers, performers, music, art and massage.

  • New Hanover inmates temporarily housed in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County Detention Facility is providing temporary housing for some New Hanover County inmates.

    New Hanover County sheriff’s Lt. Jerry Brewer said inmates are being housed in Brunswick County while improvements are being made to one of New Hanover County’s housing units.

    “We’re putting up fencing up on our second tier for safety and security reasons,” he said. “This is happening in all the units; this just happens to be one of the last ones.”

  • Precautions urged after EEE found in Brunswick County

    The State Laboratory of Public Health identified Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) in a pool of mosquitoes collected in central Brunswick County on Sept. 19, according to a county news release issued Wednesday.

    The type of mosquitoes collected is responsible for circulating EEE in the wild bird population and are not known to bite humans. County mosquito control officials regularly monitor the mosquito species Culiseta melanura to identify EEE activity and direct mosquito spraying operations to reduce the risk to the human and horse populations.

  • Students work as team, learn skills through ‘Spartan Challenge’

    SHALLOTTE — Shallotte Middle School physical education and health teacher Holly Borden recently heard about a survey in which U.S. citizens between middle school age and 21 were asked what their dream jobs would be. No. 1 was a YouTube star. No. 2 was a professional Instagram Model. And No. 3 was to be an American Ninja Warrior.

  • 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival set for Sept. 29-30

    The world will take center stage on the campus of Brunswick Community College on Sept. 29 and 30 in the form of this weekend’s 13th Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

  • Oak Island police arrest pair on marijuana charges

    Tips and information from the public led to the arrest of an Oak Island couple on marijuana charges last week.

    Oak Island police arrested Robert Dakota Howard, 22, and Lauryn Austyn Sims, 19, both of Northeast 50th Street, on Sept. 21 and charged each of them with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling for a controlled substance and possession of marijuana paraphernalia.

    A town news release did not say how much marijuana was seized during the arrests.

  • Seat opens on Holden Beach board ahead of Nov. 7 election

    HOLDEN BEACH — Kim Isenhour officially resigned her seat on the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, leaving a vacancy until November’s municipal elections.

    Isenhour resigned because she is no longer a resident of the town, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden said during the Sept. 19 commissioners’ meeting. Commissioner Ashley Royal was absent from the meeting.