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Today's News

  • CELEBRITY WINE & DINE: 'General Hospital' actress hosting wine tastings this weekend in Calabash

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—It isn’t every day a soap opera star visits a restaurant in the Seafood Capital.

    But that’s what’s happening this Friday and Saturday nights at Sunrise Pancake House, when “General Hospital” actress Laura Wright and her husband John host tastings introducing wines from their California winery.

  • Surviving candy cigarettes, lead-based paint and being tied up by Granny

    We were probably wound up from the sugar.

    We had likely just finished sucking on our candy cigarettes, holding out on the red-colored pretend flame as long as we could.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to find out one of us had that imitation candy cigarette box rolled up in a shirtsleeve.

    It isn’t unlikely we hadn’t quite recovered from brain-freeze after we gulped down sugary, artificially-colored-and-flavored Icees.

  • Fried-fish Fridays: Calabash VFW heats up with Lenten dinners

    Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 19, from 5-7 p.m., the post once again will start cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 2.

    The cost is $9 per dinner and $1 for an extra cup of homemade clam chowder.

    VFW members start preparing for the weekly fish fries on Tuesdays, when increased orders of fresh haddock arrive at the post.

  • The Cobb salad is a truly American main dish salad

    The Cobb salad is one of the earliest main dish salads to appear on restaurant menus and continues to be one of the most popular. Its origin is credited to Bob Cobb, owner of The Brown Derby, the famous eatery in Hollywood, Ca., in the early ’30s and ’40s.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Assault on a female on Birch Pond Drive; victim reported suspect striking her.

    •Vandalism at Badcock Furniture & More; victim reported a pea-sized hole in the window, possibly from a bullet fragment. The damage was estimated at $150.

    •Counterfeit currency at Gigi’s Closet at Shallotte Station; suspect passed a counterfeit $50 bill.

  • BCC announces continuing education courses

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7380 to register. The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Brierwood Road in Shallotte; suspect stole power tools, farm and garden vehicles, household goods and a shop light from victim’s home.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny on Brigadier Avenue in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect removed victim’s laptop and iPod from victim’s vehicle.

    •Assault on Mulligan Way in Bolivia; suspect assaulted victim.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    K-9 deputies charged Jake W. Hunt, 21, of 62 Old Lantern Road, Danbury, Conn., was charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Golf action

    Sharon DeBona, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., scored a hole-in-one on the 117-yard, par-3 18th hole Jan. 27 at Charleston National in Mount Pleasant, S.C. She used a 5-iron. Less than two weeks later, her husband, John DeBona, scored a hole-in-one on the 126 yard, par-3 fifth hole at Meadowlands Golf Club in Calabash. He used an 8-iron while playing in a Grand Strand Senior Men’s Golf Association event Feb. 8.

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  • Counterpoint--It's about the process

    It’s not about the person; it’s about the process.

    Unfortunately, it appears the Shallotte Board of Aldermen never had a clearly defined process to hire a new town administrator.

    That’s shortchanging constituents whose taxpayer dollars are used to run the town.

    The town received about 100 applications for the job. Two weeks ago, some board members were ready to hire Albert Hughes, even though aldermen Michael Pease and Larry Harrelson said then they hadn’t even looked at the applications.