Today's News

  • Don’t you hand those germs to me!

    This column is about handwashing. You may say to yourself, ”I’ve been washing my hands since I was 2. Why do I need to read about handwashing?” Even so, repeated research has shown that people don’t wash their hands frequently enough and when they do, they don’t do it correctly. The reason I’m writing about this now is because Global Handwashing Day is celebrated annually Oct. 15. The purpose of this event is to raise awareness of the importance of clean hands 365 days a year.

  • Allens celebrate 60th anniversary

    Jay and Shirley Allen of Calabash, formerly of Ithaca, N.Y., after six decades of love and friendship, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Oct. 6. They built a home in Calabash 18 years ago. Jay retired from NYS Electric & Gas Corp. in 1994 and Shirley from Cornell University in 1998.

    The couple has three children: Michael (Patti) from Cortland, N.Y.; Jeffrey (Chris Abbuhl) from Belchertown, Mass., and Cathy (Adam) Degarmo from Cortlandt Manor, N.Y. They also have four grandchildren: Brian, Megan, Margaret and Henry.

  • Have we loved bulldogs to death?
  • Ground covers as lawn alternatives

    By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

    A popular choice for areas in your lawn, turf grass provides an attractive and durable surface for areas that receive a lot of use in your yard, but can also require a lot of upkeep. An alternative to a traditional lawn, ground covers provide a low-maintenance alternative that is beneficial to wildlife and highly attractive landscape addition. If you are searching for something different this year, consider planting ground covers as a lawn alternative to help reduce stormwater pollution and save money.

  • Trojans defeat Cougars 46-7
  • National Weather Service updates hurricane forecast

    A hurricane warning is in effect from Surf City, North Carolina to the South Santee River in South Carolina including Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties and Horry and Georgetown counties in South Carolina The warning is also in effect for the adjacent coastal and offshore waters.

    A tropical storm warning has been extended farther inland and now includes Columbus, Robeson and Bladen counties and Darlington, Marlboro, Florence, Marion, Dillon and Williamsburg counties in South Carolina.

  • West Brunswick beats South Brunswick 1-0 in soccer

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — West Brunswick beat South Brunswick 1-0 in a conference soccer game Oct. 5.

    The victory completed a season sweep of the Cougars and kept the Trojans in contention for the Class 3A title in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference.

    West is 2-1 and Topsail 2-0 in the 3A part of the conference. West has a rematch with Topsail on Oct. 25. West is 2-10-1 overall.

    South is 0-3 in the 3A part of the conference, 0-11 overall.

  • Man dies in Supply single-vehicle crash

    A man died in a single-vehicle crash at 10 p.m. in Supply on Monday, Oct. 3.

    A truck traveling east in the 2100 block of Kirby Road SW overturned, ejecting the driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, said David Robinson, captain of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad.

    The man, who has not been identified pending notification of his family, was pronounced dead at the scene.

  • Medication drop box available at Shallotte police station


    The Shallotte Police Department now has a medication drop box available for public disposal.

    Capt. Scott Branning said the department received the box the week of Sept. 19. It will be available Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the department at 114 Cheers St. No sign-in or appointment is necessary.

    Medicines can be brought in their containers or in bags and dropped into the box— no questions asked, Branning said. No liquids, lotions or sharp objects can be dropped in the box.

  • Bolivia man sentenced for sexually assaulting two girls

    A judge sentenced a Bolivia man to serve at least 19 years in prison for sexually assaulting two girls two years ago.

    Douglas Len Burris, 29, pleaded guilty Thursday, Sept. 29, to one count each of statutory rape and statutory rape/sexual offense, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release.

    Burris was accused of raping two girls, each between ages 13 and 15, in June 2014 and September 2014 in Brunswick County, said Assistant District Attorney Jamie Turnage, who prosecuted the case.