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Today's News

  • You decide: Should everyone have a basic income?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Mark Zuckerberg, the billionaire founder of Facebook, recently caused a stir by throwing his support behind the idea of a guaranteed basic income. Just speaking to my neighbors, colleagues at work and friends at the gym, I’ve noticed he certainly has set off some passionate conversation about the merits or demerits of the idea.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last Thursday, Aug. 3, was the day the North Carolina House and Senate were called into special session twice. We were expecting to vote on overrides to four bills vetoed by the governor, but we found the override votes were delayed because of members not attending and we handled several other bills in one long day.

  • Stand against seismic testing, offshore drilling

    This past weekend, the North Carolina Coastal Federation recognized Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis with a Pelican Award for his work on Kerr-McGee wood treatment Superfund site cleanup “that benefits the entire coast and state of North Carolina.” The plant, which operated from the 1930s to the 1970s, shut down in 1980. Creosote and sludge left on the site entered the marshes adjacent to the Brunswick River and Sturgeon Creek, which flow into the Cape Fear River.

  • Man charged in BHI golf cart crash that injured passenger

    A Virginia man is accused of driving while impaired in a golf cart crash on Bald Head Island that resulted in his passenger’s hospitalization.

    Tyler Wainwright Sewell, 51, of Charlottesville is charged with driving while impaired and felonious serious injury by vehicle, Brunswick County Detention Facility records show.

    Sewell was driving a golf cart in the vicinity of Maritime Way between 4:30 and 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, when he made an abrupt left turn to avoid hitting a tree and ejected his passenger, Bald Head Island Village Manager Chris McCall said.

  • County water advisory rescinded

    As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, it is no longer necessary to boil water or use bottled water for human consumption for most county water users in Shallotte, Calabash, Sunset Beach and adjoining areas that experienced low water pressure Aug. 8, Brunswick County Public Utilities Director John Nichols said.

    Ten customers from 7128 Old Georgetown Road SW to 7170 Old Georgetown Road SW remain under a system pressure advisory, Nichols said. All customers still affected have been notified directly with door hangers.

  • Shallotte man faces cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $1 million bail after his arrest on cocaine charges.

    Julian Christopher Johnson, 48, of Shell Point Road is charged with possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, possession of cocaine, maintaining a vehicle for a controlled substance and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

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  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate died Thursday morning at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.

    Tony Edward Long, 36, of Oak Island was found unresponsive in his cell at 5:50 a.m., according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.  

    Members of the jail’s medical staff rendered first aid but were unable to revive him.

    The sheriff’s office’s professional standards office found no evidence of foul play or suicide, the release said.

  • Picnics today are usually more casual affairs

    This time of the year is perfect for a picnic or a cookout. Everyone wants to get out and take in the warm, sunny weather and spend some time at one of our many beaches, but at some point, we’ll all get together and enjoy the bounties of homemade offerings at a cookout or picnic.

    The word picnic actually comes from the French “pique-nique,” which means “a fashionable social entertainment” in which each guest brings a contribution to the feast. In other words, it was just a fancy way of saying “potluck.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Here’s a little botanical story involving native lilies. And who doesn’t like lilies?