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Today's News

  • ATMC begins directory recycling efforts

    ATMC’s new 2016 telephone directories are being delivered to ATMC customers across the county from now until late July. To encourage everyone to recycle their old telephone directories, ATMC is conducting its annual directory recycling drive.

    Through Aug. 19, anyone who wants to dispose of old phone directories of any type may do so by dropping them off at any of the following ATMC’s retail locations:

    Shallotte Headquarters, 640 Whiteville Road, Mondays through Fridays from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Adopt an Angel’s Saving Pets Challenge under way

    Adopt an Angel, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in New Hanover County, will take part in the Saving Pets Challenge for July. The challenge began July 6 and ends Aug. 5.

    An anonymous donor who adopted their dog from Adopt an Angel several years ago offered a $10,000 donation if the organization can raise $10,000. It costs Adopt an Angel on average $142 to save each rescued animal. Special needs animals cost more in veterinary care, as do animals that stick around longer than usual, getting overlooked.

    To donate, go to crowdrise.com/adoptanangel-sp2016.

  • Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations

    The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

    Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply.

  • Stories to tell about ‘monster’ fish

    The fishing world around Ocean Isle Beach exploded this week with reports of big monster fish being caught. I had high expectations with a full moon and special clients coming in from West Virginia. Capt. Brant McMullan, Capt. Barrett McMullan and a unique crew of young children ventured 92 nautical miles offshore in search of a swordfish early last week. The crew was successful in landing a 245-pound swordfish, causing other anglers to ponder the idea to try out this fishery.

  • A week full of big fish in Brunswick County
  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 15

    Larceny of two boat batteries worth $130 from a boat parked at a Marshall Street residence.

    July 17

    Simple assault; someone grabbed and pushed the victims while in Wal-Mart on Main Street.

    July 19

    Cameron Michael Sims, 22, was arrested on a warrant for arrest on two counts of failure to appear in court.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last six weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    June 19

    Keegan Kevin Nelson was arrested on charges of driving while impaired and failure to maintain lane control following a vehicle stop on Village Road at Sue Circle for erratic driving.

    Brittany Nicole Davidson was arrested on a charge of aiding and abetting driving while impaired. Davidson is the owner of the vehicle Keegan Kevin Nelson was driving.

  • Commissioners make right call on farm stands

    Brunswick County enacted Unified Development Ordinance regulations in 2009 that put a stop to roadside stands but include exceptions that allow a property owner who grows produce on his or her property to sell the produce on site, even if it is on a roadside.

    The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners decided to revisit those regulations this year after the county’s planning board in May unanimously approved recommending text amendments to the Unified Development Ordinance designed to expand opportunities for farmers markets and farm stands.

  • No summer vacation from allergies

    The other week, I took my youngest cat, Mimi, to the vet for an overdue dental cleaning. As friendly as she is, she, like her two older brothers, gets frightened when I take her away from our home for any reason.

    At the veterinarian’s office, Mimi doesn’t throw a hissing, growling and spitting tantrum like her 14-old-brother Linus or cower in her carrier, trying to shrink into a tiny ball, like her 14-pound brother Pepper. Her defense mechanism of choice is to try to shed as much of her plush coat as possible at one time without going bald.

  • You decide: Is there a winner in the investment boxing match?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Like many, I mourned Muhammad Ali. I watched Ali rise through the ranks of boxing’s heavyweight division and admired his skill and tenacity. Of course, I was also sad to see him in pain in the latter years of his life.

    Boxing is popular to some, in part, because it is a one-on-one competition where it’s easy to determine who is responsible for the win and the loss.