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Today's News

  • Island off Holden Beach to be sold at public auction

    HOLDEN BEACH—For years, recreational boaters have used it as a place for fishing, picnicking and even camping, but now a large part of Monk Island, between Holden Beach and Ocean Isle Beach on the Intracoastal Waterway, will be sold to the highest bidder.

    The tract is being offered at public auction at 1 p.m. June 20 at The Isles Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach, according to Iron Horse Auction Co. Inc. of Rockingham, which has been chosen to handle the sale.

  • Two arrested for breaking into Aarons; chase leaves one injured

    Two Lumberton men were arrested and a woman injured Saturday night after leading Shallotte Police on a chase when they were caught breaking into Aarons on Holden Beach Road.

    According to the police report, detective Eric King responded to an alarm at the store and saw the suspects fleeing the scene. A car chase ensued down Main Street and onto Express Way, where they ran the car into a dead end and jumped out.

    According to the accident report, the suspects’ car exceeded 120 mph at one point and was going about 80 mph at the time of the wreck.

  • Fatality, head-on collision on Brunswick roads over weekend

    Two wrecks on Brunswick County roads over the weekend left one woman dead and several children injured.

    Around 10 p.m. Sunday, May 24, Tammy Herring Oswalt, 34, of 4629 Pine Hollow Road, Wilmington, was killed after she was thrown from her motorcycle.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris, Oswalt was driving north on N.C. 133 near Belville at about 65 mph when her 2007 Yamaha motorcycle ran off the road and struck the guardrail.

  • Three elected officials satisfy tax debts, others still owe property taxes

    Three of the elected officials who were deemed delinquent taxpayers by the county have paid their tax debts. Others still owe property taxes.

    County commissioner Marty Cooke and his wife, board of education member Catherine Cooke, have paid their taxes in full, according to Brunswick County Revenue Collector Ken Perry.

    Bolivia Alderman Warren Knox has paid his full share of owed taxes, Perry said.

  • Drug agents arrest four suspects after searching Shallotte home

    After serving a search warrant on a Shallotte home, agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged four suspects with various drug and weapons charges.

    According to drug agent Jeff Beck, drug agents executed a search warrant at 940 Whiteville Road in Shallotte on May 20. During the search of the home, agents seized a stolen Glock .40-caliber handgun, 30 15-milligram Roxicodone tablets, 8 grams of cocaine, 15 .5-milligram Xanax tablets and drug paraphernalia, including pipes, scales and packaging material.

  • Shallotte seeks info from River's Edge before renewing bond

    The Shallotte aldermen want to hear from the developers of River’s Edge before agreeing to extend bond agreements another six months.

    After much discussion, the board decided at Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting to ask Bobby Lewis of Coastal Development, who is also on the town’s planning board, to come to the next meeting and talk about how long each of the planned projects in the community will take and how much time is needed.

  • Shallotte receives grant for farmers market improvements

    The state Tobacco Trust Fund Commission (TTFC) has agreed to grant the town of Shallotte $24,000 to improve the town’s farmers market in Riverside Park.

    On Tuesday evening, the board of aldermen approved a contract with the TTFC to provide $12,230 proposed for a storage facility; $6,880 for displays, product tables and canopies; and $5,000 for advertising and promotions.

    The grant requires no matching funds.

  • Grilling fish is easy with these simple, flavorful recipes

    Grilling fish and other seafood outdoors is an easy and enjoyable way to bring the “flavor of the ocean” into your backyard.

    Seafood just seems to taste better, more flavorful and juicy, when done this way. To avoid the fish sticking to your grill, be sure to oil the cooking surface or brush the fish with a little oil or butter.

  • Beds of daylilies in bloom make gardeners everywhere green with envy

    A craze sweeps through the garden every year about this time for those perennial superstars—daylilies. One look at a bed in full bloom and you, too, will be hooked on Hemerocallis. That’s the genus for daylily which is derived from two Greek words meaning “beautiful” and “day,” referring to the fact individual flowers only last one day.

    While I’ve never gone completely crazy over daylilies, I have just added two interesting selections to my own garden. We’ll come back to that.

  • Crape Myrtles may add beauty--and mildew to any landscape

    The crape myrtles are among the most popular landscape plants in Brunswick County. They are valued for their prolific summer flowers, heat and drought tolerance and year-round landscape interest. Under the right conditions, they flower all summer long.

    When planted in the right location, crape myrtles can be almost pest free. There are, however, two disorders that crop up during the summer that may require control measures; one is caused by a fungus and the other is caused by an insect.