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Today's News

  • N.C. Rate Bureau withdraws dwelling fire rate filing

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey announced the N.C. Rate Bureau elected to withdraw the rate filing made Nov. 30, 2016, which would have seen an increase of 19.6 percent average in North Carolina.

    The rate filing was reviewed by Department of Insurance experts who discovered data issues that needed to be resolved before the filing could move forward. The N.C. Rate Bureau elected to withdraw the filing.

  • DECA spaghetti dinner fundraiser Jan. 25

    South Brunswick High School’s DECA Chapter will host a spaghetti dinner fundraiser beginning at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25, at South Brunswick High School to raise money for the State DECA Competition in Greensboro.

    Cost is $7 per plate or $20 for a family-pack of four. Plate includes spaghetti, garlic bread and a choice of assorted desserts. The dinner is open to all members of the community. If you live within Brunswick County and purchase more than 30 meals, DECA members will deliver the plates to you.

  • Shallotte police reports

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

    Jan. 1

    Larceny and obtaining property by false pretense, taking items off store shelves at Wal-Mart and exchanging them for a $236.67 gift card.

    Injury to real property by setting fire to a picnic table in Mulberry Park causing in $982 damage.

    Jan. 2

    Donna Nance Hurt, 57, was arrested on charges of larceny and trespassing.

  • Chicago tribute band Beginnings colours BCCOWA stage Jan. 26

    Chicago tribute band Beginnings appropriately kicks off and continues the ongoing BCCOWA concert series for 2017 on the main stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday night, Jan. 26.

    In the fall of 2002 Beginnings was born out of the love and respect for the music of one of the greatest American rock bands of all time — Chicago.

  • The national economy: Are happy days here again?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    What a difference a month made.

    In the four weeks after the 2016 elections, the stock market (measured by the Dow-Jones Industrial Average) soared 7 percent, close to the milestone 20,000 level. To put this number in context, at the bottom of the Great Recession, the Dow-Jones average was 6,600, having lost over half its value during that historic downturn.

  • When editing serves as therapy

    Back in November, I came across a blog post that described editing as therapeutic. The author, Helen Stevens, wrote, “Following the recent American election, Helen Angrove, a U.S. colleague, posted this in an online forum:

    ‘…it has been unexpectedly calming and heartening both to work on something that needs real concentration and to work on a document that clearly demonstrates this client’s commitment to honesty, integrity and inclusivity. Proofreading as therapy. Who knew?’

  • Cannon find revives history

    It has been said that in order to shape our future, we must appreciate our past.

    Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site offers one of the best ways to accomplish that.

    As a location for field studies and the host of programs throughout the year, the site is designed to bring history to life. Culturally significant finds here help us understand how our county, our state and our nation came to be.

  • District court docket for Jan. 3, 4, 5 and 6

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 3, 4, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, Jan. 3

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Shopping cart makeover

     It’s the third week into 2017 and I’m going to bring up those New Year’s resolutions again. If your goal is to eat more healthfully this year, I have some simple ideas to try in the grocery store. Rethink what you’re putting in your cart.

  • Why Do Dogs Wag Their Tails? 5 Fast Facts

     Nothing says “Welcome Home!” like the waggle of a dog’s tail. Tail wagging is synonymous with friendliness and love, contentment and delight. But is this long-standing association myth or fact? Leave it to sour scientists to spoil everyone’s happy hindquarters. Research suggests there’s more than smiles when your pup parades its rump. Here are five fast facts to help you better understand why dogs wag their tails and what those wiggles are trying to tell you.