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Today's News

  • WEATHER UPDATE County prepares for Tropical Storm Hanna

    Hanna may be downgraded to a tropical storm, but weather experts and local officials are keeping a close eye on the storm.

    As of Tuesday morning, Hanna was south of the Bahamas, moving through the ocean with winds up to 70 mph. Randy Thompson, director of Brunswick County Emergency Services (BCES), said the storm seems to be losing momentum, but is still headed for North Carolina’s coast.

  • Legislators override boat trailer bill veto; AAA reacts

    The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would lessen restrictions on hauling boat trailers.

    The legislation in question, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”

  • Home schools see increased enrollment in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County students are back in school but not all of them study in a classroom.

    Brunswick County has 428 home schools and 714 students registered with the N.C. Department of Administration’s Division of Non-Public Education for the 2007-2008 school year. While the amount of schools decreased by 10 schools from the 2006-2007 school year, student enrollment increased 12 students.

    The division is responsible for inspecting and monitoring home schools.

  • Sheriff's office sued; claims related to Hewett indictment

    Six months, four indictments and one federal guilty plea later, the sheriff’s office has been sued for claims directly associated with former sheriff Ronald Hewett’s suspension and indictment.

    Hewett, who was suspended as sheriff March 27 on the grounds of neglect, misconduct, extortion and intoxication, was indicted March 31 on three counts of embezzlement by a public official and one count of obstruction of justice.

  • Two dead after weekend shootingDistrict attorney's office to determine charges

    A double shooting over the weekend in Calabash has been turned over to the district attorney’s office to determine if charges will be filed against the shooter.

    Just after 2:20 a.m. Saturday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a shooting at a home at 99 Calabash Road.

  • Journalism integrity is worth its weight in gold

    Here it comes again.

    This time, I was eating lunch, minding my own business and trying to complete the word jumble when I couldn’t help but overhear a nearby group of lunch buddies utter the words that make most journalists’ skin crawl: “The media is just so negative about everything.”

  • Use those leftover eggplants for moussaka and eggplant Parmesan

    Are you one of those many gardeners wondering what to do with all those eggplants that just seem to keep showing up?

    Eggplant isn’t a particularly popular vegetable in the United States, but it’s a favorite in many areas of the South.

    Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.

    Eggplant, a member of the nightshade family along with potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, is actually a fruit, and is classified botanically as a berry.

  • Local doctor shares her inspiration on CD

    Angela Thompson lets her faith guide her, and it has taken her from her hometown of Detroit to Shallotte, where she has practiced family medicine for the past eight years.

    And now it has led her to something she never expected—a career as a gospel songwriter and recording artist.

    “I’ve liked to sing all my life,” she said. “I really started writing and performing since I moved here.”

    Recruited in her residency by Dr. George Saunders, she moved to Shallotte in 2000.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Retired Brunswick K-9 needs life-saving aid

    OAK ISLAND—Mariah Brazil was on the lookout for a special dog.

    Grieving over the death of her mother late last year, the Oak Island resident scanned the cages of homeless dogs at the Brunswick County animal shelter, searching for a special canine companion to help fill the void.

    It took a K-9 to come to her rescue.

    Brunswick County K-9 Sgt. Tommy Tolley was also at the shelter. He overheard Brazil tell a shelter employee she just hadn’t found the right dog yet.