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Today's News

  • There’s still time to select a 2015 Medicare drug plan

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

    Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin and the staff of SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, are reminding Medicare beneficiaries of a very important deadline.

    The Annual Election Period to review, compare and choose Medicare prescription drug coverage ends Dec. 7. Medicare beneficiaries are encouraged to call SHIIP at (855) 408-1212 or (800) MEDICARE for free and unbiased help in choosing a drug plan.

  • The joy of giving, the ordeal of getting

    There’s always so much ado about Black Friday, that maddening day-after-Thanksgiving tradition when people practically trample each other in the quest to claim the best pre-Christmas shopping bargains and when retailers hope the frenzy results in a significantly boosted bottom line by the end of the year.

  • Shallotte makes great strides on plan

    The revival of Shallotte’s once-bustling riverwalk, as well as the development of other properties central to the town’s vision plan, is progressing at a steady pace.

    At its regular meeting earlier this month, the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved the acquisition, sources of funding and contracts to buy properties on Cheers and Wall streets.

    This essentially completes the property purchases necessary for the town’s riverfront project, an idea first proposed in 2008 as part of Shallotte’s vision plan.

  • Shallotte Police report

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

    Nov. 10

    Minor cited for shoplifting $73.33 in merchandise from Wal-Mart.

    Minor cited for shoplifting $103.42 in merchandise from Wal-Mart.

    Nov. 11

    Cardinal Point Apartments residents reported finding blood splattered on a wall.

    Unauthorized use of a credit card belonging to a River Bluff Drive resident.

    Nov. 13

  • Leland Police report

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

    Nov. 17

    Jason Aaron Covington, 33, 1044 Garden Club Drive, arrested on charges of DWI and driving while license revoked.

    Sheryl Lynn Caw, 47, Mulligan Way, Bolivia, cited and released for stolen merchandise from Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Larceny of merchandise from Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

  • Technology has replaced maturity for me

    I realized recently I hit the two-year mark here in Brunswick County and was thinking about writing about how in a mere eight years, give or take a few, I will no longer be looked at like a stranger who wandered into town.

    But then I had to do some thinking about how can I become a responsible citizen of Brunswick County by 2022 if I still haven’t become responsible.

    I came to this thought provoking realization the other day when my water was shut off.

  • Leland parks and rec pleased with public input on plans

    LELAND — Leland has a good idea where the future of its parks and recreation services will go in the next five years. It will continue adding pedestrian and biking trails, but could also establish a community recreation center.

    Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said those ideas came straight from the residents through three public meetings held to discuss the future of parks and recreation offerings.

    The meetings were held Oct. 22, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 as part of the town’s update of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

  • Traffic on U.S. 74/76 hurts some businesses, helps others

    LELAND — Traffic congestion on U.S. 74/76/17 as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews work to widen the road is not only affecting commuters.

    Local businesses are experiencing the impact of the change in traffic flow in different ways — some good, some bad.

  • Be thankful for the Brunswick fishery

     At the end of November, most people focus their attention to cooking the perfect turkey rather than fishing. However, this time of year can produce impressive inshore, near shore and offshore fishing if you can get away from the kitchen.

  • Speckled trout, redfish prime winter targets

     

    The Thanksgiving holiday is usually the last celebration for most vacation homeowners in the Brunswick Islands. After this last celebration, many will winterize their homes and will return just before the Easter holiday to get things back up and running again. Just because everyone leaves does not mean that the fishing stops. The fishing can see some really good days for those willing to deal with the cooler temperatures. Speckled trout and redfish are the two prime targets through the winter months.