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Today's News

  • Shallotte Police seize gambling machines from local store

    SHALLOTTE—Dec. 1 marked the first day of a new law prohibiting electronic gambling machines, and Shallotte Police wasted no time enforcing the new law.

    On Monday afternoon, Shallotte Police seized five electronic gambling machines from A-Z Cigarettes in the Shallotte Plaza off Main Street.

    The new law makes it illegal to “promote, operate or conduct a server-based electronic game promotion.”

    In addition to the machines, police also seized $2,293 in cash and a .38 special two-shot pistol from the cigarette store.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade set for Saturday

    The annual Shallotte Christmas parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, on Main Street.

    This year, more than 100 units have signed on to march through town, passing out candy to onlookers and spreading Christmas cheer.

    The roads will be closed at 8:30 a.m. for the safety of all parade participants, town officials said.

    In addition to the usual procession, volunteers from Brunswick Family Assistance will be pushing shopping carts the length of the parade route collecting nonperishable foods for the food pantry.

  • $50,000 sought from Sunset Beach for planetarium digital system

    SUNSET BEACH—As $50,000 is sought from the town toward Ingram Planetarium’s new digital projection system, council indicated it would consider releasing $15,000 now and the remainder in the next budget year.

    In pleas reiterated Monday from a Nov. 19 presentation, planetarium leaders Scott Kucera and Tom Smith said the requested contribution is crucial for timely installation of a new $275,000 digital projection system next spring.

    Donors have contributed about half the cost so far.

  • One arrested, another sought in vending machine break-ins

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested one man and are seeking another for questioning in connection with a recent rash of vending machine break-ins.

    Bradley Gene Reeves, 35, was charged with license revoked, three counts of breaking into vending machines and three counts of damage to personal property.

    Reeves is from New Hanover County but had been living at 718 Magnolia Drive in Sunset Beach, said Sunset Beach Deputy Police Chief Steve Smith.

    Reeves was in the Brunswick County Detention Center on $6,500 secured bond. More warrants are pending.

  • False reports of weapon on campus lock down Village School

    SHALLOTTE—The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School in Shallotte was locked down last week after what turned out to be two false calls that came into Brunswick County Emergency Services.

    The calls claimed a suspicious person was on the school’s campus with a weapon.

    The first of two calls came into Emergency Services around 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause said. Both calls came from an untraceable number, but claimed there was a man with a gun roaming the school’s campus, Gause said.

  • Holden Beach moves forward with beach renourishment

    The Town of Holden Beach has received the Brunswick County Board of Adjustment’s approval to use 371,000 yards of beach-compatible sand taken from the town-owned property on Turkey Trap Road, town manager David Hewett announced at the Nov. 25 meeting of Holden Beach Commissioners.

    Town officials had already received a state mining permit but had to get a special exception from the county to use the sand for beach renourishment.

    Hewett also reported the dune is currently being rebuilt on the east end of Holden Beach between Avenues A and C.

  • Holden Beach residents upset about tax bills

    Holden Beach tax bills went out last week, and since then, almost 200 property owners have called town hall to complain about what appears to be a double billing/erroneous assessment of their sewer assessments.

    “It’s primarily been limited to the lots in Heritage Harbor (where many homes are on two 25-foot lots instead of one 50-foot lot),” town managed David Hewett said. “However, if individuals have a questionable sewer assessment, they should call town hall to get it fixed.”

  • Eating low cholesterol foods is just one part of the healthy living equation

    You walk down any aisle of a grocery store and you will see products labeled “no cholesterol” or “low cholesterol.” What does this mean?

    In some respects, it is a marketing gimmick. In fact, stores could put a sign above the entire produce section that says, “Cholesterol Free” because cholesterol is only found in products that originate from animals. Plant-based products have no cholesterol.

  • After surviving Thanksgiving, try garden therapy

    You survived Thanksgiving with all of the food and relatives. Brave souls may have even ventured into the chaos that is shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If all of this holiday hustle and bustle has you popping Lexapro like baby aspirin, take a break and go play in the garden. Believe or not, there are some garden chores that need to be done right now.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Brunswick County

    Just after Thanksgiving and for the next two weekends, it will be the busiest time to purchase a Christmas tree. Early shoppers will pick from the best available trees on lots or in fields.

    Locally, it is difficult to find a choose and cut operation. For our area, it usually means going to a tree lot to select a tree that has already been cut and shipped into our area.