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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 28-March 2, 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Feb. 28

    Larceny of a motor vehicle from Sea Trail later found burnt in South Carolina.

    March 2

    Jeffrey Cameron McLeod, 43, of Emerillon Court, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on charges of larceny and drunk and disruptive.

  • Calabash Fire Department February 2017

    During the month of February 2017, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 190 calls: eight structure fires, six fire alarms, 11 motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, one investigation, 29 public assistance calls and 134 EMS first-response calls.

  • Another orange alligator washes up

    Chalk up another orange alligator roaming the Carolinas. Gary “Zap” Ceponis recently snapped photos of yet another Cheetos-hued gator on the bank of a retention pond behind his house in Winding River Plantation.

    When he first shot photos on Feb. 23, Ceponis said it was a small alligator about two-and-a-half to three feet long. When he saw the gator again on March 1, Ceponis said the reptile appeared to be losing some of its orange color.

  • Clark graduates from basic

     Air Force Airman Harvey D. Clark Jr. graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland inTexas.

    Clark completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Learning about listeriosis

     A couple of weeks ago, a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. Unlike many things you read on the Internet, this one was a true. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called listeria. The food-borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.

  • Some plants mask their green

     You would think that horticulture folks would be happy in March when everyone’s “wearin’ the green.” After all, green is our color — the color of chlorophyll found in plant leaves that allows the life-giving process of photosynthesis to happen. But, in this month of green beer and shamrocks, I started thinking about all of the great plants we grow that mask their green behind other pigments such as the red and burgundy Japanese maples, ‘”Summer Chocolate” mimosa and Cordyline ‘”Red Star” with its striking form.

  • U.S. pets get fatter, owners disagree with veterinarians on nutritional issues

     By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  • North Carolina encourages air quality forecast awareness

    The 2017 ozone season has started, as state and local environmental agencies renew their daily air quality forecasts for ozone in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

    Ozone, which has been North Carolina’s most widespread air quality concern, continues to decline, thanks in large part to reductions in emissions from its primary air pollution sources: power plants, industry and motor vehicles.

  • Legislators introduce STOP Act to confront opioid epidemic

    Sens. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, Jim Davis and Tom McInnis and Reps. Greg Murphy, Ted Davis, Craig Horn and Chris Malone, joined by Attorney General Josh Stein, unveiled legislation to confront the opioid epidemic.

    The STOP Act, formally the Strengthen Opioid misuse Prevention Act, was introduced with companion bills in the Senate and House. This legislation is designed to ensure smarter prescribing and smarter dispensing of highly addictive prescription drugs. The bill also includes $20 million for treatment and recovery over two years.

  • Williams re-elected to serve as chairman of Cape Fear RPO

    The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) elected officers for 2017 at its Feb. 10 meeting. Brunswick County commissioner Frank Williams was unanimously re-elected chairman and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was unanimously re-elected vice chairman.