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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Family Medicine closes doors

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine has closed its doors effective June 11, and patients are now receiving letters informing them of the decision.

    Sunset Beach Family Medicine was part of Novant Medical Group. According to Novant spokesperson Amy Myers, officials met with the practice’s physician, Lori Church, last week and “made the decision not to continue [Novant’s] partnership with the practice.”

    “As a result, the decision was made to close the practice,” Myers said.

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Jack Russell Bellamy, 68, of 1520 Hickman Road NW, Calabash, with failure to yield right-of-way after a wreck on Main Street and Sellers Road in which his 2005 Ford was rear-ended by a 2005 Honda driven by Patrician Ann Morgan, 33, of 1538 North Wind Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Board agrees to modify newly adopted uniform policy for Leland Middle School

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education will allow Leland Middle School to try its own modified dress code for a one-year trial period.

    Although board members voted to adopt a uniform policy for the school earlier this month, principal Patricia Underwood approached the board last week and asked for a revision.

    The board voted to allow students to wear jeans on designated spirit days. Underwood initially requested students be allowed to wear jeans daily.

  • Win or lose, gaming parlors have upper hand in Little Vegas

    Back when video poker machines were all the rage just south of the border, some folks took to dubbing my adopted hometown of Little River, S.C., “Little Reno.”

    Then the betting tables turned, laws changed, and video parlors were shut down in the Palmetto State. Law-abiding North Carolinians were forced to venture to big Reno or Atlantic City to do their out-of-state gambling.

    Except for the casino boats, Little River resumed its former image as a quaint fishing village.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Seasonal jobs drive unemployment rate down

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped from 11.9 to 10.3 percent between March and April, mainly due to seasonal hiring, according to employment officials.

    Eli Smith, director of the Brunswick County office of the N.C. Employment Security Commission, said traditional summer jobs are still available including housekeeping and restaurant work.

    While there are still not enough jobs to keep up with demand, Smith said many longtime jobseekers are more receptive to considering job opportunities they may have overlooked in the past.

  • Herrick ends term as SBIC chair, continues to lead farmers market

    When she worked as director of a cancer center in Akron, Ohio, Linda Herrick met a number of people who had no idea what to do after they lost their spouses and loved ones.

    “I felt so bad for the widows,” Herrick said. “Some of them didn’t even know how to write checks…I decided then that when I retired, I would give back.”

    Since moving to Brunswick County in 2000, Herrick, who now lives in Shallotte’s Brierwood community, has done just that.

  • Oak Island woman charged with bank robbery

    An Oak Island woman has been arrested and charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, Karilyn Neely, 30, of 132 NE 16th St., Oak Island, was charged with robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Neely was arrested Monday afternoon for her alleged role in a robbery at Waccamaw Bank, 3178 Holden Beach Road, Supply around 4:48 p.m., Stanley said.

  • Thefts reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated a motor vehicle break-in and larceny reported June 7 on Sailfish Drive. A cell phone was stolen from an unlocked vehicle.

    Another car break-in and larceny were reported June 8 on Sixth Street. A purse and wallet, credit cards, money and personal checks were stolen. The purse was recovered from the waterway.

    Damage to personal property was reported June 8. Someone slashed a tire in the Food Lion parking lot.

  • Metal artist David McCune featured at Silver Coast Winery

    Silver Coast Winery is once again showcasing the metal artistry of David McCune during the summer season.

    The show launches Saturday, June 19, and runs through Sept. 14.

    McCune, of Fayetteville and Brunswick County, is recognized as a prolific artist who has had successful shows from Florida to Las Vegas.

  • Beyond the quaint: Maisel writes of Southport’s ‘rough,’ colorful past

    Since moving to Southport, the one word Larry Maisel always hears when people describe his adopted hometown is “quaint.”

    People from all over Brunswick County and around the state enjoy strolling downtown, browsing antique shops and eating at seafood restaurants in the small, charming town along the Cape Fear River.

    But the picturesque Southport of today is different than its early days as an industrial town, where canning plants, lumber mills, boat repair facilities and shrimp houses lined the now scenic, tourist-friendly waterfront.