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Today's News

  • Ticks are here in Brunswick

    Seems like the ticks are trying to take over the world, at least the Brunswick County portion. If you stay outside much, these pests seem to be everywhere. The Extension agents are reporting what seems to be an inordinate amount of these obnoxious little creatures awaiting a meal, and that meal may be you.
    The Master Gardener Hot Line has received calls concerning ticks. Homeowners with natural landscapes will normally have more of a problem than others.

  • Extreme conditions help sort out summer winners, losers

    The brutal heat and humidity arrived a little early this year even though things have moderated somewhat in the last few days. Extreme conditions always help us sort out the plant winners and losers. Let’s take a look at some of those.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, July 5
    CLOSED
    Tuesday, July 6
    Macaroni and cheese/ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, July 7
    Stew beef au jus, mashed potatoes, green peas, blend juice, Jell-O, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.
    Thursday, July 8
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice/beans, stewed tomatoes, fruit, blend juice, beverage.
    Friday, July 9

  • It’s time to think about salad recipes for these hot summer days

    The hot, lazy days of summer arrived in our area a few weeks ahead of schedule this year, so it’s time to find some quick and easy cool foods to prepare.
    In our area, Indigo Farms Produce, Holden Bros. Farm Market and, of course, our Farmers Market in Shallotte have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons and tomatoes.
    Take home everything that looks good. Don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all—you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.

  • Work heats up on Smith Avenue extension; delays on Main Street expected

    Road crews have been common sights on Smith Avenue in Shallotte the past couple of weeks, diverting traffic as they create the road’s new alignment as part of the Smith Avenue Extension project.

    Work is also continuing on the new section behind the Shallotte Crossing shopping center, and in the next month, crews will work on Main Street (U.S. 17 Business) to connect the two.

  • McIntyre comes out against NCIT project planned for Southport

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced his opposition to the construction of the North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) the N.C. Ports Authority has planned for 600 acres near Southport.

    On Tuesday, McIntyre issued a statement saying he had expressed concerns in the past about the project’s potential effects on Brunswick County’s quality of life and, so far, no answers have been forthcoming.

    “After years of public debate, I still have these concerns, and these questions remain unanswered,” he stated.

  • ADA suspended by state bar for withholding discovery

    The North Carolina State Bar Association has suspended a local assistant district attorney’s license to practice law in North Carolina.

    But as long as long as assistant district attorney Samantha Alsup follows Bar-ordered conditions, the suspension is stayed and she is free to practice law.

    District attorney Rex Gore said the Bar found Alsup withheld discoverable items, which he said was a mistake on Alsup’s part, not a malicious act.

  • Two arrested after traffic stop in Leland

    LELAND—Agents with Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested two suspects last week after a traffic stop in Leland.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, drug agents arrested Patrick Allen McInnis, 19, of 8705 Callaway Road, Aberdeen, and Robert Weaver Wood, 19, of 540 Burning Tree Road, Pinehurst, after a routine traffic stop around 10 p.m. June 24 on U.S. 74-76 in Leland.

  • Saluda pair charged with alcohol violations in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a 35-year-old Saluda woman for drunk driving June 26.

    Elizabeth Ruby was charged with driving while impaired and taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center. Joseph Pace, 59, also of Saluda, was charged with possession of an open container in the passenger area.

    Eugene Williams, 33, of Calabash, was charged with a red light violation June 27.

  • Sheriff’s office applies for COPS grant for new drug agent

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners last week approved a grant application for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office to apply for a COPS (Community Oriented Policing Services) grant.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said the COPS grant is a federally funded, three-year grant they would use to fund an additional drug agent in the sheriff’s office’s overburdened drug enforcement unit.