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Today's News

  • Ward joins Oceanside Family Medicine

    A native of Brunswick County, J. David Ward II, M.D., has joined Oceanside Family Medicine in Shallotte. Ward, who is board certified in family medicine, will offer a full range of medical services for the family, from infants to seniors.

    He will join Chris Isenhour, M.D., and Marie Wheatley, NP, at Oceanside Family Medicine, which is at 204 Smith Avenue, Shallotte.

    Babysarojah Ravindran, M.D., of Brunswick Pulmonary & Internal Medicine, also sees patients at this location.

  • Restaurants get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Calabash commissioners OK sewer assessment

    CALABASH—Town commissioners on Tuesday night approved recommending a sewer assessment payback plan of “at least” 10 years.

    The recommendation will be forwarded to Brunswick County commissioners, who will make the ultimate decision on the period citizens will have to pay their individual sewer assessments.

    At present, options offered by the county are three-year, six-year, or a 10-year plan.

    Commissioner Emily DiStasio expressed concern.

  • N.C. Supreme Court Justice stops by Sea Trail for conference

    He’s one of seven justices on North Carolina’s highest court and the only one up for re-election this year.

    Since January 2001, Bob Edmonds has served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Come November, he’ll be up for renewal of another eight-year term and also faces a challenger on the Nov. 4 ballot—Suzanne Reynolds, a law professor at Wake Forest University.

    Edmunds, 59, was in Brunswick County recently to stump in the nonpartisan race and attend an N.C. Clerks of Court gathering at Sea Trail.

  • 9/11 memorial events Thursday in Brunswick County

    This Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again have a 9/11 memorial service.

    The service will honor the memory of the 343 emergency and New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Eighth Avenue North off U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Granddaughter off to see the world, help others

    In October, Rebekah Phelps, an Ocean Isle Beach native and the granddaughter of Alan and Peggy Russ, is joining a group of 20-somethings leaving the comfort of their homes and possessions for a year in search of a life filled with adventure.

    They’re calling it a pilgrimage—an opportunity to find themselves and experience the world firsthand.

  • Varnamtown native celebrates 71st with birthday backflip

    VARNAMTOWN—O’Neal “Knot” Varnam celebrated his 71st birthday Monday by doing his annual backflip into the Lockwood Folly River.

    After checking the water to make sure there were no logs or other objects that might hinder his style, the Varnamtown resident climbed the ladder to the top of a wooden piling at the boat docks next to Garland’s Seafood and performed a quick backward somersault into the water.

  • Mother of 'Black Widow's' dead husband still seeking answers in her son's death

    It’s been almost 23 years since Gloria Rehrig has heard her the sound of her son’s voice. It is a sound she longs for daily.

    “I still miss my son very much; he was my baby,” she said this week.

    In December 1985, Gloria Rehrig received the call any parent would dread—her son, Alan Rehrig, was found shot to death in his car.

    While the murder weapon was never recovered, Gloria Rehrig said investigators determined the path of the bullet would have been fired from the passenger seat.

  • Man charged with two area break-ins

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives recently charged a Winnabow man with two counts of breaking and entering, stemming from June break-ins.

    Elliott Naylor Jr., 45, of Funston Road, was charged with two counts of breaking and entering. According to Sgt. Steve Mason, Naylor and an accomplice, who died in late-June of a drug overdose, broke into two homes June 10.

    The first breaking and entering was reported on Sellers Road in Supply. A TV and miscellaneous coins were reported stolen.

  • K-9 Enforcement Team round-up

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office recently launched its newest law enforcement initiative, the K-9 enforcement team.

    The team, comprised of five K-9 officers and their dogs, is similar to the sheriff’s office community policing program, which targets areas with high crime and drug activity, but the K-9 enforcement team is its own patrol division.

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.