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Today's News

  • More home kitchen inspection

    In last week’s column I asked four questions about food safety practices in the home kitchen. How did you do? Would your kitchen pass a food safety inspection?

    As promised, here are four more questions. Choose the answers that most closely apply to your everyday practices in your kitchen.

    5. When using a cutting board: If you’re cutting raw meat or poultry, what do you do before cutting fresh produce or bread before the same meal?

    a.Use a separate cutting board

    b.Wipe the cutting board with a damp cloth or sponge

  • Canine influenza H3N2 outbreak

    North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and Florida have all reported recent outbreaks of a new strain of canine influenza known as H3N2. Earlier outbreaks quickly spread from the Midwest to at least 12 states. Well more than 2,000 H3N2 cases have been reported to date in the U.S. H3N2 is not known to be contagious to humans, although cats may be at risk for contracting the respiratory infection. Here’s what you need to know to protect your dog.

  • District Court docket for June 5, 6, 7 and 8

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, June 5

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Shirley Smircic and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Ousted mom gets a new home

     VARNAMTOWN — Gail Hewitt has a new home.

    Months after an appeals court ruled against the 81-year-old woman in favor of her youngest daughter in a legal dispute over Hewitt’s Varnamtown house, Hewitt started moving last week to a new home less than a mile away from her former home on Varnamtown Road.

  • Sunset Beach delays action on Mayors National Climate Action Agenda

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has postponed until its Aug. 7 meeting a proposal for the town to join the Mayors National Climate Action Agenda.

    Speaking at council’s second meeting of the month Tuesday, June 20, Neil Gilbert of the Brunswick Environmental Action Team thanked the board for its prior resolution opposing offshore drilling.

  • Calabash eyes riverfront property purchase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have been going into closed session to look into the possibility of buying a 1.42-acre parcel overlooking the Calabash River.

    The parcel is on the southwest side of the river bridge off N.C. 179 at a site where people frequently fish, Town Administrator Chuck Nance said after the board went into closed sessions at their June 13 meeting and during a last-minute called “emergency” closed session to discuss the matter again last Thursday afternoon, June 15.

  • Boat-builder Dean Dosher crafts his own ark

    SUPPLY — It looks like an ark, and Dean Dosher doesn’t disagree.

    The longtime carpenter and craftsman is nothing if not crafty, especially when it comes to building a big boat.

    His plan is that someday soon the wooden boat he’s been working on for the past couple of years at his Kirby Road home will also float like an ark.

  • Wishing Chief Gause well in his retirement

    It is almost unheard of these days to remain with the same employer for more than a decade, let alone an entire career. Rodney Gause could have made headlines for that alone when he announced his retirement from Shallotte earlier this year after 35 years. But Gause spent each of those years with the police department, the last 29 as chief, making his tenure with the town remarkable.

    To hear Gause tell it, he was destined to work in law enforcement. It is all he said he ever wanted to do for a living, and to serve his hometown in that capacity made it extra special.

  • Tale of unpleasant roundabout experience gives some readers pause

    Writing last week about my ugly experience June 2 at one of Brunswick County’s roundabouts generated some good response from readers — actually, a bit more than I expected, considering staff writers Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery each had written columns two years ago about roundabouts and how to maneuver through them. It looks like the subject still strikes a nerve.

    Lest anyone mistake my position, let me go on record saying I’m pro-roundabout.

  • A grateful neighbor gives thanks for help after fire

    By Lin Ferrari

    Guest Columnist

    My name is Lin Ferrari and I’d like to take a moment to thank a lot of people. Some of you we know, and we thank you, but there are so many people who have helped my family and me who we do not know. You have all been so wonderful to us and such a blessing. Thank you so very much.