Today's News

  • Dosher CEO sports beard in ‘Hair for Hope’ challenge

    Sometimes the best ideas are not planned. They just happen in a moment of inspiration. Such was the case with the beard that now occupies the face of Tom Siemers, CEO of Dosher Memorial Hospital.

    It all began one morning in mid-February when Siemers accidentally cut himself shaving. Several days later, the cut got infected and, as the infection grew worse, Siemers paid a visit to Dosher’s emergency department, where he was treated and told he couldn’t shave for at least two weeks.

  • ATMC customers could lose 14 networks Monday

    Viacom International Inc., owner of the MTV Networks group, may remove 14 of its channels from ATMC’s cable TV lineup and the lineups of more than 5 million cable TV customers nationwide at midnight Monday, March 31, according to the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC).

  • Shallotte locksmith faces sexual assault charges

    Deputies have arrested a Shallotte locksmith accused of committing sexual assault, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

    David Rodriguez, 52, of Evans Circle SW, was arrested Thursday, March 27, on two counts of second-degree sexual assault in an incident that occurred the previous day.

    Rodriguez “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did engage in a sex offense” with a victim who was “at the time physically helpless,” arrest warrants show.

  • Lady Trojans beat South Brunswick 4-2 in soccer

     SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick girls’ varsity soccer team beat South Brunswick 4-2 Wednesday, March 26, at West.

    West trailed 1-0 early in the first half and was tied 2-2 in the second before rallying to defeat the Cougars.

    “We came back twice,” a happy Brian Quinn, the West coach, said after the game.

    Freshman Claire McNeil scored twice for West, and seniors Somer Milliken and Carla Zio also scored.

  • March is National Peanut Butter Month, so let’s celebrate!

     Roasted in their shell for a ballpark snack, peanuts have found their way into almost everything we eat, from breakfast to lunch to snacks to entries to deserts!

    This month celebrates one of America’s favorite foods — peanuts. National Peanut Month began in 1941 as National Peanut Week, and was later expanded into a month-long celebration in 1974.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Gardeners are just like everybody else, except they garden. And being just like everybody else, gardeners go through their various “phases” or “periods.” Some of these phases involve a sort of popularity contest when it comes to certain plants over others. One might think of the tulip craze that gripped Holland in the 1630s.

  • Found in the valley of death

     Rarely do we wish to speak of it. Always are we looking for ways to avoid it. Society apparently seeks to deny its existence. Death is truly the elephant residing on the dining room table.

  • March is National Nutrition Month

     There are many reasons we eat what we eat. Perhaps it’s social. Maybe it’s emotional. For some, it’s health factors, but the most obvious reason is we like it. The foods we enjoy are the ones we eat the most. That is why for National Nutrition Month 2014, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is saying to “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right.” If you like it, you’ll eat it, and if it’s good for you, too, that’s a real bonus.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 12, 13, 14 and 18 in Bolivia.

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


    Wednesday, March 12

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Unemployment numbers rise in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate rose for the third month in a row, reaching 8.7 percent for January 2014.

    Unemployment numbers are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    After a year of steady decreases in unemployment numbers through the end of 2013, the unemployment rate hit a low of 7.7 percent in October.

    Since October, Brunswick County has increased one full point in unemployment numbers.