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Today's News

  • 3G wireless technology comes to Brunswick County

    Attention smart-phone users: More companies are providing third-generation (3G) wireless technology in Brunswick County.

    ATMC Wireless has recently upgraded its wireless network with new 3G technology throughout Brunswick County, allowing faster Internet connections for wireless customers.

  • Two killed in parasailing incident; blunt trauma the cause of death

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A parasailing incident here Friday afternoon has left two visiting women dead. Medical examiners say blunt trauma caused both deaths.

    Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo., were killed Friday afternoon when a rope connecting the parasailers and the boat Tied High “parted,” according to the initial report from U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit. The two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier.

  • Coast Guard to conduct investigation into parasailing accident

    The U.S. Coast Guard has ordered a "district formal investigation" to determine the cause of the parasailing accident in Ocean Isle Beach Friday that resulted in the deaths of two vacationers.

    Rear Adm. Wayne Justice, Coast Guard 5th District commander, ordered the district formal investigation Monday afternoon

  • Big Lots to open in former Food Lion building

    The closeout retail chain Big Lots is expected to open a new store in Shallotte in October. It will be in what was for years the Food Lion store at the corner of Main Street and Smith Avenue.

    “We’re expecting a permit any second,” contractor Tom Kelly said this week.

    Once the building permit is in place, Kelly said it would take two and a half to three weeks to remodel the building.

    The 25,000-square-foot store will be ready to open by mid- to late October.

    “It will be a great location,” he said.

  • County commissioners call special meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

    The meeting will be in the county commissioners’ chambers, 30 Government Center Drive SE, Bolivia.

    Commissioners will discuss the following items:

    •Approval of a bond order authorizing the issuance to a taxable enterprise systems revenue bond, known as a Build America Bond.

  • Health department, schools prepare for H1N1

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools are preparing for a possible H1N1 influenza outbreak in the schools.

    While people ages 65 and older are more susceptible to the seasonal flu than younger people, H1N1 is different, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director for the Brunswick County Health Department said. The median age of people who have contracted the H1N1 flu is 17 years old.

  • Shallotte sets public hearing on sweepstakes business regulations

    Shallotte aldermen have scheduled a public hearing on new regulations for Internet sweepstakes businesses for 7 p.m. Oct. 6, the board’s next regular meeting.

    The town planning board has recommended the board adopt an ordinance after learning from town staff they have received an increase in zoning applications to establish electronic gaming/sweepstakes businesses.

  • Want to workout and shed pounds? Try the garden

    Two-thirds of the population of the United States is overweight, so lots of us are looking for ways to drop some pounds.

    Most want the quick fix with the latest magic pill or the 21st century equivalent of the grape fruit diet. While losing weight may be difficult, the basic concept is simple: burn more calories than you eat.

    If hanging out at the gym isn’t your cup of tea, try these tasks that will get your heart pumping and help your garden as we move into the cooler months of fall:

  • Stinging and biting pests are looking for cool places to hide

    Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, along comes a host of other biters, stingers and other “ne’er do wells."

    Fire ants are on the prowl and are foraging for food and possibly just trying to get out of the heat and into our air-conditioned homes.

    Fire ants will be building and expanding their mounds throughout the rest of the warm season in preparation for winter. Treat mounds with fire ant baits or other commercially available control products. Please follow label directions for best control.

  • Destroying old crop residue could prevent disease next season

    Individuals not planning to grow a fall garden should make it a practice to rid the garden site of old vegetable crop residue and weeds as soon as possible. Failure to destroy spent vegetable plants will likely increase insect and disease problems next season.