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Today's News

  • Hurry up, spring!

    It’s 35 degrees in March. By the weekend, it’s expected to reach 70.

    I would celebrate, but I’m afraid the meteorologists will start calling for snow if I do.

    Everyone knows that by mid-February, we Southerners are ready for the warm weather.

    And we want it to stay warm. Otherwise, our delicate systems are upset and we get sick for a week.

    Think I’m exaggerating? As I’m writing this, I’m home with a sick daughter who is rubbing her nose red and is unable to breathe.

  • ATMC seeks community connections grant applications

    ATMC has begun accepting applications for its 2009 community grants, Community Connections. This program addresses the needs of Brunswick County residents in areas such as emergency and disaster relief, arts and culture, civic service and health and human services.

    In 2009, as a result of an increased need due to the slumping economy, ATMC is increasing the total amount of grant funds to be awarded to $25,000.

  • Preparing meals for one or two, Part I: Preparation and planning

    When it’s just you or the two of you, it can be a real challenge preparing meals when you were used to preparing for an army, as my wife can attest.

    What works well for many of us is making a large casserole and eating half and freezing the other half. You can also divide it into two smaller baking pans. Bake one right away and wrap and freeze the other, leaving you with leftovers for another day.

  • Rate increases should have had more public discussion

    Elected officials representing Brunswick County and other coastal communities have joined together to fight against what many are calling unfairly high homeowners’ insurance rate increases for this and other North Carolina beach communities.

    Their push, including bills introduced in the North Carolina House and Senate, has been fueled by the outrage of many coastal residents who feel the 29.8 percent coastal insurance increase is too high, too unfair and done without enough public input.

  • Woman arrested for theft in Sunset Beach

    Woman arrested for theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police reported a woman was arrested last week for shoplifting and larceny.

    Michelle Marie Robinson, 48, of Little River, S.C., was charged in connection with the theft from Transit Damage Freight.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated the theft of mail reported by a resident in Sandpiper Bay.

     

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week.

    •Police charged Jerry Wayne Simmons Jr., 38, of 42779 Babson Road, Ash, with driving while impaired at the intersection of Whiteville Road and Ruby Way. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

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

    From Feb. 23- March 1, deputies with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Enforcement Team answered 15 calls and issued eight uniformed citations.

    K-9 deputies patrolled and set up driver’s license checkpoints in the following areas: Longwood, Seashore Road and N.C. 133. Communities patrolled include Riverview, Brunswick Plantation, The Farm, Magnolia Greens, Waterford, Wildwood and The Arbors.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired, driver’s license and criminal information checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances. The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Restaurant business has its ups and downs; Contreras keeps moving forward

    SOUTHPORT—For Roberto Contreras, the restaurant business is a continuing challenge.

    Right now, he is in the midst of remodeling his Plaza Garibaldi Mexican restaurant in the Walmart shopping center in Southport. He’s also building a restaurant in his native Mexico that some of his family members will manage, and he has plans to open a unique Tex-Mex restaurant in Brunswick County in the near future.

  • Schools on two-hour delay Monday

    Brunswick County Schools will operate on a two-hour delay Monday, according to the Brunswick County Schools Web site.

    Parents should expect a weather update from ConnectED, the schools' automated phone call service, at about 7 a.m. Monday. Check the Brunswick County Schools' Web site for additional updates.

    The National Weather Service predicted a slight chance of snowfall across Brunswick County early Monday morning, but has issued a winter weather advisory across the state.

    Check back for further updates.