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Today's News

  • Although considered a fruit, a fig is actually an inverted flower

    My sister lives in southern California and always has an abundance of juicy, ripe figs. Every once in a while, she’ll call me and ask if I have any good recipes for using up all her figs. I have three fig trees and probably get about 40-50 figs out of all them. Not much compared to 150 or so from each of her many fig trees.
    If you don’t have any fresh figs for these recipes, don’t worry. Though fig season here was finished weeks ago, most local markets have jars of fresh figs. Even the dried variety work quite well.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage on East First Street; suspect entered a residence and took a flat-screen TV.

    •Joe Mason Brown, 19, of 10172 Beach Drive, Calabash, was arrested for breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage.

  • Community briefs

    New library books
    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
    NON-FICTION
    “Hemingway’s Boat” by Paul Hendrickson. A stunningly original and deeply gripping contribution to our understanding of this great American writer, published 50 years after his death.
    FICTION
    “Those Across The River” by Christopher Buchlman. This debut novel is wonderfully eerie from start to finish.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Credit card fraud at Belk; suspect fraudulently used the victim’s credit card without permission.

    •Disturbance at Taco Bell; suspect entered an unmarked restricted area.

    •Shoplifting at Food Lion; suspect took steaks without paying.

  • Staggered start survey shows unfavorable reviews

    BOLIVIA—Implemented to save teaching positions, the new staggered-start schedule drew opposition from parents and teachers as the board of education hosted a hearing to gather input about the new schedule.

    The cost savings from staggering elementary, middle and high school start times is between $500,00 and $550,000, or roughly 10 teaching positions, superintendent Edward Pruden said.

    The new school day is 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary students, 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. for middle school students and 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. for high school students.

  • Shock opens playoffs with victory

    The Shallotte Shock U12 girls’ soccer team won its opening playoff game Saturday 2-1 against Pleasure Island Soccer Association The Shock scored its goals off corner kicks.
    Hayley Giordano sent the first kick high over many defenders and into the center of the goal box and Greer Josselyn ran in and redirected the ball off her body and into the goal.
    On the second corner kick, Giordano again sent a kick directly across the goal and this time Mia Adcock came running into the box and had the ball hit off her chest and into the goal.

  • Brunswick ministers group addresses board of education

    BOLIVIA—A group of area ministers say they have some serious concerns about the Brunswick County Board of Education and some administrators.

    Representing the Brunswick County Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Anthony Gause addressed board members Tuesday night.

    “I come before this board to express some great concerns about the lack of compassion and consistent practices of the board of education and the administration,” Gause said.

  • Shock beats Whiteville in exhibition

    The Shallotte Shock U12 girls played an exhibition game on Friday against old rival Whiteville from the Cape Fear Soccer league and won 2-1.
    Whiteville entered the game undefeated in the Cape Fear League, and the Shock is undefeated in the Pleasure Island Soccer League in Wilmington.
    “The two teams have played each other in very close matches over the last three years and Whiteville coach Joey Shultz agreed to bring his talented team to Shallotte Park for the game under the lights on Friday night,” Shallotte coach Mark Giordano said.

  • Golf tournaments

    TOY STORE BENEFIT NOV. 19
    The annual Brunswick Baptist Association Toy Store Benefit Golf Tournament will take place at 9 a.m. Nov. 19 at Pearl Golf Links, Calabash. Divisions are men, women and coed. Cost: $50 per person, $200 per team, and covers breakfast and lunch.
    All proceeds benefit families in need during Christmas in Brunswick County. For more information or to sign up, contact Jo Swain, tournament director at (910) 393-9453 or (910) 846-2668.

  • Sports briefs

    Cedric Simmons update
    Cedric Simmons had seven rebounds and blocked three shots in Asefa Estudiantes Madrid’s 74-71 loss Oct. 29. Simmons started and played 25 minutes.
    He scored eight points. His team is 2-3 in the 18-team Spanish professional basketball league.