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Today's News

  • Sugar Confections Bakery

    SHALLOTTE—“This is what this area needed,” local resident Mary Couvillon said while purchasing baked goods last week at Sugar Confections Bakery.

    Employee Denise Ward said eight out of 10 customers say the same thing.

    Sugar Confections Bakery opened its Main Street location on Sept. 2, but the baking has been going on much longer. Owner Monique Holenko began her business four years ago, as she turned a hobby into a home business.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents during the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Pick-pocketing at Walmart; suspect removed $85 from victim’s purse.

    •Larceny on Ritz Circle; suspect took an iPAQ III without permission.

    •Communicating threats at Varnam Family Wellness Center; suspect made statement to employees by phone.

    •Harold Eugene Gaskins, 34, of Shallotte; charged with worthless check.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny on East First Street; suspect removed $3 in change from vehicle.

    •Douglas Aubrey Bartlett, 34, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

    •Steven Michael Mouro, 20, of Cary; charge for consuming alcohol while underage.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

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

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and misdemeanor larceny on East First Street; suspect removed $3 in change from vehicle.

    •Douglas Aubrey Bartlett, 34, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

    •Steven Michael Mouro, 20, of Cary; charge for consuming alcohol while underage.

  • ‘Putnam County Spelling Bee’ spells a fun time for all

    If you’re looking for a night of frolicking fun, let Brunswick Little Theatre spell it out for you.

    “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” will open at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, and run for two consecutive weekends at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The Tony Award-winning musical follows a group of six students as they compete for the title of county spelling bee champion. The comedic show is suggested for adult audiences only, as some mature situations are addressed.

  • Newest member of the family will grow into a person all her own

    It’s hard to plan ahead for spontaneous moments.

    It’s even harder when you’re more than 13 hours away from where they happen.

    Since my sister and very best friend in the world announced she was expecting her first child nine months ago, I had mixed emotions of excitement and sadness. Excited for the precious addition that would be joining our family, but sad knowing I would more than likely miss the birth, as it takes more than a quick car ride to get from Shallotte to Indianapolis.

  • Ocean Isle Beach founder leaves behind legacy

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—His name can be seen on buildings and landmarks across the county. His contributions will benefit generations to come. His legacy will live on indefinitely.

    Odell Williamson, founder of Ocean Isle Beach, died Sunday, Oct. 3. He was 90 years old.

    “It’s certainly a sad day for Ocean Isle,” Mayor Debbie Smith said. “He’s made many contributions to Ocean Isle as well as this end of Brunswick County.”

  • McIntyre looking for eighth congressional bid to strengthen district’s economic climate

    WASHINGTON, D.C.—U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he knows what’s on the minds of people in the 7th Congressional District.

    When voters go to the polls Nov. 2, he said they would have the economy and jobs on their minds—jobs lost as well as jobs that need to be created.

    “Jobs and economic development are the main issue in this race and that’s a clear commitment that I have had, and continue to work on,” the seven-term Lumberton congressman said last week from Washington, D.C.

  • Pantano: National issues are local issues

    WILMINGTON—National Politics are local politics, former U.S. Marine and Republican U.S. House candidate Ilario Pantano said.

    National politics, specifically national-level economic policies, are the No. 1 issue in this election, Pantano said.

    Pantano hopes to unseat seven-term Democrat incumbent Mike McIntyre in the Nov. 2 General Election for the U.S. House of Representative’s 7th Congressional District.

  • Swamped neighborhood brings back flood of concern

    Last week’s torrential rains spurred a resurgence of concern in the Sunset Lakes community.

    By Thursday, as a lake overflowed across Sunset Lakes Boulevard, resident Carol Taylor expressed frustration and concerns about safety.

    Though a portion of her community is under jurisdiction of the town of Sunset Beach, Taylor lives in the back portion on the other side of the lake that is governed by Brunswick County.

    It’s also the portion that was virtually inescapable as water flooded the road, making it hazardous for residents to drive.