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Today's News

  • School cafeterias earn Platinum ‘A’ Award status

    SHALLOTTE —Brunswick County school cafeterias are among the crème de la crème of the county’s cleanest eating establishments.

    The Brunswick County Health Department hosted an awards ceremony March 26 at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to recognize the achievements of food service establishments in the county.

  • The End of America hits April 8 in Brunswick County

    The End of America is upon us.

    In just a few more days, it’s coming to Brunswick County.

    At least, that’s the name of the Philadelphia-based trio performing in the latest Listen Up Brunswick County show at 7:30 p.m. next Sunday in the Virginia Williamson Events Center in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    The End of America, their name a tribute to Jack Kerouac, consists of Brendon Thomas, James Downes and Trevor Leonard blending three-part vocals ala rock and Americana.

  • Are you busting your own bracket?

    By Linda Arnold

    Happy spring! The rejuvenation of nature — and ourselves. Ushered in by that fifth season on the calendar: March Madness.
    I’m not sure when bracketology became part of our vernacular, but it’s here to stay. And this year’s NCAA basketball tournament has given rise to lots of examples.
    All the number crunching and statistical analyses in the world couldn’t stop the surprises and upsets this year. Brackets were busted on the very first night of competition.

    Your individual bracket

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 26-April 1, 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 26

    Matthew William Rimel, 38, of Gracieuse Lane, Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested on charges of breaking and entering, felony larceny and damage to real property.

    March 28

    Child’s bicycle stolen from Salt Marsh Drive.

    March 29

    Lawn equipment, outdoor table, chairs and crab pot stolen from North Shore Drive.

    March 31

  • Seasons of the Slavic soul are universal

    Having in mind family connections and acquaintances, I was eager to read a little book written by the director of Siena Retreat Center, a woman of Polish descent. In my reading “Seasons of the Slavic Soul: A Quest for Authentic Polish Spirituality,” I hoped to discover intricacies, connect more deeply to them, and thus to those who enjoy this heritage. My eagerness harvested delicious fruit.

  • Calabash Fire Department March 2018

    During the month of March, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 167 calls: three structure fires, three woods/brush fires, 12 fire alarms, seven motor vehicle accidents, a gas leak, 24 public assistance, two mutual aid, an other and 115 EMS first-response calls.

  • Diagnosing and treating cystitis and FLUTD in cats

    Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box, on bedding nor on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis.
    Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments. The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  • Bringing lesser-known wild and not-so-pretty North Carolina fish to the table

    The seventh annual NC Catch Summit was recently held in Southport. This two-day event was sponsored by the NC Catch folks and hosted here in Brunswick County by Brunswick Catch and N.C. Cooperative Extension.

  • Spring is a time of transition

    Spring is a time of transition in the garden as the cold and wind of March give way to the pleasant temperatures and light breezes of April. Milder temperatures of the last couple of days have kicked the flower show up a notch as the flowering dogwoods and azaleas take center stage. This is truly a glorious time in the garden.
    My retirement from North Carolina Cooperative Extension is official. Stepping away on April Fool’s Day was certainly appropriate.

  • Bail set at $1M for Shallotte man facing cocaine charges

    A Shallotte man is being held on $1 million bail on cocaine charges.

    Covia Dzell Smith, 44, of Hale Swamp Road was arrested March 22 and charged with two counts of possession with intent to sell or deliver cocaine and two counts of selling or delivering cocaine.

    Warrants show Smith sold 3.4 grams of cocaine to an unidentified person June 1 and sold 7.8 grams to an unidentified person June 20.

    Smith remains at the Brunswick County Detention Facility.