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Today's News

  • When a local hero needs help

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Every day, firefighters are asked to put themselves in harm’s way to protect citizens. Some are paid for their heroic acts, and others are volunteers. Regardless, they always put others first.

    On April 21, a car accident drastically changed the life of one of Brunswick County’s volunteer firemen.

  • Shallotte to have a ball, bocce ball

    SHALLOTTE—A newly renovated bocce ball court is ready for players behind the Shallotte Senior Center. A grand-opening ceremony and tournament will officially kick off the court’s presence in the community on June 1 at 9 a.m.

    For Bob Cozzi the renovation of the bocce ball court became more than a project; it became a passion.

    “When I lived in New Jersey, I played a lot,” said Cozzi, who moved to the area 10 years ago. “It all started last May when Khrystye (Haselden) called me from parks and

  • Small plane crashes in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Supply resident Hal Cheers was 2,500 feet in the air when the engine in his Ultralight single-engine aircraft cut off around 2:15 p.m. last Wednesday.

    “I knew by the way it cut out it wasn’t going to start,” Cheers said the following day. “The first thing I did was look around for a place to land.”

    Cheers decided to attempt a landing along N.C. 130 near the water tower.

  • Eight West Brunswick athletes honored at senior awards

     Eight West Brunswick High School athletes were among the students honored May 25 during the senior awards program.

    Quan Bates was named Male Athlete of the Year and Kayla Padgett was named the Female Athlete of the Year.

    Bates is a three-sport all-conference athlete.

    In track, he was a member of the four-by-200 relay at the state meet. He also was a state qualifier in the long jump. He has run the 100 meters in 10.96 seconds.

    In basketball, he averaged 10.1 points and 7.3 rebounds a game.

  • Mom steals eight shirts from Walmart: threw kid in car on getaway

    The Shallotte Police Department is searching for a suspected shoplifter who dragged a child through the parking lot while escaping from Walmart.

    The suspect has been identified as Courtney Margaret Mittelstad, 34, of 8888 Broughton Place N.W., Calabash.

    According to the incident report, the suspect was seen stuffing at least eight women’s T-shirts into her purse. The shirts are valued at $90.

  • A look beyond and relearning life lessons

    Sometimes we just have to relearn the same life lessons over and over again. Last weekend was one of growth and enlightenment though it could have been the exact opposite.

    Often people sugarcoat the truth—but say what you mean. I have a thick enough skin, and I would much rather hear it straight from the horse’s mouth than to hear the truth in a roundabout manner.

  • 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.

    •Alicesha Elizabeth Nye, 23, of 4377 Mary St., Shallotte, was arrested for trespassing and failure to appear after being caught shoplifting at Walmart; Nye had a warrant for first-degree trespassing and was charged with trespassing again because she was told not to come on Walmart property.

  • County switches to self-insured plan for employees in upcoming fiscal year

    BOLIVIA— In an effort to combat rising healthcare costs and to take advantage of the county’s wellness program, Brunswick County Commissioners switched to a self-insured plan for employee healthcare coverage.

    Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes told commissioners to keep their current plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county would have to absorb an $860,000 or 9.3 percent increase.

    Commissioners OK’d the switch to self-insured at their May 16 meeting.

  • Brunswick County receives preservation award from Historic Wilmington Foundation

    WILMINGTON—Brunswick County Commissioners were among the winners of the Historic Wilmington Foundation Annual Awards, announced last week in Wilmington.

    George Edwards, executive director of the Historic Wilmington Foundation, said Brunswick County Commissioners were honored with the preservation award for leadership for completing the county’s first comprehensive historic resources survey in Brunswick County.

  • Three suspects arrested for trying to pass fraudulent prescriptions

    An investigation that began in New Hanover County recently led agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, Shallotte Police Department, New Hanover County Vice-Narcotics Unit and the Columbus County Drug Enforcement to three arrests in the Leland area.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, agents arrested Jeremy Paul Clowdus and Kenneth Anthony Hewett after the suspects attempted to pass a fraudulent prescription at Thomas Drugs in Shallotte.