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Today's News

  • Seventy percent increase in homeowners’ insurance requested for coastal counties

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau has submitted a rate filing with the state Department of Insurance requesting a nearly 70 percent in increase in homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties like Brunswick and a nearly 50 percent increase on the beaches.

    The bureau’s general manager said this week the request is just a starting point, and he does not expect it to be approved. The state Department of Insurance similarly issued a statement saying the department has not historically approved the exact rates recommended by the bureau.

  • Annexation, trash talk in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The future of annexation and trash were hot topics at two specially called commissioners meetings Monday.

    N.C. Sen. R.C. Soles took part in one of the afternoon sessions to discuss municipal legislation, which is up for consideration in the upcoming General Assembly long session that launches Jan. 28.

    Stephanie Lewis, Brunswick County operation services assistant director, answered commissioners’ questions at the other meeting regarding how refuse is handled between the county and Waste Industries.

  • Shallotte planning board attempts to close permitting loophole

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended amending the town’s unified development ordinance to require developers to obtain town approval for driveways and roadways before they receive approval of their development plans.

    At its regular meeting Dec. 9, the planning board unanimously approved the changes, prompted by a recent incident in which a “loophole” in the current UDO was discovered.

  • Toy Run another hit for Brunswick County bikers, kids

    The 16th annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Toy Run was a successful one, organizer Jerome Munna said this week.

    The enthusiasts shopped with 80 children, a smaller number than usual due to a strain on the economy, he said.

    “We hope to still help with a couple of scholarships this year,” Munna said.

    Bill Carter of Holden Beach won the fundraising raffle of a 2009 Harley Davidson Crossbones.

  • Meatloaf and gravy is still considered the ultimate comfort food

    Who invented meatloaf, why and when? Food historians tell us from ancient times to the present cooks have been mixing ground meat with minced bread/rice/vegetables, spices, thickeners and serving them with sauce. But for what reasons?

    My best guesses are 1) to distribute meat to more people (protein economy); 2) to conserve resources (use it up, don’t throw it out); and 3) to make tough meat more palatable (aid digestion).

  • Christmas is the time to reflect and remember times that have passed

    Isn’t it amazing how we can be wishing to turn 16 and get a driver’s license and then wake up a short time later and 30 years have disappeared? Something about this time of year always kicks the nostalgia into high gear, so bear with me as we look back on Christmases past.

    The first 10 years of my life were spent in a white, wood-framed house that was completed in 1912. It had the typical high ceilings, no insulation and was oriented just right to catch a summer breeze.

  • Preliminary annexation meeting draws questions

    SUNSET BEACH—A handful of residents showed up to ask town council about the town’s plans to annex a 99-acre residential tract at a specially called meeting Monday night.

    The questions came after council unanimously approved a resolution of intent to annex the property, most of it along N.C. 179 between The Colony II at Oyster Bay and the Calabash River.

  • It’s not hard to cultivate carnivores in the garden

    It is a wonderful thing for a gardener to find an exotic and interesting plant that is easy to cultivate. Pitcher plants are a rare and unusual carnivorous plant that are easy to incorporate into the garden and are especially amenable to container planting; however, their cultural needs differ from most plants, and it is necessary to understand the lifestyle of pitcher plants so you can give them a proper home in your garden.

  • Hard times have many asking: What may I keep?

    Economically, these are tough times. People everywhere are hurting from a painful trickle down effect.

    Loss of money at the top of the scale has had its negative effect all the way down to those who had the least from the beginning.

    Charitable, nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch along with their clientele. Fueled by financial deficits and exacerbating anger, abusers are even more violent.

  • NHRMC breaks ground for new facility in Brunswick Forest

    Construction has begun on a project that will bring New Hanover Regional Medical Center services directly to northern Brunswick County.

    Steel beams are going up on the medical center’s new 40,000-square-foot medical complex in The Villages at Brunswick Forest. When complete, area residents will have easier access to imaging and urgent care services as well as primary and specialist physicians.