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Today's News

  • Federal elections: Where all roads to Washington are lined in dollar signs

    Somewhere along the line I learned a valuable, on-the-job lesson—follow the money.

    Let me rephrase that—always follow the money.

    There might be some twists and turns along the way, but, more often than not, it will usually take you to where you want to go.

    This fiscal rule of thumb pertains to politicians and government officials who are in or are yet to be in office. Campaign finance reports, for instance, are like a window into a candidate’s brain. You thought I was going to say soul, didn’t you?

  • Two men sentenced as habitual felons

    BOLIVIA—Two men were convicted of drug charges and sentenced as habitual felons in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, July 19.

    According to assistant district attorney Chris Thomas, Eddie Lee Hill Jr. pleaded guilty to possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine. He was sentenced to 50 to 67 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Assault with a deadly weapon on McMilly Road in Shallotte; suspect hit victim with a stick.

    •Property damage on Gurganus Road in Shallotte; suspect used a tool to flatten victim’s tires.

    •Larceny on Inland Drive in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole fishing rods and reels from victim’s boat.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From July 12-18, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Crow Creek and Lakewood Estates.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • A little ‘Razzle Dazzle’ in crape myrtle selection

    Crape myrtles are important flowering trees for our landscapes and a personal favorite of mine.

    Hot weather makes me and these tough plants happy. Thanks to some of the good folks at the University of Georgia, there is a whole new reason to get excited about crape myrtles; the Razzle Dazzle series of dwarf selections. 

  • Owner seeks no-wake zone for Intracoastal Waterway

    The developer of a waterfront marina is seeking a no-wake zone designation for the Intracoastal Waterway along the marina’s property.

    Tim Moon, owner of Ocean Isle Marina and Yacht Club, said he was seeking the distinction for the waterway along his property for safety reasons and because of damage being caused to boats from passing boats and jet skis. 

    With 370 boats stored on-site, Moon described the marina as “just a great, great place to come.”

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, July 26

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, July 27

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, July 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, July 29

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit answered community complaints at 16 Robertson Park in Supply on July 14.

    Drug agents searched the residence and seized eight marijuana plants and drug paraphernalia from the home.

    Devin Roberts, of 16 Robertson Park, Supply, was charged with manufacturing marijuana, maintaining a vehicle/dwelling/place to keep controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Roberts was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed on a $10,000 secured bond.

  • Sugar-free desserts can be as satisfying as the ‘real’ thing

     More and more people have been coming up to me and asking, “Can you give us some recipes for desserts using much less sugar and ones with fresh whole fruits instead?” 

    I must admit sugarless or at least less-sugar desserts would be a lot healthier for us, but would they taste just as rich and satisfying as the “real” thing?

    Sugar-free desserts, as the name would imply, are meant for people with diabetes (high blood sugar) or for those looking to lose weight, since an excess amount of sugar is believed to enhance weight. 

  • One Titan, two Olympians gather

     Look in the sky. Is it a plane, a UFO or leftover fireworks from earlier this month? 

    If the time is just after sunset and you are looking west, it is the goddess of beauty, the god of war, and the god of agriculture.

    Huh? They are normally enemies, a strange trio to be gathering in a small group. The group is three planets, which are the namesakes of these gods and goddess. From brightest to dimmest the list reads: Venus, Saturn and Mars. To view, look west and up at 9 o’clock.