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Today's News

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Feb. 21:

    Paul E. Allen III, 34, of 1553 Lanvale Drive, Leland; felony fail to register as sex offender.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Feb. 16

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Don’t let tax season be a burden

    Tax season can be overwhelming.

    This year it doesn’t have to be. The AARP Tax-Aide is offering free tax preparation to elderly and low-income clients throughout the county.

    Brunswick County locations are set up in Shallotte, Calabash, Leland, Oak Island, Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes. In Shallotte, taxes are being prepared at Rourk Library 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Mondays through Wednesdays.

    The program is volunteer-run and offers free tax assistance. Volunteers began filing taxes on Feb. 1 and will continue until April 18.

  • Black History Month program honors Abraham Galloway

    SOUTHPORT—On Feb. 13, 1837, Abraham H. Galloway was born into slavery in Smithville (known today as Southport).

    Galloway’s mother was a 17-year-old slave. His father was a white son of a wealthy Brunswick County planter. Galloway was trained as a brick mason and allowed to work independently as long as he paid his owner $15 a month.

    In June 1857 Galloway escaped North Carolina on a ship headed for Canada where he became a spokesman for abolition. As the Civil War began, Galloway became an intelligence agent for Union officers.

  • Reach to Recovery

    Four years ago, life turned upside down for Carolina Shores resident Shirley Tacchetti. She discovered something all women fear—a lump in her breast.

    She recalls discovering the lump one morning as she was getting out of the shower. Tacchetti was new to Brunswick County, having relocated from Maryland in October 2006. She found the lump in February 2007.

  • Local oncologist writes book to help explain cancer to others

    SUPPLY—Dr. Patrick Maguire, oncologist with South Atlantic Radiation Oncology Center, has spent his life’s work helping others fight cancer. He lost his father to cancer and both of his in-laws.

    During his personal and professional battles with cancer, Maguire discovered a need and sought to fill it. As an oncologist he is frequently asked questions ranging from what is cancer to how could I have prevented this?

  • Look Good Feel Better—Building self-confidence in a difficult time

    Cancer can rob women of their energy, appetite and strength. But one program aims to make sure it doesn’t take away their self-confidence.

    Look Good Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, offers a free, non-medical program designed to lift the spirits of women battling cancer. The program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects.

  • Relay for Life

    The 2011 Relay for Life of Brunswick County event is scheduled for 6 p.m. May 13 until 11 a.m. May 14 at West Brunswick High School.

    “We expect over a thousand participants based on our numbers in the past,” said Alicia Sides, Relay for Life committee member.

    Relay for Life is a major fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, with funds supporting ongoing research programs and supporting local outreach programs.

  • Brunswick County ripe for new industries

    BOLIVIA—The potential for economic growth in Brunswick County in 2011 is promising, according to a recent report by the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC).

    The EDC reported an increase in prospect inquiries and visits in 2010 as well as an increase in industrial leads.

  • Shallotte may get a new New Year's Eve celebration

    SHALLOTTE—The “spirit of the Shallotte Board of Aldermen” is with a local committee attempting to bring First Night to downtown Shallotte.

    First Night, a non-alcoholic, family oriented New Year’s Eve celebration, started 35 years ago in Boston, Ma. The event has taken root and spread to 75 cities and towns across America.

    In North Carolina, both Raleigh and Charlotte host First Night events.