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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Man wanted by Shallotte police arrested on habitual larceny charges

    A man wanted by Shallotte police on felony charges is in custody.

    Charles Jeffrey Jenkins, 41, was wanted by Shallotte police on two counts of habitual larceny, according to a department Facebook post.

    Brunswick County Detention Facility records show Jenkins was arrested the morning of April 2. He remains there on $150,000 bail.

  • Facing formidable foes in the fight against opioid addiction

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    At a recent Brunswick County Opioid Epidemic Task Force meeting, we learned there would soon be a war on area drug dealers who are poisoning our men and women. Congratulations to twin brothers Jon and Ben David, district attorneys for the 13th and Fifth Districts, respectively, and their move to set bail at $1 million for these types of offenders.

  • Congress must preserve SHIIP funding

    By Mike Causey

    guest Columnist

    An effort is under way in Congress to eliminate $47 million that goes to programs like North Carolina’s Seniors Health Insurance Information Program. Such an effort fits the old adage of being penny wise and pound foolish.

    North Carolina’s SHIIP office gets about $1.4 million a year from the federal government, making up about 65 percent of the program’s budget. The remaining 35 percent comes from state sources.

  • You decide: How can affordable housing be increased?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Our residence really sets the stage for much of our lives. Before getting married, I lived in five different apartments in a span of five years. The year would change, and I would change apartments, always trying to move closer to work and improve the quality of my residence.

    The first home my wife and I bought was a drafty 1,000-square-foot house far from work and with limited nearby shopping. With our larger and more accessible home today, we’re much happier.

  • Students write surprise cards for veterans preparing for Honor Flight

    SHALLOTTE — On April 14, Marine Duane Ruff and other veterans will fly first class to Washington, D.C., as part of the Honor Flight Network, a program that gives military veterans the chance to see monuments and landmarks in the Washington metropolitan area.

    They’ll have cards from Brunswick County students to read on the way and enjoy a celebration just for them when they fly back to Minnesota.

  • On Campus with BCC: New sport joins athletics program at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College athletics boost school pride by outfitting four impressive teams of student athletes in Dolphin blue and teal. On the field and on the court, team members are fierce competitors, winning games and breaking records on the personal and program level. Student athletes consistently generate campus spirit, excellence in the classroom, and support for our community at large.