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Today's News

  • Dosher Hospital's patient satisfaction rating high

    Dosher Memorial Hospital has announced patients have rated Dosher Hospital above other hospitals in the region in quality of communications, responsiveness and the ability to control pain, according to information collected as part of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Hospital Quality Initiative (HQI).

    The CMS survey represents the nation’s only standardized approach to collecting and measuring the patient’s perspective of hospital care.

  • Honor, respect paid to heroes in Calabash

    CALABASH—Several hundred people turned out for two Memorial Day services Monday in Calabash to remember soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice defending freedom.

    Staged by Nocha White American Legion Post 503, a sixth annual ceremony at the Calabash Fire Station kicked off with a flag-raising by a JROTC Color Guard from West Brunswick High School and featured among speakers U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and retired Army three-star general Joseph Kinzer.

    Another Memorial Day service unfolded at the same time at Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 on Carter Drive.

  • North Carolina receives its coastal report card

    The grades are in for North Carolina’s coast.

    The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association recently released its “2008 Report Card for the N.C. Coast.”

    With an overall grade of C+, North Carolina received only one A on this year’s report card.

    Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, who serves as executive director for the association, said the annual report card usually garners good response.

    “We thought it was important to have an easy to transmit way to let people know how the coast is doing,” Simmons said.

  • Saturday's poker run to kick off Toy Run events

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts group has scheduled the first event in its campaign to raise money for the annual Christmas Toy Run.

    On Saturday, local motorcyclists will converge at 9 a.m. at Shallotte Park to sign up for the poker run, which involves riding around the community searching for cards to create a poker hand.

    For a $20 entry fee, each participant will receive lunch and a T-shirt (until they run out).

  • Shallotte crime report

    Shallotte Police made the following arrests and investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Police arrested Michael Andres Gonzales, 39, of Hillcrest Drive, Supply, and charged him with felony breaking and entering and felony larceny of money at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed on a $10,000 secured bond.

    •Fraud at Lowe’s Foods; suspects “confused the cashier” into giving them an additional $300, the report states.

  • Suspect arrested in OIB break-ins

    The man suspected of causing a string of break-ins on Ocean Isle Beach has been arrested. He was jailed on a $121,000 bond on May 19.

    Detective Donna Simpson said Jackie Lee Miles Jr. III, 32, of Atkinson, broke into about a half a dozen homes, where he stole televisions, a stereo and speakers and DVD players.

    Simpson said officers realized the break-ins were all similar in entry, which brought focus to a single suspect.

  • Crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from sheriff’s office incident and arrest reports.

    •Larceny on Hooper Road in Leland; suspect stole a motorcycle from victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Hillcrest Road in Supply; suspect took property from victim’s yard and from under the house. Fence posts and a computer monitor were reported stolen.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH CRIME REPORT

    Ocean Isle Beach Police officers investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department’s incident/investigation reports:

    • Mitchell Tanner Kusche, 20 of Oak Ridge. Subject was wanted in North Carolina.

  • Drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports, are:

    •Thomas Frank Mullins Sr., 55, of 715 E. Boiling Springs Road, Southport; charged with possession of less than ounce of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and felony possession of cocaine.

  • Waccamaw School announces student awards

    The following students are being recognized for honor roll, citizenship, perfect attendance and principal’s awards for the third nine-week grading period.

    'A' Honor Roll