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Today's News

  • ATMC begins directory recycling efforts

    ATMC’s new 2016 telephone directories are being delivered to ATMC customers across the county from now until late July. To encourage everyone to recycle their old telephone directories, ATMC is conducting its annual directory recycling drive.

    Through Aug. 19, anyone who wants to dispose of old phone directories of any type may do so by dropping them off at any of the following ATMC’s retail locations:

    Shallotte Headquarters, 640 Whiteville Road, Mondays through Fridays from 8 p.m. to 6 p.m.

  • Adopt an Angel’s Saving Pets Challenge under way

    Adopt an Angel, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization based in New Hanover County, will take part in the Saving Pets Challenge for July. The challenge began July 6 and ends Aug. 5.

    An anonymous donor who adopted their dog from Adopt an Angel several years ago offered a $10,000 donation if the organization can raise $10,000. It costs Adopt an Angel on average $142 to save each rescued animal. Special needs animals cost more in veterinary care, as do animals that stick around longer than usual, getting overlooked.

    To donate, go to crowdrise.com/adoptanangel-sp2016.

  • Red Cross issues emergency call for blood donations

    The American Red Cross has issued an emergency call for blood and platelets, urging all eligible donors to give now to replenish an extremely low summer blood supply.

    Blood donations have fallen short of hospital needs for the past few months, resulting in about 39,000 fewer donations than what’s needed, as well as a significant draw down of the overall Red Cross blood supply.

  • Supply woman convicted in December stabbing

    A Supply woman accused of stabbing a Bolivia man last December was convicted July 7 of assault with a deadly weapon

    Ashley Michelle Spencer, 29, pleaded not guilty to the crime before Judge Jerry A. Jolly.

    The alleged victim swore out a warrant showing Spencer stabbed him in the side with a butcher knife. Emergency treatment using stitches and staples was required to close his wound.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested Spencer on May 4, when she was booked and released from the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $250 bond.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant declares alert because of pump motor damage

    Duke Energy officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport declared an alert July 13 at 8:39 p.m. because of damage to a pump motor. It ended at 9:18 p.m. that day when alert conditions cleared.

    “The utility declared an alert in accordance with procedures but resumed regular operations soon thereafter,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Emergency Management said in a news release. “It is important to know that at no time during the brief incident was there any risk to public health or safety.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 20, 2016

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 20

    Larceny of cooler and fishing cart from Eighth Street.

    Identity theft and obtaining property by false pretense on Live Oak Drive.

  • District court docket

     

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on July 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, July 11

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Troy Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Garden honey-do’s

     My mother always said idle hands were the devil’s workshop, among other things I tried to ignore as a kid. If you are looking for ways to avoid becoming a conduit for Old Scratch, I have several garden honey-do’s that will pay off handsomely.

  • Shift to healthier fats

     The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans (2015 edition) are recommending we shift to healthier fats. Specifically, the recommendation is to avoid saturated fats and trans-fats and consume more unsaturated fats. We also hear about omega-3 fatty acids, oleic, linoleic and other types of fats. If you start digging down into the nitty-gritty of oils and fats, information about fatty acids can get very complex very quickly.

  • Introducing a new pet to your old pet Part 2: The first weeks

     Last week we covered how to prepare your home and existing pet when adding a new furry family member. This week, I’d like to share my advice on simple steps you can take to make the first few weeks as pleasant and productive for your household and pets.

     

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