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Today's News

  • FOP fundraiser under way in two counties

    The Brunswick County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 53 is conducting a fundraiser through Aug. 25.

    Fundraisers will be calling businesses in Brunswick County and Columbus County.

    Monies will be used for its annual Christmas Cops and Kids program, formerly Shop with a Cop.

  • Brunswick County Republican Women to meet Aug. 3

    The Brunswick County Republican Women will have a membership meeting Thursday, Aug. 3, at 6:30 p.m. at GOP Headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. The special program is entitled, “Human Trafficking,” a very serious problem in Brunswick County, North Carolina and the country.

    Guest speakers will provide valuable information on human trafficking, including its signs, the effects it has on its victims and what concerned citizens can do about it. The public is encouraged to attend.

  • CSA to celebrate 10th anniversary with open house and cookout

    Community Support Agency (CSA) in Delco will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year with an open house and health information fair Friday, Aug. 4, from noon to 6 p.m.

    The CSA motto is to be “the heartbeat of the community” and the staff seeks to celebrate community life by offering music, health screens, art therapy, a chance to win prizes and a cookout. The public is invited to come out for this free event.

  • BFA commodities distribution Aug. 10

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency (BFA) will have a commodities distribution from the BFA/Big Lots parking lot on Main Street in Shallotte on Thursday, Aug. 10.

    Items to be distributed include: apple sauce (4.5 oz.), green beans, shredded cheese (5 lbs.), dried cherries (2 lb. carton), sweet pitted cherries (2.5 lbs. frozen), corn, ham (frozen), cranberry juice concentrate (11.5 oz.), cling peaches (can), peanut butter (18 oz.), pears (can) and raisins (15 oz.).

  • Free Medicare seminar planned for Aug. 10

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) and SHIIP will host a free Medicare seminar beginning at 9 a.m. Aug. 10 at First Baptist Church Oak Island, 4608 Oak Island Drive on Oak Island.

    SHIIP, the Seniors’ Health Insurance Information Program, is a division of the North Carolina Department of Insurance that offers free, objective information about Medicare. The seminar will include speakers from Social Security, Department of Social Services Medicaid, Coastal Horizons and the Area Agency on Aging.

  • Sheriff’s son charged with DWI following single-vehicle crash

    John William Ingram VI, son of Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram, was arrested July 15 on a charge of driving left of center and driving while impaired after a single-vehicle crash.

    No one was injured.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper R.M. McDermott said he received a call at 9:50 p.m. about the crash on Ash-Little River just south of Etheridge Road.

    McDermott said he arrived between 10:15 and 10:30 p.m., after Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies.

  • New drone laws take effect Dec. 1 in N.C.

    As drones, also known as Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS), become more common, North Carolina’s laws are changing to stay up-to-date with this fast-growing industry. Gov. Roy Cooper signed two bills sent to his desk by the General Assembly: one revising existing laws and one new law to ensure that drone operation remains safe.

    House Bill 128 prohibits drone use near prisons. Near is defined as a horizontal distance of 500 feet or a vertical distance of 250 feet. NCDOT will place signs marking these boundaries. The law goes into effect Dec. 1.

  • Red Cross blood shortage continues

    Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

    After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org.

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  • Best melons to enjoy in the summer heat

    The Ohio State University Extension has a bi-monthly food news release called Chow Line. A recent edition focused on melons. While written for Ohioans, the information is very appropriate for us in North Carolina, too. The article really did a great job of outlining the benefits of eating melons and explained how to select the best melons. I can’t write it any better than my colleagues Tracy Turner, the Chow Line editor, and Shari Gallup, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for The Ohio State University Extension. So I’m sharing it.