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Today's News

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • K9 unit assists in drug arrest at Shallotte traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 assisted in the arrest of an Ash man on drug charges after a traffic stop May 24.

    Deputies pulled over 28-year-old Rishaud James Bellamy, of Pea Landing Road NW, who was driving a Kia Optima at U.S. 17 and Main Street in Shallotte, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    They seized 68 grams of MDMA, or ecstasy, from Bellamy’s vehicle, along with MDA, or Sally, which was discovered by Deputy Quisto Moore’s K9, Dickey, who alerted his trainer to the scent of the drugs, Flax said.

  • What does Memorial Day mean to us?

    By Steve Randone

    Guest Columnist

    It has been an amazing year full of ups and downs for this ‘ol country boy who is now a beach bum. I sit here tonight, writing this column, knowing if I don’t clear my mind of the clutter of the day, words will surely escape me. So what do I write about that will give knowledge and enlightenment to readers? What can I write about that will be different from the numerous columns I have written in the past that were mused over with pleasure or even reluctance in some instances?

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a new bill dealing with coal ash cleanup, we had many visitors from hospitals, homebuilders and rural electric communities, and we had visitors concerning a Sunset Beach de-annexation bill.

  • Time to take my medicine

    The other day, I called a pharmacy to refill a prescription for my 14-year-old cat, Linus, and made arrangements to pick it up the next day at a certain time and place. For a second consecutive time, though, it wasn’t ready or available despite the arrangements.

    I was steamed not so much because of the inconvenience, but because Linus needed his prescription as soon as possible, on account of his advanced age and health. There’s nothing more important to me in this world than my family, and Linus is my baby boy.

  • Scorpions, Dolphins make county proud

    Two local teams — one from North Brunswick High School and the other from Brunswick Community College — are celebrating hard-earned and well-deserved success this spring.

    Sports fans would be hard pressed to find a team as successful as North Brunswick’s boys’ track and field team, which claimed its third straight North Carolina High School Athletic Association class 2A outdoor title May 21.

    That is impressive.

    But remember: Including indoor state titles, the Scorpions have won six straight state championships.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20 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, May 16

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Tune into summer concerts

    Summer concert season has begun.

    Brunswick County’s free concerts and movies have launched for another season with an array of weekly entertainment in eight towns.

    In the event of inclement weather, events may be cancelled and possibly rescheduled.

    Here’s a closer look at this year’s lineup.

    Ocean Isle Beach Concerts

    Concerts start at 6:30 p.m. Fridays in the Museum of Coastal Carolina parking lot at 21 E. Second St.

  • SBPD May 22, 28

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

    May 22

    Damage to property (trees) reported on 38th Street.

    May 28

    Larceny of a golf bag and firearm reported at Sea Trail Golf Club.

  • Sports drinks

     I’ve watched with amused interest when winning football team members cooperate to distract the coach so other members can douse him with the remaining liquid in the large Gatorade container. I’m guessing it’s all in fun and probably a show of respect and affection for the coach. All I can ever think of is how the coach now has cold wet sugary sticky hair and clothes to contend with throughout the celebration. I guess I don’t fully appreciate this Gatorade baptism ritual.