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Today's News

  • Coastal Ambassador training session Feb. 21

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s first Southeast Coastal Ambassador Training of 2018 will focus on planned outreach efforts and Cape Fear River conservation work.

    This training will take place at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center on Feb. 21. An orientation for new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

  • Sheriff’s office accreditation assessment team seeks public comment

    Sheriff John W. Ingram V announced a team of assessors from the Commission of Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will arrive in Brunswick County on Monday, March 5. The team will examine all aspects of the sheriff’s office’s policy and procedures, management, operations and support services to verify it meets the commission’s standards.

  • Leland budget talks begin with review of town needs

    LELAND — Leland town officials and staff began budget discussions Feb. 5 anticipating working with a $14.5 million budget.

    But for their first budget talks in 2018 they focused more on goals officials want to meet than revenues and expenditures.

    Town Manager David Hollis said the staff will develop budget numbers in March and April once they have more information on sales and use taxes and town growth.

  • Best Restored Beach Award nominations sought

    The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) invites communities around the country to submit their coasts for consideration for a Best Restored Beach Award as a way both to honor local projects and remind beach users their favorite shoreline has been restored to maintain its recreational and protective value.

  • Harrell to speak on judicial reform

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear will welcome Judge Kent Harrell on Monday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hanover County Main Library at 201 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Harrell, who serves as Superior District Court judge for District 5B serving Pender and New Hanover counties, will discuss “The Courts: Judicial Reform and Redistricting.” He will be speaking on courts, judicial reform and redistricting efforts in North Carolina. The public is invited to attend.

  • NCDOT announces improved litter website

    Those interested in adopting or sponsoring a highway now have a user-friendly tool that shows routes available for cleanup in all 100 North Carolina counties thanks to a new litter management website, https://apps.ncdot.gov/LM, with an interactive map.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Roadside Environmental Unit website helps current volunteers see where their assigned roadways are, markets the Sponsor-A-Highway program, and makes it easier for volunteers to report the amount of litter collected.

  • Free AARP Tax-Aide available in county

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • Vehicle property tax receipts available online

    Taxpayers can retrieve their paid 2017 vehicle property tax receipts online from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles to use when they file this year’s income tax returns. Vehicle owners can view and print their vehicle property tax receipts through the MyDMV web portal.

  • Jersey Mike’s Subs to open first Southport location

    Jersey Mike’s Subs is set to open in Southport on Feb. 21. Franchise owner Jason Kesler will host a grand opening and free sub fundraiser through Sunday, Feb. 25, to support Matthew’s Ministry.

    The new restaurant at 5130 Southport-Supply Road, is circulating 7,500 coupons throughout the community offering a free regular sub for a minimum $3 contribution to Matthew’s Ministry. Customers must have a coupon to be eligible. 

  • Wondering about that little cantina outside of Sante Fe

    While traveling out west many, many years ago, my wife and I stopped at a little cantina a few miles outside of Sante Fe, N.M., on our way back home. I was starving, and once I woke her up, she was, too.

    Not familiar with their restaurant, I asked the waitress if she could make some suggestions. One of the chicken dishes sounded good to me. She also mentioned that there was a little clothing shop in the other room, so we decided to check it out while waiting on our meals. The waitress then came over to tell us our meals were ready.