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Today's News

  • Three habits of happy, healthy cats

    Habits form the foundation of our lives. The foods we eat, the time we sleep, and how we care for our bodies build the bedrock of good health. Daily choices also affect the well-being of our feline family members. The healthiest cats I serve as a veterinarian also have the healthiest lifestyles. Regular exercise and mental stimulation, wholesome nutritional choices, and simple preventive care are the top habits of the happiest cats I know.

     

    Healthy, happy habit 1: Mind and body

  • Get gluten

    Got gluten? Maybe you should.

    Gluten-free diets are popular these days despite the lack of evidence they are healthful for most people. If you’re trying to go gluten-free, you may want to give it a second thought. A recent article by Lisa C. Andrews, MEd, RD, LD in Food and Health Communications reports on a new study that suggest that going gluten-free may actually raise your risk for type 2 diabetes.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    July 31

    Fraudulent checks cashed at Alex Wireless on Holden Beach Road for $650.

    Aug. 1

    Henry Toby Cole, 34, was arrested on charges of possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce, simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance and simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance.

    Aug. 3

  • Compass Pointe named magazine’s best neighborhood

    Another Brunswick County development has won over Where to Retire magazine, which will feature Compass Pointe in the latest edition.

    “We name one neighborhood per issue our ‘Best Neighborhood,’” Where to Retire editor Annette Fuller said.

    A three-page story on the planned 2,000-home development off N.C. 74/76 outside of Leland will run in the September/October issue, which went on sale Aug. 8.

  • Golf cart regulations won’t run through OIB officials

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials received a request to look at registering golf carts through the town and planned to discuss it at the Aug. 8 town meeting, but backed off the proposal.

    “There are two separate laws that govern golf carts,” Town Administrator Daisy Ivey said during Thursday morning’s meeting.

    A “golf cart is a vehicle that that can travel at 20 mph or less and is not required to have safety equipment under North Carolina law.

  • Willis receives Pelican Award from North Carolina Coastal Federation

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation recognized Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis with a Pelican Award in Morehead City on Saturday, Aug. 5.

    Mark Hibbs, editor of Coastal Review Online, nominated Willis for the award based on the mayor’s contributions to an in-depth report Hibbs wrote on Navassa and the decades of issues the predominantly black population has faced because of industrial pollution caused by a defunct fertilizer production and creosote plant.

  • NCDOT updates county road projects schedule

    North Carolina Department of Transportation District 3 engineer Alan Pytcher updated the status of Brunswick County’s ongoing road improvements at the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Coordinating Committee’s Aug. 2 meeting.

    Wilmington Bypass

    The Wilmington Bypass four-lane divided highway from U.S. 17 near Town Creek to U.S. 74/76 near Malmo was completed and opened to traffic in late 2014.

  • Fallen Vietnam service members’ memorial on display at courthouse

    BOLIVIA — A memorial to North Carolina service members who died Vietnam on display in front of the Brunswick County Courthouse draws attention no matter the weather.

    On Friday morning, Aug. 4, despite a slow drizzle, a steady stream of visitors to the courthouse stopped to look over the names on the wall.

    Cindy Benton of Holden Beach recognized one, David Baker.

    “We hung out as kids,” Benton said.

  • West Brunswick dance team earns bid to nationals

     The West Brunswick High School Dance Team was so impressive during team dance camp in Shallotte, it earned a bid to Orlando for next year’s national championships.

    The squad participated in a “home dance camp” in Shallotte as National Dance Alliance (NDA) instructors traveled to West Brunswick from July 23-27 to teach the team 13 dances in four days, dance team coach Michelle Davis said.

  • Hot Corner with Jeremy Hardee

     Editor’s Note: Hot Corner will be published weekly. It’s a conversation revolving around sports between Beacon sports editor Sam Hickman and a Brunswick County resident. If you are interested in chatting on the Hot Corner, email shickman@brunswickbeacon.com. This week’s guest is Calabash resident and fantasy football expert Jeremy Hardee.