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Today's News

  • New senator makes splash with hand-washing comment

    More than 20 years in journalism, much of it spent as a public safety reporter, has given me a pretty strong constitution. I’ve come upon horrific crime scenes and gory accidents and found myself in truly repulsive environments more times than I care to remember (and will probably never forget). After a few years, I managed to develop a more clinical approach — plus gallows humor — to cope. Today, I’m confident in my odds of winning an old-fashioned juvenile game of “What’s grosser than gross?” based solely on personal experience.

  • Harpers celebrate 66th anniversary

     David and Marjorie Harper of Shallotte, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Feb. 25.

  • Ward birth

     Aaron Scott and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, Joshua Archer Ward, born at 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing nine pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches in length.

    He joins brothers Joseph Liam, 6, and Evan Josiah, 4, and sister Anna Elizabeth, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

  • Shallotte poised for re-awakening

    Once upon a time, Shallotte might have been called a sleepy little Brunswick County town. Those days are over.

  • BCSO K-9 officers protected as they protect citizens

     BOLIVIA — The days of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers going into a dangerous job without the necessary protection are over.

    Following a lengthy application process, Vested Interests in K-9s, an international company, donated seven vests worth nearly $1,000 each to the sheriff’s office in early January, K-9 Unit supervisor Lt. Brian Chism said.

  • McCrory stresses need to close skills gap during Leland visit

     LELAND — If North Carolina wants to compete with other states in attracting industry and growing existing businesses, it must close the skills gap and improve transportation and infrastructure, the governor says.

    Gov. Pat McCrory outlined his plan to improve industry in the Tar Heel State during a news conference on the Brunswick Community College campus in Leland on Friday, Feb. 13. He spoke in front of several community leaders as well as representatives from eight existing Brunswick County industries.

  • African childrens choir visits Camp Methodist

     SHALLOTTE — The regular scheduled Wednesday night service at Camp United Methodist Church had a global feel last week as a children’s choir from a different continent.

    The Watoto African Children’s Choir performed at Camp United Methodist Church off Main Street on Feb. 11 as part of a tour through the Tar Heel State. The show consisted of vibrant, original African music, dance routines and personal testimonies.

  • Treatment court graduates share testimonies at ceremony

     BOLIVIA — Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said Brunswick County Treatment Courts program wouldn’t be possible without the help of several willing people ranging from county commissioners to professional drug counselors.

    She knew she’d need assistance from the entire community when she made her vision of establishing a local treatment court a reality in 2008. Lewis continued to thank those who assisted her in making the treatment a reality at a recent treatment court graduation ceremony Jan. 29.

  • Uncle of escaped inmate arrested following bond hearing

     Another relative accused of aiding 23-year-old William Earl Hewett of Southport during his alleged escape from the county jail faces charges following his Feb. 12 arrest.

    William Hewett’s uncle, 41-year-old Robby Wayne Hewett, was charged with felony harboring an escapee and accessory after the fact Feb. 3, but wasn’t arrested until Feb. 9, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Undrena Gause re-enlists in Air National Guard

    Air Force Maj. Corey A. Gause of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., had the honor of re-enlisting his wife, Staff Sgt. Undrena Gause of Ocala, Fla., into the West Virginia Air National Guard. After 10 years of Air Force active duty and three years in the Air Force Reserve, Staff Sgt. Gause took 10 years from service to raise their two children, Corey A. Gause Jr. and Kaitlyn K. Gause.

    In civilian life, Capt. Gause is a Pentagon senior career civil servant and Staff Sgt. Gause is a lead MRI technician at Fairfax Radiology in Reston, Va. They live in the Washington, D.C., metro area.