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Today's News

  • Coastal Drug celebrates 80 years in downtown Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE — Coastal Drug Store, a fixture of Shallotte’s Main Street, celebrates a milestone 80th year in business in 2016, made even more remarkable because the business remains in the Mintz family.

    Theresa Mintz, daughter of founder Fred Mintz Sr., owns the drugstore at 4802 Main St. on the northwest corner of Mulberry Street.

    Theresa, who was born in 1951, remembers the store’s first location across Main Street on the bank of the Shallotte River, which is now part of Camp United Methodist Church.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 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 2

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • 31st Relay for Life of Brunswick County set for Saturday

    It’s an annual event to rally for a cure, and to wear lots of pink and purple.

    This year, the 31st annual Relay for Life of Brunswick County will be a one-day event, scheduled from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 21, in M.H. Rourk Stadium at West Brunswick High School, 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte.

    At last count, 51 Relay for Life teams and 452 participants had committed to raising funds that had already exceeded $115,000.

  • Young receives commission

     Jacob A. Young has been commissioned as a second lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force after completing the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps program and graduating with a bachelor's degree from Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.    

    Young is the son of Anthony and Cindy Young of Oak Island.

    He is a 2011 graduate of Randolph High School in Universal City, Texas. 

  • Novant Flip Flop Ball planned for May 20

    Wear your flip-flops and have a ball while helping community health at the same time.

    That’s what Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center’s fifth annual Flip Flop Ball is all about.

    Festivities launch at 7 p.m. Friday, May 20, at Brick Landing Plantation.

    Tickets for the Flip Flop Ball are $100 and include island cuisine and dancing. Cocktails will also be available for purchase.

  • The case of the missing screwdriver

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    It’s been more than a week since I spent 14 days in a courtroom hearing the evidence for and against Bryon Vassey, the former Southport police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Keith Vidal, who suffered from schizophrenia, in his home more than two years ago.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives we passed two bills out of the House Transportation Committee dealing with ferries and with light rail projects; we honored our veterans with a resolution on the House floor; and we completed the individual sections of the House budget.

  • It’s time to bask in nature’s serenity

    You might think after nearly three years of living in Brunswick County I’d be thoroughly acclimated to its environment and the animals that call it home, particularly inland, but you would be mistaken.

    Also, if you’re heading up U.S. 17 at a pretty good clip and get stuck behind a blue car doing the speed limit because its driver is craning her neck to gawk at an egret fishing in a ditch full of water along the shoulder, I apologize in advance.

  • Sunset Beach opposes Rabon bill to 'de-annex' town sites

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council is challenging North Carolina District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, after he filed a bill last week to “de-annex” three town sites last week where development is either under way or has been proposed for development.

  • Great food preservation resources

     The beautiful spring weather we’ve been having is a great inspiration to start a garden. This also means it’s a good time to remind people thinking about preserving foods they need to have up-to-date recipes. Food preservation recipes and techniques are constantly being studied and revised. Just because “you’ve always done it this way” or this is how your mother (or grandmother) taught you, it may not be the most up-to-date method. Also, just because you found a recipe on the Internet or saw it on a cooking show on television does not make it safe.