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Today's News

  • Leland man convicted of drug trafficking

    A Leland man will spend up to 12 years in state prison after pleading guilty to drug trafficking charges in Brunswick County Superior Court on Monday, Sept. 19.

    Korey Lee Beatty, 37, pleaded guilty to trafficking opium or heroin and possession of a firearm by a felon, District Attorney Jon David announced in a news release issued Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 20.

  • Community baby shower Sept. 24

    For the second year in a row, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center will partner with several Brunswick County businesses to co-host a community baby shower Saturday, Sept. 24, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Mulberry Park, 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte. Vendors will give out gently used items for babies and small children, including clothing, toys, diapers and toiletries. Attendees will also be entered in a contest to win a new car seat.

  • Goodwin announces $3.6 M BCBSNC fine

    North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin fined Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina $3.6 million as part of a voluntary settlement agreement he signed Sept. 15.

  • Lottery earns record $634M for education

    New results for the N.C. Education Lottery show it raised $634 million in fiscal year 2016 to help support education programs in North Carolina.

    The new results were reported Tuesday, Sept. 13, to the N.C. Education Lottery Commission at its quarterly meeting.

  • Hewett named new SCFS board chairman

    Southeastern Community & Family Services Inc. (SCFS) has elected Bernest L. Hewett as its new board chairman, succeeding Davian L. Ellison, who served a one-year term from 2015-16. Hewett will serve a one-year term, which took effect July 1.

  • Vote ‘yes’ on $152M school bond

    Along with the local, state and federal races between candidates that will appear on our ballots for the Nov. 8 general election will be a referendum about a $152 million bond for Brunswick County Schools.

  • You decide: How does the ‘iron law of real estate’ impact us?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Almost 40 years ago, my wife and I bought our first home. As a wet-behind-the-ears Ph.D. economist, I wanted to impress my wife with my knowledge of real estate by stating the “iron law of real estate.”

    I confidently explained the “law” to her this way. “With a limited budget, people who value space, like square footage, over accessibility to work, shopping and other amenities, buy a home farther out.

  • Readers feed on restaurant, grocery news

    One thing I’ve noticed in my three years here is few things generate a buzz like the prospect of a new chain restaurant coming to the area.

    Last week, it was the news that Shallotte Properties LLC submitted arequestto the Shallotte Planning Boardfor a 90-seat Zaxby’s Restaurant at 4736 Main St., the site of the former Hardee’s and The Grille restaurants.

  • Lockwood Folly: 20 years of helping others

    Lockwood Folly is an exciting place these days. It is the only member-owned course in Brunswick County. The normal high level of activity has been enhanced by new greens that were installed this past summer, and by the ongoing construction of a new 16,000 square-foot clubhouse.

    This year marks the 20th year of hugely successful charity events, many of them focused on breast cancer. Other charities that have received the largess of Lockwood are Awareness of Autism, Hospice Closer to Home and Ovarian Cancer Research.

  • How to ‘de-skunk’ a pet who’s been ‘skunked’

     Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Have you ever smelled something so bad it turned your eyes sideways? I have. I was a frenzied first-year veterinarian in western North Carolina with more patients than July beach tourists with sunburns when it happened.

    “Dr. Ward, quick! We’ve got an emergency!”