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Today's News

  • Don’t wash that chicken!

    Participants at our recent Cooking for Crowds class were shocked when we told them the best practice is not to wash chicken before cooking. I know lots of recipes start with rinse and pat the chicken dry. But don’t do it. 

    If you have that habit, you’re not alone. Research shows 70 percent of consumers wash their chicken before they cook it. What do you do?

  • Two arrested in Sunset Beach on drug charges

    Two people were arrested over the weekend in Sunset Beach on drug charges.

    Monica Burgess, 53, and William Mark Taylor, 55, were arrested Saturday and each charged with possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver a schedule VI controlled substance.

  • Brunswick commissioners begin budget planning

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County department heads presented commissioners with projects to consider in the 2019-20 fiscal year at the first budget workshop Feb. 18.

    County Manager Ann Hardy said with this year’s property revaluation, the revenue-neutral tax rate would be 45.25 cents but if commissioners maintained the current tax rate of 48.5 cents it would be able to fund the first and second phases of the school bond.

    “If you leave the rate right where it is, it will provide growth for both school bond issuances,” she said.

  • Judge finds Ocean Isle Beach commissioner guilty of impaired driving

    Ocean Isle Beach Commissioner Bob Williams received a suspended sentence after he was found guilty of impaired driving in a trial by Judge C. Ashley Gore in Brunswick County District Court Dec. 17.

    The North Carolina Highway Patrol charged Williams with DWI on March 2, 2018.

  • Gill net fishing restrictions added for OIB canals

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Town officials can’t prohibit fishing with gill nets in the town’s canals but they can restrict their use.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey told the town board at the Feb. 12 town meeting the staff received complaints from property owners over gill netting in natural and concrete canals.

    Ivey said the town reviewed gill netting in 2007 and learned from the NC Attorney General’s office the town ordinance prohibiting gill nets violated state law.

  • Leland Economic Development Committee talks hemp with local entrepreneur

    LELAND—The Leland Economic Development Committee was introduced to a Wilmington-based entrepreneur they would like to see grow his business on their side of the bridge.

    Kyle Trivisonno of Eco TEK Industries presented his product, a hemp-based prosthetic limb cuff, to the committee members Feb. 14.

  • County denies rezoning request for marina

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners usually support property owners’ rights to develop their land, but a majority of the board denied a rezoning request to create a wet boat storage marina near residences along the Intracoastal Waterway in Supply.

    At the county board Feb. 18 meeting, Bryan Miller, owner of two adjoining lots at 2267 Dal St. SW and 2267 Shane St. SW that border a creek just off the waterway requested rezoning to use the properties for parking and access to 62 boat slips.

  • Shallotte aldermen approve conditional use permit for future site of Steak ‘n Shake

    SHALLOTTE—While it hasn’t yet been determined when people will be able to get their Steak ‘n Shake fix in Shallotte, town aldermen at their regular Feb. 5 meeting approved a permit for the site during a public hearing.

  • Supply man accused of taking money for jobs, not doing them

    A Supply man is accused of taking money for jobs he didn’t follow through on.

    Richard Wayne Buffkin, 45, of B Street turned himself in to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Feb. 13.

    Warrants show Buffkin took $3,500 from a man and didn’t follow through with the work between July 1 and Dec. 21, 2018, took $4,500 from another victim and didn’t follow through with the work between Nov. 12, 2018, and Jan. 7, and took $3,500 from a third victim without following through on the work between Dec. 4 and Dec. 31, 2018.

  • New Jersey woman sentenced to at least 15 years for heroin trafficking

    A New Jersey woman will spend at least 15 years in prison for trafficking heroin last year.

    Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Cherelle Renee Hills of Camden, N.J., to serve between 180 and 234 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.