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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Man wanted in connection with Leland, Wilmington robberies arrested

    A Leland man wanted in connection with a Wednesday robbery in Leland and a Thursday robbery in Wilmington has been arrested in New Hanover County.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, schools team up to teach about social media

    LELAND— Brunswick County Schools and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed up on Monday night at Leland Middle School to teach concerned parents about social media dangers and safety.

    Leland Middle School Principal Askia Kirby said his school system sees some joys from the use of social media, but sees the headaches as well.

  • AirLink critical care craft flies to new home at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center

    BOLIVIA — Just two weeks ago a Brunswick County man began to exhibit signs of a stroke.

    Recognizing it, Brunswick County EMS activated Code Stroke at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The man was taken by ambulance to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center where its newly stationed AirLink helicopter was waiting to transport the man to NHRMC on a flight lasting only seven minutes.

    From the time the man first showed signs of stroke to him reaching the interventional table at NHRMC to have the clot pulled out, only 45 minutes had passed.

  • City bans hurricane survivor, 80, from living in his garage

    BOILING SPRING LAKES — John Ganey hunkered down in his living room when Hurricane Florence blew over the region last September.

    “I knew the bedroom was going to cave in,” said the 80-year-old retiree, who later had his two-bedroom, 14-by-76-foot mobile home hauled away because of the damages it sustained.

    He was living in his garage when a Federal Emergency Management Agency official came knocking, informing him his old house was salvageable.

  • Little River Lions serve pasta dinner Feb. 22

    The Little River Lions Club cooks up its annual pasta dinner 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at Little River United Methodist Church at 1629 U.S. 17 just south of the state line in Little River, S.C.

    The cost is $9 adults, $6 children. There will also be a silent auction.

    The fundraiser supports the visually impaired, handicapped ramps and other Lions causes.

  • Cerrato ousted from Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH — Town councilman Richard Cerrato was ousted from a town council meeting Tuesday morning after repeatedly interrupting while others were speaking and lashing out with accusations.

    Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton gaveled Cerrato several times and called two recesses at the 9 a.m. meeting before asking town police chief Ken Klamar to escort Cerrato from the building.

    “This is a disgrace in democracy,” Cerrato said as he stood up and got ready to exit the meeting room. “It’s all about power and control.”

  • Calabash tightens dog walking in town park

    CALABASH — The freedom to walk dogs in Calabash Community Park just got a tighter leash.

    Town commissioners last week approved a motion to install larger signs underscoring fines “up to $500” for people caught with dogs off-leash.

    Commissioner Frank Drury initiated the measure approved at the Feb. 12 meeting after a couple of incidents when his dog was attacked in the park by off-leash dogs.

    He said he’s also appalled by owners who leave dog messes and cover them with straw.