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Today's News

  • To be alive is to go beyond doing time

    I am always amazed when I stumble upon essays or books or articles that both intrigue me and cause me to stop, reflect, ponder and pray. Two such items fairly exploded into my hands as I was making sure I had read the opening sections in the May issue of “Give Us This Day.” Typically I begin the month with an entry into the initial wisdom pieces. Somehow the routine escaped me, so here I was, nearly at month’s end, without having placed even a wandering eye on the aforementioned words. 

  • Flea allergy in cats

    Last week we covered flea allergy dermatitis (FAD) in dogs. Naturally, many of you asked about cats. Let’s spring into the season of feline allergies! (See what I did there?)

    What are allergies and how do they affect cats?

  • June is Fresh Fruits and Vegetables Month

    June is National Fresh Fruit and Vegetables Month and a great time to look for local produce.

    Many farmers’ markets have started here in Brunswick County where we can purchase local fruits and veggies and other locally produced items. What’s great about this is that the local produce is fresh…probably just picked right before the market opened and not shipped and stored for days.

  • Neighbors contest Paws-Ability over pet owner’s estate

    BOLIVIA — An Ocean Isle Beach couple has filed a petition challenging local animal advocacy group Paws-Ability serving as executor/beneficiary of the estate of one of its members who died in February.

    Holden Beach attorney Ben Del Re filed a claim on behalf of Wilburn W. Smith and his wife Allison Margaret Smith against the estate of Margaret Edith Taylor on April 10 based on Taylor’s will filed for probate on March 27.

  • Calabash granted two new generators through FEMA

    The town of Calabash is among 20 North Carolina entities scheduled to receive new generators authorized through more than $1.4 million in grant funding by the state and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    Through FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Grant Program, funding has been approved for 24 generators statewide, two of which are to be installed to provide backup power at Calabash Town Hall.

  • Brunswick County Commissioners approve new budget with no tax rate increase

    BOLIVIA –Brunswick County Commissioners unanimously approved the $263,244,600 budget for the 2019-20 fiscal year during the Monday, June 18, regularly scheduled meeting.

    The ad valorem tax rate will remain 48.5 cents per $100 of property for the fifth consecutive year. The $152 million school bond approved by county voters in 2016 was an overriding factor in recommending a lower tax rate. If calculated at a tax rate of 45.05 cents, the budget would have placed the county on a revenue neutral ground.

  • Public hearing set for Shallotte 2019-20

     

     

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, in town meeting chambers located 110 Cheers St. to discuss the proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.

    The proposed ad valorem tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year is .3525 per $100 of valuation. A copy of the proposed budget can be viewed at Shallotte Town Hall at 106 Cheers St. during normal business hours and online at townofshallotte.org.

  • OIB approves 2019-20 budget with 2-cent rate cut

     The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners approved the 2019-20 budget during their regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday, June 11, following a public hearing in the Betty S. Williamson Meeting Hall.

    The ad valorem tax rate for the coming year is .1639 per $100 valuation compared to the 2018-19 tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation. The town’s tax collection rate is 96.21 percent, according to Town Administrator Daisy Ivey.

  • Public hearing set for Shallotte 2019-20

     The Shallotte Board of Aldermen will hold a public hearing at 11 a.m. Friday, June 28, in town meeting chambers located 110 Cheers St. to discuss the proposed 2019-2020 fiscal year budget.

    The proposed ad valorem tax rate for the upcoming fiscal year is .3525 per $100 of valuation. A copy of the proposed budget can be viewed at Shallotte Town Hall at 106 Cheers St. during normal business hours and online at townofshallotte.org.

  • Freeman tabbed to lead Brunswick County Chamber

    SHALLOTTE — Susan Freeman couldn’t be more excited to start her job as the new executive director/president of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.
    Almost exactly a month after a 19-member board fired the chamber’s top two staff members, Freeman has been tabbed as the organization’s new leader.