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Today's News

  • Program makes recycling a countywide option

    Brunswick County has a growing problem—its trash.
    While we’re blessed to be a county where people want to live, with a growing population comes a number of quality-of-life headaches, like what do we do with all the stuff residents and visitors throw away?
    As of July 1, the county has a new alternative—a fee-based, countywide curbside recycling program.
    Some of the county’s municipalities offer curbside recycling, but those who live in unincorporated areas—or in towns without recycling—were left with few options.

  • Planet Fun a stellar place for all ages

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is an especially cool place to be this summer.

    Kidz Camp is now under way, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the 50,000-square-foot, non-smoking family entertainment center.

    Monday Madness, 4-10 p.m., offers unlimited bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables and selected arcades.

  • Man defrauds with fake child cancer story

     

    SHALLOTTE—His story pulled on the heartstrings, getting people to open their purse strings.

    According to Shallotte detective Ed Marti, Jeremy Craig Stanley, 36, of 1657 Stanley Cove Way, Shallotte, was going around town asking people to give donations to a 3-year-old child with cancer.

    Stanley claimed to be working with Open Door Ministries church in an effort to raise funds to help pay for a child’s medical expenses. He claimed the child had late-stage cancer.

  • Commissioners accept upset bid for old hospital; process begins again

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have accepted an upset bid for the purchase of the former Brunswick Community Hospital.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC to purchase the former 60-bed hospital facility and the 30-plus acres on which it sits.

    Commissioners voted four votes to one to accept the bid, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Their decision now re-starts the clock on another round of upset bids.

  • GOP overrides Perdue’s budget veto late Monday night

    RALEIGH—For the second consecutive year, N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue vetoed the state’s budget crafted by the Republican-led legislature.

    And for the second consecutive year, the Republican majority was able to secure enough votes to override her veto.

    Perdue vetoed the $20.2 billion budget Friday, June 29, and lawmakers were scheduled to vote to override her veto Monday evening, July 2. A three-fifths majority is required to override a gubernatorial veto.

  • Sunset Beach Boating Access Area opens with rescue-boat dip in waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—The new Sunset Beach Boating Access Area is officially open following a ribbon-cutting ceremony last Friday, June 29.

    Town and N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission officials took part in the official boat-launch opening at 101 Sunset Blvd. in the mainland-side footprint of the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge. The site includes a boat ramp built by the Wildlife Resources Commission, floating dock, breakwaters, parking area and small fishing pier, available free of charge for public use.

  • Justice for Jaronn: Questioning how and why

     

    As a reporter I am used to asking questions. Sometimes the answers are obvious and other times they are hidden.

    This Sunday evening before the Fourth of July, I have one question that has plagued me since March 1 when I first found out a 3-year-old child had been dropped off at the Brunswick Novant Medical Center and died shortly after.

    How could anyone kill a 3-year-old child?

    I just don’t understand.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

     

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests over the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jonathan Siler, 27, of 583 North Mulberry Road, Shallotte, was arrested during a traffic stop for outstanding warrants.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    The Shallotte police department office is closed to the public while the building undergoes renovations. Anyone wishing to speak to an officer or obtain a copy of a police report must go to the Southend Task Force building at 130 Cheers St. The number to reach the police department is 754-6008.

  • Looking Back 1986-1988

    January 1986 started with the first baby of the New Year being born to Brenda Purdy of Shallotte. The baby girl, who was born at 3:53 p.m. on Jan. 1, was yet to be named.

    Front-page headlines for the month included a fire gutting the former Laten Reaves home and the announcement that filing was about to begin for sheriff and other political offices.

    Revaluation figures arrived and the county tax offices said their phones were ringing off the hook. In late January a snow flurry created excitement throughout the county.