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Today's News

  • Multiple people charged in separate drug cases

    Multiple people face charges in separate drug cases in Brunswick County.

    Nikki Marie Yates, 28, of Sanders Forest Drive NW in Shallotte was arrested Feb. 5 and charged with felony possession of cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show Yates had an unspecified amount of cocaine in a plastic baggie on Jan. 2.

    Yates remains in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $5,000 bail.                  

  • AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax services

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return or give you paper copies to file yourself.

  • Mobile medical unit to visit Varnamtown on Feb. 6 and March 18

    The ECU/Goshen Medical and flu mobile medical unit will be at 100 Varnamtown Road in Supply from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and March 18.

    The scope of service will include primary care, all ages; sliding fee scale for those without insurance or with poor insurance; and Goshen will bill insurance for patients who are insured.

    Goshen will provide the mobile medical unit staff and Debra Kosko will be present in the mornings.

    The plan is to return to Varnamtown every two, three or four weeks and needs community input.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Mardi Gras for Paws aids animals March 5

    Some call it Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, but for local pet aficionados it’s Mardi Gras 4 Paws night.

    The annual event to celebrate and raise funds for animal causes in Brunswick County takes place 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 5, at Jinks Creek Waterfront Grille, 14 Causeway Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Advance reservations are required.

    For $35 pre-paid admission, event-goers will be feted with appetizers, a king cake and cash bar plus music by Sea & Sand Band, a royal parade, raffle drawing prizes and crowning of the new king and queen.

  • Read this: Southport-Oak Island library friends book events

    Friends of the Library in Southport & Oak Island (FOLSOI) invite the public to check out their upcoming events.

    Orthopedic specialist-turned-author Dr. Thomas Kelso greets and speaks at a Meet the Author event 2-3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at G.V. Barbee Sr. Library, 8200 E. Oak Island Drive in Oak Island.

    The FOLSOI monthly used book sale is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 23, at Southport Realty, 727 Howe St. in Southport. 

  • Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball dazzles Feb. 22

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation’s eighth Diamonds and Denim Charity Ball unfolds 6-10 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, at St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211) in St. James.

    Event proceeds this year will go to Computers 4 Kids, Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center Foundation and Southport-Oak Island Animal Rescue.

    Highlights this year include hors d’oeuvres, a buffet dinner, wine and beer, with music by Blackwater Rhythm & Blues. There will also be silent and live auctions.

  • Trouble in paradise

    Sunset Beach has long been renowned as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. The South Brunswick Islands beach town has the accolades to prove it.

    But just as we were lauding the town last month for volunteers and town leaders coming together to build an environmentally beneficial living shoreline, trouble was brewing once again beneath the surface in paradise — more accurately, at town hall.

  • What’s that saying about burning bridges?

    I want to send my compliments to Billy Stewart of Oak Island, the man I said made an ass of himself at a county commissioners meeting back in December while speaking in opposition to seismic testing and drilling for oil off the North Carolina coast.

    That man really embraced the moniker, both in a letter to the editor and at the latest county meeting.

    Good for you for having thick skin and coming up with a good spin move after I took a gentle but direct shot at you. Not that I was wrong.

    But way to go taking it like a grown-up.