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Today's News

  • Soles pleads guilty to misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon

    WHITEVILLE—State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. walked out of the Columbus County courthouse last Thursday afternoon like he had done so many times during his half-century of practicing law.

    But the circumstances were different last week, as Soles headed to the clerk of court’s office to pay a $1,000 fine, ordered moments earlier, and to face awaiting reporters and photographers.

  • Brunswick County residents aboard quarantined ship

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Brunswick County residents are among passengers aboard a Caribbean cruise ship that docked in Charleston, S.C., early Friday following an outbreak of norovirus.

    “We’re sitting in line,” Ocean Isle Beach resident Lomie Lou Cooke said Friday morning, speaking on a cell phone while still in port on the Celebrity Mercury.

    Cooke, 83, was among more than 400 of the 2,600 cruise ship passengers and crew who became ill with the intestinal illness. She said she was still feeling weak.

  • Trike A Thon for Heart raises money for American Heart Association

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows firsthand the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • Sheriff's deputies search for missing teen

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a missing teenager.

    Taylor Dawn Strickland, 16, was last seen around 10 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, at her home.

    Strickland is a white female. She is 5-feet-10-inches tall, and has blond hair and blue eyes.

    Strickland could be in the Leland or Ash areas of the county.

    Anyone with information about Strickland or her whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff’s office at 253-2777, or to call 911.

  • ELECTION 2010 Ingram, Daniels vie for GOP nomination for sheriff

    An unaffiliated candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to be Brunswick County’s next sheriff.

    Andy Kelly, a retired Shallotte police officer, plans to run for sheriff as the unaffiliated candidate. He joins incumbent sheriff John Ingram, who will face off against challenger Tim Daniels to seek the GOP nomination for sheriff.

    Democrats Louie Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis have filed to seek the Democratic nomination for sheriff.

  • Locals continue to fight against forced annexation in wake of towns' agreement

    Property owners along the Midway Road corridor including Midway Trading Post owner Mike Richards are still a little stunned at their recent “victory” against St. James’ annexation of their property, but Richards isn’t giving up the fight to change state laws that allow forced annexation.

  • Former teacher assistant files lawsuit claiming termination was based on racial discrimination

    A former Brunswick County Schools teacher assistant and bus driver is suing the board of education, claiming she was terminated after a student who wet himself falsely accused her of refusing him to use the bathroom.

    A lawsuit on behalf of Anna Stanley was filed Feb. 11 in Brunswick County Superior Court. Stanley, who was hired by the district in 2002, claims her termination was based on racial discrimination, which violated her constitutional right to equal protection.

  • Earth Angels trike for heart health

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • The giraffe next to an engagement ring

    A giraffe next to an engagement ring? No, this is not a clue from a truly strange scavenger hunt, or two items from a strange shopping list. They are, however, two interesting star formations in the evening sky and are relatively easy to see.

    The giraffe is not a well-known group of stars; you may recall the group from the Latin name, Camelopardalis. The second grouping, the engagement ring, includes a famous star, Polaris. These two star arrangements have an interesting past.

  • Are you tired of centipede? Try zoysia

    Old Man Winter has been relentless this year, but I always know spring is close when I see the Amazoy advertisement in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper.

    While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Meyer zoysia grass plugs they are selling, there are better zoysias available now. Crowne, Empire, Zenith and newer selections like JaMur and Zeon spread more aggressively and maintain good to excellent color through the summer.