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  • Raleigh judge rules against local judge in libel suit

    RALEIGH—Superior Court Judge William Pittman has ruled against a local judge in her libel lawsuit.

    On Friday, July 15, Pittman issued an order for summary judgment in which he found in favor of the defendant, Ed Rapp, in the libel and defamation suit brought by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.

    Lewis sued Rapp, a local activist and former campaign strategist, for libel and defamation for an April 2010 blog post written during a heated Republican primary election.

  • Brunswick Beat for July 13, 2011
  • Band writes a song on a Thursday, by Tuesday it is on the radio - VIDEO

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In the parking lot of Musicians Exchange tears were shed and a powerful connection developed between strangers and friends that is now reaching others worldwide and letting them know they are not alone in their battle with cancer.

    It happens everyday. Someone, somewhere hears the word “cancer” uttered from his or her doctor’s mouth. But until recently the word rarely reached the airwaves of radio stations. It took a courageous 15-year-old boy and seven local men to bring the reality to music.

  • Brunswick County in need of rain

     BRUNSWICK COUNTY—For some residents in Brunswick County a drought means more than brown grass, burning bans and reduced irrigation—it means total disaster.

    “We plant with faith,” said Mary Earp of Funston Farms in Winnabow. “There are so many things beyond our control.”

    Mary and Wilbur Earp were both born and raised on farms in Brunswick County. Mary’s ancestors have been farming in the area since the 1700s. She has been able to trace a sale of a cow from one of her female ancestors back to the Revolutionary War.

  • Brunswick County in need of rain

     BRUNSWICK COUNTY—For some residents in Brunswick County a drought means more than brown grass, burning bans and reduced irrigation—it means total disaster.

    “We plant with faith,” said Mary Earp of Funston Farms in Winnabow. “There are so many things beyond our control.”

    Mary and Wilbur Earp were both born and raised on farms in Brunswick County. Mary’s ancestors have been farming in the area since the 1700s. She has been able to trace a sale of a cow from one of her female ancestors back to the Revolutionary War.

  • From lives of abuse to the lap of luxury

     CALABASH—Bred for racing, greyhounds often find themselves retired by the age of 3 and being shipped off to start new lives.

    They arrive never having seen stairs or a window, a door or glass. They are confused to live outside of their crates. They also arrive with tattoos inside each of their ears.

    “As puppies they are tattooed with their date of birth on the inside of their right ear and their race number on the inside of their left ear,” said Alice Bossert, greyhound owner and foster parent.

  • Moultrie pleads guilty to 2008 murder of Shallotte Realtor

    BOLIVIA—More than three years after the murder of Shallotte Realtor Adam Bradshaw, one of two defendants charged with his murder has pleaded guilty.

    On Thursday, July 14, in Brunswick County Superior Court, Lora Moultrie pleaded guilty to second-degree murder of Bradshaw. Moultrie also pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

    A third charge, robbery with a dangerous weapon, was dismissed.

  • July 22 is Town Hall Day in Calabash

    The town of Calabash will observe its fourth annual Town Hall Day from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, July 22.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon will take part as will new Calabash Town Administrator Charles Nance.

    Local elected officials will be present, and there will be food, games and prizes.

    For more information, call Calabash Town Hall at 579-6747.

  • Sunset Beach to review garbage, parking violations July 19

    Garbage and parking violations are on Sunset Beach Town Council’s agenda for its next monthly work session at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 19.

    Other items of business include a solar compactor demonstration and discussion, pay plan adjustments, beach patrol reserve officers, a Wildlife Resources Commission agreement, underground wiring, consideration of an annexation resolution, and VIPER radio questions.

    At the start of the session, council is scheduled to interview candidate Bob Tone for a vacancy on the town planning board.

  • Sunset Beach residents file lawsuit over bridgework damages

    Sunset Beach residents have filed a lawsuit for damages they claim were caused to their home by construction of the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge.

    Colie L. Dooley Jr., his wife Frances Dooley, Alicia Schoonmaker and Colie L. Dooley III are listed as plaintiffs in the suit filed against the North Carolina Department of Transportation, state transportation secretary Eugene A. Conti and English Construction Co.