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  • Sunset Beach reels in roll-back rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has agreed to suspend warnings and review the legality of rewording an ordinance about garbage can roll-backs.

    Council’s instruction to town administrator Gary Parker came Tuesday afternoon following debate about the rules that have drawn objection.

    Ron Watts of Sunset Properties complained about the rollback rules, among other things such as an unsightly Dumpster placed on the island and police trying to stop speeders.

  • 'Rat Pack Show' set for Saturday at OWA

    The Rat Pack is back in town.

    Thanks to Sandy Hackett, son of legendary actor/comedian Buddy Hackett, this coming Saturday night ol’ Sammy, Dean, Joey and Blue Eyes will be crooning and reviving a few of their cool onstage moves at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sandy Hackett’s Rat Pack Show is making its Brunswick County debut at 7:30 p.m. In a phone interview Monday, Hackett promised it’s a great show not to be overlooked.

  • Brunswick residents share HOA concerns at Raleigh hearing

    Brunswick County residents journeyed to Raleigh this week to push for legislative reform regarding homeowners associations.

    Ole Madsen, a resident of Oyster Harbour at Holden Beach, was among those who spoke Monday at a state House hearing.

  • Four decades later: Vietnam veteran to reunite with crew member

    Navy veteran Jim Milstead still gets emotional 41 years after his boat was attacked by the Viet Cong.

    On Jan. 4, 1971, the Navy petty officer 2nd class and his Vietnamese crew sustained severe and mortal injuries following the 5 a.m. strike of 11 rockets by the Viet Cong on their 60-foot Tango personnel carrier in the Cau Lon River in the Nam Can region.

  • N.C. Appeals Court to consider local libel case

    A three-judge N.C. Court of Appeals panel will consider a local libel case next month in Raleigh.

    Judges will consider the case of Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis v. local first-amendment activist and political strategist Ed Rapp. Lewis sued Rapp for libel and defamation over comments he made about Lewis during the 2010 Republican Primary. A judge sided with Rapp in July, saying Lewis had no basis for the lawsuit, but Lewis appealed the ruling.

  • Two multi-million dollar expansion projects under way at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—From 1,000 feet in the air, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport almost seems small.

    From 1,000 feet, everything, including the entire town of Southport and all of Bald Head Island, also seems small.

    But at 5,505 feet, the runway at Cape Fear Regional Jetport is anything but small.

    The runway expansion has been completed, allowing the airport to cater to much larger aircraft.

    Now, there are two other construction projects in the works—a 12-acre ramp and a return taxi way.

  • Redistricting maps clear legal hurdle; N.C. primary to take place as scheduled in May

    RALEIGH—A three-judge Superior Court panel recently opted not to delay North Carolina’s primary elections until July.

    The primaries were challenged due to the state’s redistricting maps for state House, Senate and congressional districts passed by the GOP-led General Assembly.

    Several lawsuits challenging the legality of the maps have been filed since their approval. Judges decided not to delay the primary election to July 10 as requested, instead opting to leave the primary election on May 8.

  • State unemployment drops slightly in December

    Statewide unemployment dipped slightly in December, down one-tenth of a percent to 9.9 percent.

    But even with the modest decline, officials with the nonprofit N.C. Justice Center say unemployment was up in 2011.

    Despite the month-to-month decline, the number of unemployed people has actually grown by 9,154 since December 2010, N.C. Justice Center figures show.

    N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said jobs continue to be N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s focus.

  • Business is booming at Cape Fear Regional Jetport

    OAK ISLAND—In addition to an airport with an expanded 5,505-foot runway, 13 businesses have set up shop at the Cape Fear Regional Jetport.

    Thirty people are employed at the airport’s various businesses.

    Businesses at the airport include two maintenance shops, an aircraft interior shop, an aircraft paint shop, rental car, flight schools, skydiving, a bait and tackle shop and a real estate company, Howie Franklin, airport director and former Air Force One chief steward, said.

  • ‘Missing’ person wanted in several counties

    Last week he was missing. This week he is wanted.

    Kenneth Hewett, 30, of Leland, has been missing since Friday, Jan. 13. Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office released Hewett’s information, saying he had been reported missing.

    But it turns out Hewett is wanted for several charges in two counties.

    New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. Jerry Brewer said Hewett is wanted in New Hanover County for felony larceny and obtaining property by false pretense.