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Today's News

  • Aldermen debate firefighter grant, want to know more

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are questioning a federal grant that would provide the fire department with four new full-time firefighters because of its matching fund requirements and how that might affect the town budget.

    But Tuesday night, they agreed to allow fire chief Paul Dunwell to begin the hiring process for two new firefighters and to find out if hiring only two would be acceptable to the agency providing funds.

  • Shallotte OKs town's new Vision Plan

    SHALLOTTE—A new vision is in place for revitalizing Shallotte, and now the work begins.

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 10-year vision plan prepared by Allison Platt and Associates of Goldsboro, which Platt presented to the board last week.

    Aldermen and town staffers said they were ready to move forward with the plan’s first steps including getting estimates on an economic feasibility study and working with the planning board on establishing an urban waterfront zoning district.

  • Sunset Beach rules development must maintain its own roads

    SUNSET BEACH—A recently annexed neighborhood is responsible for its own roads, local government officials say.

    The community in question is Sandpiper Bay, which was developed by Centex Homes and annexed last year by the town of Sunset Beach.

    The question arose after the town planning board approved on Aug. 28 an amendment requiring roads in town subdivisions to meet minimum design standards.

    A town ordinance currently allows an exception for developers to build streets that don’t meet the requirements as set forth in Chapter 98 of the town ordinance.

  • You got to have heart to find out what will make you a successful person

    In the 1960s, a leading sports commentator spoke these piercing words about the 26-mile marathon race.

    He said, “There are many things that can break the body, a tragic wreck, a prolonged illness, a natural disaster. But the marathon breaks the heart.”

    Courage is synonymous with the heart because the heart is the center of life. The Bible says it is from the heart that precedes all thoughts of envy and strife. Negative and positive thoughts originate in the heart.

  • Weighing the facts about the Republican vice-presidential candidate

    A woman? From Alaska? But who is she? What has she done? What about Mitt?

    These were the thoughts swirling around my head Friday when Sen. John McCain announced his running mate for his presidential bid, a woman, from Alaska, who was clearly not Mitt Romney.

    After my initial reaction, which wasn’t exactly elation, I took a deep breath and switched out of voter mode and dove back into reporter mode.

    It was time to find out who this woman from Alaska was and, more importantly, what she stands for. That’s what we do, after all.

  • Mentoring is an essential process for democratic nations

    Movie celebrities and sports champions come and go, but we long remember our teachers and mentors because they reached into our lives and made a lasting difference.

    Since 2000, I have been a mentor for police officers in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq—cultures much different than ours. I will share some important principles I have learned along the way.

    Setting the stage

    My work as an International Police Officer with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) began in the fall of 2001, just as Ramadan was under way for adults in the Albanian Muslim population.

  • Booze It and Lose It, similiar programs keep roads safe

    Between Aug. 17 and Sept. 3 last year, there were more than 500 alcohol-related crashes on North Carolina roads. Twenty-seven people were killed and more than 400 were injured.

    In an effort to lower those numbers and help keep roads safe, law enforcement officers throughout the state participated in a recent Booze It & Lose It campaign. Local and state law enforcement stepped up patrols throughout the Labor Day holiday weekend to make sure drunk drivers stayed off local roads, and quickly apprehended those who decided to drink and drive.

  • Knisely

    Addie and Matt Knisely of Bolivia are the parents of a son, William Collin Knisely, born at 1:19 p.m. Aug. 14 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Kaylee Alyssa, 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Donna and Charles Wheeler of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Kristine Knisely of Canton, Ohio, and Bill and Beth Knisely of Oxford, Ohio.

  • Clemmons

    David Clemmons and Krystal Clemmons, both of Supply, are the parents of a daughter, Summer Rose Clemmons, born at 3:15 p.m. Aug. 19 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    She joins a brother, James Cameron Clemmons, 5, and sisters, Dale LaShay Clemmons, 4, and Trinity Leigh Clemmons, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are Carl and Patricia Wooten of Gate City, Va.

    Paternal grandparents are Dale Clemmons Sr. and Rose Clemmons of Supply.

  • 'It's a great day to be a Trojan'

    “It’s a great day . . .

    . . . to be a Trojan.”

    Led by assistant coach Yogi Hickman, 39 West Brunswick football players chanted loudly in their locker room after a season-opening 35-22 victory over Socastee Friday night at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    The victory ended a 12-game losing streak—the Trojans last won a game in 2006—and inaugurated what Hickman hopes will be a long-lasting tradition.

    “It’s a great day . . .

    . . . to be a Trojan.”