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Today's News

  • We can never repay debt to veterans

    United States veterans are traditionally honored at the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, the latter of which is the anniversary of the armistice that ended World War I.

    Originally, in 1938, Congress made Nov. 11 Armistice Day, a legal holiday celebrating world peace and honoring World War I veterans. In 1954, Congress amended that act to make the holiday Veterans Day, honoring American veterans of all wars. After some confusion over what date the holiday should be observed, however, Veterans Day again was designated as Nov. 11 in 1978.

  • Tough times prompt early Thanksgiving, pair of requests

    There’s nothing like a tough couple of weeks to remind you of what you value most in others and in life. Even though Thanksgiving’s two weeks away, here’s why I’m celebrating a little bit every day from now on.

  • West end development reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents packed town hall but were not allowed to speak as proposed oceanfront development west of Mad Inlet underwent scrutiny last week in Sunset Beach.

    The Sunset Beach Technical Review Committee, much of it composed of town department heads, convened Nov. 6 to review a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Sunset West development on a 24.95-acre tract.

    Town building inspector Randy Walters said the proposed subdivision consists of 21 platted lots.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board after special meeting

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden’s contract with Brunswick County Schools expires June 30, 2015, but an abrupt termination means the board would have to buy out the remainder of his contract.

  • Sunset Beach residents question development on island site

    SUNSET BEACH — It isn’t the first time for Jan Harris and Sue Weddle to question development on the Sunset Beach island.

    The two, who have long challenged environmental issues on the barrier island where both live and retired decades ago, are challenging the legality of private development along Riverside Drive.

  • Artist leads landscape workshop Nov. 15 in Shallotte

    How can you paint better water and skies?

    Award-winning landscape artist Joanne Geisel of Leland will show you how when she conducts Waterway Art Association’s first workshop for the 2014-15 season, “Painting the Landscape: Water and Skies,” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

  • Flood the Streets with Art to paint town of Shallotte on Black Friday, Nov. 28

    Sure, there will be the usual pre-dawn sales and crowds and standing-in-line-till-you-drop.

    But this year on the day after Thanksgiving, local artist and yoga teacher Charlotte Ranz is also hoping Black Friday can slow down a bit and add a new dimension that includes giving instead of just buying.

    That’s the thought process behind Flood the Street with Art Black Friday, a worldwide movement offering free art for one day, which Ranz and fellow members of the Waterway Art Association are launching locally the day after Thanksgiving, Nov. 28, in Shallotte.

  • Brunswick residents awarded grant

    Three Brunswick County residents are among 15 artists of varied disciplines who have been named 2014-2015 Regional Artist Project Grant (RAPG) recipients.

    Announcement of the awards comes from the Arts Council of Wilmington and New Hanover County, in conjunction with arts councils in Brunswick and Columbus counties and with the support of the North Carolina Arts Council.

    This year’s grantees were selected from 49 applicants who

    requested more than $53,000 for $15,000 in available funds.

  • BEMC awards grants to local educators

     SUPPLY — A chance encounter at Kmart 20 years ago will benefit thousands of Brunswick County students during this school year.

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Judy Gore was in line at the store back then when she noticed a schoolteacher paying for her own school supplies.

    Gore had a vision and soon thereafter launched the Bright Ideas program, which awards education grants to educators across North Carolina.

  • Firefighters hone techniques at live burn

     SHALLOTTE — Standing beside a town property used by the Shallotte Fire Department in a live burn session last Wednesday, fire chief Paul Dunwell asked onlookers, “Do you understand why we wear all this equipment?”

    At an abandoned house on Wall Street, off Main Street in Shallotte, Dunwell led members of Shallotte and other fire departments in a practice session Wednesday, Nov. 5, the seventh live burn hosted by the town in the last 18 months.