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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach parents celebrate son's heroic rescue

    Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Erik Watson, a Wenonah, N.J., native, was awarded the Coast Guard Meritorious Service Medal on Wednesday, April 11, for his actions in saving two elderly swimmers from drowning on June 14, 2007.

    He is the son of Hal and Kat Watson of Sunset Beach.

    A call for help

  • Beautification Day unfolds at Sunset Beach; residents clean up town

    SUNSET BEACH—A diverse group of 30 citizens and town employees took part in the town’s inaugural Beautification Day on April 9.

    Starting at 10 a.m. and toiling for about four hours, the group worked on a variety of projects to enhance the appearance of the community.

    Applying a wide variety of talents, they succeeded in transforming the appearance of the much-maligned median of the public parking lot at the beach. They created a desert landscape using boulders, century plants, cactus, yucca and ornamental grasses all set in sand.

  • A lesson about how to prevent a police scandal

    At 5 a.m. on a Monday morning in an FBI field office, there was a loud knock on the front door. The young night clerk on duty inside inquired

    “Good Morning, sir. May I help you?” The serious-looking man dressed in a business suit and trench coat identified himself as the No. 1 inspector from FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., accompanied then and there by 10 other inspectors.

    All were admitted with their heavy briefcases, and they set to work immediately.

  • The need for a new Oak Island bridge becomes all too clear

    Last Wednesday, I backed out of my driveway on Oak Island and drove toward N.C. 211 to make the daily commute to Shallotte.

    As I crossed the Oak Island Bridge, my phone rang. It was a colleague calling to warn me about an accident on N.C. 211. A tanker had overturned spilling its contents over the roadway.

    Because Hazmat teams were already hard at work cleaning it up, I only expected a slight delay.

  • Transportation one of our biggest state issues

    Sitting in traffic Tuesday morning waiting for the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge to lower so I could get moving, I was mulling over column ideas.

    I was listening to parents call and complain about the failing public schools system in North Carolina on local talk radio. But I didn’t feel like writing about the school system.

    As traffic finally began moving again, I was still searching the inner corners of my brain for an idea. My goal was to have my column all but written by the time I arrived at work. If only I could find the inspiration I needed, I would be set.

  • Finding kindness more difficult in crueler world

    Is it me, or is the world getting meaner?

    I mean, I don’t mean I’M getting meaner—although my mall-shopping, cell-phone-gabbin’ teenager may beg to differ. But a lot of other people in our community and world seem to be—getting meaner, I mean.

    All you have to do is scan through some of the local crime reports from this past week to start wondering what’s up:

    Assault in Shallotte—Bubba Joe conked Willie Earl on the head with a beer bottle, and there’s a good chance alcohol was involved. Nice.

  • Tax time a headache even for those who think ahead

    April 15 has now come and gone, but even though I filed my taxes well in advance of the deadline, it caused me more pain and anguish than I thought possible.

    Not being any kind of math genius or finance guru, I decided to take my taxes to a local professional this year. I chose a nationally known tax service, thinking it might cost a little bit but it’d be easy and hassle-free.

    During the past year, I spent time working in both Kentucky and North Carolina, so I had two sets of W2s.

  • Providing assistance to those in need is compassion, not socialism

    Believing in needed government assistance doesn’t make a person a socialist.

    There is a consensus among many Americans that a person is a socialist or has socialist ideas when there is mention of government help for a person or a family who truly needs financial assistance.

    A major illness or a prolonged loss of employment has the potential of forcing high-income, well-educated, super religious, ultra liberal—and even my fellow conservatives—to seek assistance from the government or other agencies when survival is at stake.

  • Debate to bring state issues to Southeast coast

    While the bid for Democratic and Republican spots for the next president of the United States has dominated national media, local voters also have some important races to decide this May much closer to home.

    In addition to determining who’ll be on the November ballot for county commissioner, school board and other races, Brunswick County voters will have the chance to select nominees for North Carolina’s next governor.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 2, 3, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 2.

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutors Erin Holden and Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Rigoberdo S. Alarcon, no operator’s license, allow unlicensed to drive, both voluntarily dismissed.

    Ignacio A. Albarran, no operator’s license, paid; fail to wear seat belt/driver, paid.