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Today's News

  • Memorial Day observed in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—Those who lost their lives in war were remembered here Monday during the VFW Post 8866 annual ceremony.

    Post and auxiliary members placed flowers on a memorial wreath, honoring their memories, and guest speakers Anita Hartsell and Howie Franklin paid tribute to their sacrifices while also honoring the veterans who attended the ceremony.

    “You are the cornerstone of our country,” Franklin said.

  • Audio history tours of Ocean Isle available

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—In just 59 minutes, you can take a tour of Ocean Isle Beach and learn of the island’s history dating back to 10,000 B.C.

    Fred David, an Ocean Isle Beach resident and professor of management at Francis Marion University in Florence, S.C., has just released the “Driving Tour of the History of Ocean Isle Beach.”

    Just insert the 59-minute CD into your car player and start driving past years of history.

    David had the idea to create a driving tour after he and his wife took one in Jamaica last year.

  • Eagle Scout restores historic cemetery

    SHALLOTTE—Just a year-and-a-half ago, weeds covered the broken stones that mark the final resting places of several local residents for the last 150 years, including the first mayor of Shallotte.

    But a conscientious local Boy Scout took on its renovations for his Eagle Scout project. He has saved the small cemetery, which is behind several downtown Main Street buildings, from oblivion and abandonment.

  • Shallotte pays tribute to fallen soldiers at Memorial Day Service

    The bell tolled 49 times Sunday afternoon—each chime representing a name of a fallen Brunswick County soldier.

    From World War II to the recent global war on terror, names of the fallen soldiers who once called Brunswick County home were remembered Sunday in a somber ceremony in Shallotte’s Rourk Gardens.

    The ceremony began with members of the West Brunswick High School JROTC raising the flag, followed by a traditional playing of “Taps,” and a gun salute by the Marine Corps League Honor Guard, detachment 1036 of Calabash.

  • Shallotte aldermen discussing 2009 budget

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are discussing a possible budget for fiscal year 2008-2009 that would hold the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property.

    The proposed budget includes slightly less revenue than the current year, but still in the neighborhood of $4.1 million, while expenditures are expected to increase nearly 2 percent.

    The board met last Wednesday to discuss the proposal and was scheduled to meet at 3 p.m. May 28 for another budget session.

  • Shallotte OKs Walgreens building design

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved the designs for a Walgreens, planned for the old Jones store location. Tuesday night they gave developers directions toward improving the area’s loading dock for public safety and the parking lot for esthetics.

    The board met at its pre-agenda meeting Tuesday in the newly refurbished council chambers across from town hall and approved the planned building group design for the new store.

  • Tipping tips to help you tip-toe through the tourist season

    It’s official; tourism season is in full swing here in Brunswick County.

    For those brave local souls who dared to venture out to area beaches during the Memorial Day weekend, the full brunt of the busy season was quickly apparent. Immediately upon arrival, already-slim parking pickings were even harder to find.

    Rows upon rows of sun-drenched beach bodies marked the shoreline making it hard, in some spots, to find a good place to lay down a towel of your own.

  • Thinking before speaking even more important for public figures

    “Really, if I had the opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would,” said Kendel Ehrlich.

    Ehrlich was the first lady of Maryland when she made this statement in October 2003. It rocked the world, as the statement was not only inappropriate but threatening in nature.

    Ironically, the statement was made at an anti-violence conference at Hood College in Maryland.

  • The most significant trip to Raleigh yet

    For the fourth time since last June, when the first subpoenas were served on the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, I will make the trek to the Terry Sanford Federal Courthouse in Raleigh.

    This trip should prove to be more eventful than the previous three, because I will actually make it into a courtroom this time around.

    During my previous trips I waited outside the courthouse, hoping for a familiar face to walk out of the grand jury room and spill their testimony to me. Of course, it never happened.

  • Patience is a key to academic success

    Patience is a lost virtue for many who live in our contemporary society. People of all ages, races and social economic backgrounds appear to be extremely impatient.

    The pursuit of pleasure is a constant pastime for many people. The concept of hard work and sacrifice seems to be a fading quest of years gone by.