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Today's News

  • Shallotte OKs $15,500 payout to architects

    SHALLOTTE—After meeting in closed session Tuesday night, town aldermen have voted to pay an additional $15,500 to the architects who designed the new fire station.

    During the monthly pre-agenda meeting, the board of aldermen heard from Jim Stewart of Stewart Cooper & Newell Architects that the building on Wall Street is nearly complete. It is awaiting inspection from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    He also informed the board that his firm had submitted several bills to the town that had not been paid.

  • Aldermen seek Sunnyside estimates

    SHALLOTTE—Town aldermen want to know how much it will cost to finish the long-expected renovations on Sunnyside School so they can discuss it and possibly include it in the town’s 2008-2009 budget.

    Aldermen met with members of the Save Old Sunnyside Committee at last week’s board retreat at The Purple Onion Annex in Shallotte. They asked committee members to bring back estimates for completing renovations for all the uses planned for the building—a meeting room, a historical museum and a replica of an old classroom.

  • Mandatory sewer discussed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Planning board members are discussing a sewer use ordinance with the county.

    If approved, it would include a requirement for mandatory connection for all private wastewater treatment systems in town.

    “It’s very good to have for environmental concerns, and it addresses the practicality of funding the system,” town administrator Gary Parker said.

    North Carolina statute allows private users to continue to use their septic tanks.

  • Courtesy? Kindness? I'd take a little civility and be glad

    In this business, we’re accustomed to anonymous phone calls, letters and e-mails. They regularly come in as news tips, praise and criticism.

    While the information is appreciated, anonymous contacts can be frustrating. If they come in for a news tip and a name and number is not left, holes that might need to be filled in or questions that might need to be asked can’t be responded to.

    When calls come as praise, it’s nice to attach a name to the voice on the other end.

  • It seems like anything's possible these days—or is it?

    When I was a little girl, I used to stand in my back yard and launch rocks at the sky, imagining they would reach outer space.

    I never imagined that 20 years later, it would be possible to launch something from Earth that would make it to space—but, that can happen

    Last week, a rogue spy satellite veered off course and began its descent toward Earth, the hydrazine gas tank posed a health concern for those in its path.

  • Celebrities should stay out of politics

    Are you smarter than the celebrity who is endorsing your presidential candidate?

    I’ll admit I love wasting a few dollars in line at the grocery store on a gossip magazine as much as the next person, but at least then I know what to expect.

    But when the latest starlet to enter rehab dominates my news, I get extremely frustrated.

    Lately I have been increasingly annoyed at the fact I am constantly bombarded with presidential endorsements—by celebrities.

    I simply don’t care.

  • 'Grease' is the word this weekend

    During my high school days, ‘Grease’ was the one show everyone in the theater guild longed to be a part of.

    Maybe it was because the movie made it so popular, maybe it was because of the catchy lyrics, or maybe it was a show set in a high school environment we could all relate to, I’m not really sure.

    But for some reason, it was always the show we hoped to perform.

    My sophomore year the big announcement hit—we would begin auditions for “Grease.”

  • Cold weather preparations more difficult than expected

    This week I’m heading to Alaska to participate in a facet of the Iditarod Dog Sled Race in Anchorage.

    I’m heading there to help support a group of soldiers from Walter Reed Army Medical Center who will be riding in the initial phase of the race, as well as to shoot footage for a perspective story for The Christian Broadcasting Network, and to cover the race for The Beacon.

  • Stalking stars in Hollywood

    As the Beacon’s Los Angeles correspondent, at least for this week, I felt it my duty to report to you the sights and scenes of the 80th Academy Awards.

    It was total coincidence I just happened to be in the City of Angels when the red carpet was rolling out this past Sunday. Or was it?

    Maybe it was fate, written on the “stars,” so to speak. It also was my birthday. Maybe I’ll get a bonus for reporting on it and for having a birthday.

  • Closed meetings must meet the letter of the law

    When an everyday citizen becomes an elected official, there’s often a tough road ahead. In addition to learning the ins and outs of basic government duties, officials have to educate themselves about the community they’re in, the topics they’re discussing and general government procedures.

    An important part of an elected position is understanding open meetings and open records law. Federal and state laws dictate how certain information is discussed, decided upon and shared with the public.