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Today's News

  • Parks-Powell

    Sydney Ellen Parks of Shallotte and David Michael Powell of Carolina Shores were married Oct. 25 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on U.S. 17 South, with Robert H. White officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Liesl Parks of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Jay and Louisa Powell of Wilmington, Del.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Adrienne Yoho Fay of Ocean Isle Beach served as matron of honor.

  • Golf action

    THE BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played their annual old vs. young tournament at Cypress Bay. The three-round event ended Dec. 12. The winning team was the young team of Reggie Auten, Bob Brownley, Randy Cogdill, Bob Byrne, Dennis Davidson, Jack Goin, Gary Gutheil, Dan O’Connell, Dennis McCann and Jerry Morano.

  • Trials continued for Jessie Mae principal, parent of former Jessie Mae students

    First published: 11:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 12.

    Separate trials for Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, were continued to Friday, Jan. 16, according to the district attorney's office.

    Rourk, 53, was charged with communicating threats and was served with a criminal summons Wednesday, Sept. 17.

  • West Brunswick Relay team kicks off 2009 event fundraising

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School’s Relay for Life team is already busy fundraising for Relay for Life 2009, but many are motivated by the inspirational story of one of their own teammates.

    The team had a silent auction last week and raised nearly $2,000, selling student artwork, photography and other items donated by people throughout the community.

    The team also put up a Tree of Hope and decorated it with awareness ribbons, and sold advanced luminaries for May’s Relay.

  • Are you feeling lucky? Go ahead and make your day!

    “There’s many a slip ’twixt the cup and the lip”

    —An old English proverb

    One of my FBI associates made an interesting and astute observation in his recent letter to the editor: “North Carolina does not recognize a ‘citizen’s arrest.’”

    Apparently, he is right.

  • Problems with homeowners insurance

    To the editor: Anyone in North Carolina who either has or is contemplating purchasing homeowners insurance needs to be aware of what the state’s new insurance commissioner has called “a ticking time bomb.”

    Recently elected insurance commissioner Wayne Goodwin takes office next month following his mentor, Jim Long, who served 24 years as insurance commissioner before deciding not to run for re-election.

  • Housing market needs spurring

    To the editor: With our nation in the midst of its worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, Congress must be willing to take bold and decisive action to spur a housing and economic recovery.

    Unless we are able to halt the slide in home prices, the nation’s housing and economic woes will continue to grow even worse. This is why a robust housing component must be an integral part of the new economic stimulus package under consideration by the incoming Obama administration and new Congress.

  • Increasing rental rates?

    To the editor: It seems strange with a downturn in the economy, rental rates at Holden Beach seem to be rising.

    Is there so much demand any price will be paid, or are the middle-income people being voted out by overpricing the rentals by the owners and landlords?

     

  • Thinks program is a good one

    To the editor: The other day, I attended a meeting at the museum that included our superintendent of schools, school principals and administrators.

    The topics presented were most varied and absolutely current for the economic conditions of today: the role of schools in our county and the problems confronting our school system now and in the future.

    Of note to me was the excellent presentation of an ongoing program to reduce the rate of high school dropouts and buck this national trend. Brunswick County wants no part of that.

  • Bailout backlash

    To the editor: It is difficult to feel sorry for General Motors, based on its sordid past.

    If GM gets a dime of taxpayer bailout, it should be to reinstate the clean electric rail system this country once enjoyed.

    How many people have even heard of the “General Motors Streetcar conspiracy?” Between 1936 and 1950, GM bought out more than 100 electric surface-traction systems in 45 cities and replaced them with their filthy GM buses. At the time, 90 percent of all trips in the U.S. were by clean electric rail.