Today's News

  • Frequent flyer likes her privacy; maybe it’s time to upgrade to first-class seats

    I like to fly in the morning.

    And when I say morning, I actually mean middle of the night, pitch black outside, so early nothing in the airport but the gate is open.

    Sure, it usually means I stay up all night in fear of oversleeping, almost missing my flight and having to run like a madwoman through the airport “Home Alone” style. And I actually did that once, in the same airport as in the movie, and let me tell you, it’s not fun.

  • Get ready for the first day of school

    In about two weeks, school doors will open, classrooms will fill with eager students and the 2010-2011 school year will begin.

    School starts on Wednesday, Aug. 25. North Carolina law makes this the earliest start date for school districts throughout the state. Early College High School is on the same schedule as Brunswick Community College, and students began classes Thursday, Aug. 5.

  • ABCs show growth in all Brunswick County schools

    According to the ABCs of Public Education, Brunswick County schools are making progress.

    Growth and performance results released last week confirm all 19 schools made expected growth during the 2009-2010 school year, with nine—Brunswick County Academy, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, South Brunswick High, South Brunswick Middle, Town Creek Elementary, Union Elementary and Waccamaw School—showing high growth.

  • Sunset Beach eyes $3.75 million park site

    SUNSET BEACH—Should the town shell out $3.75 million to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park and site for the old pontoon bridge?

    The issue will be debated at a specially called town council meeting at 9 a.m. this Thursday.

    Among topics of discussion are “possible solutions to saving the old bridge.”

  • Damages, arrests in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police have investigated incidents of vandalism and reported arrests in separate incidents.

    On Aug. 6, a window was reported broken on a front-end loader belonging to East Coast Contractor. Deputy chief Steve Smith said someone took a bar or similar object to break the window on the machine that’s being used to install sewer line at Oyster Bay.

    Damage to personal property also was reported Aug. 6 to a mailbox on Shoreline Drive East.

  • Carolina Shores administrator gets 2 percent raise

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners approved a 2 percent annual merit raise for town administrator Linda Herncane following a closed session last week.

    The 3-1 vote followed the board’s monthly meeting and executive session Aug. 5 to discuss Herncane’s annual work performance evaluation.

    Town commissioner Tom Puls cast the only “nay” vote and also declined to attend the first portion of the closed session dealing with Herncane’s evaluation.

    Town commissioner John Russo was absent.

  • 'Anything Goes' on Thalian Hall stage in Wilmington

    Opera House Theatre Company is electrifying the main stage of Thalian Hall with its rendition of “Anything Goes,” which continues Friday, Saturday and Sunday and next weekend in Wilmington.

    The musical, which opened last week, is a classic screwball comedy aboard a transatlantic ship, the S.S. American.

  • Dog days a hot time for canine considerations

    Dog days (Latin: “diēs caniculārēs”; proper Southern pronunciation: “daggone dawg daze”) are upon us.

    You can feel it in the humid, “sultry” air, as Wikipedia poetically describes it. Southerners and Southern transplants alike just tend to think of them as some more of those stinkin’ hot days of August.

    But, if you think about it, dog days are also a fine time for all things canine. National Dog Day, in fact, is just around the bend on Aug. 26.

  • Heart transplant patient doing well after fast-track surgery

    CAROLINA SHORES—Thanks to the surgical team at Duke Medical Center and an unknown donor, Paulette Morgan is doing well with a newly transplanted heart.

    Seated with her fiancé, Larry Williams, at their Carolina Shores home last week, Morgan says she’s feeling much better these days since undergoing transplant surgery July 2, three days after being placed on an “urgent” waiting list.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 2-8, K-9 deputies answered 12 calls, wrote 14 citations and made four drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies conducted checkpoints at Hale Swamp Road, Lackey Road, Shell Point Road and Gray Bridge Road.

    The following suspects were charged: