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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach planning board scrutinizes town's parking ordinance

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has taken a closer look at the town’s parking ordinance. Some requirements seem out of sync with what is practical, officials say.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis cited current parking requirements for golf courses as an example at the April 17 workshop.

    Under the current ordinance, stipulations for golf courses are eight spaces per green and one per employee. Previously, he said, the requirement was only three.

    “That right there was a drastic increase,” he said.

  • Columbine High School shooters the wrong people to idolize

    The Columbine Massacre forever plagues April 20, a school shooting that resulted in 13 deaths and two suicides by high school shooters.

    At the time, it was an event that shook the nation and was considered the worst school shooting in American history.

    Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold killed 13 people before killing themselves on April 20, 1999, at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo. What ended up being a mass shooting was initially meant to kill many more people.

  • Being a 'good person' doesn't excuse someone from the law

    If being a good person were enough to keep someone out of trouble with the justice system, America wouldn’t be facing problems with jail overcrowding.

    Several years back, I wrote a story about a relationship quarrel in which two men were in an argument over a woman. In the ensuing fight, one of the men stabbed the other—in the eye.

    The stabber-man had been formally charged, and I penned the blurry tale of the eye stabbing.

    Before the ink had a chance to dry on newsprint, I got a call from the stabber’s mother.

  • Brunswick citizens seek honest, hard-working sheriff

    Dear future sheriff: Brunswick County citizens are looking for an honest, hard-working sheriff.

    Gone are the days of the “good ole boys' club,” corruption, extortion, coercion, facilitating drug trafficking and other maladies that have seemed to plague the position of high sheriff in Brunswick County.

    The tide has turned, and we are all looking for a leader with character, integrity and a true and constant devotion to law enforcement.

  • We expect elected leaders to follow all laws

    Just 25 days after North Carolina Governor Mike Easley proclaimed March 20, 2008 “Sunshine Day” in North Carolina, nine media organizations filed a lawsuit against him for refusing to comply with public records law.

    Sunshine Day is part of the nationwide celebration of “Sunshine Week,” a week that highlights citizens’ rights to public records.

    The Sunshine Laws and North Carolina Public Records Laws exist to ensure the public has the right to access government documents.

  • Earth Day pays tribute to whole wide world

    All you had to do to know it was Earth Day was log onto Google on Tuesday.

    There it was on Google’s “classic” home Web page—an idyllic mountain-and-waterfall scene in vivid blue and green. All it lacked was the sound effects of a gurgling brook and chirping birds.

    Normally, my daily iGoogle page features a cute cartoon frog and ladybug as they go through their day, drinking coffee in the morning (probably in recyclable Google cups).

    Then they play outdoor games such as croquet, also in an idyllic, blue-and-green spring setting.

  • Local political committees have important decisions ahead

    In the coming weeks, representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties here in Brunswick County have some very important decisions to make.

    The Republican Party will be looking for someone to fill the shoes of David Sandifer, a longtime county commissioner and commissioners’ chair, who died after a battle with cancer.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 9

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

  • Bolivia Elementary announces honor roll, awards

    Bolivia Elementary School has announced its honor roll and student awards for the third nine weeks. They are as follows:

    A Honor Roll

  • What can you do? More than you think

    Thirty-four children in North Carolina died as a result of child abuse in 2006.

    That’s not just a statistic. That’s 34 people who will never go to high school, go on a first date, get married or have children of their own—34 souls that came into the world pure and full of promise for the future and who never had a chance.