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Today's News

  • Brunswick Community College offers a variety of enrichment courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 25, 26, 27, 30 and 31 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 25

    Judge Napoleon B. Barefoot presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Lisa Quick:

    Karen Michelle Adams, exceeding safe speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    James Edwards Alford, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Andrea Elizabeth Allen, improper equipment, costs.

  • Why has common sense eluded those enthralled by an alligator?

    Last weekend, an alligator found a new home in a retention pond that’s only a few feet from where I live.

    I’m not a native Brunswick Countian, and I will admit, seeing one of these creatures up-close for the first time is an experience. It’s not like you see those kinds of animals on the shores of Lake Michigan or while you’re walking through the streets of downtown Chicago, so to a Midwesterner, it’s definitely an experience.

  • Preparers submerged in a taxing time of year

    Laura Lewis

    It’s that season when The Tax Ladies are busy, but not too busy to do your taxes without an appointment.

    Situated in a century-old Victorian house on Holden Beach Road, the team of eight tax-savvy women is hard at work assisting taxpayers and preparing returns before the final IRS tax-bell tolls on April 15.

    Yes, it’s a taxing time, but February was actually busier with people scurrying in to get their fast refunds in, Tax Ladies owner and founder Diana White said.

  • Carolina Shores should release information immediately

    We believe the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners violated N.C. Open Meetings Law last week when it went into closed session to discuss, what we later found out, were concerns about Mayor Stephen Selby’s “behavioral pattern.”

    Following the hour-and-a-half closed session, the board reconvened in open session and agreed unanimously to have the town attorney, Holt Moore III, send a letter to Selby about his behavior.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners OK legal letter about mayor's behavior

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners voted Tuesday to have town attorney Holt Moore draft a letter to Mayor Stephen Selby about a “behavioral pattern that’s not acceptable to the board,” commissioner Gere Dale said.

    Dale, along with Mayor Pro Tem Jack Csernecky and commissioners Tom Puls, Joseph Pryzwara and John Russo, took part in a 1½-hour specially called closed session Tuesday morning with Moore, town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut.

  • Riverfront property owners question riverwalk plans

    SHALLOTTE—Owners of businesses along the Shallotte River have questioned the town board’s tentative plans to build a riverwalk behind their property on Main Street.

    At the board of aldermen’s pre-agenda meeting Tuesday night, several said the project would have negative impacts on their businesses, particularly Greg Rupp’s dental practice and Shallotte Electric Stores, owned by the Milliken family.

  • West tennis team plays inspirational match

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.

  • N.C.: Saying goodbye to a toxic friend?

    If it passes the Senate, the bill outlawing smoking in public places will become a historic law in North Carolina, the state that built itself on tobacco farming.

    I probably would not be here today if not for tobacco. Farming this cash crop in central North Carolina is how my grandfather made his living and how he put my mother through college. My mom’s first job out of school brought her to Brunswick County, which is how she met my dad. The rest, as they say, is history.

    But I’m not the only one with a generational connection to tobacco.

  • 'Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars,' take 2

    SUPPLY—Local officials, celebrities, business leaders and the defending champion have signed on to cut a rug this year for the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

    Thursday morning, organizers gathered at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to announce the participants in this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.