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Today's News

  • Holden Beach man takes property value appeal to Raleigh--and wins

    A Holden Beach man, who appealed his property value and lost at the local level, has taken his appeal to the state and won.

    John Lennon, who owns a second-row home on Holden Beach, said his property value, valued during the 2007 countywide revaluation at $842,950, was too high.

    Lennon wrote an appeal letter to the Brunswick County Tax Department, arguing his property value was too high, but nothing changed. Then he went before the board of equalization and review, only to be denied a second time.

  • Bark at the Beach raises more than $11,000

    HOLDEN BEACH—The second annual Bark at the Beach raised more than $11,000 for Easter Seals and B.A.R.K.

    The March 29 doggie walk and contests raised $11,171 for Easter Seals and $593 for B.A.R.K., a group that promotes responsible pet ownership, educational programs and meals on wheels for pets in conjunction with Brunswick County Social Services.

    About 30 dogs and their owners turned out for the event, which involved a 2 to 3-mile walk down Brunswick Avenue. Afterward, several canine competitions took place under the Holden Beach high-rise bridge.

  • New water meters to ease workload in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It takes five people and one week to walk house to house and read all the water meters in Ocean Isle Beach. It can take another week to manually enter the information into the computer’s system and billing program.

    New radio-read water meters being installed will only require one person and one day of work, officials claim.

  • HUD takes over Cardinal Pointe complaint investigation

    The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has assumed responsibility for investigating a Cardinal Pointe resident’s complaint of unfair treatment.

    Amy Bass, who has lived in the Shallotte apartment complex for three years, originally complained to the N.C. Human Relations Commission, which has waived its jurisdiction and “referred the case to HUD for processing and investigation,” according to a letter from HUD to U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre concerning the case.

    Bass said this week she is happy about the decision to pass the investigation on to HUD.

  • Piggly Wiggly store near Sunset Beach to close on Saturday

    SUNSET BEACH—Employees at the Piggly Wiggly store on N.C. 904 were surprised when store officials told them last week the store is closing at 5 p.m. this Saturday, April 26.

    Customers were equally dismayed upon hearing the news.

    “I’m very surprised, since they’ve only been here a short time,” said Sunset Beach resident Pam Groce, who sensed something was amiss when she saw empty shelves while shopping at the store Monday.

    “There was no milk, no bread, no meat,” Groce said.

  • 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.