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Today's News

  • Wishing Chief Gause well in his retirement

    It is almost unheard of these days to remain with the same employer for more than a decade, let alone an entire career. Rodney Gause could have made headlines for that alone when he announced his retirement from Shallotte earlier this year after 35 years. But Gause spent each of those years with the police department, the last 29 as chief, making his tenure with the town remarkable.

    To hear Gause tell it, he was destined to work in law enforcement. It is all he said he ever wanted to do for a living, and to serve his hometown in that capacity made it extra special.

  • Tale of unpleasant roundabout experience gives some readers pause

    Writing last week about my ugly experience June 2 at one of Brunswick County’s roundabouts generated some good response from readers — actually, a bit more than I expected, considering staff writers Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery each had written columns two years ago about roundabouts and how to maneuver through them. It looks like the subject still strikes a nerve.

    Lest anyone mistake my position, let me go on record saying I’m pro-roundabout.

  • A grateful neighbor gives thanks for help after fire

    By Lin Ferrari

    Guest Columnist

    My name is Lin Ferrari and I’d like to take a moment to thank a lot of people. Some of you we know, and we thank you, but there are so many people who have helped my family and me who we do not know. You have all been so wonderful to us and such a blessing. Thank you so very much.

  • First Sunset Beach Nature and Wildlife Show set for June 22-24

    Since launching two years ago, Sunset Vision continues to focus on the future.

    The nonprofit community group’s next venture is the Sunset Beach Nature & Wildlife Art Show and Sale launching for three days this week and culminating with a $25-per-person reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 23, at Triple D’s Hemi Haven Classic Car Showroom at 7011 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Funding cuts reduce juvenile diversion, dropout prevention programs

    By Bonnie Jordan

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick County Schools recently notified Communities In Schools that funding to support CIS programs was being reduced for the coming school year by 44 percent.

    With less than 90 days until the new school year begins, this leaves the Action for Success Dropout Prevention program facing staff reductions, thereby reducing the number of students served, as well as decreasing the range of services provided.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House of Representatives was busy last week. We honored a beloved deceased former member of the House, we passed a major regulatory reform bill and we had a special House page helping us for the week.

    While the full Appropriations Committee chairs and top leaders from the House and Senate put the finishing touches on the 2017-19 state budget, both chambers got busy on the bills that remain to be handled. We were assured we were close to having a final budget on which to vote this week.

  • Sea Notes, Brunswick Concert Band team for ‘Sunrise Over America’ June 24-25 at BCC

    The renowned Sea Notes Choral Society and The Brunswick Concert Band set the seasonal patriotic mood with tandem performances of “Sunrise Over America.”

    The concerts will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    Admission to both concerts is free.

    Co-directors for this year’s summer patriotic concerts are Larry Reinhart with the Sea Notes and Tom Smicklas with The Brunswick Concert Band.

    Tickets are not required.

  • Fantastic Shakers pour on the music June 27 in Calabash

    The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Calabash’s summer concert series stage starting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, June 27, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • Pickup strikes van carrying students on U.S. 74

    A pickup ran a red light and crashed into a Kids World Academy 15-passenger van carrying eight students from Southport on Tuesday morning, causing minor injuries.

    It happened at 9:40 a.m. on U.S. 74 in Leland, North Carolina State Highway Patrol Trooper D.M. Adams said

    Charles Carter, 56, of Princeton was driving a blue 1999 Ford F-150 west on U.S. 74 when he failed to stop at the light and struck the van driven by 26-year-old Desiree Auld of Southport, who was trying to turn left at a stop light from N.C. 140 onto U.S. 74.

  • Club Profile: Shallotte Elks Lodge #2854

    Club Profile: Shallotte Elks Lodge No. 2854

    Meetings: 7 p.m. second and fourth Mondays (second Mondays only in July, August, December), 791 Bricklanding Road; 754-4565; shallotteelks@atmc.net

    Exalted Ruler: Walter Wilson

    Bingo: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays; lodge opens at 4:30; light dinner menu available

    Flags unfurled as members of Shallotte Elks gathered with Boy Scouts and a military color guard June 14 for a Flag Day ceremony at their lodge at 791 Bricklanding Road (N.C. 179).