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Today's News

  • Name change could signal whole new image for Carolina Shores

    Do the “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores” need a name change?

    That was a suggestion a citizen had at last week’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    The idea, in fact, came from resident Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter, who previously served as mayor when the town was still “married up” with the neighboring town of Calabash, prior to their 1998 divorce, that is.

  • Name change suggested for Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — What’s in a name?

    Maybe a lot, if you live or do business in the town of Carolina Shores.

    At a town board of commissioners’ meeting Sept. 4, former Mayor Theodora “Teddy” Altreuter suggested it might be time for the town and its residents to consider a name change.

    “Communities of the Town of Carolina Shores,” Altreuter read during public comment time, citing the name posted on the board dais listing the six communities that compose the town.

  • Sands of time: A short history of Southeast Asia

    By Mari-Lou Wong-Chong

    Guest Columnist

     

    Let us all journey to Southeast Asia through the sands of time and learn a little bit of the history that identifies some of our neighbor’s culture.

  • Sept. 11 anniversary calls for reflection

    Most Americans can remember exactly where they were and what they were doing 13 years ago today. At the same time, for many of us, the day was a blur.

    The day we simply call 9/11, now observed as Patriot Day, was marked by four separate but coordinated attacks that established this timeline:

    Hijackers crashed the first plane into the World Trade Center’s North Tower in New York City at 8:46 a.m.

    The second hijacked plane hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m.

    The third hijacked plane struck the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., at 9:37 a.m.

  • Food faux pas are firmly in the past

    My favorite holiday will be here before we know it. I know summer's not officially over yet, but I can feel fall inching closer. Even if I couldn't somehow sense it, the telltale giant bags of candy already being sold in grocery stores would clue me in quick.

  • County agrees to settle lawsuit against youth football league

     The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to settle a lawsuit filed by a Shallotte lawyer who alleged opposing coaches encouraged an illegal and unsafe hit on his son during a game in the fall of 2012.

    The judgment was agreed to by both Richard Hollar and the county and will go before Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis to be signed and approved. The settlement would award $22,000 to Hollar, the plantiff, and his son, Kasey, for legal fees.

  • School board members’ raise found unlawful, voided

     BOLIVIA — An attempt by the members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to increase their own pay has raised more questions than it has salaries.

    On Aug. 28, the board held a special called meeting to adopt its budget for the 2015 fiscal year, and one line item included a raise in the salaries for Board of Education members.

    Two weeks later, board attorney Rick Green determined that, based on statutory review, sole authority to adjust local school board salary and expenses rests with the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

  • District has disappointing test scores

     BOLIVIA — When the state released its 2013-14 test scores last week, Superintendent Edward Pruden described Brunswick County Schools’ results in one word: troubling.

    Pruden and other school officials released the information to the media Wednesday, Sept. 3, but the results were embargoed until the state made the data public the next day.

    While the number of schools in the district that exceeded the state’s growth status increased from three to five, the schools that didn’t meet growth status increased from six to 10.

  • Leland man indicted on sex crimes with children charges

     A Leland man arrested in July in Idaho has been indicted by a Brunswick County grand jury on several sex crimes, including indecent liberties with a child.

    Fernando “Flaco” Vargas-Julio was indicted by a grand jury in early August on charges of indecent liberties with a child, crimes against nature and first-degree sex offense with a child.

  • Leland man pleads guilty to robbery, kidnapping

     A Leland man will spend between 12 and 16 years in state prison after pleading guilty to common-law robbery and kidnapping during which two men were killed.

    Twenty-one-year-old Jalani Lamar Smith pleaded guilty Sept. 2 to four counts of common-law robbery and two counts of first-degree kidnapping, New Hanover County Superior Court records show.

    Judge W. Allen Cobb Jr. sentenced Smith to serve two consecutive prison terms of 73 to 100 months.