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Today's News

  • Frink murderer to be paroled

    In September 1999, John Paul Counts was sentenced to 30 years in prison for murdering an 18-year-old Shallotte woman in 1994.

    But on Friday, July 11, after serving less than nine years of his prison sentence, Counts is scheduled to be paroled.

    Counts, 40, pleaded guilty to the second-degree murder of Amy Frink, and began his sentence in the N.C. Department of Correction on Sept. 14, 1999.

    On June 23, 1994, Amy Frink was driving from her home near Shallotte to Cherry Grove, S.C., to visit her sister, but never made it there.

  • Brunswick County Schools journey to equality

    “Mama, I’m gonna be a Martin Luther King. All the other children are afraid to go to Shallotte High School, but I’m gonna go, Mama. I’m gonna go to that school.”

    Barbara Hewett remembers these historic words her son Reginald spoke more than 40 years ago when he decided to be one of the first black students in the county to integrate at Shallotte High School.

  • Gilbert back in board of education race

    Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert may have lost his seat during the primary election in May, but his name will still appear on the ballot for November’s general election.

    Gilbert filed to run for the board as the Libertarian candidate on July 1.

    “After much thought and consideration of options on how to continue to work toward a sound education for all students, I decided to continue as a Libertarian candidate for the Brunswick County Board of Education,” Gilbert said in a statement.

  • New Holden Beach town hall / police station 40 percent complete

    Holden Beach's new town hall/police department is on schedule and 40 percent complete, architect Jim Stewart said in an interview Tuesday night after he updated Holden Beach Commissioners.

    The $4 million building—triple the size of the previous structure—is scheduled to be completed in January 2009.

    Stewart told commissioners during their regularly schedule meeting Tuesday night in the Holden Beach Chapel fellowship hall that construction workers will have all the upper trusses in place by the end of this week.

  • Ocean Isle Beach board to negotiate possible wireless tower

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—There’s a stretch of Four Mile Road in Ocean Isle Beach where ATMC wireless customers might lose signal, but ATMC has come up with a solution.

    A request for an additional 150-foot wireless tower was presented Tuesday to the Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners along with eight suggested tracts for the tower location.

    “They have come to us with this proposal to help all the communities,” town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

  • Planning board OKs preliminary plat for new development

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of the preliminary plat for the Lake Serene development off Todd Road.

    The property is 51 acres in the town limits now zoned multi-family with a planned residential development overlay. The Lake Serene development will consist of 72 single-family homes and 35 multi-family homes, agent Margaret Grey, representing McKim and Creed Engineers, told planning board members.

    According to Grey, the development will use county water and town sewer.

  • House OKs annexation moratorium, study commission

    The state House has overwhelmingly approved a bill establishing a nine-month moratorium on involuntary annexations and setting up a study commission to consider revamping the state’s annexation laws.

    Locally, members of the Shallotte Point Preservation Group (SPPG) favor the moratorium and revisions to the policy. If the bill passes the Senate, they believe it will be a good opportunity for town officials to discuss long-range planning with them.

  • Sunset Beach Board of Adjustment nixes store trailer

    SUNSET BEACH—Two storeowners’ quest to keep their storage trailer was denied last week by the town board of adjustment.

    Marc Kaplan and Cliff Errickson, owner of The Island Market, 430 Sunset Blvd. S., sought permission to keep the wheeled semi-trailer at the rear of the store property after town chief building inspector Jeff Curtis said it was a violation.

    The five-member board unanimously voted at the July 3 continuance hearing to uphold Curtis’ decision relayed to the business partners in January.

  • When did we stop caring for all mankind, especially in times of need?

    When did we get so busy, so self-involved, that as humans we have forgotten compassion and how to care for one another?

    In recent months news accounts have told the stories of men and women who have been struck by very unfortunate circumstances and left to suffer—and in some cases die—while others offered no help.

    The most recent incident involves a woman in New York who went to the right place to get help—a hospital.

  • Bravery was on display last week in Brunswick County courtroom

    I saw bravery last week in the faces of two 20-something women.

    Two young women, just out of college, should be busy decorating their new apartments and going out with friends, not testifying in a rape trial.

    But these two young women, now 22 and 23 years old, came back to Brunswick County to testify in the trial of a man who kidnapped and raped them seven years ago.

    They took the stand and with explicit detail relived the worst night of their lives to a judge, three lawyers, 12 jurors and the man who did it.