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Today's News

  • Here kitty, kitty...three cats playing with the moon

    Look low in the eastern sky, and then pan the sky upward until you are looking at the top of the sky. There is a lion, a baby lion and a wildcat.

    On March 16, the moon will be just in front of the lion. On March 17, the moon will be under his front paws. On March 18, the moon is touching his tail. On the day of the big scary moon that some say will wreak havoc on Earth because of it being closer to us than it has been for 18 years, the moon will be right over a cup and looking like the game “ball-in-a-cup.”

  • Community briefs

    Artists win awards at show

    Local artists garnered the top awards at Franklin Square Gallery’s spring art show, its opening event of the season, at an evening reception during Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk on March 4.

    Wilmington artist Terry Rosenfelder took the top prize in two-dimensional art with his painting, “Fallen Warrior.” Joe Jeffcoat of Jeffcoat Pottery in Calabash won first place:  in the three-dimensional division with his “Pitcher with Ash.”

  • Sometimes getting public access is more difficult than it should be

    I cut my journalism teeth working in a small, rural Kentucky community where generations of my family were born, went to school, worked and died.

    I rarely went out without having to talk about my last name, what part of the county I lived in and where I grew up. 

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week and your right to know

    Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on March 7:

    Michael Roam Bass, 21, of 1227 River Gate Lane, Little River, S.C.; misdemeanor common law forgery, felony attempt to obtain controlled substance by forgery/fraud.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on March 2, 3, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Chamber celebrates 35 years of ‘building community and supporting business’

    After 35 years serving the Brunswick County community, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has redefined itself as it moves into the next 35 years.

    With the unveiling of a new logo and tagline, the chamber is excited about the future.

    “We wanted to redefine ourselves and get to the heart of what we do, which is ‘building community and supporting business.’ That has become a part of our logo and our tagline,” said Cathy Altman, president/CEO of the chamber. “We are pleased to have this new concept.”

  • Celebrate today

    Most weeks I consider my job more fun than work. But there are weeks I question my career choice.

    No one wants to write the story of a town grieving for the loss of a much loved public figure, or of a fire that destroyed two small businesses and severely injured a man, or about a bicyclist run over by three cars on U.S. 17, or about a family of four dying in a car wreck. But writing these types of stories comes with the job. Unfortunately, last week they were all in the paper—it was a sad news week.

  • Shallotte suffers 23.62 percent tax decrease

    SHALLOTTE—For at least the last six months, the town of Shallotte has been preparing for a 25 percent decrease in 2011 net taxable value.

    Last week, a comparison study between 2007 values and 2011 values was released that caused town officials to choke on their morning coffee.

    The study showed Shallotte with a 1 percent increase in total value.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jonathan Lee Bice, 23, of 144 Dot Road, Thomasville, was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Crystal Kaye McNeill, 23, of 5321 Ridge Drive, Trinity, was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Communication of threats in the Cardinal Pointe parking lot; victim received death threats via telephone from suspect who used to live with victim.