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Today's News

  • If your goal is to have a college degree, don't put it off

    The girls wore white dresses under their Carolina blue gowns and gathered at the old well.

    They posed for photographs wearing mortarboards and offered each other congratulatory hugs, their families looking on.

    The young men stood near one of the residence halls. They wore dress shirts, slack and ties, and carried their gowns on racks over their shoulders. Their families followed behind.

    Two girls stood in the rose garden near the sundial. Mirror images of one another they stood in the light blue cap and gown with blonde hair blowing in the wind.

  • Community newspapers like ours are changing for the better

    The news business is evolving, and as it does, we plan to evolve with it.

    More and more people are turning to the Internet to get their news, and we’re committed to making up-the-minute news accessible to our readers on our Web site.

    You’ve probably noticed some of the many changes on our Web site in the past few months.

    The Web site has many new features, including a reader comments section, audio clips and comprehensive information on on-going stories.

    But the biggest change to the site is when we update it—when news breaks.

  • America is facing a leadership crisis

    America has come to a cross road in addressing its energy needs.

    Windmills, solar energy, hydrogen cells and corn-based fuels have been discussed as potential solutions to our energy needs.

    Environmentally friendly green energy resources are great but they offer no immediate solutions to America’s growing energy needs. The future has arrived. A failure to address the immediate energy needs of American will cause major problems.

  • Williams birth

    Allen and Lesley Williams of Holden Beach are the parents of a daughter, Ava Marie Williams, born at 9:48 a.m. April 10 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a sister, Aley, 17 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Lyn and Judy Holden of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Fred and Eliza Williams of St. Pauls.

    Great-grandfather is Frederick Williams of Rex.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 30 and May 1, 2, 5 and 6 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 30

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

  • Libero-Hickman

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Laura Antonio Libero of Salemburg and William Richard Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Angelo and Roberta Libero of Salemburg. The prospective groom is the son of Yogi and Gail Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach. A June 28 wedding is planned at New Beginnings Community Church.

  • Do you just need someone to talk to?

    Sometimes, in life, all a person wants is a listening ear. Sometimes, talking to someone is enough to lessen the impact of troubles and to minimize pain.

    Sometimes, it is the tool that opens Pandora’s box. Sometimes, it serves as a magnificent means to clarify our thoughts and expose our needs. Talking opens the dam of difficulties.

    Listening provides a vehicle for the overflow to escape without causing damage. It also offers an effective route toward healing.

  • Church briefs

    ‘Coffee House Cabaret‘ at Sharon

    The Senior Choir of Sharon United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Coffee House Cabaret at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 16, at the church, 2030 Holden Beach Road.

    Coffee and dessert will be served followed by an evening of entertainment, including jazz, country and western and golden oldie music.

    The public is invited to this free event. Donations received will go toward the church building fund.

    For further information, call the church office at 842-2929.

    Cancer research fundraiser set

  • NASCAR drivers need motherly tough love

    Both Mother’s Day and Memorial Day fall in the month of May, so our thoughts naturally turn toward home and loved ones and spending time with the family. Now, I don’t know about you, but my own family gatherings involve a fair amount of teasing and tattling, along with a few side trips down memory lane, invariably prefaced by the words, “Remember when ... ”

  • Busch's Darlington win greeted by boos from the crowd

    DARLINGTON, S.C.— Although he and “The Track Too Tough To Tame” exchanged blows, Kyle Busch and his No. 18 M&Ms Indiana Jones Toyota triumphed Saturday night, winning the Dodge Challenger 500 before a sellout crowd at historic Darlington Raceway.

    As the Victory Lane interview was broadcast over the public-address system, a chorus of boos rained down from the grandstands at Darlington Raceway.

    “These guys love it. They love the noise the fans make,” Busch said in retort. “So keep it up, everybody.”