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Today's News

  • Soles to chair Senate reform panel; local annexation foes continue to fight

    Annexation reform is a hot topic in North Carolina, one that a number of county residents, especially those in Shallotte Point, have been watching closely.

    In July, the State House of Representatives 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.

    Last week, State Sen. R.C. Soles (D-Columbus) was appointed co-chairman of the committee to study reforming municipal annexation, Senate President Pro Tempore Marc Basnight announced.

  • Planning board continues parking ordinance review

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has continued review and tweaking of the town’s parking ordinance.

    At a Sept. 18 workshop, the board scrutinized off-street parking requirements in different categories, including public parks that could be applied to the town’s future boat ramp.

    “I’m not sure we want to go there with a parking space requirement,” town administrator Gary Parker said, adding it might be “better left to each individual property owner that comes forth for a park.”

  • Entertainment lines up for Sunset at Sunset on Oct. 4

    The second annual Sunset at Sunset Community Block Party, slated for Saturday, Oct. 4, in The Village at Sunset Beach, has scheduled both local and national talent.

    The entertainment lineup for the day includes the United States Marine Band at 1 p.m.; Shamalama at 2 p.m.; Brunswick Little Theatre at 3 p.m.; the Use-to-Be’s at 4 p.m.; the Songbirds at 5 p.m. and Brunswick Big Band at 5:30 p.m.

  • 16-year-old charged with theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 16-year-old was charged Monday with the theft of a golf cart.

    Shay Gales, of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said more charges and arrests are expected.

    He said the arrest is connected to the theft of items reported stolen Sept. 20 from a house being remodeled on Pecan Avenue.

  • 'Fireproof': Don't miss this life-changing film; it's showing locally

    In the latest action-based film from the creators of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films focus on the relationship of firefighter “Capt. Caleb Holt,” played by Kirk Cameron, and his wife “Catherine Holt,” a public relations professional played by Erin Bethea.

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.

  • National, international public service beckons Americans

    On Sept. 11, 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain appeared at Columbia University and talked candidly about the need for more public service despite the great personal sacrifices required to practice it.

    It is relevant in its national and international forms.

    Obama spoke about his experience as a community organizer and McCain about his experience as a military officer. Both, in their own way, had practiced public service early in their careers.

  • The never-ending search for civility

    It’s easy to understand the passion that bubbles up from people who care about children, especially when they believe something has gone wrong.

    Tracey Danka is a citizen who has garnered media attention by arguing for what she hopes is an improved, safer learning environment for children in Brunswick County. But has she done it the right way?

    Danka has been accused of a misdemeanor offense of assault after Patricia Rourk’s mother Meriam Reid accused Danka of moving her hands in a threatening manner toward her. Reid claims she thought she was going to be struck.

  • DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 10

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

    Kenneth Franklin Adcox, fail to wear seat belt/driver, voluntarily dismissed.

    Wesley Keith Adkins, fail to secure passenger under 16, costs.

    Jacob Aaron Akers, speeding 58 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs; expired/no inspection sticker, voluntarily dismissed.