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Today's News

  • Why has common sense eluded those enthralled by an alligator?

    Last weekend, an alligator found a new home in a retention pond that’s only a few feet from where I live.

    I’m not a native Brunswick Countian, and I will admit, seeing one of these creatures up-close for the first time is an experience. It’s not like you see those kinds of animals on the shores of Lake Michigan or while you’re walking through the streets of downtown Chicago, so to a Midwesterner, it’s definitely an experience.

  • Preparers submerged in a taxing time of year

    Laura Lewis

    It’s that season when The Tax Ladies are busy, but not too busy to do your taxes without an appointment.

    Situated in a century-old Victorian house on Holden Beach Road, the team of eight tax-savvy women is hard at work assisting taxpayers and preparing returns before the final IRS tax-bell tolls on April 15.

    Yes, it’s a taxing time, but February was actually busier with people scurrying in to get their fast refunds in, Tax Ladies owner and founder Diana White said.

  • Carolina Shores should release information immediately

    We believe the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners violated N.C. Open Meetings Law last week when it went into closed session to discuss, what we later found out, were concerns about Mayor Stephen Selby’s “behavioral pattern.”

    Following the hour-and-a-half closed session, the board reconvened in open session and agreed unanimously to have the town attorney, Holt Moore III, send a letter to Selby about his behavior.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners OK legal letter about mayor's behavior

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners voted Tuesday to have town attorney Holt Moore draft a letter to Mayor Stephen Selby about a “behavioral pattern that’s not acceptable to the board,” commissioner Gere Dale said.

    Dale, along with Mayor Pro Tem Jack Csernecky and commissioners Tom Puls, Joseph Pryzwara and John Russo, took part in a 1½-hour specially called closed session Tuesday morning with Moore, town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut.

  • Riverfront property owners question riverwalk plans

    SHALLOTTE—Owners of businesses along the Shallotte River have questioned the town board’s tentative plans to build a riverwalk behind their property on Main Street.

    At the board of aldermen’s pre-agenda meeting Tuesday night, several said the project would have negative impacts on their businesses, particularly Greg Rupp’s dental practice and Shallotte Electric Stores, owned by the Milliken family.

  • West tennis team plays inspirational match

    Playing its most inspirational match of the season, the West Brunswick boys’ tennis team lost 5-4 March 30 at Class 3-A rival White Oak.

    West was missing two starters because of ailments.

    “We put our best possible lineup and got terrific performances,” West coach Bob Bell said.

    White Oak won the match by winning two of the three doubles’ matches.

    “Before the match I told the team we had to have everyone’s best effort to have even a chance of winning,” he said.

  • N.C.: Saying goodbye to a toxic friend?

    If it passes the Senate, the bill outlawing smoking in public places will become a historic law in North Carolina, the state that built itself on tobacco farming.

    I probably would not be here today if not for tobacco. Farming this cash crop in central North Carolina is how my grandfather made his living and how he put my mother through college. My mom’s first job out of school brought her to Brunswick County, which is how she met my dad. The rest, as they say, is history.

    But I’m not the only one with a generational connection to tobacco.

  • 'Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars,' take 2

    SUPPLY—Local officials, celebrities, business leaders and the defending champion have signed on to cut a rug this year for the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

    Thursday morning, organizers gathered at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to announce the participants in this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 1 p.m. today

    A tornado watch is in effect until 1.p.m. Monday for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender Counties, according to the National Weather Service.

    According to the service, Monday’s weather will be breezy with a west wind reaching speeds of 18 to 24 mph. The high for today is 71 degrees with a 70 percent chance of rain.

    The low tonight is expected to hit 39, with winds reaching up to 23 mph.

    The Weather Service also advises a moderate risk of rip currents, which will remain in effect throughout the evening.

  • Tornado warning expires for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service's tornado warning for Brunswick County has expired. Central portions of Brunswick County were under a tornado warning until 12:15 p.m.

    The National Weather Service's Doppler Radar indicated a severe thunderstorm capable of producing a tornado near Longwood, about 11 miles northeast of Little River, S.C., just before noon. The storm cell was moving east at about 35 mph and was expected to reach the Shallotte area by noon.

    A tornado watch remains in effect until 1 p.m. Monday for Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.