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Today's News

  • Town of Ocean Isle to purchase extra storage for ABC store

    After discussing the need for additional storage at last month’s meeting, Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners voted Tuesday to purchase a storage building for the ABC store.

    Commissioner Dean Walters said during summer, the store receives 800-900 cases of liquor at any given time. If on sale, purchasing the brands that sell well in bulk can save the store about $7,000, he said.

  • 'Avalon,' other Christian artists, to perform at Highest Praise

    As part of its 32-city tour, the contemporary Christian vocal group Avalon will perform at 7 p.m. April 12 at Highest Praise Worship Center on U.S. 17 Bypass and Red Bug Road.

    Joining the four-member vocal group will be singer Michael English and the bands Cadia and the Daniel Doss Band as part of the “We Will Stand Tour.” Doors open at 6 p.m.

  • Planning board OKs Food Lion plans

    SHALLOTTE—The planning board has recommended approval of plans for a new Food Lion shopping center off N.C. 179 near Willis Drive.

    On Tuesday, the board recommended approval of the preliminary plat presented by owner A.B. Willis and the site and landscaping plans presented by Tripp Engineering for the center.

    The shopping center is planned to include a large store of 34,928 square feet and 13 additional units, with a total square footage of 51,728.

  • Rourk Library in Shallotte dedicated April 6

    Fifty people attended the formal dedication of the recently revamped Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte on Sunday, April 6.

    The president of Friends of the Library Sheila Umbricht emceed the ceremony, with pastor John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church giving the invocation.

    Among dignitaries attending were state Sen. R. C. Soles, Brunswick County Commissioner May Moore, county manager Marty Lawing, assistant county manager Steve Stone, county library director Reecie Tate, and Marylin Searby, president of the Brunswick County Library Board of Directors.

  • Council approves buying fire truck

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved a bid waiver and purchase of a $785,000, 100-foot platform ladder fire truck for the town fire department.

    In February, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the matter was a “limited time offer” that had been extended by the fire truck’s manufacturer, E-ONE of Ocala, Fla., for the town to “piggyback” onto a previous bid contract from the city of Rochester, N.H.

  • Uncertainties can affect trust in law enforcement officers

    When you’re a victim of a crime, and you feel the investigation into it hasn’t been handled at its best, it can make it difficult to fully trust law enforcement.

    After a college student who had been drinking killed my mother, I had more questions than answers about the investigation.

    Although I had spent years as a journalist building relationships with law enforcement officers, when I was suddenly thrust on the other side of things, distinct lines of trust blurred.

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.

  • Flights of fancy pondering airlines

    I don’t know why our airlines are in so much trouble.

    But it might have something to do with, “What flies around—in the form of a strict no-refunds policy—flies back around in the form of bad press.”

    I recently learned that lesson the hard way when I had to reschedule two cross-country flights a month earlier than planned.

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.