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Today's News

  • Boat ramp closes

    Sunset Beach’s island boat ramp has closed.

    The privately owned boat access on the island causeway was to remain open through summer, but was closed last week to make way for construction of the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway bridge. It should be complete by the end of 2010.

    Boaters may use the boat ramp at Ocean Isle Beach as an alternative.

    The town of Sunset Beach has been negotiating the possible purchase of property for a boat ramp on the mainland side of town near the current pontoon bridge.

  • Sunset Beach meeting June 30

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, June 30, to vote on the town’s proposed budget, which takes effect July 1.

    No new tax increase is being projected for the 2008-2009 fiscal year budget.

    The tax rate for the proposed $5,785,436 budget is 9.5 cents per $100 of valuation, compared to the current 11.5 cents.

    The new, lesser rate is expected to cover all of the town’s projected operating anad maintenance expenses and capital expenditures while returning $200,000 to the fund balance.

  • Newseum exhibits remind visitors of journalism's importance

    The little girl stood on her tiptoes staring at the empty, hollow, cutout eyes of a white KKK hood.

    Around it, surrounded in a glass case at the Newseum, placards, documents and photographs detailed the story—in the words and images of journalists—of the Civil Rights Movement in America.

    “Mama,” the little girl asked, turning her head away from the display, “do they still kill people just because they’re black?”

    Her mother looked down and back up at the historical items on display.

  • Superstreets help if drivers know what they're doing

    The N.C. Department of Transportation has some money tucked away in its coffers, although we don’t seem to see it in action much around here.

    Two of the newest road improvements are the new superstreet designs at the busy intersections of U.S. 17 and Mount Pisgah and Ocean Isle Beach roads. If you can’t remember where you’ve heard the term superstreet before—think the year-old intersections on U.S. 17 in Leland.

    Apparently no one, not even DOT, could argue these busy intersections didn’t need major improvements.

  • Nation's sluggish economy reminds us to think of others

    The smell was burning my nostrils as I waited for the pump to cut off. I watched as the meter passed $30, then $40, and finally $50. At $52 it stopped.

    My receipt printed, and I could be on my way—for another four days at least. Then I would be back to the dreaded pump, watching my as my money rushed out of my bank account and into my gas tank.

  • What should we name the proposed new school in the Cedar Grove community?

    Perhaps it would be wise to do research before naming the new middle school in the Cedar Grove community. Once a school is named, it is open to scrutiny as to why the name was chosen. Surrounding counties are research-savvy when it comes to Brunswick County, and some of their recent findings have not been positive.

    Schools in Brunswick County have received stinging press reviews, which include poor test scores and several inappropriate teacher/student relationship allegations.

  • Brunswick County shows it cares about affordable housing initiatives

    Last week Brunswick County residents showed they care—and are motivated to do something—about quality, affordable housing in this community.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated in District Criminal Court on June 11, 12 and 13 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, June 11

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

    Miguel L. Dominguez, misdemeanor domestic violence protective order violation, Brunswick County Jail one day active with one day credit for time served.

    Derrick Dwayne Gore, communicating threats, voluntarily dismissed, no plaintiff, state motion to continue denied.

  • Years of work culminate in fire department celebration

    Last week’s celebration honoring Shallotte firefighters and the open house that followed, giving the public a chance to tour the new fire station, were the culmination of many years of hard work.

    More than once during the event, the Shallotte Fire Department was called the best in the county, a far cry from what it was just 10 years ago when most people would have said it was one of the worst.

  • Spinach is great for salads, soups, pasta sauces and dips

    Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real-life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

    Spinach contains oxalic acid that inhibits the absorption of its calcium and iron. In addition, it contains other nutrients that are not fully absorbed when it is consumed raw.

    This is not to say spinach is not good for you, but like many health and nutritional claims, the surface hype usually obscures the underlying scientific reality.