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Today's News

  • Juvenile crime council honors Tom Rabon for service to children

    The Brunswick County Juvenile Crime Prevention Council (JCPC) honored Tom Rabon recently for his outstanding service to his community and the children of Brunswick County.

    Rabon has served on the council for eight years and during his tenure, more than $1.4 million has been allocated to programs serving at-risk and court involved juveniles in Brunswick County.

  • West sweeps North, South; now 5-0

    LELAND—The West Brunswick girls’ softball team needed just one inning to score four runs as it defeated rival North 6-1 March 10.

    Stacy Jackson started things for West with a walk and promptly stole second. The speedy Jackson continued running all the way home on an overthrow and West had a 1-0 lead.

  • Cross-country petitions are in the mail for Sunset Beach sewer 'bailout'

    SUNSET BEACH—As entities around the country line up for bailouts during the economic downturn, a group of Sunset Beach residents have taken their own unique path to bail out from underneath a projected $8,000-$12,000 sewer fee.

    Sunset Beach resident Carol Scott researched a North Carolina statute that allows Brunswick County to approve a 30-year payback schedule for the sewer assessment if a majority of owners of at least 66 percent of the property petition the county for the longer payback plan.

  • 'Substandard' bridge is major part of our lives

    The annual list of substandard bridges in North Carolina is out, and AAA Carolinas’ has named the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge—that steel drawbridge that connects Brunswick to New Hanover County—as number 10 on its top-20 list.

    AAA Carolinas’ annual study ranks bridges on structural conditions and gives extra “points” to bridges with high traffic volumes.

    According to the latest traffic counts, the bridge carries about 72,000 cars each day between the two counties.

  • Mini-kitties

    Kitten season has begun at Cat Tails. Maxine and Missy are 8-week-old sisters who would love to find great new homes where they can romp and play. To see them, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Maxine and Missy, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Newspapers’ cutbacks, closings big losses for freedom of speech, information

    Like many other business operations in this economy, the newspaper industry isn’t faring so well.

    Across the country, newspapers—large and small—have had to make significant cuts to staffs, production and products. Pay freezes, furloughs and unfilled vacant positions are steps taken by some to keep doors open and people in their jobs.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 4

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

    Ryan Lewis Agner, improper equipment, costs.

    Hector D. Alverez, unsafe movement, voluntarily dismissed.

    Philippe Ramos Arroyas, expired registration card/tag, voluntarily dismissed.

    Brooks Jackson Bailey, improper equipment, costs.

  • Disputes ignite over proposed Calabash Town Center plans

    CALABASH—An attorney for Calabash Town Center argued for a height variance Tuesday while a representative for the adjacent Thistle talked about pursuing legal channels as well, charging the proposed multifamily development is incompatible with the Thistle’s single-family homes.

    Attorney Bob Burris of Charlotte, representing developer Shallotte Partners of Calabash Town Center, was responding to the town’s rescindment of a conditional use permit at Tuesday night’s town commissioners meeting.

  • Female version of 'The Odd Couple' ready to roar this weekend

    There’s a slob and a neat freak sharing an apartment, a loudmouth cop and a disastrous double-date with a couple of upstairs neighbors, but the Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production of “The Odd Couple” is not what you’d expect.

    This year, longtime BLT member Thom Clemmons decided to direct playwright Neil Simon’s female version of the popular play, which Simon rewrote for a female cast in 1985.

  • Ignoring memories has the same effect as forgetting history

    One of my daughters relayed a story to me with the comment it might be a good column. The tale involved a supermarket bagger who was also living with Down’s syndrome.

    Scoffers might quickly race to Snopes to check out its veracity. Cynics might well sneer at its simplicity. Fable, fiction or fact everyone can glean value from most narratives, no matter how accurate the details might be.

    This presentation about Johnny, the supermarket bagger in Akron, Ohio, fits the description of valued and valuable sketches.