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Today's News

  • Developers, town collide over fees, sewer stations

    SHALLOTTE— Town administrator Paul Sabiston says accusations from developers he is “throwing curveballs” at them and keeping their plans from going forward are “entirely fiction.”

    At last Tuesday’s board meeting, Adam Lisk, developer of Sea Wynde Plantation, planned for Cumbee Road, and Jim Wiseman, agent for Wakefield Coastal, the developers of San Rio, accused “town staff” of not communicating all the town’s expectations to them ahead of time.

  • Sunset Beach board approves proceeding with ETJ expansion

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved proceeding with extending the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) north and east of town.

    At its Feb. 7 meeting, the board was presented with copies of a map showing a proposed ETJ expansion on the town’s northeast side.

    The expansion, if approved by Brunswick County, would extend the town’s ETJ along N.C. 904, Beach Drive and Old Georgetown Road. The map shows the expansion also would serve as a buffer to a newly annexed, vacant 64-acre parcel where a continuing care facility is to be built.

  • We're looking for interesting people stories all year round

    At the end of last year, I put out a call to readers to submit recommendations for our annual “Ten Most Interesting” features. We asked readers to nominate people worthy of a special story about some of the cool, unique and fun things people in our community do on a regular basis.

  • Competition is never an excuse for irresponsible reporting

    News media, like any other profession, is a competitive field. Every reporter wants to be the first one with the story, the first one to break the news.

    Competition is fine, and some would even say it’s healthy. But when it reaches the point of being a journalist’s top priority and causes harm, it needs to stop.

    Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent two press releases to the four newspapers and two television stations that serve Brunswick County.

  • One by one, the candidates dwindle

    In the fast-paced world of politics, one day can make a big difference.

    One month of campaigning and debating for president can seem like an eternity—and wow, the difference it can make.

    As we creep closer to the Republican and Democratic conventions, the field of presidential candidates is dwindling.

    Some candidates I was glad to see go. John Edwards, for example.

    But for others—Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney— I was saddened to see them bid farewell.

  • I know we're all smarter than this

    Well, it’s happened.

    Just when you thought America had evolved to a point where it didn’t really matter the gender or race of the people running for president, the old-school feminists have pulled out the “women are oppressed” card to guilt their sisters into voting for Hillary Clinton.

  • A Valentine's Day without chocolate is like torture

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    This is the one day of the year when you can stop by any store selling valentines and see people—I don’t mean to sound sexist but mostly men—lined up at the cards section. It’s an annual ritual known as “don’t come home without one.”

    My advice is to get there early, before all that’s left are aunt and uncle cards or ones decorated with a smiling turtle reading, “For a sweet 3-year-old.”

  • Taxpayers: Shelling out too much and receiving too little

    I’m tired of getting ripped off.

    You and I are paying too much in taxes, we’re paying too much for gasoline, which is over-priced to begin with. To add insult to injury we can get it down the road in South Carolina for a whole lot less. (Why can’t we purchase gasoline for even less in North Carolina?)

    When it comes to our schools, I don’t think we get our money’s worth. I was reading studies on charter schools and how they are constantly under scrutiny (or they don’t get their charter for the following year).

  • Warning sign program will be good for county

    When it comes to emergency situations, getting information out to the public as quickly as possible is important.

    In the past, emergency officials relied heavily on television and radio stations to get urgent warnings out fast. While those tools will continue to be important in emergency preparedness, with changes in today’s ever-evolving electronic society, alternatives are needed.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 30, 31 and March 4 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Jan 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Roger Austin Jr., possession drug paraphernalia, N.C. Department of Corrections five days.

    Eisar Castro Baza, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 30 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, costs, not violate any criminal laws.