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Today's News

  • Behold beer as economic fuel and inspiration

    Benjamin Franklin, as it turns out, never said, “Beer is proof that God loves us and wants us to be happy.” I’m not sure who actually said it or if anyone famous ever did, but it doesn’t matter much to me anyway. As far as I’m concerned, a good beer is one of life’s pleasures.

    If I’m at a local restaurant, bar or festival, I’m more likely to try a craft beer I’ve never had before or one I know I can’t get anywhere else to satisfy my palate.

  • Developer seeking de-annexation claims Sunset Beach violated statutes

    SUNSET BEACH — The developer of a senior complex who is seeking de-annexation told state legislators the town of Sunset Beach violated statutes and created “an imaginary list of town inspections” tied to the development of Sunset Creek Commons at 1401 Seaside Road.

    Holly Smith of Ilex Properties LLC sent the town copies of detailed emails and correspondence she sent last month to District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, and District 17 Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, outlining issues she had with the town about the 72-unit senior complex.

  • Forum brings social issues to forefront

    So many problems in our society can be traced to the same roots: a lack of resources, a lack of options, a lack of assistance, and, perhaps worst of all, a lack of hope, along with an overabundance of pain and suffering. All have to be addressed in order for these problems to be eradicated.

    But before any of that can happen, the problems must be acknowledged.

    Those who work in the health, law enforcement and social services professions have been on the front lines of fighting our community’s heroin and opiate drug epidemic since it began.

  • Sunset Beach ERC muzzled on dredging

    SUNSET BEACH — A lengthy showdown ensued Monday night after town councilman Pete Larkin made a motion to “disband and eliminate” the Sunset Beach Environmental Resource Committee, sparking anger and heated debate before a majority of council settled for a compromise and eventually adjourned for the night shortly after 10 p.m.

  • Holden Beach manager merits 38-percent raise

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners unanimously approved a 38-percent pay increase for Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett following a closed session March 21.

    The action increases Hewett’s salary from $98,472 to $136,500 annually, town clerk Heather Finnell confirmed Monday.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department March 28-April 2 2017

    Sunset Beach police made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    March 28

    Allen Bulak, 34, of Rest Place SW, was arrested on a charge of resisting, delaying and obstructing.

    April 2

    Mia Lane Cummings, 28, of North Windward, Supply, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

    Tiffany Michelle Daniels, 29, of Hanover Lane, Bolivia, was arrested on a charge of driving while license 

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee opens doors to higher education

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    The campus community of Brunswick Community College extends a sincere thank-you to Brunswick County commissioners for their unanimous support of BCC in providing a postsecondary education to local high school graduates.

  • Recommended state health plan premium increase hurts government retirees in N.C.

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The board of trustees for the state health plan has approved a 2018 benefit design change that imposes a $50 monthly premium for non-Medicare retirees enrolled in the 80/20 plan, a significant increase from the $15.04 per month they pay now.

    That’s $600 in premiums over the course of one year — more than a 330 percent increase on current annual payments.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we met almost every hour March 28 and 29 with committees and visitors, we worked on the budget early each morning and we passed a repeal and reset of the controversial House Bill 2.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband — my grandfather — took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month, my grandmother worked on the farm. She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land.