Today's News

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.

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  • Luna-Toones

    Luna-Toones is a fun-loving pit bull girl weighing about 40 pounds (full grown) and was a year old this past July. She plays well with other dogs and people, loves to go for walks, and likes to ride in the car. She needs a home that has high-energy owners who will love her for her cute personality. Paws Place is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • West Brunswick beats Socastee in soccer

     SOCASTEE, S.C.—Mattie Tippett scored two first-half goals and West Brunswick went on to beat Socastee 3-1 in a nonconference soccer game Friday evening.

    Playing on a muddy field, West was unable to convert on its first three corner kicks but scored twice in two minutes in taking a 2-0 lead.

    Rushing in from the right side, freshman midfielder Whitney Burkes drew the defense toward her. She then crossed the ball to an unguarded Mattie Tippett, who chest-bumped the ball through the left side of the goal.

  • Judicial sunshine: Access to courts and public court documents in North Carolina

    “Sunlight is said to be the best disinfectants; electric light the most efficient policeman,” former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis said more than 75 years ago.

    Brandeis’ words are just as powerful today as in 1933, and are backed by the U.S. and North Carolina Constitutions.

    Article 1, Section 18, of the N.C. Constitution states, “All courts shall remain open.”

  • North Carolina Public Records Law: Property of the people

    Public records, by law, are property of the people, and the law requires the people have access to what is theirs.

    Chapter 132 of the North Carolina General Statutes governs what documents government agencies must make available to the public.

    The law clearly states everyone, not just the press, have access to public records. But you have to know what records are public before seeking access. The general rule of thumb is this: All documents are public unless the agency can prove by law that they’re not.

  • Shallotte board retreat: Aldermen take steps toward vision plan

    Shallotte aldermen want to come up with a process for implementing the vision plan adopted two years ago. The plan will be used to facilitate future improvements to Main Street and the downtown business district.

    That was one of the main topics of discussion at last week’s town daylong board retreat to discuss future projects.

    Town planning director Allen Serkin told board members the town needed “one or two more levels of specificity” to put the plan’s goals into place.

  • Aldermen want Sunnyside School building for a community meeting place

    Should the restored Sunnyside School building in Shallotte be a town museum, a community meeting room or a combination of both?

    Town aldermen said at last week’s board retreat the town should definitely use one of the two main classrooms as a meeting room to rent out to the public, although the Save Old Sunnyside Committee seems to have other ideas.

  • Home and Garden Show this weekend at West Brunswick High

    Check out plants, find “green” products and learn the basics of timber framing a house at the Eighth Annual Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show, set for this Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The two-day event is presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and will feature a variety of classes, demonstrations and exhibitors. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Shallotte considering de-annexing outlying properties

    Now that Brunswick County is providing sewer service to former Shallotte customers in areas the town previously annexed, is it time to consider de-annexing those properties?

    Shallotte Town Administrator Albert Hughes asked aldermen that question at last week’s town board retreat. Aldermen agreed the town had nothing to offer those property owners anymore but wanted more information on the process of de-annexing before making a decision.