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Today's News

  • Make sure your vote is an informed one

    I have never enjoyed politics, but as this year may be the most important presidential election in history, I have tried to change that.

    The next leader of the free world needs to have an action plan in place the minute he steps into office, because there’s some major work to be done.

    This will be the second presidential election I am old enough to vote in, and I fully intend to do so. But to make the most informed decision as possible, I have tried to research each candidate with a clear head and an open mind.

  • Buster the Bus teaches safety to schoolchildren

    ASH—School bus safety is important for students of all ages to learn, know and follow. Buster the Bus, a remote control school bus that talks, moves and teaches students the importance of bus safety, visits students in Brunswick County Schools.

    Shonda Johnson, safety assistant, brought Buster to Waccamaw School on Friday, where he spoke with kindergarten and first-grade classes. Johnson and Buster taught  students what to do while waiting for the bus, how to enter and exit, how to be a safe rider and other facts about bus safety.

  • Desk clerk charged with rape in Shallotte

    Shallotte police on Saturday charged a hotel desk clerk at the Comfort Inn with rape after a woman staying there accused him of sexually assaulting her.

    At 2:22 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a sexual assault at the motel on Whiteville Road. The victim identified the clerk at the front desk as her attacker. Police found pictures of the victim on the suspect’s camera, according to the incident report.

  • Principal, parent return to court in December

    BOLIVIA—The principal of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School and a parent of former students will appear in court once more following a continuance to their individual cases.

    Patricia Rourk and Tracey Danka each received a continuance on their court dates last Wednesday because the docket contained more than 300 cases. The two will return to the Brunswick County Courthouse on Friday, Dec. 12, on two separate charges.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Oct. 8

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

    Hugh Preston Absher, improper equipment, costs.

  • Where are the educators on school board?

    To the editor:

    I am sure everyone living in Brunswick County realizes we have problems in our school system. I

    believe the majority of these problems can be laid to the poor leadership of our school board and of our

    superintendent.

    Parents, you may not be aware of this, but not one member of our school board is a

    professional educator. Is it any wonder little academic progress was made during the school year

    ending in 2007 and we had more than 400 students drop out? What does this say for our school board’s

    leadership?

  • Unhappy with Republican mailings

    To the editor:

    Dear N.C. Republican Party leaders:

    In the past week, I have received two mass mailings from the North Carolina Republican Party. Both mailings contained scurrilous, biased and deliberately misleading personal attacks on the Democratic candidates for U.S. President and N.C. State Senate.

    The mailing about Barack Obama was four pages of malicious (and very old) information about William Ayers, intended to lead any reader to the conclusion Obama must be a terrorist or support terroristic activities.

  • Domestic violence may happen to you, too

    “And Cain talked with Abel his brother:

    and it came to pass, when they were

    in the field, that Cain rose up against

    Abel his brother, and slew him.”

    Genesis 4:8

    According to the U.S. Department of Justice, domestic violence includes intimate partner violence as well as violence between family members.

    My first domestic violence call

    In 1965, early in my law enforcement career, I was exposed to the “family disturbance” calls we now call domestic violence intervention.

  • Universal healthcare is not the answer

    To the editor:

    Even with the current economic meltdown, there seems to be no end to those lawmakers who want to dip into our pockets.

    Of major concern is Senator Obama’s universal healthcare proposal for all. Who’s going to pay for this?

    Guess who?

    This tragic proposition seems to be a major goal of the Democrats. In fact, as a congresswoman, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi advocated federal funding for every child in the country, and there are many others who have chimed in with their versions of free healthcare.

  • Republicans not to blame

    To the editor:

    It concerns me that recent letter writers have so forgotten history they believe president Bush and Republicans are responsible for the financial crisis.

    This mess began when President Carter decided low-income Americans had to own their own homes, but he should have stuck to Habitat for Humanity homes for them. Unfortunately, he convinced his Congress to enact the first Affirmative

    Action Housing Law urging lenders to give loans to people who could not qualify to pay them.