Today's News

  • Summertime—and reunions bloom easy

    Seems like everywhere you turn lately, someone is planning a reunion.

    Locally, both classes of ’55 (as in 1955) from the old Union and Shallotte high schools recently reunited at Jerome’s Steak & Seafood in Shallotte for their respective 55th reunions.

    That’s noteworthy.

    I was cordially invited to both, but cordially declined because I’m not 55 yet.

    Besides, I had my own upcoming, better-late-than-never reunion to worry about and, honestly, how many of these can a body take every five to 10 years?

  • Honor Flight fundraiser kickoff Thursday

    Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina is seeking to raise $50,000 in just 10 days.

    A special fundraising kickoff event will take place at 4 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 26, at the USS North Carolina Battleship in Wilmington.

    The public is cordially invited to join a special group of volunteers who recognize and appreciate everything our Greatest Generation did for us.

  • Sidewalks, park, town hall expansion on Calabash long-range agenda

    CALABASH—Sidewalks, a future park and town hall expansion were among discussion items at a town long-range committee meeting Aug. 19.

    Calabash Town Administrator Marzy Marziano cited a free sidewalks study that can be done by the Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization, an arm of the Cape Fear Council of Governments.

    “If I call them, they can be down here as soon as their schedule allows,” Marziano said, speaking at the committee meeting attended by town commissioners Forrest King and Mary Knight and town clerk Kelley Southward.

  • Building fees mulled in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have begun taking a closer look at charging more equitable building-permit fees.

    Scrutiny came at a specially called workshop and meeting Aug. 19 to review and revise the town’s current fee schedule, including provisions for determining building permit fees for multi-unit structures.

    The board has scheduled a public hearing for revisions to the fee schedule at its next monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 14.

  • Carolina Shores leaders rebuked for suspending banner law

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town planning and zoning board has taken town commissioners to task for suspending an ordinance prohibiting banners and flags at local businesses.

    Jim Parsch, chairman of the Carolina Shores Planning and Zoning Board, read a statement at his board’s Aug. 18 meeting asking commissioners to reinstate the law. On Aug. 5, commissioners approved a resolution suspending enforcement of the ordinance until the economy improves.

  • Nuke plant officials attempt to ease neighbors’ minds about noise, water

    SOUTHPORT—Progress Energy’s Brunswick Nuclear Plant has changed its drill procedures to allow for better emergency response, is ready to move ahead with its dry storage facility for spent nuclear fuel and has installed silencers on all security guard guns to avoid noise pollution from the on-site firing range.

    Those were some of the topics the plant’s site vice president addressed at last Thursday’s community meeting, during which a number of local residents expressed their concerns about pollution and radiation.

  • First ever ArtsFest brings out the talent

    The Downtown Shallotte Committee's first-ever ArtsFest in Rourk Gardens was a success, organizers said.

    Committee member Karen Hart said the 16 artists who participated all want to return and have ideas for the next ArtsFest. ‘The quality of the art was amazing,’ Hart said. The event also featured a performance by a trio from the Wilmington Symphony.

  • Boiling Spring Lakes man sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child pornography

    RALEIGH—A Boiling Spring Lakes man has been sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for child pornography charges.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Wilbert Robert Schmidt, 64, of 1000 Beaufort Road, Boiling Spring Lakes, was sentenced to 35 years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release for two counts of production of child pornography.

    U.S. District Judge James Dever sentenced Schmidt to prison Thursday, Aug. 19.

  • Entertaining distractions make trips a little more bearable

    I never thought I’d say this, but thank goodness for portable DVD players. Now the trick is to make headphones a little more comfortable.

    I say this as a parent who recently returned from a long vacation with an excitable, lively 8-year-old in the backseat.

    For my family, the player has become a big help—although certainly not the final answer to car boredom. If someone comes up with that, I’ll buy it.

  • West Brunswick loses season opener

    Three West Brunswick fumbles set up three Oak Ridge Military Academy touchdowns in the first half and Oak Ridge went on to beat the Trojans 42-0 in the opening game of the high school football season for both teams.

    “We played a really good football team,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher said. “They had probably nine Division I players.”

    Nonetheless, Fletcher said his team could have played better than it showed.