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Today's News

  • Calabash in gear for Thanksgiving 5K Turkey Trot

     CALABASH — The town board of commissioners has given permission for a Thanksgiving Day 5K Turkey Trot this year in the Seafood Capital.

    Commissioners voted in favor of the proposal following a presentation by Johnna Hall with Coastal Race Productions at their monthly meeting Feb. 10.

  • Wedding house report under review in Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach commissioners sent back a report for further review to the planning and zoning board about the wedding house controversy during their meeting Feb. 10.

    Commissioners had asked at their January meeting for the planning and zoning board to look into the situation involving the 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season.

  • Elementary and Secondary Education Act aims to improve students’ futures

    By Nancy Lamb

    Guest Columnist

     

    As parents, educators and community leaders, now is the time. Want to improve our schools? Want to help our children? In the next few weeks, the Congress is going to consider the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA). This is the federal government’s single largest funding pool for K-12 education. The bill represents the best opportunity to address not only poverty, but also to close the achievement gap and improve our schools for kids, educators and the community.

  • Lent gives us time to go ‘into the woods’

     Fairy tales have always fascinated me. I loved reading them as a child. I “became” Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty and Little Red Riding Hood. Rapunzel was more difficult, since my hair was neither yards long nor shining with platinum beauty. There were wicked stepsisters who plagued my life...individuals who blocked my path with boulders of alienation, lack of acceptance heaped with ridicule. It was easy to see how fairy tales would be an impelling force, a call to what is beyond our immediate vision.

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the General Assembly in Raleigh, we honored the 105th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America and the 100th anniversary of the Order of the Arrow, the scouting honor society; had many discussions on the gas tax issue and saw the Senate pass a bill stabilizing the gas tax; and heard the presentation of the all-important revenue forecast for 2015-17.

  • New senator makes splash with hand-washing comment

    More than 20 years in journalism, much of it spent as a public safety reporter, has given me a pretty strong constitution. I’ve come upon horrific crime scenes and gory accidents and found myself in truly repulsive environments more times than I care to remember (and will probably never forget). After a few years, I managed to develop a more clinical approach — plus gallows humor — to cope. Today, I’m confident in my odds of winning an old-fashioned juvenile game of “What’s grosser than gross?” based solely on personal experience.

  • Harpers celebrate 66th anniversary

     David and Marjorie Harper of Shallotte, formerly of Syracuse, N.Y., will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary Wednesday, Feb. 25.

  • Ward birth

     Aaron Scott and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, Joshua Archer Ward, born at 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing nine pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches in length.

    He joins brothers Joseph Liam, 6, and Evan Josiah, 4, and sister Anna Elizabeth, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

  • Shallotte poised for re-awakening

    Once upon a time, Shallotte might have been called a sleepy little Brunswick County town. Those days are over.

  • BCSO K-9 officers protected as they protect citizens

     BOLIVIA — The days of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 officers going into a dangerous job without the necessary protection are over.

    Following a lengthy application process, Vested Interests in K-9s, an international company, donated seven vests worth nearly $1,000 each to the sheriff’s office in early January, K-9 Unit supervisor Lt. Brian Chism said.