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Today's News

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center needs community’s help

    By Rocky Atkinson

    Guest Columnist

    Addiction to alcohol and drugs is now front-page news. Many who pooh-poohed the whole addiction thing are now dealing with loved ones in the throes of a slow death.

    We all have someone in our family or close by who is in the battle of their lives.

    When you are on drugs, that’s all you think about.

    You certainly don’t spend time checking on the purity or quality of what you are about to snort or inject.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed a major regulations bill that helped Brunswick County, we passed a revision of the state board of elections and we passed school calendar bills I opposed.

    Committees were meeting every hour last week, sometimes two and three at a time. Most committees had multiple bills before them, often a half dozen or dozen at a time. For example, the House Transportation Committee on April 4 handled seven bills.

  • We, the public, are the ultimate government watchdogs

    There was a really great story in The Washington Post last week that grabbed my attention and made my heart sing. It was about the staff of the Booster Redux, the student newspaper of Pittsburg High School in Kansas, who questioned the credentials of their new principal. She resigned as a result of their story; it turned out her story didn’t check out.

  • Council should try to preserve natural beauty of Sunset Beach

    To the editor:

    In response to Sunset Beach Town Councilman Peter Larkin’s comments to “muzzle” the Environmental Resources Committee (ERC), the committee is working on the issue of dredging in the tidal marsh on the east end of the island and the canals on the mainland.

    It should be noted Larkin is one of three council members who were appointed by the council instead of being elected by Sunset Beach residents. That is two too many appointees. There should have been an election.

  • Developer should go to court, not Rabon

    Sunset Beach annexed property where Sunset Creek Commons was built, on the town’s mainland, nine years ago at its owners’ request.

    Now its current developer, Holly Smith, wants it back out of the town because of what she claims are exorbitant inspection fees.

    Instead of taking the matter to court, as most people would have to do, Smith has called upon Sen. Bill Rabon — again — to make it happen.

  • Winnabow woman dies in head-on crash

    A Winnabow woman died last week in a head-on collision on N.C. 87.

    Elizabeth Jordan Cain, 59, died about 5:30 p.m. April 4 after her 2012 Nissan Altima crossed the center line and collided with a cement truck driven by David Lee Shaw, who survived, according to the North Carolina Highway Patrol.

    Funeral services for Cain were Saturday, April 8, at Lighthouse Pentecostal Church in Winnabow

  • Sunset Beach approves tweaks in personnel policy

    SUNSET BEACH — Following discussion and debate, a majority of Sunset Beach Town Council has approved changes in the town personnel policy that give council input in the process for hiring department heads.

    Changes were proposed and outlined by councilwoman Carol Scott at council’s April 3 meeting.

    “I can understand not wanting to tie (Town Administrator Susan Parker’s) hands, but it doesn’t hurt to have a second set of eyes on resumes and applicants,” Scott said.

  • Southport Spring Festival April 14-15

    Welcome spring with more than 150 crafters and 11 local food vendors at the annual Southport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in downtown Southport.

    Highlights at this Easter weekend festival, a tradition for more than 25 years, include live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a trackless train, visits to Franklin Square Gallery and a 5K run/walk at the Southport waterfront at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Old Baldy 200th birthday party lights up April 15

    It isn’t every year a lighthouse turns 200 years old.

    That’s why Bald Head Island amps up the party this year as its renowned Old Baldy Lighthouse reaches that historic milestone, with an array of events that launched in January and continues through Nov. 25.

    The next celebratory happening is the Old Baldy Birthday Party and Keeper’s Easter Egg Hunt from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, at the site of the historic marker at 101 Lighthouse Wynd.

  • Attempted turtle rescue in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach residents rushed to aid a leatherback sea turtle found in the surf around 5:30 p.m. Monday, April 10, between 12th and 13th streets.

    Carmel Zetts, coordinator of Sunset Beach Turtle Watch, said the female leatherback seemed alive but sadly did not survive. The sea turtle was 5.9 feet long and about “25 years young,” Zetts estimated.