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Today's News

  • KEYS program keeps youth successful

    SHALLOTTE—Every morning at 0745 hours, the KEYS program begins at Shallotte Middle School.

    The first-time program begins each day with formation and close order drill, physical training and calisthenics. While it may look like a mini-military to other students in the school, the program gives its recruits much more.

  • Keys program is another creative way to help kids

    When it comes to keeping young people motivated and out of trouble, it often calls for those who work with them most often to be creative.

    At Shallotte Middle School it appears administrators have done just that. Somehow, they’ve convinced young people it’s in their best interest to come to school—and to be there early.

  • Weather related closings, delays

    Because of inclement weather, Sunset Beach Town Hall will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday instead of the usual 8:30 a.m., town receptionist Judy Presnell said Tuesday.

    For non-essential and non-public safety personnel, Brunswick County offices closed at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 20, and were to re-open at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.

    The Brunswick County Courthouse, which was closed Tuesday, will convene after a two-hour delay at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 21.

    Brunswick Community College will operate on a two-hour delay Wednesday.

  • Power restored after early morning outage

    An equipment failure at the Wilmington delivery point resulted in a power outage this morning for Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation.

    About 7,000 customers lost power in the north end of Brunswick County at 7:37 a.m. today. About 4,500 of those services were restored within 45 minutes. Due to the high demand on the system, the process of restoration in stages extended the outage in some areas.

  • Raise high the bridge beams

    STAFF PHOTOS BY LAURA LEWIS

    Workers with English Construction Co. of Lynchburg, Va., installed the first 30-ton, 75-foot-long concrete girders as they were lifted and lowered by a crane on the mainland Jan. 8 for the new Sunset Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge. The new $32 million bridge is ahead of schedule and should be ready for use by mid-2010 if all goes according to schedule, a company official said last week.

     

  • Jessie Mae principal, parent to appear in court Friday

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Schools principal and a parent of former Brunswick County students are scheduled to appear in court Friday morning on charges stemming from an altercation that occurred on school property.

    Patricia Rourk, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School principal, and Tracey Danka, a parent of two former Jessie Mae students, will appear in Brunswick County District Court at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 16, before District Judge Marion Warren, according to the district attorney’s office.

  • There are many reasons to love fish. PETA, not so much

    Picking on PETA is like shooting fish in a barrel. (Yeah. I said it.) But I can’t let their latest tirade go by without comment.

    I’m convinced the “People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals” do the bizarre things they do just to get attention and see their names in the paper. It has nothing to do with their love for animals.

    Their latest stunt is asking school officials in Spearfish, S.D., to change the name of Spearfish High School to “Sea Kitten High School.”

  • High taxes, high insurance rates

    To the editor: All property owners on the beaches of Brunswick County are in the same situation concerning ridiculously high property taxes and insurance costs.

    When they revaluated property taxes two years ago, they went up more than 300 percent on the property I owned on Holden Beach and I’m sure everyone else. That is why “For Sale” signs are everywhere, but no “Sold” signs.

  • Thinks speed limit should be reduced

    To the editor: I live off N.C. 179 just before the Regency condominiums facing Sunset Beach. The speed limit is 45 mph.

    After 20 years of watching motorists rev up their engines on this stretch of highway in a tremendous, heart-pounding hurry to get to the water, the speed limit needs to be reduced.

  • Thinks increase is unfair

    To the editor: Once again, property owners in Brunswick and other coastal counties get slammed with another property insurance increase. Whatever happened to the insurance concept of “shared risk?”