Today's News

  • Who woke up the sun? Solar minimum signals it’s time to begin the next cycle

    By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium

    Wake up Sun, it is time for the next cycle. 

    Sun-lovers worried about the sun and its lazy low period of activity need not worry any more. NASA has stated the sun is finally waking up. The solar activity that happened during the first week of August was the factor that led to the recent news release that the sun was waking up from the unusual period of low activity called a solar minimum. 

  • Shallotte crime report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Aaron’s; suspect took a laptop that was not hers and pawned it for cash.

    •Larceny from a coin-operated machine at Twice the Ice; victim left wallet at the machine. Wallet was later returned but was missing $100.

    •Obtaining property by false pretense at Pawn USA; suspect pawned property that belonged to Aaron’s.

  • Manufactured home sellers seeing business pick up after 2009 ‘disaster’

    Solid oak cabinets, walk-in closets and simulated or solid surface countertops are luxuries you might not expect from a manufactured home, but led by customer requests, those are they types of amenities available in today’s market.

    And homebuyers are responding.

    Local manufactured home sales companies are reporting better business during the first half of 2010 than all of 2009, but difficulty obtaining mortgage loans remains an issue for buyers.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 5, 9 and 10 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Thursday, Aug. 5

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah Garner and courtroom clerk Heather Jesina:

  • Upcoming pageant promotes community involvement

    It’s not an “as seen on TV” beauty pageant.

    Little girls are told not to wear make-up. Flippers, which are fake teeth used to fill in gaps caused by missing teeth, and hairpieces are not allowed. Pageant director Holly Shepard said little girls “should look like little girls.”

    “Pageants don’t have a good name, and I’m trying to let everybody know it’s not what you see on TV,” she said.

  • African teachers travel overseas for training with local resident

    Teachers Loukia Dokakis and Afrothiti Dokakis are committed to providing their students with the best possible education.

    So committed, in fact, the teachers flew from Botswana, Africa, to Brunswick County last week for a training session with a local education consultant. It marked their second trip to the U.S. for educational training in the past year.

    After hitting the 20-year mark in her teaching career, Loukia Dokakis began to wonder if she had enough motivation to continue teaching.

  • Schools successfully show growth, continue to work toward proficiency

    BOLIVIA—If a school fails to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the school year, it does not mean it is a failing school, Bob Grimes, director of secondary education for Brunswick County Schools, said.

    “We try hard to educate the public and help them understand, but still there’s the perception that that school is a failing school,” he said.

  • Holden Beach man arrested for felony indecent exposure

    A Holden Beach man was arrested Tuesday, Aug. 17, and charged with felony indecent exposure.

    Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett said Benjamin Stroup Korb, 47, of 138 Lions Paw St., Holden Beach, was charged with felony indecent exposure. Hewett said the indecent exposure was reported Aug. 13 at 136 Lions Paw Street. The victims said Korb was exposing his private parts to juveniles while watching them in the canal.

  • Boater rescued after saving drowning man

    A South Carolina boater who works in Brunswick County had a close call trying to save a North Carolina man from drowning Saturday.

    C.P. Parker, 52, who works as a superintendent for Blue Sky Building of Shallotte, was returning with his wife and daughter from fishing in their boat on Waties Island last Saturday afternoon when they heard cries for help.

  • Holden Beach police, sheriff’s detectives search for vandalism, larceny and breaking and entering suspects

    Holden Beach police have had multiple reports of vandalism, breaking and entering and larceny in recent weeks.

    According to Holden Beach Police Detective Justin Hewett, the incidents remain unsolved and the suspects’ identities are unknown.

    In early August, several vehicles were broken into on Holden Beach, from which several wallets and credit cards were stolen.

    The credit cards have been used at various locations from Shallotte to Myrtle Beach, S.C., Hewett said.