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Today's News

  • The cost of changing: School district looks at impact of going back to single-start time

    BOLIVIA—The recent board of education decision to revert to a single-bell schedule has left board members with the task of making up for the loss in efficiency by not renewing their staggered bell schedule.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reimburses local school systems for their transportation costs on an efficiency rating scale—meaning the more efficient the school system, the more money they receive from the state.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach-hole rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved an amendment establishing rules for hole-digging on the beach.

    The ordinance change, approved at a town board workshop Tuesday, states holes dug on the beach are required to be attended to at all times and filled prior to leaving the beach. It states “No hole, trench or depression on the beach strand shall exceed 18 inches in depth and 5 feet in width.”

    The amendment also imposes a $25 fine for violations.

  • GOP legislators lead effectiveness rankings

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently released its annual effectiveness rankings for state lawmakers.

    Republicans claimed all 10 of the highest-ranking slots in the state Senate and 12 of the top 15 spots in the state House.

    Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, who serves as president pro tem of the Senate, and House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, both topped the list for their respective chambers.

  • Commissioners approve contract with Waste Industries until 2019

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved an extended contract with Waste Industries for curbside trash pickup until 2019.

    The $11 million contract was approved three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The new contract eliminates a fuel surcharge, Stephanie Lewis, the county’s operation services director, said.

  • One big fish tale: Sixty years later, Sunset Beach couple still 'lovers, not fighters'

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill and Maggie Ehling have known each other a long time.

    In fact, just this past Tuesday, April 17, the Sunset Beach couple celebrated a real milestone—their 60th wedding anniversary.

    At their Sunset Beach home where they’ve lived for the past 13 years, the couple enjoyed a few jokes and jabs and laughter as they told how they met—back in the 1950s when both were in the Army and stationed in Germany, working in communications.

  • Fitness marathons to benefit Relay for Life

    Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has scheduled several fitness marathons next week to benefit Relay for Life.

    Those who are up for the fitness challenge are invited to participate. They just need to sign up ahead of time and pay varying registration fees that will be donated to Relay for Life.

    The events are every year right before Relay for Life, said Neil Smeigh, fitness specialist at the fitness & aquatics center.

     

    Swim, run, walk

  • Chappell’s home run, five RBIs lead West to softball win over North

     Alyssa Chappell hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give West Brunswick a 5-4 lead and hit a two-run double in the sixth inning as the Trojans went on to beat North Brunswick 8-4 in a conference softball game April 17.

    Chappell, a senior first baseman, finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

    “She had been slumping just a little bit,” West coach Joe Noble said, “so I dropped her down in the lineup to take a little bit of pressure off her. Since then, she’s been producing and been hitting the ball.”

  • Sunset Beach police investigate incidents

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

    •On April 13, police took a report of a breaking-and-entering, larceny and damage to property at The Colony II, 908 Resort Circle.

    •On April 10, Kailey Ann Osterman, 17, of Southern Pines, was arrested and charged with underage consumption, underage possession of a malt beverage and resisting, delaying and obstructing.

  • Reality show freaks make the rest of us feel like neat freaks

    When it comes to spring cleaning and scrubbing and organizing my domain, I’d rather be chilling out watching “Hoarders.”

    It’s another one of those ingenious reality shows, airing several times on Monday nights on A&E TV, that can make us feel really special and good about ourselves.

    I mean, how can my cluttered little corner of the world compare to Barbara, who “trolls for stuff in alleyways and dumpsters,” to add to the hoarding pile in her million-dollar home where “neighbors look on in disgust”?

  • Bopple race highlights Days at the Docks April 28-29 in Holden Beach

    Holden Beach is almost ready to bopple.

    The beach town’s annual bopple race, when numbered apples are released on the Intracoastal Waterway to determine cash winners, is just one of the highlights at this year’s Days at the Docks festivities Saturday and Sunday, April 28-29.

    Sponsored by the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association, this year’s annual festival to kick off the spring season has returned to being a two-day event after taking place for just one day last year.