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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 28 and Feb. 1, 2 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, Jan. 28

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

    Patricia Ann Barnard, PG DWI level 5; unsafe passing yellow line, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Sheriff’s ACE team working to make county safer

    Almost 200 intoxicated drivers were taken off Brunswick County roadways in 2009 thanks to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Aggressive Criminal Enforcement Team.

    The team, which receives funding through a Governor’s Highway Safety Program grant, targets intoxicated drivers and other driving-related offenses.

    Through their efforts, some 3,328 driving, drug and alcohol-related citations were issued in 2009, a significant increase over previous years, according to the sergeant who oversees the ACE team.

  • Agricultural rezoning sent back in Sunset Beach

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council denied rezoning a remaining agricultural district on the western mainland Monday after property owners expressed opposition.

    The town staff and planning board have recommended rezoning 35 acres, consisting of about 23 parcels, in the Schuyler Avenue and Peakwood Drive area, from agricultural forestry (AF-1) to mainland residential (MR-1).

    The tract is off N.C. 179 along the Intracoastal Waterway, with individually owned lots ranging in size from 1.5 to 7 acres.

  • Shallotte aldermen to discuss ways to implement vision plan at upcoming retreat

    Shallotte aldermen will meet in a daylong planning session at 8 a.m. March 10 in the town meeting chambers. How to bring the town’s vision plan to fruition will be one of the main topics of discussion.

    At Tuesday night’s regular meeting, the board discussed possible changes to town ordinances and procedures that may be needed to facilitate the 10-year plan the board adopted in 2008.

  • Fighting the curse of the soft rock single

    Some are born cursed; others have curses thrust upon them.

    I won’t go so far as to say I’m cursed (that would be bad luck), but I do have a lifelong attachment to a song that doesn’t have the greatest track record for the artists who wrote and recorded it.

  • Coastal Stadium goes digital; 4K technology becoming standard

    The movie-going experience in Shallotte has changed quite a bit since the days of traveling tent shows and the drive-in theater, but the technology of projecting film onto the screen hadn’t changed much over the years—until now.

    Last week, Coastal Stadium in Shallotte officially made the switch from 35 mm film to all-digital projection. Engineers installed Sony 4K Digital Cinema Systems technology into the 10-screen theater, providing high-definition viewing for regular and 3-D movies.

  • Black History speaker featured Sunday in Whiteville

    In Celebration of Black History Month, H.K. Edgerton will be North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 794’s featured speaker at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Peace Baptist Church at 653 Love Mill Road in Whiteville.

    The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

    H. K. Edgerton is a black Southern heritage activist and former president of the NAACP’s Asheville branch. He may best be recognized as the man who marched from North Carolina to Texas to build awareness of Southern culture and history.

  • Cooper sues sheriff's office, sheriff Ingram and former sheriff Hewett

    George Cooper, the Leland man who was shot by two sheriff’s deputies in May 2007, has sued the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff John Ingram and former sheriff Ronald Hewett.

    The lawsuit, filed Jan. 29 in U.S. District Court, claims sheriff’s deputies violated Cooper’s fourth amendment rights, “to be free from an unreasonable seizure of his person, and excessive use of force.”

  • Bowman, Hill stay true to their word

     West Brunswick football players Dylan Bowman and Alfy Hill had no second-guesses about their college choices.

    They made that official Feb. 3, when Bowman signed a letter of intent to attend Liberty University and Hill signed with the University of Alabama.

  • Flood watch in effect through 9 p.m. Friday

     It's going to be a wet, windy Friday.

    Rain is expected to begin on Friday and throughout the day, as much as 2 inches of rain may fall. That means there is potential for coastal flooding.

    The National Weather Service has indicated flood potential exists in low-lying areas that are adjacent to the ocean and areas around marshes and sounds. Some flooding could occur as the Intracoastal Waterway and inland rivers are influenced by the tide Friday.

    Many rivers in the area could be at flood stage following the rain.