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Today's News

  • Patience is key for spring fishing

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    Fishing and spring break commotion have seemed to subside with the wind and rain our county has endured. Last week, it seemed more like summer with the many visitors to Brunswick County islands and the warm temperatures. Yet this week, tempo has slowed as we all wait for more good weather to go fishing again.

  • Agents arrest five people in county drug cases

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people in the past two weeks as part of an ongoing series of drug investigations prompted by community complaints.

  • We goofed in a headline, and I’m sorry

    When’s the perfect time to print a misspelled word in a headline?

    The proper answer is never.

    In our case, it was above an editorial extolling Brunswick County Schools in the edition that just went to press.

    Naturally. Or should I say “naturalily?”

    If you missed it, the word we misspelled was “potential.” Our new word? “Potentional.”

  • Accreditation demonstrates promise and potential of efforts in county schools

    When a team from AdvancED, a national nonprofit that accredits primary and secondary schools throughout the United States, came to Brunswick County to assess the public school district in 2012, its findings revealed communication breakdowns at almost every level.

    The results also helped establish a foundation for improvement.

    Now, five years later, it seems Brunswick County Schools have not only strengthened that foundation, but also built upon it.

  • Letting joe help me re-learn language of page design

    Once upon a time, I used to quaff at least a 12-pack of Diet Pepsi almost every day. I did it since I was in college, a regimen I developed to cope with exams and 8 a.m. Japanese 101 recitations.

    Exams are a way of life for college students, who often use this part of their educational career to study unusual, exciting subjects.

    I decided in my freshman year to take three semesters of Japanese for the fun of it.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we had more frequent and busier committee meetings, we had more urgency in longer House floor sessions, and we saw the governor veto two of our bills.

    First, prior to going to Raleigh, I had a couple of days in the district because of the long Easter weekend. On April 17, I had a meeting with a group of citizens in the Schooner Point community of Ocean Isle Beach. We had a great discussion and chance to improve communication with their state government.

  • Seniors in nursing homes are at risk of sexual assault

    By Jennifer Stuart

    Guest Columnist

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, a time to shed light on a subject that, for most people, might conjure up images of college students at alcohol-infused parties or joggers on dark, lonely roads.

    Most people, when thinking of sexual assault victims, probably don’t think of seniors in nursing homes. Perhaps they should.

    A recent CNN investigation found claims of rape in nursing homes are widespread, but difficult to document and substantiate because of the victims’ circumstances.

  • NCDOT names Oak Island as 2017 Watch for Me NC partner

    Oak Island is among eight communities expected to benefit from participation in Watch for Me NC, a comprehensive pedestrian and bicycle safety program aimed at reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes and fatalities in North Carolina.

  • Sunset Beach budget, regular meetings set

    Sunset Beach Town Council has rescheduled budget work sessions to the following dates. Each session starts at 9 a.m. in Town Hall Council Chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    First budget work session, Wednesday, April 26; second session Saturday, April 29; third session (if needed), Thursday, May 4.

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have its regular meeting Monday, May 1, starting with a closed session at 6 p.m. and pre-agenda meeting at 6:45 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m.

  • Senate bill threatens Brunswick County sales tax with redistribution

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Brunswick County and municipal officials are keeping an eye on a Senate bill proposed for a second year that threatens to cut Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) revenues.

    Senate Bill 126 would allow collection and redistribution of sales tax money to counties other than where the tax is originally collected.