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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 18, 19, 23 and 24 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Feb. 18

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Andrew Martin Albright, two counts shoplifting concealment goods, Brunswick County Jail 10 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, $25 restitution, not go about Walmart.

  • Looking for a life saver

    Like most children, 8-year-old Jarrod Danka prays for his family and friends before going to sleep every night. But unlike most children, Jarrod’s prayers include one special request—a new kidney.

    Doctors knew Jarrod and his twin sister Devin had kidney trouble before they were born while performing a routine ultra sound.

    “There were shadows on the kids’ kidneys in utero,” Tracey Danka, Jarrod and Devin’s mother, said. “Upon their delivery, they were checked out and sent to Children’s Hospital (Pittsburgh).”

  • 'Raisin' still relevant in 50th year

    “A Raisin in the Sun” debuted on Broadway on March 11, 1959.

    Centered around a struggling black family on Chicago’s South Side, Lorraine Hansberry’s play is as pertinent now as it was half a century ago, says Daren Beatty, director of a local version of “Raisin,” to be presented in two benefit performances at 7 p.m. this Friday and Saturday in Odell Williamson Auditorium’s Virginia Williamson Event Center.

    “To me, it’s a timeless piece,” the veteran actor said as the cast rehearsed last week.

  • Bridge lane closures set

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will begin alternating lane closures of N.C. 904 at the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, March 2, through Wednesday, March 4, each day to perform bridge inspection.

    In lieu of flagmen, portable traffic signals will be used to control the flow of traffic.

    The NCDOT reminds motorists to STAY ALERT, encourages motorists to use alternate

    routes when possible during this period, drive with caution, obey the posted speed limits,

    and allow extra travel time.

  • Vote now for ‘The Best of Brunswick’

    What’s your favorite family restaurant? What business has the best customer service? Where’s the best place to get ice cream?

    The Brunswick Beacon wants to know the answer to these and about 90 more questions in its annual “Best of Brunswick” poll.

    Ballots are available in the paper this week, and readers can vote even faster online, Brunswick Beacon advertising director Angie Sutton said recently. More than 500 people have already voted.

  • Female version of 'Odd Couple' set for March 6-8

    There’s a slob and a neat freak sharing an apartment, a loudmouth cop and a disastrous double date with a couple of upstairs neighbors, but the Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production of “The Odd Couple” is not what you’d expect.

    This year, longtime BLT member Thom Clemmons decided to direct playwright Neil Simon’s female version of the popular play, which Simon rewrote for a female cast in 1985.

  • Harley dealership owner seeks to bring rally to Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—Will this little town be the new home of the Harley Davidson Spring Beach Rally? If Coastal Carolina Harley Davidson Owner Rick Noyes has his way, it will.

    And several town aldermen say they’re in favor of the plan—if the town has some control over the events.

    Noyes, who owns the new Coastal Carolina store on U.S. 17, has petitioned the Carolina Harley-Davidson Dealers Association to bring the May 10-17 rally to a 27-acre tract adjacent to the shop.

  • Interrupting these programs for a Lenten intervention

    Laura Lewis

    The cartoon in my New Yorker desk diary this week is supposed to be funny, as are most New Yorker cartoons.

    “I’m giving up Google for Lent,” a woman announces to her husband as he’s cruising the computer in the depiction.

    Actually, it is funny. But it also correlates with what I’m seriously trying to do this week by giving up television.

  • No billboards on U.S. 17, Carolina Shores P&Z says

    CAROLINA SHORES—As members adopted a U.S. 17 corridor plan this week, the town planning and zoning board also has agreed to ban billboards and regulate other signage.

    Members informally agreed at a Feb. 18 workshop they do not want billboards along the almost 3-mile stretch of highway corridor over which the town has domain.

    As assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut works on updating town ordinances, it also was agreed the town doesn’t want signs too close to the roadway or in the right-of-way.

  • Calabash business owners urge leniency in town rules

    CALABASH—Local merchants don’t want new rules that are going to place restrictions on their traditional way of doing business.

    The latest round of comments came last week at the first meeting of a Unified Development Ordinance committee appointed by Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who headed the Feb. 19 meeting.

    “Everybody is fine with Calabash the way it is,” said Dean Spatholt of Callahan’s of Calabash, speaking amid a roomful of local business and property owners.