Today's News

  • Airline pilot, biker, survivor organizes ride against cancer

    Diane Sandoval’s life is anything but boring.

    She’s been a commercial airline pilot for more than 25 years, a Harley-Davidson biker for 40 years and recently made the move with her retired husband, Reggie, to their dream home in Lockwood Folly.

    Now, she’s added “cancer survivor” to her list of accomplishments and says she has a “calling” to promote breast cancer awareness and fight the disease she was lucky enough to beat. On Nov. 14, she and her fellow bikers will take to the streets to benefit breast cancer research.

  • Carolinas is the place to be for good fishing in October

    We’ve been toying around with feelings of fall for about a month now, but as of today, there is no doubt fall is here.

    You’ve heard me say it many times, but there is no place like the Carolinas in October. And besides the light north winds, comfortable temperatures and low humidity, fishing is about to be incredible.

  • Caddie's journal: The second time around

    From Aug. 30 to Sept. 7, I traveled with Dalton Gore as his chaperone and caddie to Pebble Beach, Calif., for the Walmart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach.

    This was Dalton’s second trip to the event, and I wondered whether it would match the excitement and success of last year’s. This is a continuation of the diary. The first part was in the Sept. 24 edition.

    Friday, Sept. 4

  • Stand up for freedom of information, vote out those who don't

    Forgive me if I sound like a broken record.

    If you’re tired of reading about the public’s right to know, freedom of information and responsible government, you might not want to continue reading.

    But if you’re tired of irresponsible government, behind-the-scenes decision-making and shady, if not unlawful behavior, by public officials, this column might interest you.

    Here comes the broken record part—public business should always be discussed, deliberated on and decided in public.

  • Man sentenced to 84-103 years for sex offense on a child

    A jury convicted Norman Ray Roberts III on 16 counts of first-degree sex offense on a child under the age of 13 Tuesday in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Roberts to 84-103 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Roberts was arrested in April 2007, and had been in the Brunswick County Detention Center since that time. Assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart was the prosecutor on the case.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 16, 17, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 16

    Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Jennifer Hearn:

    Christopher James Allen, carrying concealed gun, voluntarily dismissed, complied with deferred prosecution.

    Matthew James Bawden, misdemeanor breaking or entering, voluntarily dismissed.

  • E-mails are no way to conduct public business

    We’ve said it before, and we’ll continue to say it until elected and government officials in Brunswick County clearly get the message—doing public business out of the public eye is wrong and violates the spirit of open meetings and public records laws.

    Last week, we took Carolina Shores commissioners to task about seeking a consensus on a public matter through e-mail, only to turn around and find out Brunswick County Board of Education members have done the same.

  • Grand jury indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Sept. 14:

    Cooper lee Anderson, 44, of 3881 Central Ave., Shallotte; felony indecent liberties with child, felony first-degree sex offense with child.

    Mark Slade Andrews, 36, of 5138 Nesting Lane, Ocean Isle Beach; seven counts felony statutory rape/sex offense, four counts felony indecent liberties with child.

  • Travel tips from an expert

    Charlie Stokes of Holden Beach spent his lifetime traveling the world, first in the military and then for the State Department. He has been in 85 different countries in Europe, Asia, South American and Australia. When it comes to travel in strange and exotic places, Stokes is an expert.

  • Inmate, convicted sex offender dies in jail of heart attack

    BOLIVIA—Seventy-seven year old Collis Hewett, the former South Brunswick custodian who was convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a student, was found dead in his jail cell at Brunswick County Detention Center Tuesday night.

    Hewett died of a heart attack, chief deputy Charlie Miller said.