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Today's News

  • Beachgoers, team try to save whale that came ashore on Holden Beach

    HOLDEN BEACH—A huddle of humans placed wet towels and poured water on a pygmy whale that stranded itself on Holden Beach Saturday morning.

    Seeing the stranded whale was a rare experience for the two dozen people clustered around the sea mammal.

    Despite efforts to save the whale by beachcombers and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington Marine Mammal Response Team, the male whale died enroute to a veterinarian.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends request approvals

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended board of aldermen approval of several projects.

    At last week’s regular meeting, the board recommended approval of the following:

    •Preliminary plat for Wisteria Place, a 41.16-acre project off Village Point Road. The project is planned to include 89 single-family homes, and the average size of the building site would be about 8,200 square feet.

  • Raising fence heights raises issues in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board is discussing whether to allow fence heights to grow from 4 to 6 feet.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said at an Aug. 28 meeting one problem with the town’s current 4-foot maximum is most privacy fencing available at home-supply stores is 6 feet tall.

    “Four-foot really doesn’t give you much privacy,” he said.

    Board member Eddie Walters recalled one resident asked the town for permission to have a 6-foot fence that was denied several years ago.

  • Olympic victories unite the world, give us something to cheer about

    The Olympic Games provide a brief respite from all of the turmoil going on in the world around us.

    It’s an opportunity once every four years to focus on the truly great accomplishments of our own, and others’ countrymen and women.

    It’s a time when the political conversations (save the Edwards/Hunter drama) cease for a few weeks, and we focus on what is great about this world instead of what’s not.

  • Being a mom is a tough, but fun, rewarding job

    The dump truck rolls along the bumpy ground, spilling some of its sandy load. The driver toots the horn. I study the truck’s unique paint job—bright green cab with orange around the front fenders, and a black bumper.

    Suddenly the truck goes a little off course and crashes into my beach chair.

    “Whaaaaaa,” my son cried. “Ma-ma-ma-ma-ma,” he said, gesturing toward his truck.

    “OK, here you go baby,” I said as I set the truck beside him.

  • Impaired driving invites your sudden death or worse

    Among the worst traffic accidents I investigated early in my police career was a tragedy that came my way one quiet afternoon.

    Unfortunately, the conditions that prompted it are duplicated daily right here in Brunswick County, short distances from my home.

    As I turned my police car into my neighborhood one quiet Sunday afternoon, the watch commander’s voice came over the radio assigning me to what was reported to be a routine traffic accident investigation in an intersection near my home.

  • Act on your dreams, build positive relationships with other people

    We live in a time when many people fail to achieve goals and objectives because they are prisoners within their own minds.

    Nelson Mandela, the great South African leader, spent 27 years in prison due to a corrupt apartheid legal system. He was physically in prison, but he was mentally free because freedom is a state of mind.

    Mandela endured the humiliation of being penned up like an animal with little hope of being freed. His movement was restricted, and his options were few. He could have easily given up and escaped into a world of depression and despair but he did not.

  • Board of education says it will change course, thankfully

    What happened to John Floyd should have never happened.

    Floyd, a former West Brunswick High School athletics director, reassumed the AD position he had years ago earlier this month. For two weeks, he dutifully fulfilled the role, replacing Marcia Heady who took another position at Shallotte Middle School.

    His signed contract needed only to be approved by the board of education at its regularly scheduled meeting Aug.12. But at that meeting, the board chose not to approve the hiring recommendation.

    Why?

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Aug. 6

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

    Charlene M. Allen, speeding 64 in a 55 zone, $25 and costs.

    Richard J. Antonacci, speeding 44 in a 35 zone, costs.

    Felix Cornejo Arias, fail to wear seat belt/driver, paid; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury meets, returns indictments for Aug. 4

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Aug. 4:

    Donald Wesley Adkins, 62, of 435 Orchard Lane, Bolivia; felony indecent liberties with child.

    Mario Reyes Angles, 40, of 9404 Walker St. Lot 39, Leland; felony conspire to traffic in cocaine.

    Odell Bennerman, 45, of 534 Leap Frog Lane, Leland; felony possession of cocaine.