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Today's News

  • Questions every citizen should be able to answer

    What do native-born Americans really know about “my country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty”?

    Think they’re smarter than the many immigrants seeking precious citizenship? Even a fifth-grade one?

    This past Fourth of July Eve, a record 98 people representing 48 countries became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Southport.

  • Victim notification is important

    In 1999, five years after 18-year-old Amy Frink was violently murdered by John Paul Counts, her family readied to move on, grieve and heal from the horrific ordeal.

    Counts, who had been found guilty of beating, stabbing and running Frink over with her own car, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. John Gamble was also charged for a role in her murder. He remains in prison.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 2, 3, 7 and July 8 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 2

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

    Rudy Ledesma Aguilar, improper equipment, costs.

    Silvano Aguirre, unsafe movement, costs; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

    Ronald Patrick Alexander, speeding 69 in a 55 zone, costs.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns June indictments

    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 June 23:

    Tracey Jermaine Ballard, 33, of 115 S. 2nd St., Wilmington; felony possession marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana.

    Daniel William Bishop, 38, of 140 NE 31st St., Oak Island; felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place controlled substance, felony possession cocaine, possession drug paraphernalia.

  • Find fresh food, crafts and treats in new location

    This Saturday, the Shallotte Farmers Market will move from the town hall parking lot to Lions Club Park beside Shallotte Plaza on Main Street. It will give the public easier access to vendors and the vendors a more comfortable, shadier spot for selling.

    My daughter and I went to the last market day at town hall last Saturday to talk to a few people and get photos for an upcoming story for the Beacon’s Island Living magazine.

    She served as my sidekick, writing her own “notes” as I made the rounds from table to table.

  • Iced tea: A popular year-round southern tradition

    Southerners drink iced tea year-round, and have been drinking iced tea since the 19th century when ice became generally available.

    If you order tea in a restaurant in the South, you’ll get iced tea, probably sweetened, so if you want it hot or unsweetened, you’d better say so!

  • Turtle Day raises sea turtle awareness, money for turtle hospital

    More than 2,000 people came out to support the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Sea Turtle Day July 9 on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Turtle Day celebrations at Ocean Isle Beach Community Center kicked off with turtle-oriented arts and crafts and games. Volunteers sold hot dogs, chips and cookies, and all the proceeds went to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Topsail Beach.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Figure out 'whodunit' at Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre

    NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Hungry for a little food and folly?

    Dive into dinner, then delve into a murder mystery.

    It’s an extra course of the meal thrown in every week at the House of Blues’ Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre.

    Described as an interactive “whodunit” dinner show, the fun begins while feasting mystery-solvers are enjoying their dinner—a murder that soon makes everyone a suspect.

  • Christmas in July tablescape workshop set

    The Benedict Foundation of Southport will sponsor a Christmas in July Holiday Tablescape Workshop from 2-4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at the Foundation’s conference center at 1013 E. Moore St., Southport.

    This is a special free workshop for hostesses, sponsors, and other interested participants in the Foundation’s “Setting a Christmas Table” holiday tablescape show scheduled for Saturday, Nov. 29.