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Today's News

  • Rourk Library in Shallotte dedicated April 6

    Fifty people attended the formal dedication of the recently revamped Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte on Sunday, April 6.

    The president of Friends of the Library Sheila Umbricht emceed the ceremony, with pastor John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church giving the invocation.

    Among dignitaries attending were state Sen. R. C. Soles, Brunswick County Commissioner May Moore, county manager Marty Lawing, assistant county manager Steve Stone, county library director Reecie Tate, and Marylin Searby, president of the Brunswick County Library Board of Directors.

  • Council approves buying fire truck

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved a bid waiver and purchase of a $785,000, 100-foot platform ladder fire truck for the town fire department.

    In February, Sunset Beach Fire Chief Chris Barbee said the matter was a “limited time offer” that had been extended by the fire truck’s manufacturer, E-ONE of Ocala, Fla., for the town to “piggyback” onto a previous bid contract from the city of Rochester, N.H.

  • Uncertainties can affect trust in law enforcement officers

    When you’re a victim of a crime, and you feel the investigation into it hasn’t been handled at its best, it can make it difficult to fully trust law enforcement.

    After a college student who had been drinking killed my mother, I had more questions than answers about the investigation.

    Although I had spent years as a journalist building relationships with law enforcement officers, when I was suddenly thrust on the other side of things, distinct lines of trust blurred.

  • Future fisherman begins adventures with outdoorsy family

    Last week I came home from work, and my dad was excited. He wanted to tell me that Levi, my 5-month-old son, picked up a fishing rod for the first time.

    When I was about six months pregnant, my dad went out and bought two little tiny fishing rods, one with a spinning reel and bait casting reel. He was so proud Levi chose the bait cast reel, unlike his mom who prefers the spinning reel.

  • Sandifer leaves a legacy of service, sacrifice

    Brunswick County suffered a great loss last week. We lost a true champion for Brunswick County.

    County commissioners chairman David Sandifer, who died last Friday, was a tireless leader, who always had the best interest of the county in mind.

    He loved this county, and he said so often.

    With every vote he cast, he ran the risk of making half the county unhappy with him.

  • Flights of fancy pondering airlines

    I don’t know why our airlines are in so much trouble.

    But it might have something to do with, “What flies around—in the form of a strict no-refunds policy—flies back around in the form of bad press.”

    I recently learned that lesson the hard way when I had to reschedule two cross-country flights a month earlier than planned.

  • Take time to appreciate the beauty around us

    Every time I see the ocean, its beauty still amazes me.

    Every time I cross one of the high-rise bridges and can see miles and miles of sea and shore, it takes my breath away. I feel so lucky to live in a place that has so much natural beauty.

    Working here makes it even better. Being able to stand on the beach and take pictures of surfers, wildlife or beach visitors and say it’s my job is hard to believe. I feel I am getting the better end of the bargain because it hardly seems like work.

  • Sad, shocking events in Brunswick County leave community numb

    My mind is numb from the goings-on of last week.

    It was as if the community has been in mourning for Ronald Hewett and the sheriff’s department, and rightly so.

    I think we were all stunned and in disbelief from the allegations we read and heard both on television and in print.

    I know full well there are folks on both sides of the aisle who support or denounce Ronald Hewett. I’ve known him personally for almost 30 years, and I know that whatever judgment is handed down, he will stand tall in the saddle.

  • David Sandifer was a Brunswick County treasure

    Since 1996, David Sandifer had been serving the people of Brunswick County as a county commissioner. While it may have been one of his more high profile positions, it was only one of many hats he wore while serving the people of this community.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on March 26, 27 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 26

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

    Sasha Vanessa Ahlers, speeding 58 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Bryan Charles Allen, improper equipment, costs.

    Logan Anthony Arnold, misdemeanor probation violation out of county, admits, Brunswick County Jail 45 days active with 45 days credit for time served.