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Today's News

  • Planning board OKs plans for family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members have recommended approval of the site and landscaping plans for a 61,000 square-foot family entertainment center next to Lowe’s on Whiteville Road.

    The board OK’d the plans at Tuesday’s board meeting as well as a conditional use for a private school operating in a church.

    The requests will be forwarded to the board of aldermen for approval.

  • 'Double parking' viewed as excessive in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Changes in parking guidelines that would require more than double the spaces for a renovated facility may be excessive, a town building official has told the town planning board.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the ordinance was changed a few years ago, dating back to when plans were being submitted for the new Waves Beachwear store.

  • Why doesn't 'Taliban' scare us the way 'communists' used to?

    As a kid, I knew little about politics. To me, Jimmy Carter was a man who liked peanuts and Ronald Reagan was a former actor who thought jelly beans were so cool he had some stashed away on a space shuttle for astronauts.

    I spent more time listening to First Lady Nancy Reagan telling me to “say no to drugs” than any of the president’s proposals to fix the economy or his take on the state of the union.

  • Sunshine Week: Shining a light on public information

    Public records and open meetings laws in North Carolina exist for one reason—to ensure that government is conducted in the open.

    Public business, according to state law, must be done in public.

    The public’s access to the government process, whether it’s access to meetings or to information or documents, is a right, not a privilege.

    While there are nine specific, and likely overused, provisions that allow public bodies to convene in closed session, action must be taken in open session.

  • Marine video is shocking and shameful

    A recent YouTube video shows a uniformed Marine referred to as “Motari” standing on a rocky-looking cliff, holding a small, black-and-white puppy by the scruff of the neck.

    The soldier then “trips,” and the puppy is thrown off the edge. Cringing cries can be heard as the puppy allegedly plunges to its death.

    The video is absolutely horrifying. When I first heard about it on the news, I had to change the channel. I couldn’t even watch the newscast, let alone the clip of the actual video.

  • Dirty restrooms should not be the norm

    You know that feeling. Almost everyone has experienced it.

    It happened to me recently in a Wilmington mall. I was walking along shopping, minding my own business, when my bladder sent a message to my brain saying, “Hey, you shouldn’t have slurped up that big ol’ Sprite.”

    I tried to ignore my bladder, but it was eventually screaming, “The tsunami is coming.” I knew I had to take action. I was in a nice department store and headed for the nearest ladies room.

  • Another taxing situation passes

    Lately, my favorite proclamation-day of the week is TGISGMTDBA15—Thank God I Somehow Got My Taxes Done Before April 15.

    It was no thanks to those free, do-it-yourself online tax preparation services, which got me in trouble one year for creating confusion in my head and causing me to answer a few questions wrong, according to the mighty Internal Revenue Service.

  • Bad incidents overshadow work of good teachers

    Being a teacher is often a thankless job.

    Long gone are the days where teachers were respected by parents and the students they taught. We no longer see boys and girls coming to school in their Sunday best.

  • Black

    Amanda Kaye Gore and Clifton Wayne Black of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Kaycey Noelle Black, born at 1:32 p.m. Dec. 4, 2007 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a half-brother, Camren Patrick Daley, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Cleve and Sylvia Gore of Shallotte and Regina Gore of Blairsville, Va.

    Paternal grandparents are Wendy Black and Farion Black, both of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Trudy Freeman of Calabash and Robert Lee Cheers and James Edwards, both of Shallotte.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 27, 28, 29 and March 3 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Feb. 27

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth: