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Today's News

  • A Valentine's Day without chocolate is like torture

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    This is the one day of the year when you can stop by any store selling valentines and see people—I don’t mean to sound sexist but mostly men—lined up at the cards section. It’s an annual ritual known as “don’t come home without one.”

    My advice is to get there early, before all that’s left are aunt and uncle cards or ones decorated with a smiling turtle reading, “For a sweet 3-year-old.”

  • Taxpayers: Shelling out too much and receiving too little

    I’m tired of getting ripped off.

    You and I are paying too much in taxes, we’re paying too much for gasoline, which is over-priced to begin with. To add insult to injury we can get it down the road in South Carolina for a whole lot less. (Why can’t we purchase gasoline for even less in North Carolina?)

    When it comes to our schools, I don’t think we get our money’s worth. I was reading studies on charter schools and how they are constantly under scrutiny (or they don’t get their charter for the following year).

  • Warning sign program will be good for county

    When it comes to emergency situations, getting information out to the public as quickly as possible is important.

    In the past, emergency officials relied heavily on television and radio stations to get urgent warnings out fast. While those tools will continue to be important in emergency preparedness, with changes in today’s ever-evolving electronic society, alternatives are needed.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 30, 31 and March 4 and 5 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Jan 30

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

    Roger Austin Jr., possession drug paraphernalia, N.C. Department of Corrections five days.

    Eisar Castro Baza, no operator’s license, Brunswick County Jail 30 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, costs, not violate any criminal laws.

  • Brunswick County hears grand jury cases

    A Brunswick County grand jury under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Marie Jordan returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Jan. 22:

    Mary Darlene Austin, 40, of 1095 Flemington Road, Wilmington; misdemeanor larceny, financial card theft.

    Kenneth Brogden Bailey III, 29, of 725 Ocean Blvd. West, Supply; felony conspiracy.

    Harold Eugene Brock, 51, of 1584 Holden Beach Road, Supply; felony breaking and/or entering.

  • Evans-Frink

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Violet Andrews of Leland and Douglas Evans of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Lee Vance Frink and Marjorie Lynn Frink of Supply. A Feb. 14 wedding is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

  • Kirby-Worrell

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Ann Kirby of Supply and Kirk Joseph Worrell of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Kirby of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Livius and Mary Jo Worrell of Fayetteville. A March 15 wedding is planned at Ocean View Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

  • This week in Brunswick sports

    Thursday, Feb. 14

    Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball League at Waccamaw Elementary School: Sharon Methodist vs. Pleasant Grove, 7 p.m.; Shallotte Presbyterian vs. New Beginnings, 8 p.m.; Pleasant View vs. Jennies Branch, 9 p.m.

    Friday, Feb. 15

    South Brunswick at Whiteville in JV girls, JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4 p.m.

    North Brunswick hosts West Brunswick in JV boys, varsity girls and varsity boys basketball, 4:30 p.m.

    West Brunswick at East 3A Regional Wrestling Championships, South Central High School, 5:30 p.m.

  • West, South celebrate realignment victory

    SHALLOTTE—One of the most important victories of the year for West Brunswick High School athletics didn’t happen on a court or field. It happened in a meeting room.

    The school was notified last week it will no longer be a member of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference when the next realignment takes effect at the start of the 2009-10 school year.

    “I’m excited. I think it’s going to be great for our program. It’s good for our kids,” said West Brunswick athletics director Marcia Heady.

  • NASCAR rookies bring a lot to the table

    Although NASCAR's off-season is probably the briefest in professional sports, to a race fan, it seems to last forever.

    Mercifully, it is now over. The Daytona 500 on Feb. 17 will mark the official opening of the 2008 race season.

    For the moment, it is a clean slate, but don’t hold your breath. Before too many laps and weeks have passed, this fresh page will be filled with scuffs and skid marks, fines and feuds, and plenty of traded paint.