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Today's News

  • Three o’clock is naptime, not meeting time

    Last time we spoke, I mentioned in passing the change to the Brunswick County commissioners’ meeting schedule, which was recently reconfigured to the second and third Mondays of the month.

    No sooner than the words were out of my mouth, give or take two to three weeks, county officials have changed the regular meeting schedule once again, so just try to ignore the sensation if you start to experience feelings of déjà vu while reading this.

  • Rally celebrates Women’s Equality Day on Aug. 26 in Southport

    Aug. 26 marks the 97th anniversary of the constitutional amendment that granted women the right to vote.

    Two groups are celebrating the passage of the 19th Amendment with a rally from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 26, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in Southport.

    The event features speakers, including state Rep. Deb Butler, live music by Fun Fatale Trio, local civic and women’s groups’ tables and a supply drive for local schoolchildren.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The two weeks since my last column have been active for me, although I haven’t had to travel to Raleigh. I have been able to meet with so many interesting groups around the district and have been involved in several ongoing issues.

    In our region, we held a groundbreaking Teacher Academy, we learned about the safety status of our drinking water, we have seen legal threats to our beach and inlet projects and I have met with several community groups.

  • On Campus with BCC: Jiaire’s story

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, I watched a clean-cut, confident

    young man walk to the front of a room, stand behind the podium and speak to a local civic organization. From my seat, I saw a passion-filled, intelligent individual who did not need notes to share his message. He was articulate and funny, with just the right combination of humility and confidence.

  • You decide: What explains the rising costs for college?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    It’s the beginning of a new academic year on college campuses. It’s my 40th as a faculty member at North Carolina State University. I see the eager, young students venturing onto the campus for the first time and tell myself that was me a long, long time ago!

    Of course, new students face many challenges, including deciding on a major, adjusting to the rigors of college courses and balancing “study time” with “fun time.”

  • Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation Fish Fry heats up Friday

    The Brunswick Sheriff’s Charitable Foundation fires up its annual fundraising Fish Fry from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25, next to the Hills Supermarket parking lot in Shallotte to raise funds for the foundation’s Sunshine Fund.

    This fund supports Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office families who suffer from tragedies.

    The outdoor fish fry, at N.C. 130 (Whiteville Road) and 179 (Main Street) will serve helpings of freshly breaded and fried flounder, potato salad, coleslaw and bread for $8 per person.

  • News itself often more sensational than reports

    My beloved beleaguered Cleveland Browns — who only won their last game last season to go 1-15 — are undefeated in the preseason, having beaten the New York Giants on Monday night. My beloved Cleveland Indians played just a few blocks away, beating the Boston Red Sox, and remain atop the American League Central division.

    In June, my beloved Cleveland Cavaliers didn’t repeat as NBA champs, but they retained the Eastern Conference title for a third straight year.

  • Park use problem rooted in permit cost and duration

    For all the questions in recent weeks surrounding the Waterfront Market at Sunset Beach in Sunset Beach Town Park, certain details are clear.

    No one dislikes the market.

    No one wants it to be discontinued.

    No one believes Waterway Markets LLC, consisting of market managers Chris Wilson, Susan Bradford and Carol Corbett and market partner Emily Shea, does a poor job of operating the market.

    No one has said Wilson, Bradford, Corbett and Shea are bad people; rather, they are viewed as savvy businesswomen.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug 10-16 2017

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident and made these arrests.

    Aug. 10

    Gary Pendergraft, 76, of Sunset Oaks Lane, was arrested on an indecent exposure charge. He is accused of exposing himself to female postal workers while they were delivering mail.

    Aug. 11

    London Xavier Galloway, 22, of 2406 Carlton Place, Riverside, Calif., was arrested on a simple affray charge after police were called to a fight between him and his brother.

  • Smiths celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

    Johnnie and Violet Smith of Ash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 16 with a celebration at Cypress Creek Church in Whiteville. The couple, who wed June 16, 1967, in Conway, S.C., have two children and five grandchildren.