• Grateful for the Griffins

    To the editor:

    We would like to say a special thanks to Michelle and Charles Griffin for the work they have done this year for local charities.

    First of all, they ran the Ocean Isle Flotilla on Nov. 26 and raised more than $19,000 in support of Brunswick Family Assistance. Two weeks later, they hosted the Toys for Tots party at Sharky’s and collected enough toys for about 100 children so they would have something for Christmas.

    Thanks again for your hard work in our community. You are truly a blessing to Ocean Isle and Brunswick County.

  • Thank you for Brunswick Toy Run support

    To the editor:

    More than 100 motorcyclists and classic car drivers participated in the 24th annual Toy Run, which started and ended at Wal-Mart in Shallotte on Dec. 10. Toy Run representatives took more than 100 Brunswick County children of Brunswick Family Assistance shopping at Wal-Mart, spending $13,000 on their gifts.

    The winner of the 2016 Toy Run raffle was Joe Smith. Thanks to all who bought tickets.

    Thanks to Supply businesses A-1 Hitch & Trailer for donating the trailer and G&E Golf Cars for discounting the golf cart.

  • Sunset Beach needs long-term vision

    To the editor:

    As a longtime visitor and homeowner in Sunset Beach, I am continually amused by the shenanigans of the town council. I have never seen an elected body that knows less about their own rules and regulations. If their public conversation is any indication, I can only imagine what goes on behind closed doors with this group.

    2016 will be a banner year for the town’s elected representatives with the cabana ban and unban, the property zoning disputes, dredging decisions and many other issues. I have little hope 2017 will be any better.

  • Thanks for supporting Wreaths Across America effort

    To the editor:

    Every year on a given day in December, veterans groups, active duty military, public officials, Gold Star Mothers, Daughters of the American Revolution, JROTC students, Civil Air Patrol Cadets, Scouts, Rolling Thunder and the general public gather at the National Cemetery on Market Street in Wilmington to pay respects to those in their final resting place.

  • BRSI seeks pest control help for senior citizens

    To the editor:

    The Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) Case Management Team, as it assesses the needs of seniors in our communities, has identified a great need to provide pest control services to seniors living in homes where pests are threatening the senior’s self-sufficiency, personal health and safety.

    Treatment for pests such as bed bugs can cost anywhere from $1,000 to $1,400 per home. Pest control is not a budgeted item for seniors living on a fixed income, and BSRI is asking for your help with funding to assist seniors in critical need.

  • Naloxone can save local lives

    To the editor:

    The use of naloxone can save a life. Naloxone, also known as Narcan, is an opioid antagonist used in opioid overdoses to counteract the life-threatening depression of the respiratory system. It allows an overdose victim to breathe normally.

    Although traditionally administered by emergency response personnel, naloxone can be administered by lay people or members of the public, making it ideal for treating heroin and other opioids overdoses. The training is simple and use of naloxone results in a life saved.

  • Cabanas should be banned

    To the editor:

    Regarding cabanas on Sunset Beach, I am the councilman who presented the motion to ban cabanas. I did so for a variety of reasons: Safety, as reported by our fire department, whose members now spend an inordinate amount of time mediating cabana disputes; overcrowding on the beaches; councils’ failure to fix the problem while creating more confusion with layers of regulations; and other towns banning cabanas without loss of revenues.

  • Is God in control?

    To the editor:

    Satan had to be allowed by God to test Job (Job 1:6-22). Job was blameless (not sinless) in God’s eyes. When he was tested, he never cursed God, but praised him. God blessed Job after he passed the test.

    I have heard people ask why does a loving God allow disaster and disease. My answer is maybe hell is worse than any tragedy we may face. A book was written, “Why do bad things happen to good people?” Dr. R.C. Sproul responds: “Where are the good people?”

  • Water main break showed lack of foresight

    To the editor:

    Kudos to the people who attempted repairs on the raw water pipe break Oct. 13 to the Northwest Water Treatment Plant and to those who installed the bypass piping and the permanent repairs.

    However, the utility board, county commissioners and water utility management should be ashamed of the lack of foresight and for partnering with a facility that put the customers of Brunswick County in jeopardy of not having water.

  • Local theater manager goes the extra mile

    To the editor:

    Recently, my daughter attended a movie at night at Frank Theatres Costal Cinemas. It was very cold. When she returned to her car in the parking lot to leave, her car would not start. She tried again, but no luck. She called me in tears.

    When I arrived, hers was the only vehicle still there. I saw her and another person standing by the car with the hood raised. The person helping her was Austin, the night manager. My heart swelled.