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Opinion

  • Brunswick County is a diverse community that is home to people with a lot of talents.
    Maybe you’re one of them. Maybe you know you have skills that could help others, but you’re not quite sure how to put them to use.
    Are you a planner? Do you like to sort through details and comb through information before you make decisions?
    Maybe you’re a visionary. Do you dream of how things could be better in this county and do you have viable ideas you think could become reality?

  • James Stamper fatally stabbed someone 12 times.
    John Counts and John Gamble brutally murdered an 18-year-old Shallotte girl.
    Ten other men and women committed unimaginable violent murders and rapes right here in Brunswick County.
    They were all convicted.
    They were all sentenced to prison.
    And now, they are all free to live here, maybe right next door or down the street from you.

  • Brunswick County is among several eastern North Carolina counties currently experiencing a severe drought.

  • Ahh, county commissioner Charles Warren, just when we think you can’t surprise us with your antics again, you do.

    Who said politics can’t be entertaining?

  • Wayne Currie with the North Carolina Department of Transportation wants everyone to be more patient with Shallotte’s Smith Avenue extension project. 

  • If Memorial Day weekend traffic and busy beaches are indicators, it may be a strong tourist season for Brunswick County this summer.

  • Brunswick County commissioners have a tough job to do again for the upcoming fiscal year. While the economy continues to suffer, the board must determine how it can most efficiently operate county government without making too deep of cuts to essential services.

  • Cancer.

    Unfortunately, it’s likely most who read this know someone who has been affected by this horrific disease.

  • On Monday Joyce Hankins stood in front of reporters and asked for one thing. 

  • At last, warm weather has settled into the area. As the sun has warmed our spirits, it has also shown brightly on area gardens and fields.

  • Communities in Schools is a unique program that benefits students throughout Brunswick County.

  • It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.

    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.

    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • It looks as if some officials in Calabash may have been trying to pull the wool over their constituents’ eyes.
    First, the board of commissioners illegally went into closed session March 8, when it discussed the possibility of purchasing property from commissioner Bill Dixon, who was present for the discussion. The board failed to publicly identify the property location and who owned it.
    Not only did the board go into closed session improperly, Dixon violated the town’s code of ethics by participating in the property purchase discussion.

  • Brunswick Community College officials, particularly all those involved in the search for the new college president, allow us to pat you on the back.

  • Thanks to Carol Scott for being a voice of reason on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    The council is considering implementing a policy that would regulate how the town deals with public records requests. 

    Among items included in the proposal is a form that would require each person to provide detailed information including name, contact information and specific public records information requested.

  • Even though a new director has been hired to lead the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, the agency is still encountering roadblocks.

  • Calabash town attorney Mark Lewis sent a letter to commissioners last week advising them to release information about a possible property purchase—information that has been withheld from the public since the board met on March 8.

  • Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?

  • Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick County, is a primary sponsor of Senate Bill 110. If this bill were to gain approval in the General Assembly, it would allow terminal groins to be placed on North Carolina’s coastlines.

    Terminal groins are hardened structures constructed in coastal areas prone to beach erosion. They are designed to lessen beach erosion by catching and shifting sand along the shoreline.