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  • Business owners say no to changes in sign ordinance

    LELAND—Some Leland business owners don’t like the town’s plan to change its sign ordinance.

    At last Thursday night’s monthly town meeting, officials opened a public hearing for responses about ordinance. The issue was not up for a vote.

    Town planning director Robert Waring explained the new ordinance, if approved, requires all non-conforming wall and ground signs to be brought into compliance with town ordinances within five years or be removed.

  • Judge 'humiliated' by erroneous blog postings

    BOLIVIA—Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis said media strategist Edward Lee Rapp’s untrue blog postings about her nearly three years ago affected her personally.

    “I was embarrassed by them,” Lewis said, testifying Wednesday in her juried libel trial against Rapp. “I could not sleep.”

    She asked her administrative office for time off because “I had difficulty concentrating,” she said. “I was humiliated by it.”

  • Historian shares life of Martin Luther King Jr. at BCC event


    How can you understand the life of Martin Luther King Jr. if you don’t understand the historical time period in which he was raised?

    That is the question addressed by Ashley Barnhill, history instructor, during a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 17.

    “I have no clue except history because I didn’t grow up in a segregated place,” Barnhill said. “How can you understand King if you don’t know the history of that time?”

  • County joins together to say goodbye to detective

    Brunswick County stood still Saturday as the life of Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detective Kyle Jones was honored by family, friends and law enforcement.

    Jones died unexpectedly on Monday, Jan. 14, at his Oak Island home.

    Throughout the county flags were at half-staff, and law enforcement badges were shrouded as tears filled hundreds of eyes.

  • Sunset Beach: Streetscape work delayed

    SUNSET BEACH—Timing has delayed a proposed schedule for streetscape improvements for the Sunset Beach island.
    At their monthly meeting Jan. 7, town council members considered a request for proposals (RFP) for streetscape designs.
    Proposed landscape design work by local golf course architect Tim Cate entails landscaping and parking areas, the sidewalk and a bike path, with “hardscape” work by Michael Norton.
    Specifications for construction have also been completed and are part of the RFPs.

  • Jury selection begins in judge's libel case

    BOLIVIA—Jury selection has begun in a libel case filed by District 13 Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis against media strategist Edward Rapp.
    Selection was to begin Tuesday afternoon at the Brunswick County Courthouse following preliminary pretrial proceedings that morning.
    The case is being presided over by visiting Superior Court Judge F. Lane Williamson of Mecklenburg County.
    Williamson decided against defense attorney Hugh Stevens’ motion to disqualify Lewis’ attorney, Lonnie Williams, on grounds Williams is a witness in the case.

  • Carolina Shores gearing up for annual retreat

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners is getting ready for its annual retreat.
    Same as last year, the day-long retreat is scheduled to take place at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center on U.S. 17. This year’s retreat date is Monday, Feb. 4.
    The retreat will kick off with commissioners’ usual monthly workshop, which precedes their monthly meeting scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 7.

  • Calabash mayor responds to expenditure questions

    CALABASH—Calabash Mayor Mary Knight sat at a smaller desk in a much smaller office than where she started out as mayor last year.
    A new rug, festively printed in coastal hues—sky blue with yellow sun shapes, covers new laminate flooring—both coverings a recent topic of controversy between Knight and town commissioners.
    On the wall of the freshly floored room hangs a framed picture of Jimmy Durante, along with the late entertainer’s famous quote, “Goodnight, Mrs. Calabash, wherever you are.”

  • MLK Jr. honored at Brunswick County government complex Wednesday

    BOLIVIA—Ahead of Monday’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day observation, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis hosted a Brunswick County recognition Wednesday.

    “Remember the legend, the message, the dream embodied by Dr. King,” Assistant District Attorney Quinton McGee said in his invocation.

    “It’s a message instilled in the youth of the community today and well into the future, so the dream carries on.”

  • From cats to trash, town commissioners hash out business at recent meeting

    Things got tense at the Holden Beach commissioners’ Jan. 8 meeting when Dennis Harrington, the newest board member, asked to add two things to the agenda just after the meeting started.

    Commissioners typically call town officials days before the meeting and ask that certain items be placed on the agenda.

    One of the items was a request for the town to take tax money and pay for curbside recycling.

    Seventy-five residents have signed up for curbside recycling, which costs $50 a year and has pick-up twice a month.