Today's News

  • Shallotte mayor home after hospital stay

    Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long returned home July 3 from several weeks in the hospital recovering from bleeding ulcers and two mini-strokes, he said this week.

    Long said he will find out if he can attend the next town board meeting this week during his doctor’s appointment.

    “I’m basically homebound now,” he said. “It’s certainly a privilege to be back home and to be out of the hospital. Hopefully, I’ll be getting back to doing some of the things I used to do.”

  • Sunset Beach ABC store moving to shopping center in village

    SUNSET BEACH—A new site is being readied for the town’s ABC store.

    “We’re in the last stages,” Bob Bobinski, a Sunset Beach town councilman who serves on the town’s three-member ABC board, said last week. “I would hope to be in there in about two to three weeks.”

    The store is moving from its current location at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Shoreline Drive West on the mainland to a new, 5,000-square-foot site on High Market Street in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • Summer food collection launches in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Carol Scott hates the thought of wasted food—so much so, it spurred her to take action.

    A few weeks ago, the Sunset Beach resident initiated a first for her island—a summer food collection and fundraiser for the dwindling pantry at Brunswick Family Assistance.

    “Like many other people on the island, many of us started out as renters,” said Scott, a Virginia resident who lives part-time on the island with her husband, Pete, and hopes to retire there permanently in the near future.

  • The impact of World War II rationing on two little boys

    My dinner guest was looking over our family photos posted around the living room.

    He came across the one shown here of my brother, Jim, 4 years old, and me, at 5, taken by our grandmother in 1943. She was so proud of her Kodak Brownie Six-20 camera, and Jim and me, too.

    At first, the conversation centered on our trim little physiques. My guest noted we were borderline skinny by today’s standards.

    Then, he poked fun at the high-top leather shoes we were wearing. They were bigger than our feet—almost like clown shoes.

  • Out-of-control baby fever hits superstar-obsessed mags

    All of Hollywood and tabloid readers alike can breathe easy—Brad and Angelina’s twins have arrived.

    Now I’m a self-proclaimed tabloid junkie, but this is too much even for me.

    Reports are circulating on the Internet the first published baby photos are being shopped for about $20 million.

    Break it down, that’s $10 million per baby.

    An editor from People appeared on The Early Show and denied the magazine had made an offer as reported.

  • Questions every citizen should be able to answer

    What do native-born Americans really know about “my country ‘tis of thee, sweet land of liberty”?

    Think they’re smarter than the many immigrants seeking precious citizenship? Even a fifth-grade one?

    This past Fourth of July Eve, a record 98 people representing 48 countries became United States citizens during a naturalization ceremony in Southport.

  • Victim notification is important

    In 1999, five years after 18-year-old Amy Frink was violently murdered by John Paul Counts, her family readied to move on, grieve and heal from the horrific ordeal.

    Counts, who had been found guilty of beating, stabbing and running Frink over with her own car, had been sentenced to 30 years in prison. John Gamble was also charged for a role in her murder. He remains in prison.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 2, 3, 7 and July 8 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Rudy Ledesma Aguilar, improper equipment, costs.

    Silvano Aguirre, unsafe movement, costs; no operator’s license, voluntarily dismissed.

    Ronald Patrick Alexander, speeding 69 in a 55 zone, costs.

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns June indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on June 23:

    Tracey Jermaine Ballard, 33, of 115 S. 2nd St., Wilmington; felony possession marijuana, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana.

    Daniel William Bishop, 38, of 140 NE 31st St., Oak Island; felony maintain vehicle/dwelling/place controlled substance, felony possession cocaine, possession drug paraphernalia.

  • Find fresh food, crafts and treats in new location

    This Saturday, the Shallotte Farmers Market will move from the town hall parking lot to Lions Club Park beside Shallotte Plaza on Main Street. It will give the public easier access to vendors and the vendors a more comfortable, shadier spot for selling.

    My daughter and I went to the last market day at town hall last Saturday to talk to a few people and get photos for an upcoming story for the Beacon’s Island Living magazine.

    She served as my sidekick, writing her own “notes” as I made the rounds from table to table.