Today's News

  • Political apathy makes election season even worse

    Amidst all the hoopla of the political coverage we’ve seen of late, it seems more like a rerun of last season’s show.

    The dates and locations may change, the faces change, but it still sounds the same.

    On one side, it seems we have three people who will say or promise anything to get our support. They tell us they know our burdens and feel our pain.

  • Vision plan's success depends on the public

    When Shallotte alderman Walt Eccard looks at Shallotte, he doesn’t just see what’s there now, he dreams of what could be.

    Eccard and other community members have been working together to create a plan to guide development of this ever-growing town. Through a number of donations and town support, the Downtown Shallotte Development Committee has been able to bring a professional planner into the mix, with the hopes of creating a long-term plan to improve life and appearances in Shallotte.

  • Births


    Brandon Johnson and Heather Rhodes of Dunn are the parents of a daaughter, Alana Ann Johnson, born at 8:09 a.m. Dec. 27 at Betsy Johnson Regional Hospital in Dunn.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Marsha Rhodes of Supply and David Rhodes of Civietown.

    Paternal grandparents are Bill and Beverly Johnson of Erwin and Daniel and Jean Smith of Ash.

  • District Court Docket

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

    Wednesday, Jan. 2

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

    Kathryn Elaine Alford, fail to reduce speed, voluntarily dismissed.

    Steven H. Ankrun, speeding 66 in a 55 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Jade Marie Arthur, improper equipment, costs; fail to yield from private drive, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Holden-McColl

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Angela Nichole Holden of Supply and Daniel Currie McColl IV of St. Pauls. The bride-elect is the daughter of Laila Holden of Supply and Larry Holden of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Lisa and Harold Grim of St. Pauls. A Nov. 8 wedding is planned at Concord United Methodist Church.

  • Williams-Frink

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Camelia Williams of Longwood and Brandon Frink of Thomasboro. The bride-elect is the daughter of Angela Williams of Longwood. The prospective groom is the son of Carrie Frink of Thomasboro. An Oct. 25 wedding is planned.

  • Holden-Barnhill

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Amanda Lea Holden of Supply and Jody Barnhill of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Laila Holden of Supply and Larry Holden of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of David and Vanessa Barnhill of Winnabow. An Oct. 31 wedding is planned at Concord United Methodist Church.

  • A divided Christ is a meaningless cross

    Each year, many Christians observe a week of prayer for Christian unity. It would seem the power of prayer, individual and collective, would have long since achieved its goal and all would be one in Christ. Yet the days melt into weeks and years; the years into decades and division remains. Many times the golden jubilee door has been opened—and closed—on the proverbial 12 months of reprieve. Nothing has changed.

  • Church briefs

    Ocean View sets women’s retreat

    A women’s retreat is set for Jan. 25 and 26 at Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive, Ocean Isle Beach.

    The guest speaker will be Barbara Benton from Helena, Ala., an in-depth Bible teacher, according to a church news release.

    Registration will begin at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25, followed by a sit-down dinner at 6:15 p.m. and praise and worship at 7 p.m.

    The retreat session is set for 8:30 a.m. to noon Jan. 26 at the church, with a break at 10 a.m.

    Call the church at 579-6833 to make a reservation.

  • Cavaliers recall Simmons

    Cedric Simmons is back with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    The Cavaliers recalled Simmons on Jan. 10, eight days after assigning him to the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of the NBA Development League.

    Simmons, who has been recovering from an ankle injury, played in three games with the Vipers and averaged 9.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.3 blocks per game.

    Simmons is a former West Brunswick High School and N.C. State University standout and was a first-round pick of the New Orleans Hornets in the 2006 NBA Draft.