Today's News

  • Roger Bacon Academy to get school resource officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a school resource officer for Roger Bacon Academy.

    The county approved a $70,000 appropriation for the school resource officer, for which the academy would reimburse the county.

    The school resource officer would also be trained as a DARE officer. With the approval the academy also agreed to a four-year contract with annual salary and benefit increases established by county administration.

    In other business, commissioners:

  • The Prohibition and Great Depression Years (1920-1939) at Ocean Isle Beach

    The National Prohibition Act passed over President Woodrow Wilson’s veto on Oct. 28, 1918, and provided enforcement for the 18th Amendment outlawing liquor. The act took effect on the Federal level on Jan. 29, 1920, and was not repealed until Dec. 5, 1933.

    During the Prohibition years in America, it was illegal to produce, transport, or possess liquor. However, sailing vessels routinely used Tubbs Inlet to smuggle rum, whisky and other liquor into Brunswick County from the Bahamas, Jamaica and Canada.

  • Shallotte planning board sets vision plan workshop

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board will meet in a workshop at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 29 to discuss a schedule of tasks to make Shallotte’s new vision plan a reality.

    “One of the things [the planning board] wants to focus on initially is the urban waterfront district,” town administrator Paul Sabiston said this week.

    Obtaining the required permits from the state Division of Coastal Management would require a lot of planning and paperwork.

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Sunset at Sunset party set for Oct. 4 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans are firming up for the second annual Sunset at Sunset block party Oct. 4, which this year includes a photography contest of sunsets.

    The deadline for submissions for the event’s inaugural photo contest is 12:30-4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Amateur photographers are asked to submit black-and-white or color photographs of sunsets during that time at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • County commissioners make room for boat ramp in tight budget

    Water access trumped a tight budget Monday night as county commissioners earmarked $500,000 over the next two years for a new boat ramp in Sunset Beach.

    In a fiscal year where the county budget included no new jobs and expenditures were severely limited, Sunset Beach town officials will receive $250,000 from this year’s budget.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the $250,000 commissioners agreed to give the town from this fiscal year’s budget was not included in the budget, but water access “has been a major goal of commissioners this year and last.”

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.

  • Quality background investigations can reveal secrets

    Persons applying for sensitive jobs, like at the airport, hospital, school, financial institution or in law enforcement, must submit to a detailed background investigation. Consequently, many people do not apply, knowing they will be washed out.

    Among those who do apply, a significant number are rejected at the conclusion of the investigation. Derogatory information may be developed when a criminal history is revealed, a poor credit record, past employment problems or disqualifying information from a reference, relative or neighbor comes to light.

  • Out with the old--new campaign, new issues, new misunderstandings

    The Bush doctrine is the new global warming.

    Few people understand it, yet everybody seems to want to talk about it. But, unlike the Bush doctrine, global warming has become last campaign’s issue. At least Al Gore can take a break for a while.

    In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s first sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, politicians and pundits have been scrambling to define and address both Palin’s and Gibson’s understanding of the Bush doctrine.

  • Trying to hold out in the run for gas, hoping to avoid empty

    The CNN headline Monday afternoon made my stomach flip, “Developing Story: President Bush says Hurricane Ike has put ‘a pinch’ on nation’s energy supply.”

    As if things weren’t bad enough.

    On Friday, as gas prices in some places across the nation skyrocketed higher than $5 a gallon, I kept an eye on local prices. On a few occasions when I left the office, I noted increasing costs of gas, with lines growing longer and longer at local pumps.