Today's News

  • Democrat governor candidate makes Brunswick campaign stop

    BOLIVIA—For Democrat gubernatorial candidate Bob Etheridge solving the state’s problems goes back to one issue—education.

    Not surprisingly, the former state superintendent of public instruction sees a well-educated workforce as a solution to the state’s economic woes, including attracting industry for expansion in North Carolina.

  • For or against? Marriage amendment on primary ballot

    Regardless of party affiliation, all registered voters will be able to vote on the marriage amendment, which would amend the North Carolina Constitution to define marriage between a man and a woman as the “only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”

    The Defense of Marriage Act was approved by a three-fifths majority of the General Assembly last year, which allowed for it to appear as a voter referendum on the May 8 primary ballot in North Carolina.

  • The cost of changing: School district looks at impact of going back to single-start time

    BOLIVIA—The recent board of education decision to revert to a single-bell schedule has left board members with the task of making up for the loss in efficiency by not renewing their staggered bell schedule.

    The North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (DPI) reimburses local school systems for their transportation costs on an efficiency rating scale—meaning the more efficient the school system, the more money they receive from the state.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach-hole rules

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has unanimously approved an amendment establishing rules for hole-digging on the beach.

    The ordinance change, approved at a town board workshop Tuesday, states holes dug on the beach are required to be attended to at all times and filled prior to leaving the beach. It states “No hole, trench or depression on the beach strand shall exceed 18 inches in depth and 5 feet in width.”

    The amendment also imposes a $25 fine for violations.

  • GOP legislators lead effectiveness rankings

    RALEIGH—The North Carolina Center for Public Policy Research recently released its annual effectiveness rankings for state lawmakers.

    Republicans claimed all 10 of the highest-ranking slots in the state Senate and 12 of the top 15 spots in the state House.

    Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, who serves as president pro tem of the Senate, and House Speaker Rep. Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, both topped the list for their respective chambers.

  • Commissioners approve contract with Waste Industries until 2019

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners on Monday approved an extended contract with Waste Industries for curbside trash pickup until 2019.

    The $11 million contract was approved three votes to two, with commissioners Marty Cooke and Charles Warren dissenting.

    The new contract eliminates a fuel surcharge, Stephanie Lewis, the county’s operation services director, said.

  • One big fish tale: Sixty years later, Sunset Beach couple still 'lovers, not fighters'

    SUNSET BEACH—Bill and Maggie Ehling have known each other a long time.

    In fact, just this past Tuesday, April 17, the Sunset Beach couple celebrated a real milestone—their 60th wedding anniversary.

    At their Sunset Beach home where they’ve lived for the past 13 years, the couple enjoyed a few jokes and jabs and laughter as they told how they met—back in the 1950s when both were in the Army and stationed in Germany, working in communications.

  • Fitness marathons to benefit Relay for Life

    Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has scheduled several fitness marathons next week to benefit Relay for Life.

    Those who are up for the fitness challenge are invited to participate. They just need to sign up ahead of time and pay varying registration fees that will be donated to Relay for Life.

    The events are every year right before Relay for Life, said Neil Smeigh, fitness specialist at the fitness & aquatics center.


    Swim, run, walk

  • Chappell’s home run, five RBIs lead West to softball win over North

     Alyssa Chappell hit a three-run home run in the fifth inning to give West Brunswick a 5-4 lead and hit a two-run double in the sixth inning as the Trojans went on to beat North Brunswick 8-4 in a conference softball game April 17.

    Chappell, a senior first baseman, finished 3-for-4 with five RBIs.

    “She had been slumping just a little bit,” West coach Joe Noble said, “so I dropped her down in the lineup to take a little bit of pressure off her. Since then, she’s been producing and been hitting the ball.”

  • Sunset Beach police investigate incidents

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported in the past week:

    •On April 13, police took a report of a breaking-and-entering, larceny and damage to property at The Colony II, 908 Resort Circle.

    •On April 10, Kailey Ann Osterman, 17, of Southern Pines, was arrested and charged with underage consumption, underage possession of a malt beverage and resisting, delaying and obstructing.