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Today's News

  • Fire victims' autopsy results in; high blood alcohol levels noted

    Autopsy reports for the seven college students killed in the Ocean Isle Beach are complete.

    The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Chapel Hill completed the final autopsy late last month. Justin Michael Anderson, 19, died of “carbon monoxide poisoning secondary to smoke inhalation,” his autopsy report states.

    Dr. Steven D. Dubner and Dr. John D. Butts, chief medical examiner, noted Anderson had an ethanol concentration of 290 mg/dl, or a blood alcohol concentration of .29.

  • Shallotte planning board grapples with land use plan discrepancies

    SHALLOTTE—The town planning board has recommended approval of several rezonings that aren’t technically compatible with the recently approved land use plan.

    Board members say that plan is in need of some changes.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, the board approved rezoning two acres at 1290 Whiteville Road from light industrial to highway business.

  • San Rio developers fined for sewer permit violations

    SHALLOTTE—One of the developers of the San Rio project on Gray Bridge Road has been fined $10,000 plus $835 in enforcement costs for installing sewer lines without a permit.

    On Friday, Shallotte received notice from the North Carolina Division of Water Quality stating Sandler at Shallotte LLC, had “knowingly and willfully” decided to initiate construction of the sewer lines before the pending application was approved in October.

  • Developers, town collide over fees, sewer stations

    SHALLOTTE— Town administrator Paul Sabiston says accusations from developers he is “throwing curveballs” at them and keeping their plans from going forward are “entirely fiction.”

    At last Tuesday’s board meeting, Adam Lisk, developer of Sea Wynde Plantation, planned for Cumbee Road, and Jim Wiseman, agent for Wakefield Coastal, the developers of San Rio, accused “town staff” of not communicating all the town’s expectations to them ahead of time.

  • Sunset Beach board approves proceeding with ETJ expansion

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved proceeding with extending the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) north and east of town.

    At its Feb. 7 meeting, the board was presented with copies of a map showing a proposed ETJ expansion on the town’s northeast side.

    The expansion, if approved by Brunswick County, would extend the town’s ETJ along N.C. 904, Beach Drive and Old Georgetown Road. The map shows the expansion also would serve as a buffer to a newly annexed, vacant 64-acre parcel where a continuing care facility is to be built.

  • We're looking for interesting people stories all year round

    At the end of last year, I put out a call to readers to submit recommendations for our annual “Ten Most Interesting” features. We asked readers to nominate people worthy of a special story about some of the cool, unique and fun things people in our community do on a regular basis.

  • Competition is never an excuse for irresponsible reporting

    News media, like any other profession, is a competitive field. Every reporter wants to be the first one with the story, the first one to break the news.

    Competition is fine, and some would even say it’s healthy. But when it reaches the point of being a journalist’s top priority and causes harm, it needs to stop.

    Last week, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office sent two press releases to the four newspapers and two television stations that serve Brunswick County.

  • One by one, the candidates dwindle

    In the fast-paced world of politics, one day can make a big difference.

    One month of campaigning and debating for president can seem like an eternity—and wow, the difference it can make.

    As we creep closer to the Republican and Democratic conventions, the field of presidential candidates is dwindling.

    Some candidates I was glad to see go. John Edwards, for example.

    But for others—Fred Thompson and Mitt Romney— I was saddened to see them bid farewell.

  • I know we're all smarter than this

    Well, it’s happened.

    Just when you thought America had evolved to a point where it didn’t really matter the gender or race of the people running for president, the old-school feminists have pulled out the “women are oppressed” card to guilt their sisters into voting for Hillary Clinton.

  • A Valentine's Day without chocolate is like torture

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    This is the one day of the year when you can stop by any store selling valentines and see people—I don’t mean to sound sexist but mostly men—lined up at the cards section. It’s an annual ritual known as “don’t come home without one.”

    My advice is to get there early, before all that’s left are aunt and uncle cards or ones decorated with a smiling turtle reading, “For a sweet 3-year-old.”