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Today's News

  • Holden Beach commissioners discuss waste ordinance

    HOLDEN BEACH—Commissioners met for a board workshop Tuesday and discussed an amendment to the town’s solid waste ordinance.

    Interim town manager Jim Lowell said an amendment to the ordinance would require every rental property have one trash can per two bedrooms. The amendment only pertains to rental properties, Lowell said.

    The amendment will be implemented in April, he said.

  • Cardinal Pointe complaints continue; resident to meet with regional manager

    SHALLOTTE—Cardinal Pointe resident Amy Bass is continuing her fight against the managers of the apartment complex, next to the Highlands off Frontage Road, claiming they are overcharging and harassing renters.

    This week, a manager at NRP Management LLC, Cardinal Pointe’s property management firm, said she wants to meet with Bass next week to discuss the problems and find a resolution.

    She says she’s confused because Bass recertified her lease for another year but continues to complain to authorities.

  • Shallotte's vision for the future; Group seeks input

    The Downtown Shallotte Development Committee wants to know what residents want their town to look like over the next 10 years, and the planners hired to come up with a 10-year vision plan will be listening.

    They have scheduled two upcoming meetings, Jan. 22 and 24, to hear from Shallotte’s residents and business owners to guide their plans.

    At 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22, Shallotte Middle School will be the site of the first public meeting, starting with refreshments and moving into a more formal brainstorming session at 7 p.m.

  • Find out how you measure up to issues with candidates

    As newsies, the Beacon newsroom is always abuzz with conversations about local and national events.

    With the May primary only a few months away and races heating up with nearby debates in South Carolina, the topic of late has been the presidential election.

    The newsroom is a good mix of conservatives and liberals, and discussions are always fun and interesting. I count my blessings to be involved with a group of people who, although their views may differ, really care about what’s going on in the world.

  • If I knew what to write, I would have written it, right?

    Apparently, there are 91,300,000 professional, expert writers among us. At least that’s what Google says.

    I’ve been stuck in a rut lately when it comes to column writing. I’ll go ahead and blame it on the Seasonal Affective Disorder I wrote about last week.

    Taking my own advice, I bought a new lamp. I’m sure it wasn’t the kind experts say to use for light therapy, but it was on sale, very modern looking, and in a way, helped me through retail therapy.

    Close enough.

  • Listen to candidates before you make up your mind

    I went into last week’s GOP debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C., confident I wanted John McCain to be our next president.

    But when all the candidates left the convention center and all but a few of the press had hopped on their planes headed to their next debate, I wasn’t as sure as I was when I arrived earlier that day.

    Don’t get me wrong; I was very impressed with McCain.

    While I am not trying to endorse McCain, I agree with a good portion of his message—his priorities for this country and our security.

  • Anyone could manage with a lifestyle manager

    It’s one thing to have a career and quite another to stay at home, tending to the home fires and bookoodles of endless tasks shrieking for attention there.

    A few days ago, I was about to move out until I read some advice about cutting what you have to do down into “chunks,” to make the chores at hand less overwhelming and more manageable.

    I think that’s a great idea.

  • Future linebacker's mom prepares for a great year

    This year will be a new beginning for me. No, it’s not because of my New Year’s resolutions. It’s because 2008 will be my first full year as a mother.

    My son, Levi, was born on Oct. 24. He was a big boy, weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and 21 inches long.

    At birth he was a healthy, good-sized baby. The pediatrician and surgical team who delivered him were taking bets on his weight. “Whoa! That’s a 10-pounder right there,” someone exclaimed.

    “Yeah. I’d say 10-plus,” said another.

  • 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.