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Today's News

  • Commissioners nix commercial beach requests

    HOLDEN BEACH—Fueled by residents’ opposition to any commercial endeavors on the beach strand, town commissioners on Tuesday denied two local businesses’ requests to operate on the beach.

    Two separate businesses—one seeking permission to operate a parasailing business, the other to sell Italian ice on the beach—were denied after commissioners said too many residents opposed the idea of allowing commercial operations on the beach.

  • Roundabout construction nearly finished

    The roundabout being constructed at the intersection of Causeway Drive and First Street in Ocean Isle Beach is near completion.

    “The roundabout is on schedule,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said Tuesday at the town’s monthly meeting.

    Construction crews were finishing paving Tuesday and Ivey said striping, sign placement and finishing touches should be complete by the end of Friday. A walk-through is scheduled for Monday through Wednesday of next week. The road will be open once the walk through is complete.

  • Newly refurbished Rourk Branch Library opens to the public

    SHALLOTTE—The newly renovated Rourk Branch library has opened on Main Street, complete with a new reading room, new children’s room and more space for browsing books.

    The library opened last Wednesday after being closed since December.Patrons are enjoying the roomier building, according to library workers.

    Before the renovation, patrons had to squeeze past one another to peruse the stacks of books, and the computer stations were nearly always in use with people standing and waiting turns.

  • Draft vision plan to be presented April 2

    Aldermen are expected to meet with the consultant working on the towns vision plan April 2, town officials said.

    The vision plan is a five-to-10 year plan to revitalize the downtown area by encouraging beautification as well as new commercial development.

    The meeting with the board will be followed a couple of weeks later by a public unveiling of the plans rough draft, during which local residents will be able to give their final comments.

  • Planning board OKs plans for family entertainment center

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members have recommended approval of the site and landscaping plans for a 61,000 square-foot family entertainment center next to Lowe’s on Whiteville Road.

    The board OK’d the plans at Tuesday’s board meeting as well as a conditional use for a private school operating in a church.

    The requests will be forwarded to the board of aldermen for approval.

  • 'Double parking' viewed as excessive in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Changes in parking guidelines that would require more than double the spaces for a renovated facility may be excessive, a town building official has told the town planning board.

    Town building inspector Jeff Curtis said the ordinance was changed a few years ago, dating back to when plans were being submitted for the new Waves Beachwear store.

  • Why doesn't 'Taliban' scare us the way 'communists' used to?

    As a kid, I knew little about politics. To me, Jimmy Carter was a man who liked peanuts and Ronald Reagan was a former actor who thought jelly beans were so cool he had some stashed away on a space shuttle for astronauts.

    I spent more time listening to First Lady Nancy Reagan telling me to “say no to drugs” than any of the president’s proposals to fix the economy or his take on the state of the union.

  • Sunshine Week: Shining a light on public information

    Public records and open meetings laws in North Carolina exist for one reason—to ensure that government is conducted in the open.

    Public business, according to state law, must be done in public.

    The public’s access to the government process, whether it’s access to meetings or to information or documents, is a right, not a privilege.

    While there are nine specific, and likely overused, provisions that allow public bodies to convene in closed session, action must be taken in open session.

  • Marine video is shocking and shameful

    A recent YouTube video shows a uniformed Marine referred to as “Motari” standing on a rocky-looking cliff, holding a small, black-and-white puppy by the scruff of the neck.

    The soldier then “trips,” and the puppy is thrown off the edge. Cringing cries can be heard as the puppy allegedly plunges to its death.

    The video is absolutely horrifying. When I first heard about it on the news, I had to change the channel. I couldn’t even watch the newscast, let alone the clip of the actual video.

  • Dirty restrooms should not be the norm

    You know that feeling. Almost everyone has experienced it.

    It happened to me recently in a Wilmington mall. I was walking along shopping, minding my own business, when my bladder sent a message to my brain saying, “Hey, you shouldn’t have slurped up that big ol’ Sprite.”

    I tried to ignore my bladder, but it was eventually screaming, “The tsunami is coming.” I knew I had to take action. I was in a nice department store and headed for the nearest ladies room.