08th Oct2012

Ward abruptly cancels fire department
meetings, acts dismissive

by Ken Clarke

BURGAW – In a move that appeared more out of irritation than statesmanship Pender Commissioner Chester Ward abruptly canceled a program he championed to have the local fire departments hold residential meetings at least twice a year, then dismissed board chairman George Brown for attempting to clarify the reasoning.

08th Oct2012

Candlelight vigil for Kimberly Batchelor

by Ken Clarke

SCOTTS HILL – A vigil will be held Monday night in Scotts Hill to send prayers and good wishes for Kimberly Batchelor who is battling the rare cancer leptomeningeal oligodendrogliomatosis.

08th Oct2012

Today in History – Oct. 8 – Chicago burns

by Ken Clarke

On this day in 1871 a fire in the barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary started the great Chicago fire that burned for two days killing nearly 300 people, destroying 17,450 buildings and leaving homeless more than 100,000 people.

08th Oct2012

Benton back in public service

by Ken Clarke

SURF CITY – Having served the public for more than 30 years, it appears eight months of retirement could not scratch that itch because former Pender County Manager Rick Benton is once again headed back to the realm of public service as he has been appointed to the Surf City Planning Board.

08th Oct2012

Offense again bogs down as Titans fall to Hobbton

by Lee Wagner

NEWTON GROVE – The Trask High School football team headed to Newton Grove on Friday with a chance to get off the zero mark in wins against a team that had managed just one win in its previous seven games, and looking at what lies ahead, it was very possible the Titans only chance at a victory in what has become a lost season.

07th Oct2012

Letter to Editor – Human chain for Sgt. Butler’s funeral

by Ken Clarke

Attention!  Former Topsail High graduate TJ Butler was killed last week in Afghanistan by a suicide(murder)bomber.  He leaves behind a wife & 5 month old baby, along with others. The Westboro Baptist Church has announced they will be at the funeral to disrespect the family, friends, and members of the Military.

07th Oct2012

Today in History – Oct. 7 – Operation Enduring Freedom begins

by Ken Clarke

On this day in 2001 President George W. Bush address the nation and tells them that American troops were on the offensive in Afghanistan to rid the country of the Islamic fundamentalist group the Taliban, which helped aid Al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden.

07th Oct2012

Pirates get huge road win over Dark Horses

by Lee Wagner

CLINTON – There are always what can best be described as “Signature” games on each high-school football schedule, and the Topsail High School Black Hats had two of them on their schedule over the last three weeks.