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New books at Rourk Library
The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
“Wishes Fulfilled” by Dr. Wayne W. Dyer. This book will help you see you already possess an inner, invisible higher self that can, and will, guide you toward a mastery of the art of manifestation.
“The Night Ranger” by Alex Berenson. John Wells goes underground in East Africa to track four kidnapped Americans and the Somali bandits who snatched them in this tough, smart new novel.
“A Cold and Lonely Place” by Sara J. Henry. In this sequel to “Learning to Swim,” freelance writer Troy Chance is followed on a powerful journey as she discovers the damage left by long-hidden secrets and catches a glimpse of what might have been.
“Crystal Cove” by Lisa Kleypas. A richly rewarding love story in the “Friday Harbor” series.
“Easter Bunny Murder” by Leslie Meier. Mothers everywhere will identify with Lucy Stone and the domestic problems she encounters.
“The Woman from Paris” by Santa Montefiore. A beautiful story that confirms the remarkable power of love to heal broken families and tender hearts.
“The Imposter Bride” by Nancy Richler. An intriguing tale of historical fiction that will transport you from Montreal to war-torn Europe and back for a satisfying resolution of one family’s haunting secrets.

Road work awarded to S.T. Wooten Corp.
The N.C. Department of Transportation has awarded a $13.9 million contract to S.T. Wooten Corp. of Wilson to widening, resurfacing and shoulder work on roads in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties.
The project includes sections of U.S. 74, U.S. 76, U.S. 117/N.C. 132, N.C. 133, as well as 21 sections of secondary roads.
The project also includes resurfacing work on the I-40 on and off-ramps in New Hanover and Pender counties.
The work can begin as early as March 18 with final completion by June 28.
Work on primary roads in the project includes widening and resurfacing N.C. 133 from Daws Creek Road to just south of Old River Road near Belville in Brunswick County; resurfacing U.S. 117/N.C. 132 from Gordon Road to just south of Murrayville Road in New Hanover County; resurface U.S. 74/Eastwood Road from .17 mile west of Military Cutoff Road to .27 mile east of Heidi Trask Bridge in Wilmington; resurface U.S. 76/Oleander Drive from just west of Hawthorne to .15 mile south of U.S. 74/Eastwood Road in Wilmington; widen and resurface U.S. 117/Shipyard Boulevard northbound and southbound from .06 mile north of U.S. 421 to N.C. 132 in Wilmington; and resurface U.S. 117/N.C. 132/South College Road from U.S. 117/Shipyard Boulevard to .07 mile south of Wilshire Boulevard in Wilmington.
The project also includes work on parts of secondary roads in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, including Exum Road, Stanley Road and Civietown Road in Brunswick County; and North Kerr Avenue, 23rd Street, Farley Road, Whipporwill Lane, Channel Haven Drive, Aqua Drive, Marsh Hen Drive, Brighton Road, Cornwell Court, Shelley Drive and Golden Rod Drive in New Hanover County.
This is one of 24 contracts totaling $59.9 million awarded by NCDOT in January for highway and bridge projects across North Carolina. NCDOT awarded the contracts to the lowest bidders, as required by state law. The bids received on the projects awarded came in about 4.8 percent, or $3.1 million, less than NCDOT estimates.

Deadline approaching for SBA capital loans
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private nonprofit organizations of all sizes that March 12 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Brunswick County as a result of the drought that began on Jan. 1, 2012.
“These counties are eligible because they are contiguous to one or more primary counties in South Carolina. The Small Business Administration recognizes that disasters do not usually stop at county or state lines. For that reason, counties adjacent to primary counties named in the declaration are included,” said Frank Skaggs, director of SBA’s Field Operations Center East in Atlanta.
“When the Secretary of Agriculture issues a disaster declaration to help farmers recover from damages and losses to crops, the Small Business Administration issues a declaration to eligible entities affected by the same disaster,” Skaggs said.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct result of this disaster.
With the exception of aquaculture enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.
The loan amount can be up to $2 million with a 4 percent interest rate for eligible small businesses and 3 percent for nonprofit organizations with terms up to 30 years. The SBA determines eligibility based on the size of the applicant, type of activity and its financial resources.
Loan amounts and terms are set by the SBA and are based on each applicant’s financial condition. These working capital loans may be used to pay fixed debts, payroll, accounts payable, and other bills that could have been paid had the disaster not occurred. The loans are not intended to replace lost sales or profits.
Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure website at https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela.
Disaster loan information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or (800) 877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing or by email to disastercustomerservice@sba.gov.
Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at www.sba.gov. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155.
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA no later than March 12.
For more information about the SBA’s Disaster Loan Program, visit its website at www.sba.gov.

Benefit dinner supports local woman
A benefit barbecue dinner and Boston butt sale is planned for noon-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Rourk Gardens Park on Main Street Shallotte.
The benefit is for Tanya Wright of Ash, a newspaper carrier in the Holden Beach area, who has been sick and will require brain surgery at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.
Barbecue plates are $7, chicken plates are $6 and sandwiches are $4 each. Whole Boston butts are $20. There will also be a bake sale that day at the same location.