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Open house set for utilities center

Brunswick County Public Utilities will host an open house at its new utilities operations center from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. 

The facility at 250 Grey Water Road in Supply houses administration, water, sewer and instrumentation and electrical segments of the operation serving citizens of Brunswick County with water and sewer services.  

The public is invited to stop by to participate in tours of the facility and demonstrations.

To get there, go north on N.C. 211 from the U.S. 17 intersection toward Bolton. Go about a mile, then turn right onto Grey Water Road, which is also the entry road to Lockwood Folly District Park. 

The operations center is about a quarter-mile down on the right.

All citizens and customers of Brunswick County and Brunswick County utilities are invited to see their utility command center in operation.

Ash native set to publish book

Felicia Derrica Marlow has just been retained by DP Talent & Publishing to coordinate the publishing of her first book, “Living Alone In a House Full of People.” 

The Ash native was inspired to write the book because of a life-threatening auto accident and an emotional, traumatic experience at 12 years-of-age.

Marlow’s book is described as a collection of poems that unveil her inner feelings and secrets she has kept hidden for 18 years. The compilation of writings reveals her triumph and courage over much despair and torment since 1992.

At age 14 as a student at Waccamaw Elementary School, she published her first poem,  “Question.” However, her desire to express herself poetically came about before the age of 10. Purpose driven, she says that her mission for writing is to uplift and challenge the brokenhearted, silent voices and persons who have been abused emotionally and physically.

Like many poets, Marlow started writing poetry as a way to vent, escape and bury various moments in her life. Her true-life poems have been therapeutic to the emotions and mind of her soul. She is quick to say that God is the inspiration and “light” behind her gift for writing.

Winery wants artists’ portfolios

The Silver Coast Winery is calling for portfolios from local artists for its 2011 art shows. Portfolios will be reviewed Jan. 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. Call 287-2800 for an appointment.

For more information, visit www.silvercoastwinery.com or call 287-2800.

Red Cross plan blood drives

The recent winter storm has caused the loss of more than 1,600 units of blood throughout the region, further jeopardizing an already fragile blood supply. The American Red Cross urges eligible blood donors to donate as soon as possible.

The following Brunswick County blood drives are open to the public: 

•Thursday, Jan. 6, at Calabash VFW from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Call 579-3577 for appointments or for more information. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Wednesday, Jan. 12, at Seaside United Methodist Church from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 579-5753 for appointments. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Monday, Jan. 17, at Southport Rescue Squad from 1:30-6 p.m. Call 457-7916 for information or appointments. 

•Wednesday, Jan. 19, at Lowes Home Improvement of Shallotte from 1:30-6 p.m. Call 755-6111 for appointments. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Tuesday, Jan. 25, at Brunswick Community College from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 755-7320 for appointments. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Friday, Jan. 28, at Boiling Spring Lakes Town Hall from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Call 845-3693 for an appointment. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Friday, Jan. 28, Ocean Isle Community Blood Drive at Resort Brokerage and Consulting, Inc. (sponsor) from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 575-6262 for appointments or more information. Walk-ins are welcome. 

•Monday, Jan. 31, at Oceanview United Methodist Church from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Call 278-5973 for appointments. Walk-ins are welcome. 

All eligible donors are asked to schedule an appointment to donate blood by calling (800) 733-2767) or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

Eligible blood donors must be at least 17 years of age or 16 years of age accompanied by a parent, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and be in general good health. Donors are also reminded that they must bring an ID to donate.

Relay for Life meetings set

Relay For Life has announced the following meeting and event dates for 2011:

Committee meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 6, Feb. 3, March 3, April 7 and May 5 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Supply.

Team captain meetings will begin at 6 p.m. Jan. 13, Feb. 10, March 10 and April 14 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Supply.

Bank Night for all teams is from 3-8 p.m. May 9.

Relay For Life at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte is May 13-14.

Wrap-up dinner is at 6 p.m. June 16 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation in Supply.

Courthouse numbers change

Effective Jan. 6, Brunswick County Courthouse phone numbers will change. Due to an updated statewide telephone system and a new statewide calling plan, many counties across the state are receiving updated phone numbers.

For Brunswick County Courthouse, the new telephone and fax numbers are:

Clerk of Superior Court: 253-3900; fax 253-3901.

District attorney’s office: 253-3910; fax 253-3911.

District court judges: 253-3912; fax 253-3913.

Superior court judges: 253-3916; fax 253-3917.

Magistrate: 253-3919; fax 253-3921.

Guardian ad Litem: 253-3922; fax 253-3923.

Once the new telephone numbers are in effect, an automated intercept message will be put into place to inform callers of the new phone number.