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  • General Assembly reconvenes in wake of boat trailer bill veto

    Gov. Mike Easley on Monday reconvened the legislative session for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the boat trailer bill he vetoed Aug. 17.

    State and county tourism officials watched the bill closely and favored its passage, saying recent citations of recreational fishermen for towing certain size trailers are resulting in complaints and bad press for the state.

    According to the state constitution, when a veto occurs after the General Assembly has adjourned, the governor is required to reconvene the session within 10 days of the veto or the bill becomes law.

  • Watch out! Here come the brides

    On the morning of her 28th birthday, Jaime Atwell and her maid of honor, Shannon Hughes, dipped out of the line outside Filene’s Basement in Washington D.C., which curled around two Washington D.C. city blocks, and staggered groggy-eyed to a nearby Starbucks.

    They had not eaten in hours. They had arrived at the Savoy Hotel on Wisconsin Avenue at 2:30 that morning, after a flat tire extended their road trip to eight hours, and awoke before dawn to get in line.

  • Grant allows commission to protect parking at public boating site

    The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission has purchased property adjacent to its Sunset Harbor Boating Access Area to improve parking in the area.

    The purchase—the first from the N.C. Waterfront Access and Marine Industry (WAMI) Fund—will also enable the commission to focus its resources on much needed renovations to the existing boat ramp on the Intracoastal Waterway. The WAMI funds will also provide funding to develop a small public fishing pier, said Gordon Myers, deputy director.

  • The Revolutionary War Years at Ocean Isle Beach (1765-1785)

    Brunswick County is where the first open armed resistance to the Stamp Act occurred on Nov. 28, 1765—eight years before the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

    In 1763, England sent 10,000 new Red Coats to the Colonies and began taxing the Colonies to pay for this expense. The British imposed the Stamp Act in 1765, and this infuriated colonists.

  • BFA sees increase in demand, launches membership drive

    In difficult economic times, residents of Brunswick County, like nearly everywhere else, need temporary help putting food on the table and paying their bills.

    That’s where Brunswick Family Assistance (BFA) usually comes in—providing emergency funds for rent and utilities assistance from its budget and food from the onsite food pantry.

  • Brunswick Habitat dedicates 22nd house

    Ask Amber Rubio how long she lived at her last address and she is quick to answer, “31 years.”

    For her entire life, Rubio has lived at one address, the home of her grandmother who raised her.

    But for what seemed like forever, she dreamed of a home of her own, a house for herself and her children.

    Rubio had been everywhere, talked to everyone and tried everything, from banks to credit unions, but she could not qualify for a mortgage loan. Then she turned to Habitat for Humanity for assistance, hoping for help in getting a dream home.

  • Brunswick Arts Council launches multicultural division

    Recognizing the need to bring more arts-related programs and artistic culture to Brunswick County, the Brunswick Arts Council (BAC) has created the Multicultural Programs Division.

    The division’s goal is to expand BAC’s reach and help bring art into more diverse comminutes and to more at-risk youth.

  • State-funded training helps employers, job seekers

    GRISSETTOWN—Timothy DeMatties of Seaside has found his professional niche doing something he never thought he would—building and repairing street-legal golf carts as a mechanic at the Golf Cart Outlet.

    The opportunity to train for his new career was the result of a six-month span of unemployment.

  • Boating education and safety aim of upcoming course

    Education is the best way to fend off boating mishaps, says a spokesman for the Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    With several recent boating incidents that have occurred in the area and required the assistance of the U.S. Coast Guard, an upcoming course may be coming in the nick of time.

    The Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron has scheduled a boating course for four consecutive Monday nights, starting Sept. 8 at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.

  • Camp UMC collecting flood bucket donations

    People in Brunswick County know what it’s like to come home to flooded roads and damaged homes.

    Living in a coastal area, local residents have experienced the devastating effects of hurricanes and tropical storms.

    That’s why members of Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte have opened their annual drive to fill “flood buckets” for the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) to provide aid during hurricane season.