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  • VIDEO INCLUDED In their own words: Drug Treatment Court participants talk about their journeys to recovery

    Danny Grissett thought he was going to die.

    Imprisoned by his addiction, he saw no freedom from it, no way out. To him, life was no longer worth living.

    “What drugs and alcohol done for me, it just took me down a spiral—down, down, down—and I hit the bottom, and so it got to the point I was just totally unhappy,” Grissett said. “I got to that point where I thought life wasn’t even worth living. I just got to that point where I didn’t see any way out. I thought I was going to die.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: TRAILBLAZERS: Michael Leonard

    LONGWOOD—The previous night had been hectic.

    From 11:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m., there were three calls that pulled volunteers with Grissettown Longwood Fire Department out of their beds and had them responding to emergencies in the cold, dark December hours.

    A medical call, a structure fire and standby backup assistance for a vehicle rollover with neighboring Waccamaw Fire Department kept them running until early morning.

    For Michael Leonard, it was all in a night’s work.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Janie Withers

    Can a former party planner find success with a nonprofit to aid Brunswick County’s homeless animals?

    When it comes to organizing fundraisers for Paws-Ability, Janie Withers has the details in the bag—in bookoodles of financial “gift bags,” no less, to aid dogs and cats.

    Less than three years ago, the energetic Ocean Isle Beach resident launched the nonprofit to aid existing animal shelters, animal rescue groups and pet needs in Brunswick County.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED TRAILBLAZERS: Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo

    SHALLOTTE—In the vestibule of St. Brendan Catholic Church, a statue of St. Brendan the Navigator beckons those into the comforting arms of the church.

    “All are welcome in this place,” the sign behind the statute reads. And across the hall, another sign, “Todos son bienvenidos aqui.”

    Like most churches, all are welcome at St. Brendan.

    Much like the saint for which the church was named, Sister Maria Theresa Orbegozo is navigating the way for the St. Brendan’s Hispanic population.

  • Craft, antique store to open in renovated furniture store

    People driving along Main Street in Shallotte have no doubt seen the changes to the former furniture store beside Burger King.

    The previously yellow building has been completely renovated with barn-red siding, new roof and a larger parking area.

    The recently sold High Point Furniture Outlet is now on its way to becoming a new business in town, Nona’s Place, which will feature the work of local artisans and craftspeople as well as “shabby chic” antiques.

  • Health department used CDC-recalled vaccines before they lost potency

    The Brunswick County Health Department recently received word from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that 13 lots of H1N1 nasal spray manufactured by MedImmune have been recalled for potency reasons.

    According to health department officials, Brunswick County received 500 doses of one of the lot numbers Oct. 4, and the vaccine was given Oct. 20. The health department does not have any doses of the recalled lot number left, and all the doses were administered before losing their potency, according to a department news release.

  • ATMC donates computers, accessories to volunteer center

    ATMC recently donated personal computers and accessories to the Brunswick County Volunteer Center.

    The cooperative donated a laptop, 27 desktop computers, 10 monitors and numerous keyboards, mouses and cords.

    The computers will be used for the Computers for Kids project, an all-volunteer project that provides refurbished computers to students whose families cannot afford them. The computers are presented to middle school and high school students at all Brunswick County schools.

  • Retiring emergency management director begins new chapter

    BOLIVIA—Surrounded by bare walls in his once-embellished office, Randy Thompson reflected on his career in public safety on his last day of work before heading for retirement.

    Career fulfilled, Thompson said his years in public safety have been a childhood dream realized—from police chases and dangerous arrests as a young public safety officer to ascending to new heights on a fire department ladder truck—Thompson leaves his latest post to start a new chapter, fittingly in disaster management.

  • Town resolution not sent; DA says it didn't affect his decision

    Shallotte officials didn’t send a resolution the town board approved in November asking the district attorney to file charges against someone who accused a town police officer of assault.

    According to town clerk Sandy Strickland, the resolution wasn’t sent after the meeting because the State Bureau of Investigation’s probe into the allegations was still under way.

  • Beach renourishment big project for 2010 in Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach will see more than 500,000 cubic yards of sand on the strand during 2010.

    The town is scheduled for another beach renourishment, which Mayor Debbie Smith said should be the largest project of the year.

    “That’s always a welcome addition to the storm protection strand out there,” she said.