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  • Tracking candidates: Congressional field grows with candidate filing less than a week away

    Candidate filing for federal, state and local races doesn’t open until Monday, Feb. 8, but a surge of candidates have recently announced their intentions to run in the 2010 election.

    Two Republicans and Iraq War veterans have recently announced they plan to challenge U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th District in Congress.

    Will Breazeale, who challenged McIntyre in 2008, announced he would seek the GOP nomination last year.

  • Congressman says he continues to fight for a Brunswick VA facility

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about the needs of veterans in Brunswick County, and examining the possibility of a VA facility in Brunswick County.

     

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he supports and will continue to fight for a Veterans Affairs facility in Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte native, now a Navy corpsman, serving medical duty in Haiti

    Brunswick County native and U.S. Navy Corpsman Matthew Evans is in Haiti responding to numerous medical needs in the wake of last month’s massive earthquake.

    Even though the devastation around him is overwhelming, Evans says he is proud to put his skills to use serving those who need him most.

    His original mission to teach in Africa was rerouted to the island nation soon after the earthquake hit. He’s been working in a clinic since arriving, helping to treat numerous injured Haiti residents since Jan. 18.

  • Aldermen to reconvene Feb. 11 to discuss town administrator applicants

    The town of Shallotte has received between 60 and 75 applications for the vacant town administrator position. Town aldermen have decided to narrow the list at a Feb. 11 meeting.

    The board recessed its regular meeting Tuesday night until 6 p.m. Feb. 11 at town hall, where aldermen will most likely go into closed session to discuss the most qualified applicants.

    At Tuesday’s meeting, Mayor Buddy Kelly said numerous times he wanted to hire someone as soon as possible. Other aldermen echoed that sentiment.

  • Information meeting for home school FFA membership Tuesday

    Home school students interested in becoming involved in Future Farmers of America (FFA) can attend an informative meeting from 4-6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, at the Bladen County Extension Center, Powell-Melvin Building, located at 450 Smith Circle Drive in Elizabethtown.

    Kelly Hill, a home school parent and volunteer, said although membership is available to home school students, there is no local chapter.

    “It’s hard to have officers,” Hill said. “It’s hard to come together as a unit as a public school would.”

  • Winter weather update: Roads are icy; travel dangerous

    As temperatures continue to fall across Brunswick County, Saturday's precipitation is turning into ice. Roadways are slick, as are bridges and overpasses.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is urging drivers to use caution and, if possible, to stay off area roadways.

    For a short time Saturday, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which handles some traffic flowing out of Brunswick into New Hanover County, was closed because of icy conditions and numerous wrecks. By about 8 p.m. Saturday, the bridge had reopened.

  • COLD WEATHER ADVISORY: Icy conditions expected this weekend

    Icy conditions are expected to develop throughout Brunswick County as temperatures drop into the 20s Saturday night.

    Cold air is expected to move south and east on a chilling northwest wind changing rain in the area into freezing rain. Precipitation is expected throughout Saturday afternoon before ending later Saturday night. A freezing rain advisory is in effect until midnight.

    The National Weather Service has indicated ice is expected to accumulate on surfaces such as trees, power lines, highway bridges and overpasses. Less than a tenth of an inch of ice is forecasted.

  • Commissioners to discuss public housing project

    Brunswick County Commissioners will discuss a proposed public housing project at their next meeting, Monday, Feb. 1.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said if the proposed project is approved, the county would commit public funds to the project, but would not own the housing project.

  • Brunswick Stew Cook-Off rescheduled to Feb. 6 due to inclement forecast

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has rescheduled its second annual Brunswick Stew Cook-Off due to the current weather forecast for this coming Saturday.

    The event has been moved to 10 a.m.-4 p.m. the following Saturday, Feb. 6, in Rourk Woods in Shallotte (same location).

    The cook-off committee decided Wednesday to reschedule the event since rain, winds, low temperatures and possibly even snow are anticipated.

    "We cannot ask for the community to come out to an event in this type of weather," chamber president Cathy Altman said.

  • Unemployment woes continue for Brunswick County

    Every weekday morning, Alice Schofield of Longwood travels to the Employment Security Commission office in Shallotte, where she scans Internet job boards, fills out applications employers have sent to the office and sends resumes to jobs that sound promising.

    It’s a routine Schofield has followed since moving to Brunswick County from Massachusetts in July.

    Schofield is a Raleigh native whose family moved north when she was a teenager. She owned a retail store in Massachusetts and has worked numerous jobs over the years to support her daughter.