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  • Major motion picture to film in area

    N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue has announced the Marvel Comics-turned-major-motion-picture-franchise “Iron Man” will film its latest installment in the Wilmington area.

    Perdue said the production, which stars actor Robert Downey Jr., will begin pre-production work soon in the Port City.

    Expected to take about 10 months to film, Perdue said the movie production is anticipated to create more than 550 crew jobs and more than 1,000 talent opportunities. The total economic impact to the area is estimated to be more than $80 million.

  • Brunswick County sees slight dip in unemployment rate

    Brunswick County saw a slight dip in its unemployment rate in September.

    According to recent unemployment numbers released Oct. 28 by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina, Brunswick County had a 10.6 percent unemployment rate during September.

    The September rate is down slightly from August, which had a 10.8 percent unemployment rate, but was still above the September 2010 unemployment rate of 9.8 percent, according to ESC figures.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 1

    There is no fear deeper than being homeless.

    It’s scary not knowing where your next meal will come from, where you will sleep, where you will bathe, or if you will survive.

    Fear lurks around every corner for the homeless. Will I be arrested today? Will I get killed in my sleep? Will someone steal my shoes? Will people even acknowledge me in public?

    “I learned to wear all black so I could fade into the background,” said Jay Hancock.

  • Holden Beach’s annual free Festival by the Sea is Saturday

    In a struggling national economy, everybody’s favorite two words are “It’s free.”

    Those two words describe Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea. Once again, there will be free admission and free parking. A family can spend its money on food and crafts instead of on admission.

    The two-day festival is from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, and from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 30, under the high-rise bridge on the island.

  • Beach music and more highlight this weekend’s Festival by the Sea

    A Southern rock band, three beach-music bands and an Elvis impersonator highlight the concerts at Festival by the Sea this weekend.

    Some stadium seating will be available in front of the pavilion, but festival-goers are welcome to bring lounge/tailgating chairs.

    Jaded Mayberry, the Southern rock band, performs “The Joker” by The Steve Miller Band, “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyd and other songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival, Hootie and The Blowfish, Sister Hazel and John Mellencamp.

  • Are politics stalling a road project?

    SHALLOTTE—The mayor and board of aldermen have been accused of being in the midst of “a ridiculous political struggle.”

    Harold Matthews, chairman of the Northside Business Community, appeared before the board of aldermen at its Oct. 4 meeting to ask the town to aid business owners along N.C. 130.

    He asked the board to consider spending $4,200 to fund a concept plan and to support a proposal to connect old N.C. 130 and the new N.C. 130.

    Matthews asked the board repeatedly to make a decision that night.

  • Animal rescue needs help finding missing dog

    Forever Friends Animal Rescue needs help finding Moo Moo, a Dalmatian mix who escaped from his foster home Wednesday, Oct. 26. He may be in the Sunset Beach/Seaside/Sea Trail area. The dog is very timid but not aggressive. Volunteers are trying to locate Moo Moo. If you spot Moo Moo, please call Forever Friends at 383-2100 or Janie at 336-918-1074.

  • DSS to meet with ‘facilitator’ to discuss board’s role, social services handbook

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have agreed to have a “facilitator” from the University of North Carolina School of Government help them create a code of conduct, code of ethics and board policy.

    Board members also agreed to have the UNC School of Government representative discuss the board’s handbook.

    Board member Bernest Hewett said he wanted the board to have a uniform policy so the board “could be on the same page.”

  • N.C. unemployment up in September; above national average

    Statewide unemployment in North Carolina was up in September.

    With a 10.5-percent unemployment rate, North Carolina’s rate tops the national September unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    County unemployment rates will be released Friday, Oct. 28.

  • Board to hear staggered-start time opinions next week

    BOLIVIA—Parents, teachers, community members and students have the opportunity to tell school board members how they feel about the new staggered-start schedule.

    Implemented for the first time in Brunswick County at the beginning of the 2011-2012 school year, staggered-start times changed the school day to 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary students, 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. for middle school students and 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. for high school students.