Local News

  • Ronald McDonald House fundraiser is Sunday

    SUPPLY—Eight-month-old Jordyn Rylee Quent’s will to survive has surprised even the doctors.

    Diagnosed at birth as having a severe immune system deficiency, doctors ran tests and found that her immunoglobulin levels were undetectable.

    “We were told this meant she had no immune system and the smallest infection could kill her,” Kristina Schaible said. “We thought she was literally going to be a bubble baby.”

    Doctors immediately rushed the family to Chapel Hill for further testing.

  • Nine of 22 nonprofits approved for funding in county budget

    BOLIVIA—Of the 22 nonprofit organizations that requested funding in the 2011-2012 fiscal year county budget, nine have been recommended for funding.

    On Monday night, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing unveiled a proposed $190 million operating budget to county commissioners.

    Total recommended funding for nonprofits is down from the current fiscal year.

    Twenty-two nonprofit organizations requested $868,000 in funding, and Lawing recommended $357,000, down from the current fiscal year’s total of $421,000.

  • McIntyre views bin Laden photos

    As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., was one of the few people selected to view photographs of the late al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.

    McIntyre traveled to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) headquarters in Langley, Va., last Friday, May 13, to view the photos.

    U.S. Navy SEALs killed the longtime terror leader and mastermind behind the Sept. 11 attacks in Pakistan on May 1, President Barack Obama announced later that evening.

  • Traffic plan to ease congestion at West Brunswick entrance

    BOLIVIA—If approved by members of the Brunswick County Board of Education, a new traffic pattern could soon ease traffic concerns at West Brunswick High School.

    Craig Eckert, director of capital projects and planning for Brunswick County Schools, presented a recommendation to board members at Tuesday’s operations committee meeting, which would award a contract for traffic, storm water and sewer improvements to Landmark Grading Inc.

  • Local engineer to embark on yearlong mission trip to Uganda

    Rose McPherson’s life was changed earlier this year when she went on a mission trip to Uganda—so much so that she is preparing to head back on a yearlong trip.

    After reading the book “Outlive Your Life” last fall, McPherson felt compelled to go on a mission trip and do something that would make a difference in the lives of others. After turning to Google to find out how to use her talents, she came across Engineering Ministries International (EMI). The Colorado-based organization coincidentally was hosting a conference in Asheville soon after.

  • Relay for Life raises more than a quarter-million for cancer society

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick County has a quarter-million reasons to be hopeful a cure for cancer will soon be found.

    At this past weekend’s Relay for Life, team fundraising totaled more than $260,000—more than the countywide goal of a quarter-million dollars.

    Wendy Perdue, marketing and development director for eastern North Carolina with the American Cancer Society, said the total is expected to rise, as teams always turn in additional money after the event.

  • Services, Vietnam veterans replica highlight upcoming Memorial Day

    Two Memorial Day services are planned in the area May 30.

    In addition, a scaled-down replica of a Vietnam Veterans Memorial is coming to Myrtle Beach, S.C., for three days starting next Wednesday, May 25.

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have its annual Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the post on Carter Drive.

    The featured speaker will be Ed Salau, program coordinator for Wounded Warrior Battalion East at Camp Lejeune.

  • Chained-up dogs raise local hackles

    The daily view from Diana Barnes’ place of employment had started to haunt her. It tugged at her heartstrings. She saw an animal in need and nobody doing anything about it.

    Day in and day out, the Carolina Shores resident saw a female dog tethered and ignored in a shade-less yard on Seaside Road near Sunset Beach, receiving occasional food and water tossed its way by her human owner. Otherwise, there was no interaction or attention, except for the lineup of three young men who stopped by the yard one day, each with a pit bull dog in tow.

  • Calabash trims list for town administrator

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners is still in the process of interviewing a narrowed-down list of applicants for town administrator.

    Since May 5, the board has been interviewing candidates for the position vacated following former town administrator Marzy Marziano’s resignation last September after 10 months on the job.

    Town clerk Kelley Southward, who is once again serving as interim administrator until a permanent one is hired, stated last week the board has received a total of about 85 resumes and selected nine candidates to interview.

  • Adams named president of Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees have named Dr. Susanne Adams as the next president of Brunswick Community College.

    Pending approval from the State Board of Community Colleges, Adams will assume her position on July 1, and will be paid a yearly salary of $125,000.