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  • Ocean Isle history to be published in upcoming book

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The history of Ocean Isle Beach will soon be condensed into a 130-page book.

    “The History of Ocean Isle Beach—A documentary and pictorial guide from pre-history to present,” is in the final stages of publishing and will be on sale June 1.

    Co-written by Fred David and Vern Bender, the book examines the island from present day back to its first inhabitants, who arrived about 10,000 B.C., according to the authors. The last four chapters of the book take place after 1954 and Hurricane Hazel, Bender said.

  • Conservancy proposes funds for island playground

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new place to play may be in the near future on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Patsy Calhoun, board member of the Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy, approached the board of commissioners at its Tuesday meeting, proposing a small playground be built on the island.

    The Conservancy has been “thinking about a way to enhance the family use of our island,” Calhoun explained, and thought a playground would be a positive addition to the beach.

    “We felt it was needed with the family atmosphere we have here on the island,” she said.

  • Brunswick missionary to be featured on ABC's '20/20'

    In photos, the smiling children of Calf Creek Hollow in Eastern Kentucky look like any other children.

    “They’re happy there. That’s all they know,” Frances Carlisle said of the Martin County, Ky., children.

    Carlisle’s husband, Leroy, has been bringing clothes, toys and other supplies to the Calf Creek Hollow children for nearly 10 years. But last April, someone else took an interest in the Calf Creek children—Diane Sawyer.

  • Army battalion lauds Brunswick's operations and preparedness

    BOLIVIA—Members of the U.S. Army’s 97th Civil Affairs Battalion (Airborne) all agree—Brunswick County’s emergency operations are spot-on.

    As part of their practice before deploying overseas, members of the Civil Affairs Battalion’s Charlie Company were in Brunswick County for five days to evaluate the county’s infrastructure operations and preparedness, Maj. Tyler Wilson explained.

    Of the five counties the company has evaluated, Brunswick County had the most complex emergency operations, Wilson said.

  • Drop-outs down in Brunswick County and across state

    High school dropout rates for the 2007-2008 school year are down in Brunswick County as well as across the state.

    Brunswick County Schools reported 197 dropouts during the 2007-2008 school year, which is down 16 students from 2006-2007—a 7.51 percent decrease.

    Of those 197 students, 121 were male and 76 female. One hundred forty-six were white, 35 black, three American Indian, seven Hispanic and six of other ethnicities.

  • 'A Mother's Prayer' featuring big-name stars films at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    SUPPLY—Robin Givens, Johnny Gill and Shirley Murdock took time to visit Brunswick County recently to film the play “A Mother’s Prayer” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Swirl Films, a Wilmington-based production company, plans to release the film on DVD, as it did last year with “Man of Her Dreams,” which was also filmed at the auditorium.

    “I enjoyed working here,” Swirl Films producer Eric Tomosunas said Friday before the dress rehearsal.

  • The Small Business Center’s spring seminar schedule

    Microsoft Word for Small Business, presented by Ben Chapman, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16, Building D, Room 103

    This course is practical and fast-paced. Using Word, participants will be able to set margins, edit text, select and format characters and paragraphs, add page breaks, use “find and replace,” add headers and footers, save a document as a Web page and format the e-mail address as a hyperlink.

    Microsoft Excel for Small Business, presented by Ben Chapman, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23, Building D, Room 103

  • Tips to keep small businesses successful in tough economic times

    Tom Hemphill is the director of Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center.

    He assists would-be entrepreneurs with preparing their business plans and marketing their products and services.

    The businesses he has assisted recently are mainly “lifestyle startups,” Hemphill explained.

    “Lots of people are starting businesses because it’s their passion, something they enjoy doing. They’re very small starts.”

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center opening delayed

    The grand opening of Brunswick Community College’s Fitness and Aquatics Center has been delayed, according to President Stephen Greiner.

    Following the state construction inspection, the facility’s emergency lighting system needed additional work. The project architect has already begun working on its upgrade. Greiner hopes the facility will be open by March 1.

  • Oh, fudge! Local fudge maker prepares for holiday rush

    CALABASH—“They were just lookin’ for a lady to make fudge, and I thought, ‘I could probably do that,’” Dottie Lowery said.

    Lowery is the primary fudge maker at Callahan’s Fudge Co. in Calabash, a job she has grown to love over the past 17 years.

    Twenty years ago, Lowery and her husband retired to South Carolina from their native West Virginia. Upon their retirement, her husband hit the links, and Lowery tried her hand in fudge making.