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  • 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.

  • ATMC claims telephone directory publisher misrepresented

    Officials of ATMC are claiming sales staff of another telephone directory publishing company operating in Brunswick County have been misrepresenting themselves as ATMC’s directory publisher and are attempting to sell Yellow Pages advertising under false pretenses.

    A salesman from this company went into an area business and identified himself as a representative of the replacement-advertising agent for Data Publishing, the publishing company that ATMC has been using for years and is still using, ATMC officials claim.

  • Youth return from Washington with eyes on the future

    After attending a prayer service with renowned gospel singers, hobnobbing with celebrities, learning their way around the nation’s capital and attending black-tie inaugural balls, four local students say they’re excited about expanding their horizons beyond Brunswick County.

    Students Jasmine Marlowe, Crystal Williams, Justin Simmons and Esli Nunez came back from presidential inauguration events with a new perspective on the future. That’s just what John Landrine, who led the effort to take the group to Washington, wanted to happen.

  • Wine and chocolate pairings sweeten Valentine's month at Silver Coast Winery

    With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, Silver Coast Winery in Brunswick County is setting the stage and mood with its annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 7.

    Participants will enjoy four award-winning wines paired with four scrumptious handmade chocolates by an award-winning chocolatier and a Silver Coast signature wine glass for $15.

  • Bushes make Brunswick's best stew - Video included

    SHALLOTTE—Though the origin of Brunswick stew may be up for discussion, it’s no question who makes it best in Brunswick County.

    Barbara Bush and Cameron Bush representing WHQR, Friends of Public Radio, were voted the best in Saturday’s first-ever Brunswick Stew Cook-off, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    Barbara Bush said she has been making Brunswick stew for her church for many years and sells between 150-200 quarts every year. But no matter how often she makes it, each stew is a little different.