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  • Volunteer center seeks professional volunteers

    BOLIVIA—Jayne Mathews is looking for a new corps of volunteers.

    While traditional volunteers are always needed, Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, says she is seeking volunteers for the county’s Volunteers in Management Program.

    Traditional volunteering and its associated time constraints don’t appeal to many people, Mathews said, so she developed a new program, which allows volunteers to work at their own pace and on their own time.

  • Local neighbors venture out into business

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—What would possess anyone to try to start a specialty business in this economy?

    For Carolyn Jenks and her Bent Tree Plantation neighbor, Beverly Methvin, it was a love of shopping coupled with something even greater—a need to find projects for Jenks’ husband John, a formerly active man who had recently lost his leg to amputation.

    During his working life, John Jenks drove for Roush Racing, operated a crane and drove a tractor-trailer.

    “He’s always been busy,” Carolyn Jenks said of her husband.

  • Old memorabilia sought for newly opened restaurant

    SHALLOTTE—Got any old pictures or other memorabilia reflective of the Shallotte area?

    Joe Myers wants to talk to you.

    The owner of the newly opened At the House Restaurant & Tavern on Main Street in downtown Shallotte is looking for any and all artifacts that speak of local history.

    He wants to use old photographs, maps and other historic items to decorate the walls of the eatery that recently opened inside the old brick Kirby’s department store building.

    History and nostalgia, after all, is what the freshly opened restaurant is all about.

  • 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