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  • Get to know Brunswick County's Most Interesting People

    Whether serving coffee, styling hair, directing a church choir or singing gospel music with his family, Michael Clemmons is never happier than when he’s interacting with people in his community.

    Asked his favorite place in Brunswick County, the 21-year-old Bolivia native has a unique answer: Jumpin’ Java, the coffee shop in Shallotte where he works one of the two jobs he manages to squeeze in while going to school full time and directing his church choir.

  • One dead, two injured in weekend wreck

    Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, 74-year-old William Charles Lambert, of Longs, S.C., drove his car off U.S. 17 about two miles south of Leland.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris said a passenger in Lambert’s 2002 Honda SUV told troopers Lambert complained of a medical condition right before driving off the road. Lambert died and two of his passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  • Most Interesting: Mary Ellen Rogers

    Mary Ellen Rogers, a retired real estate agent, moved to Brunswick County in hopes of quietly retiring and spending a few hours a week volunteering for environmental issues.

    While living in South Carolina, she spent years in Charleston volunteering for “anything environmental.” She volunteered at an aquarium, founded a local sea turtle program and was an experienced raptor handler.

  • Hospice receives state approval for Brunswick County center

    As Brunswick County’s population has increased, so has its need for a hospice care center, an acute care facility where people at the end of their lives can have round-the-clock care.

    Last week, the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation approved Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter’s certificate of need application to build a center in Brunswick County.

    The inpatient facility is planned to offer intensive, round-the-clock medical care for hospice patients whose needs cannot be met at home, according to the agency.

  • Most Interesting: Nancy Janovetz

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A chorus of barks erupted as Nancy Janovetz tried to talk with a human visitor inside the confines of Paw’s Place, the big-dog rescue facility she founded almost 10 years ago.

    Two dogs wandered across the fenced-in gravel yard to greet their petite, beloved founder who introduced each by name and background.

    “This is Brownie,” Janovetz said of the mixed-breed hound. “She’s been here nine-and-a-half years. She came here from SOAR. She’s 10 years old.”

  • Most Interesting: Sydney Moore

    There’s a visible scar underneath 4-year-old Sydney Moore’s brown hair. Although it’s a daily reminder of a life-threatening injury she suffered years earlier, Sydney looks at it with a much different attitude.

    When she was 2½ months old, her mother was carrying her out of the house on the way to church when she fell on the outside stairs.

  • Most Interesting: Ralph Varnam

    It has filled him with fear and taken him to foreign shores.

    It has given him pleasurable days and soot-filled nights.

    And it was literally his family’s lifesaver during the Great Depression.

    It is saltwater, and the only creatures that have spent more time around it than Ralph Varnam have gills.

    Varnam, a World War II veteran, has crossed the Atlantic Ocean more than two dozen times. And that doesn’t even take into account all the years he spent clamming, oystering, shrimping, dredging and tugboating.

  • Most Interesting: Ray Mercer

    SHALLOTTE—Ray Mercer is in his element on a sunny December afternoon, in his office at WOW Real Estate just off Main Street in downtown Shallotte.

    Mercer, 55, is hoping and praying for president-elect Barack Obama’s new administration and expressing a hopeful outlook for the real estate field he joined nine months ago.

    “It’s going to come back,” said the broker-in-charge. “Our economy is based on the real estate market.”

  • Most Interesting: Eddie Hill

    Eddie Hill knows the transforming power of religious faith.

    His faith in God has taken him from an aimless college graduate trying to find the right career path to a Duke Divinity School student to a pastor at a growing, vibrant church in Brunswick County, where he and his wife are raising their four sons.

    Since Hill and his family came to Sharon United Methodist Church near Holden Beach in 2002, the church has grown exponentially, and has encouraged mission work, prayer groups and local outreach to people in need.

  • Most Interesting: Inge Arnold and Emily Reese

    By Renee Sloan

    Staff writer

    Inge Arnold and Emily Reese are two hard-working ladies—and they’re not doing it for the money. They’re volunteers. Though they’ve reached retirement age, both ladies choose to work because they want to and they enjoy helping others.

    Inge Arnold

    Inge Arnold, 73, was born and raised Germany. A member of a family of 10, she remembers her family struggling through hard times during the war. Her family was more fortunate than others because they had a garden and chickens to provide them with food.