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  • Substance abuse has various causes and treatments

    They’re not weak.

    They’re not unmotivated.

    They aren’t suffering from a lack of willpower.

    They’re suffering from addiction.

    Kenny House, substance abuse counselor at Coastal Horizons, said common misconceptions about people suffering from substance abuse are that they’re weak, unmotivated and lack willpower.

    But these ideas are untrue.

    “The flip side of that misconception is that addiction really is best described as a brain disease expressed in compulsive behavior,” House explained.

  • Commissioners support port feasibility study

    BOLVIA—County commissioners are trying to steer clear of the “if you build it they will come” mentality regarding the proposed state port’s infrastructure.

    On Monday, commissioners approved a resolution in support of a transportation feasibility study for the proposed international terminal near Southport.

    Commissioner May Moore, whose district includes Southport, said the study would look at alternatives and costs for port infrastructure, including roadways.

  • County approves C&D service contract extension

    Brunswick County Commissioners approved a one-year extension and amendment to the county’s contract with Sandlands Construction and Demolition (C&D) Landfill on Monday.

    To cover rising fuel prices, Sandlands requested the inclusion of a fuel surcharge to the fee-for-service agreement. The request stated fuel “is a very significant portion of Sandlands’ cost of this operation.”

  • Brunswick County Health Department awarded accreditation designation

    Brunswick County is among six county health departments recently accredited by the North Carolina Local Health Department Accreditation Board.

    “I would like to thank Fred Michael and the whole management team who did all the work leading us to becoming accredited,” Don Yousey, health department director, said.

  • In the Pink: Boutique opens in old Calabash Post Office building

    CALABASH—People still stop by the new business looking for the post office, but business owner Vickie Harper is willing to re-educate them—the old Calabash Post Office is now the new Wants & Wishes Boutique.

    It’s in a shopping complex at 10152 Beach Drive, where the old post office operated for nearly three decades before its closure last November.

    Painting the building pink seems to have gotten attention, Harper said.

    Inside, where the postal counter once stood, customers will find a jewelry counter instead.

  • Men rescued after boat capsizes in ocean

    CALABASH—A Brunswick County man and his friend are thankful for prayers answered and a skillful rescue crew that came to their aid after their fishing boat capsized in the ocean last week.

    Fred Johnson, 63, of the Ocean Forest community near Carolina Shores, and his friend Gary Stout of Bergen, N.Y., were rescued around 2:30 a.m. Friday after drifting at sea for more than 12 hours.

  • Holden Beach commissioners adopt pavilion usage policy

    Holden Beach commissioners adopted a pavilion use policy at their meeting Tuesday night that does not require reservations or deposits—although they are going to see how the policy works to determine if either is needed.

    The new Holden Beach pavilion, or giant gazebo, as some people call it—is on the island under the Holden Beach bridge.

    The town will be allowed to reserve the facility for such things as its popular, free concerts on Sunday nights. Town officials have priority in using the pavilion.

  • First sea turtle hatchlings emerge in Ocean Isle Beach

    Some 118 sea turtle hatchlings have emerged from the first nest at Ocean Isle Beach.

    “We had our first nest hatchee118 babies boiled out like they were ready for that ocean. They were big and very dry,” Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator for the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol said.

    The hatchlings emerged Monday, during the 55th day of the season.

    Hillenburg added, “We have never had a first nest hatch that soon.”

  • Businesses hopeful bridge rerouting won't hurt them

    SUNSET BEACH—Sure, the new $32 million, 65-foot-tall bridge is going to reroute traffic, but business managers near the old bridge are hopeful it won’t affect their foot traffic.

    Once the new span connecting the mainland and island is complete, projected to be by the end of 2010, there will still be business, said Christy Scott at The Bridge Grill and Par Harbor Mini Golf.

  • Hard work enables Cox to fulfill dream

    Pitchers often are evaluated by numbers: by their earned-run average or by the speed of their fastball or by their ratio of strikeouts to walks.

    But those decimals and ratios fail to measure something just as important: the sweat, how hard a pitcher will work to have the best ERA or the best control.

    Such hard work is what enabled Ethan Cox to be an all-conference pitcher last season for West Brunswick High School, and that hard work will allow him to continue his baseball career at Appalachian State University.