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Today's News

  • Bright Ideas grant applications available from BEMC

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s annual Bright Ideas education grant program is in full swing for 2008.

    Teachers submitting applications before Aug. 28 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. The drawing will be on Sept. 2 and the winning teacher will be notified on the day of the drawing. The winning teacher will also receive recognition on the Bright Ideas Web site, www.ncbrightideas.com.

  • The Pirate Years (1690 to 1720) at Ocean Isle Beach

    Between 1690 and 1720, pirates operated freely off Ocean Isle Beach—especially three pirates—Sam Bellamy, Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach.

    One pirate who looted more than 50 ships from his vessel “Whydah” was Bellamy, who was often called “Black Bellamy.”

    Bellamy’s pirate career came to an end on April 26, 1717, when a bad storm sunk his ship and nearly all onboard died including Bellamy.

    Another notorious pirate who attacked ships off Ocean Isle was Bonnet who was often called “The Gentleman Pirate.”

  • Smith birth

    Chris and Leighanne Smith of Shallotte are the parents of a son, James Grady Smith, born at 12:52 p.m., July 10 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 23 inches long.

    He joins brothers Justin, 11, Ben, 7, Ashton, 6, and Alyssa, 4.

    Maternal grandparents are Gloria Walter of Bladenboro and Grady and Sandra Tatum of Bladenboro.

    Paternal grandparents are Baxter and Sheila Smith of Garland and Debbie and Jim Pait of Elizabethtown.

    Great-grandparents are Harry and Becky Walter of Lumberton.

  • How can we carry each other's burdens?

    The admonition found in Galatians 6:2 is one exhilarating and exhausting. It is, at once, a consolation and a challenge.

    We read, and hopefully heed, the words of St. Paul, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ.”

    The same command and commission can be found in the Torah, which demands the people of God seek the welfare of the whole human community. It is present in the five pillars of Islam, in the practices of Hinduism and in the eightfold path of Buddhism.

  • Church briefs

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “On Heart and Hand,” based on scripture from Psalm 119 and Matthew 5:17-20, on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • 'Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars' raises $200,000 for Foundation

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” raised $200,000 for Brunswick College Community students and crowned its first dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of the fundraiser.

    All money raised from the event will go toward scholarships awarded to future BCC students.

    Clarice Holden, event organizer and Foundation member, was surprised by the amount of money donated.

  • UPDATESheriff's Office offers $5,000 reward in Leland woman's murder

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has received a $5,000 reward from N.C. Gov. Mike Easley for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Ann Burns.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen in downtown Wilmington early last Wednesday morning.

    Around 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Winnabow Fire Department and the sheriff’s office responded to a vehicle fire on Goodland Road in Leland.

  • Twenty-six people rescued from boat fire

    Twenty-six people have been rescued by the Coast Guard after a charter fishing boat caught fire early this morning.

    Just before 11:30 a.m. 26 people were taken to the triage center set up by emergency crews at the Calabash docks.

    While the cause of the blaze is unknown, men, women and children of all ages were forced to abandon the 45-foot custom fishing boat, Miss Calabash II, when the boat caught fire, causing black, billowing smoke to surround it.

  • Mental health: Has N.C. done enough?

    Are adequate services available for people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse in North Carolina?

    Some healthcare professionals say no.

    Since the state privatized mental health services in 2000, many healthcare providers say there’s simply not enough funding to go around, meaning people are falling through the cracks opened by budget shortfalls.

  • Clinic provides medical services for patients without insurance

    SOUTHPORT—Tom Barton takes slow, careful steps toward the tiny exam room at New Hope Clinic, guiding his wife Jan as she clings tightly to his arm.

    Her reliance on her husband as she walks and the dark glasses covering her eyes give away Jan’s weakness: She has been blind in both eyes for seven days.

    Jan has suffered for years with diabetic retinopathy—a disease in which the arteries in the retina become weakened and leak, forming small hemorrhages. The vessels often lead to swelling in the retina and decreased vision.