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Today's News

  • Carolina Shores commissioners to have special meeting Aug. 29

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the council chambers at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road, with the TOCS Planning Board to discuss the town drainage study, comprehensive plan and floodplain management and community rating system.

  • Holden Beach commissioners approve municipal service district

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town commissioners read and approved a second time an ordinance establishing and creating the Holden Beach Erosion Control and Flood and Hurricane Protection Works Municipal Service District. The latest action came during a special meeting Monday, Aug. 22.

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said this municipal district encompasses the shoreline between 240 Ocean Blvd. E and 781 Ocean Blvd. W., where the town will complete its Central Reach Project.

  • Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope application acceptance under way

    Brunswick Family Assistance Agency will begin taking applications, by appointment only, Monday, Aug. 29, for the Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. The agency will continue to take applications through Nov. 4.

    Applicants should call 754-4766 to schedule an appointment to apply for this program. Applications will also be taken at Family Resource Center in Leland and New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

  • Blood donations urgently needed

    The American Red Cross urges blood donors to give in the final weeks of summer to help overcome a critical summer blood shortage.

    The summer months are among the most challenging times of years to collect enough blood and platelet donations to meet patient needs. Many regular donors delay giving while they take vacation and participate in summer activities.

    In appreciation for helping to save lives, those who come to donate blood or platelets with the Red Cross now through Aug. 31 will receive a $5 Amazon.com gift card claim code.

  • NCDOI to continue BCBSNC examination

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined further examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield is necessary. The initial examination report was delivered to BCBS on May 31.

    Interactions with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been ongoing but disagreements on the findings persist. NCDOI is going back in to do an additional examination and hopefully move toward a resolution, according to a news release from the agency.

    Consumers in need of assistance from NCDOI should call (855) 408-1212 or go to ncdoi.com.

  • CIS seeks volunteers

    Communities In Schools of Brunswick County (CIS) is among student support organizations that mobilize community volunteers as mentors. Mentoring, which requires minimal time commitments from the volunteer, is an often critical resource that enables students to keep pace for the school year; frequently the relationships created between mentors and students has attributed to successes that otherwise would never have been possible.

  • Aug. 14 fire destroys Ash home

    A fire destroyed an Ash home Sunday, Aug. 14. No one was injured.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said the call for the fire came in at 9:45 a.m. on My Dirt Road NW.

    No one was home at the time and the cause of the fire was undetermined, he said.

    Some friends of the owners, who were traveling, came to check on the house and found it had burned overnight, Garner said. Personnel from Waccamaw Volunteer Fire Department responded.

  • Charter Day School receives national school excellence award

    LELAND — Baker Mitchell founded The Roger Bacon Academy, including Charter Day School, in 1999 and began to employ the Direct Instruction style of teaching for every student on campus.

    Now, in 2016, this style of teaching earned Charter Day School the national 2016 Wesley Becker Excellent School Award from the National Institute for Direct Instruction in Eugene, Ore.

  • Master Gardener online plant sale

    The Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association is sponsoring its third annual fall online plant sale featuring a wide selection of trees, evergreens, shrubs with spectacular blooms, a diverse selection of grasses and favorites for the coastal garden.

  • You decide: Which economic plan will boost the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve been avidly following presidential elections since 1960. Then, as a 10-year-old, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon race go down to the wire with the final outcome being decided by only a handful of votes.

    Now, just as in 1960 and almost every election since, today’s presidential contest focuses on the economy. One of the big economic issues is relatively slow growth. In recent years, our economy has been annually expanding by close to 2 percent.

    The long run average is nearer to 3 percent.