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Today's News

  • Pedicab service comes to the beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—With limited parking spaces at local businesses and public beach accesses, parking and navigating through traffic at Ocean Isle Beach can be difficult during highly populated summer months.

    Coastal Bike Cabs now gives residents and tourists a solution to the packed hot spots. The pedicab service began operation in early June, offering an environmentally friendly travel alternative.

    “It’s really a fun part of the vacation experience, and it’s also fun for the locals,” Betsy Palmer said.

  • State CIS event to distribute profits to local programs

    Communities in Schools of North Carolina had its seventh annual North Carolina Education Ball on Friday in Raleigh. Money raised from the ball is distributed to local CIS programs across the state. Last year’s event raised more than $305,000 and collected $99,999 in donations from local business leaders.

    Cynthia Tart, executive director of Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. attended the event and said the sold-out crowd of 650 attendees appeared larger than last year.

  • Grant focuses on gang awareness among students, community

    A recent grant from the Governor’s Crime Commission will fund an initiative of District Attorney Rex Gore and his office with local gang prevention and intervention.

    The grant provides $102,453.68 for the first year and $100,983.68 for the second.

    Glenda Ansley, youth services coordinator, said part of the money will be used to hire a case manager who will specifically work with at-risk youth and help redirect their attention to help them become involved in local programs and services such as First Tee or school-based after-school programs.

  • Pint-Sized PIcassos get artsy on Tuesday mornings

    Three-year-old Jillian Fatkin makes a fireworks painting by using eyedroppers to make paint droplets and blowing on her artwork through a straw to spread the paint out at Pint-Sized Picassos Tuesday morning.

  • Calabash sewer bidder rescinds lower $4.72 million offer

    CALABASH—Mayor Anthony Clemmons was hyped about a bid approved last week to extend sewer lines in his town for $4.72 million, an amount significantly lower than the previously projected $7.3 million.

    But it really was too good to be true.

    On Tuesday, the town got word from Brunswick County the bid by L.M. McLamb Construction Co. of Calabash had been rescinded.

    “It’s null and void now,” Calabash town administrator Jeremy Cribb said of the cancelled bid.

  • Watts won't seek re-election

    With local election filings slated to open next week, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Ron Watts announced this week he will not be seeking re-election.

    Come November, Watts, owner of Sunset Properties on the Sunset Beach island, plans to wrap up his first and only four-year term serving on Sunset Beach Town Council.

    “I’ve enjoyed very much the privilege to serve the last four years,” Watts said at Monday night’s Sunset Beach Town Council meeting.

    Watts said he had made a decision not to run for council again.

  • Unemployment rate rises; fiscal year the busiest yet

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased slightly between April and May, going from 10.2 to 10.8 percent, continuing a yearlong trend of high rates due to the lagging economy.

    On June 30, the last day of the 2008-2009 fiscal year, Brunswick County Employment Security Commission Director Eli Smith reported 8,391 people had received services from his office in Shallotte between July 1, 2008, and June 30, 2009.

    The year was the busiest he’s seen in his career with the ESC, Smith said.

  • Physicians stress importance of seeking care from appropriate provider

    There are several reasons why people should seek immediate care at the emergency department—chest pain or pressure, stroke symptoms, car accidents, trouble breathing, broken bones or any injury requiring X-rays or intravenous fluids or medications.

    But a common cold is not one of them.

    With healthcare costs and uninsured patients on the rise, physicians say selecting the appropriate healthcare provider for any given injury or illness can help curb the cost of treatment.

  • Economy, lack of insurance affects when and where people receive care

    The strategically placed sign in the waiting room of a Shallotte physician’s office is a familiar one: “Co-pay due at time of visit.”

    Eighteen months ago the sign was little more than a formality for many insured patients going about their usual healthcare routine—preventive care, check-ups, physicals, immunizations and treatment of the occasional cold- or flu-like symptoms.

  • House bill 1305 voted out of insurance committee Tuesday

    RALEIGH—House Bill 1305, which amends North Carolina’s Beach Plan, was voted out of the House Insurance Committee Tuesday and referred to the House Finance Committee for review.

    N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, does not serve on the House Insurance Committee, but said he sat in on Tuesday’s committee meeting because of the potential effects the bill would have on Brunswick County.