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Today's News

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.

  • Quality background investigations can reveal secrets

    Persons applying for sensitive jobs, like at the airport, hospital, school, financial institution or in law enforcement, must submit to a detailed background investigation. Consequently, many people do not apply, knowing they will be washed out.

    Among those who do apply, a significant number are rejected at the conclusion of the investigation. Derogatory information may be developed when a criminal history is revealed, a poor credit record, past employment problems or disqualifying information from a reference, relative or neighbor comes to light.

  • Out with the old--new campaign, new issues, new misunderstandings

    The Bush doctrine is the new global warming.

    Few people understand it, yet everybody seems to want to talk about it. But, unlike the Bush doctrine, global warming has become last campaign’s issue. At least Al Gore can take a break for a while.

    In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s first sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, politicians and pundits have been scrambling to define and address both Palin’s and Gibson’s understanding of the Bush doctrine.

  • Trying to hold out in the run for gas, hoping to avoid empty

    The CNN headline Monday afternoon made my stomach flip, “Developing Story: President Bush says Hurricane Ike has put ‘a pinch’ on nation’s energy supply.”

    As if things weren’t bad enough.

    On Friday, as gas prices in some places across the nation skyrocketed higher than $5 a gallon, I kept an eye on local prices. On a few occasions when I left the office, I noted increasing costs of gas, with lines growing longer and longer at local pumps.

  • Looking back and realizing how much has changed

    About three-and-a-half weeks ago, I came home from work and found it sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. It was an envelope—a card-sized envelope with a fancy font in the corner announcing my 10-year reunion.

    Oh boy. What did I do now?

    I stared at the envelope for a long time before I opened it. I knew this event was coming—after all it has been 10 years since I graduated from Statesville High School.

  • Eliminating availability fee may help those on fixed incomes

    Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners made a good decision when they decided to make changes to the county’s water availability fee.

    Previously, residents, whose homes were built before 1997, had to pay the $11 monthly fee just because the water service was available, even if a homeowner opted not to tap into the system.

    With changes made Monday night, residents who don’t have a tap into the system, or those who choose to have a tap removed from their property, will no longer have to pay the fee.

  • Ivey

    Jarad and Lindi Ivey of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Sarah Marie Ivey, born at 11:36 p.m., July 15, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Jonathan, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are L.C. and Sandy Fulford of Supply. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Leisha Ivey of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Novie Galloway and Bobbie Galloway, both of Supply.

  • Todd

    David and Rebecca Todd of Ash are the parents of a son, Gracin William Todd, born at 10:13 a.m., Aug. 15, at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Dawson, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Pat Little of Ash. Paternal grandparents are William and Pearl Todd of Longwood.

    Great-grandparents are Brady and Jackie Little of Ash and Thelma Todd of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. Sept. 3, 5, 8 and 9 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 3

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    William T. Batchelor, improper equipment, remit costs.

    Cordero L. Bland, no operator’s license, possession marijuana up to one-half ounce, both voluntarily dismissed.

  • Jackson-Smith

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christy Jackson and Michael Smith, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Glenn and Amanda Jackson and Marie Jackson, all of Knightdale. The prospective groom is the son of Patty Smith and the late Ron Smith of Rosman. A Nov. 15 wedding is planned in Myrtle Beach, S.C.