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Today's News

  • Local restaurants receive Golden A awards

    The Environmental Health Food and Lodging Section of the Brunswick County Health Department presented the ninth annual Golden A awards to 95 local food establishments recently at a ceremony at the government complex in Bolivia.

    Included in the list are 29 Platinum A awards.

    “We are very pleased that so many food establishments take such great pride in their businesses and the safety of their customers,” said Don Yousey, health director. “It is not easy to receive this award. You have to work very hard.”

  • Bell educates parents on the importance of reading

    Getting children to read is the number one priority for parents, according to Larry Bell.

    Bell presented “The Power of a Parent” workshop at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday night. During his presentation, he showed parents different ways to help their children exceed in and out of the classroom.

    Reading, Bell said, is the first thing parents should help their children to do, as it is the key to success. As a former educator and basketball coach, Bell said he used to make his players read every day after school if their grade point average was below a B.

  • BCC receives $5,000 in scholarship funds

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation has received $5,000 in scholarship money from a contractor, which is providing the money to five N.C. community colleges as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    John S. Clark Company, LLC, is donating $5,000 to Surry Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Brunswick Community College and Cape Fear Community College, all located in counties where the Mount Airy-based company has offices. Ten students at each school will receive $500 scholarships.

  • Howell to participate in ambassador program

    This summer, she’ll visit seven countries in 20 days — and she’s only 12.

    Shallotte Middle School sixth grader Hannah Howell was selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    As a part of this program, Howell will travel through Europe this summer, learning about the countries and their cultures.

  • Ward birth

    Aaron S. and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Joseph Liam Ward, born at 10:21 a.m. Feb. 26 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain, Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; Daniel and Mattie Ward, Herbert and May Ward, all of Whiteville.

  • Evans-Frink

    Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply, were married Feb. 14 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor J.T. Johnson officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Douglas K. Evans of Shallotte and Violet Andrews of Leland.

    The groom is the son of Lee Vance and Marjoire Lynn Frink of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Maid of honor was Brittany Reeves, the bride’s cousin. Bridesmaid was Kristy B. Marshburn, the bride’s cousin.

  • Keep the inner eye focused on goodness

    Those who know me well also know I love to tease, especially to tease those who are near and dear to me.

    Obviously, my husband is the most frequent recipient of my jesting comments. I exaggerate the effects of his contemplative nature, describing in great detail his many prayer chairs and their many accompanying books. I wonder aloud at the procrastination that emerges from hours spent in pondering rather than in practicality, but all the while, part of me is watching the power of that prayerfulness. I am being impelled to a similar lifestyle, even if I express it differently.

  • Church briefs

    7 Up's service planned at Big Macedonia Baptist

    Members of the Big Macedonia Baptist Church are planning a 7 Up’s service for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

    The theme will be “Standing for Jesus in any Situation.”

    Speakers for the afternoon will be: Stand Up-Minister Edna Lewis; Speak Up-Sister Yolonda Hewett; Grow Up-Brother Kendrick Morgan; Look Up-Minister Norma Frink; Pray Up-Deacon Jimmy Hankins; Wake Up-Deacon Gregory Williams; Shut Up-Sister Shelia Washington; and Sister Stephanie Marlow will wrap it up.

  • Hamlin posts first triumph in home state of Virginia

    MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Fed-Ex Toyota, took the lead in Sunday’s Goody’s Cool Orange 500 from Jeff Burton on lap 424 and led the remaining 76 laps. It was Hamlin’s first win of the season and the second for Toyota.

    “This was the first Virginia win for me,” said Hamlin of Chesterfield, Va. “Hopefully, the curse of winning in my home state is over.

    “We’ve had a lot of bad luck these past few weeks, and it feels good to come here and get a win in front of the hometown fans.”

  • Sounds a lot like NASCAR fans

    The following is the completely falsified transcript of a conversation, which never took place between Mike and Maggie, two people who do not exist. I did not overhear this conversation, nor one remotely like it, and probably never will. The made-up names have not been changed.

    Mike: “Hey, did you watch 'Lost Idol Survivor Apprentice' last weekend?”

    Maggie: “Of course, I did. I never miss one. What did you think about that ending?”

    Mike: “Fantastic. I never saw it coming—definitely a wild finish.”