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Today's News

  • Worst Valentine's gifts are real heartbreakers

    A weed whacker, cellulite cream, a Campbell’s Soup thermos, a mushroom-growing kit, a heart-shaped potato—what do these items have in common? They’re among less-than-lovely presents submitted in Talbots women’s retailer’s worst Valentine’s Day gifts contest.

    They’re also on a lengthening list of things not to give your beloved on the day of love, if you don’t want to find yourself written about on the Internet.

  • 'A Mother's Prayer' featuring big-name stars films at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    SUPPLY—Robin Givens, Johnny Gill and Shirley Murdock took time to visit Brunswick County recently to film the play “A Mother’s Prayer” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Swirl Films, a Wilmington-based production company, plans to release the film on DVD, as it did last year with “Man of Her Dreams,” which was also filmed at the auditorium.

    “I enjoyed working here,” Swirl Films producer Eric Tomosunas said Friday before the dress rehearsal.

  • S.T.O.P.P.E.D. Teen Driving Program developed to keep teen drivers safe

    On behalf of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, local police departments, and the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram recently announced a new teen-driving program in Brunswick County named S.T.O.P.P.E.D.

    It stands for “Sheriff’s & Police Telling Our Parents & Promoting Educated Drivers.”

    This new program is aimed at reducing the number of young drivers involved in auto accidents through voluntary parental notification.

  • Hill signs to play football with Navy

    Sprinting to beat a throw to first base, Ryan Hill not only got a single for his West Brunswick High School baseball team but ultimately an offer from the Naval Academy to play football.

    Hill, West’s all-conference quarterback, signed a letter-of-intent Feb 4. to accept a scholarship to attend Navy.

    “I knew they had a great football team,” Hill said, “but the education I’m going to get said it all for me.”

  • Fisherman can catch red drum, black drum in winter but target them differently

    There isn’t a lot of fishing going on now as water temperatures range from cold to colder, but if you are determined and hardy you can still find a drum or two out there. When it comes to being hardy, though, you can’t beat a drum. Both red and black drum are still swimming our local waters, and at times they’ll bite almost as well as they would in warmer weather.

  • Golf action

    During an outing Feb. 3 on the Sea Trail Jones Course, John Barton scored a hole-in-one on the 144-yd 17th hole. He used a 23-degree rescue club. It was his fourth hole-in-one.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    Results of the Beachcombers event at Cypress Bay: Low gross: 79, Reese Evans; 84, Stu Cleveland; 86, Hal Riebesehl; 89, Paul Michal. Low nets: 66, Riebesehl; 71, Jim Ritter and Cleveland; 72, Evans. Team (two low nets): Evans, Cleveland and Bob Smith. Golfer of the week is Reese Evans.

    BRICK LANDING

  • The Small Business Center’s spring seminar schedule

    Microsoft Word for Small Business, presented by Ben Chapman, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 16, Building D, Room 103

    This course is practical and fast-paced. Using Word, participants will be able to set margins, edit text, select and format characters and paragraphs, add page breaks, use “find and replace,” add headers and footers, save a document as a Web page and format the e-mail address as a hyperlink.

    Microsoft Excel for Small Business, presented by Ben Chapman, 6-9 p.m. Feb. 23, Building D, Room 103

  • Tips to keep small businesses successful in tough economic times

    Tom Hemphill is the director of Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center.

    He assists would-be entrepreneurs with preparing their business plans and marketing their products and services.

    The businesses he has assisted recently are mainly “lifestyle startups,” Hemphill explained.

    “Lots of people are starting businesses because it’s their passion, something they enjoy doing. They’re very small starts.”

  • The Phantoms of Saint Valentine’s Day

    The shallow definitions of Valentine’s Day given by resources like Wikipedia miss the point. This article will draw you closer to the actual fun and understanding of this special day.

    You may have witnessed a valentine phantom in action and have wondered about the phenomenon. Here is interesting firsthand information:

    Profiling the Phantoms

    The basis for establishing an accurate criminal profile is a meticulous examination and reporting of the crime scene. Through analysis of the known facts, an accurate profile is established and understood.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center opening delayed

    The grand opening of Brunswick Community College’s Fitness and Aquatics Center has been delayed, according to President Stephen Greiner.

    Following the state construction inspection, the facility’s emergency lighting system needed additional work. The project architect has already begun working on its upgrade. Greiner hopes the facility will be open by March 1.