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Today's News

  • Here are some old-fashioned recipes just like Grandma used to make

    Remember when you were a child and grandma would spend all day in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals and desserts “the old-fashioned way?”

    Wish you could relive some of those wonderful childhood memories of grandma’s cooking? She didn’t even need to read a recipe or use a measuring spoon—she just somehow “knew” what the right amount of ingredients were. That’s what makes grandmas so great! Don’t you wish you knew how to cook like that, to smell the pies baking, to taste the delicious cookies again?

  • Continuing education courses offered at Brunswick Community College

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer.

    Many business courses are free due funding from a Small Business Center grant.

    Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Diasbled dog finds her way on the agility course

    Stella can run through an agility course in about 40 seconds with few mistakes. She can run up and down the see–saw and A-frame with ease, soar over the jumps and maneuver through weave poles.

    But when it comes to making her way through a closed tunnel Stella, unlike many other dogs that perform the same tasks, gets lost because she cannot hear verbal commands.

    While most dogs listen for direction, Stella is deaf and relies on hand signals to help her run the course. Despite her disability, she runs the course with ease.

  • Tips for a healthy lawn this spring

    EDITOR'S NOTE: (Part 2 of a two–part series on lawn care)

    First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener Hot Line has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.

  • AG's office says it won't remove Ray Gilbert

    The North Carolina Attorney General’s office will not remove Ray Gilbert from the Brunswick County Board of Education.

    On Jan. 9, board members sent a letter to attorney general Roy Cooper asking for a review of Gilbert’s role in office after a one-year domestic violence order was issued against him. The order came after West Brunswick High School secretary Yvonne Hankins accused Gilbert of threatening her after she ended their relationship. Gilbert has admitted to the relationship, although he is married, but denies claims he threatened Hankins.

  • Thousands of prescription pills pulled off streets

    SHALLOTTE—Two men have been arrested on multiple drug charges marking what Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause calls the town’s biggest drug bust.

    Shallotte Police officers and agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit seized more than 9,200 prescription pills, which carry a street value of about $40,000-$50,000, Gause said.

    The two men charged with the numerous drug charges are Richard Moore, 40, of Mayesville, and Jonathan Nowokunski, 26, of Oak Island.

  • 'Black Widow' pleads guilty to identity theft

    “Black Widow” Sandra Camille Powers has had her day in court.

    According to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesperson Robin Zier, Powers, 63, pleaded guilty Monday to aggravated identity theft. She appeared before U.S. District Judge James C. Denver III.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Lt. Marty Folding, who initially investigated Powers last year, said Powers faces up to two years in prison for her federal conviction.

    Folding said a federal judge will decide May 19 if Powers will receive credit for time already served, which is now approaching one year.

  • County starts budget process for next fiscal year

    LELAND—County commissioners have begun the budget process for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Brunswick County Commissioners met Monday and Tuesday to hear budget requests from department heads and county staff.

    The board was scheduled to continue its budget retreat at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    County manager Marty Lawing told commissioners the county is considering moving toward Web-based job postings and applications.

    “It’s what everybody else is doing,” Lawing said.

  • Dole speaks to Brunswick County Republican party

    Brunswick County Republican Party members and other county officials had the chance to meet and greet former senator and presidential candidate Bob Dole Saturday night.

    Dole gave the keynote address at the Brunswick County Republican Party’s annual Lincoln Day Dinner.

    “I’m speaking tonight as an American,” Dole said.

    Dole’s keynote addressed many issues, such as his run for the presidency, the war in Iraq and his own military experiences.

    “At one point, 60 percent of soldiers in Iraq came from North Carolina,” he said.

  • Emergency services wants some departmental changes

    LELAND—Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson has asked county commissioners to include funding for two departmental overhauls in next fiscal year’s budget.

    At the county commissioners’ budget retreat Monday, Thompson unveiled two projects he said would help public safety agencies around the county.

    The first project involves taking over the daily operations of the Shallotte Fire Training Center owned by the town of Shallotte.