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Today's News

  • Anti-annexation rally planned for Aug. 29

    Outside Midway Trading Post at the corner on N.C. 211 and Midway Road—property now being sought for annexation by the town of St. James—will be the site of a local anti-forced annexation rally Saturday morning.

    Trading post owner Mike Richards, whose store is in an area the town of St. James wants to annex, helped organize the event, along with other activists including scheduled host Curtis Wright, a local radio personality.

    The rally is set for 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, and will include anti-annexation speakers and performances by a bluegrass band.

  • Unable to untangle twisted phone cord web

    They say if at first you don’t succeed, try and try again.

    Well, it may be a minuscule task, but it’s one I have yet to conquer.

    Never have I ever been able to keep a phone cord untangled. I can’t explain it, but every cord on every phone I touch turns into a tangled web in a matter of minutes.

    The cord I have on my phone right now is being held down by a bottle of Wite Out, my Rolodex and the phone base. Only days after getting a new phone cord, the top part right by the receiver connection began to twist.

  • Regional model helps structure school support staff

    A newly constructed regional model for Brunswick County Schools’ support staff is intended to provide better resources to students and families.

    Jessica Swencki, director of the exceptional children program, said a regional model is used in districts across the state and has proven to be efficient.

    “What we do know is research says comprehensive student service systems will assist schools in closing the achievement gap, because what it does is basically helps to ensure that every child is going to have the opportunity to have their needs met,” she said.

  • Literacy Council to host 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    If you can spell words like “aficionado” and “doppelganger,” you might have what it takes to win the 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee.

    Hosted by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, the annual spelling bee will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teams consist of two people, and the entry fee is $200 per team. Proceeds will go toward the operation and services of the Literacy Council.

  • Economic impact of domestic visitors increases .2 percent in 2008

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has announced that visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $392.83 million in 2008, an increase of .2 percent over 2007.

    Brunswick County continues to rank ninth in North Carolina in travel and tourism economic impact.

    The statistics are from the “2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.

  • Shallotte's stimulus-funded road project in first stages of construction phase

    SHALLOTTE—Braving the afternoon heat and searing humidity Monday, two North Carolina Department of Transportation employees were at work outside, raising a sign on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte.

    The sign reads, “Putting America Back to Work. Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” It was the second sign erected that day.

  • No 911 logs, incident reports in shooting at senator's home

    TABOR CITY—When Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless answered his cell phone around 5 p.m. Sunday, he says state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr.  was on the other end requesting police at his Canal Street home.

    It was around 5 p.m. Sunday, District Attorney Rex Gore said, that Soles allegedly shot one of two men who were on his property.

  • CDC recommendations for H1N1 prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself from the H1N1 flu:

    •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    •Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

    •Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

    •Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Health Department to begin seasonal flu vaccines Sept. 1

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will begin administering vaccines for the regular seasonal flu offered each year on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people from the H1N1 flu, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director at the Brunswick County Health Department, said.

    There are no restrictions from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention for seasonal flu vaccines, and anyone can receive the shot.

  • Can Mars ever be as big as a full moon?

    You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”

    Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.

    It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”