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Today's News

  • How can we carry each other's burdens?

    The admonition found in Galatians 6:2 is one exhilarating and exhausting. It is, at once, a consolation and a challenge.

    We read, and hopefully heed, the words of St. Paul, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ.”

    The same command and commission can be found in the Torah, which demands the people of God seek the welfare of the whole human community. It is present in the five pillars of Islam, in the practices of Hinduism and in the eightfold path of Buddhism.

  • Church briefs

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “On Heart and Hand,” based on scripture from Psalm 119 and Matthew 5:17-20, on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • 'Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars' raises $200,000 for Foundation

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” raised $200,000 for Brunswick College Community students and crowned its first dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of the fundraiser.

    All money raised from the event will go toward scholarships awarded to future BCC students.

    Clarice Holden, event organizer and Foundation member, was surprised by the amount of money donated.

  • UPDATESheriff's Office offers $5,000 reward in Leland woman's murder

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has received a $5,000 reward from N.C. Gov. Mike Easley for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for the murder of Valerie Ann Burns.

    Burns, 49, of Bluff Drive in Leland, was last seen in downtown Wilmington early last Wednesday morning.

    Around 3:35 a.m. Wednesday, the Winnabow Fire Department and the sheriff’s office responded to a vehicle fire on Goodland Road in Leland.

  • Twenty-six people rescued from boat fire

    Twenty-six people have been rescued by the Coast Guard after a charter fishing boat caught fire early this morning.

    Just before 11:30 a.m. 26 people were taken to the triage center set up by emergency crews at the Calabash docks.

    While the cause of the blaze is unknown, men, women and children of all ages were forced to abandon the 45-foot custom fishing boat, Miss Calabash II, when the boat caught fire, causing black, billowing smoke to surround it.

  • Mental health: Has N.C. done enough?

    Are adequate services available for people suffering from mental illness and substance abuse in North Carolina?

    Some healthcare professionals say no.

    Since the state privatized mental health services in 2000, many healthcare providers say there’s simply not enough funding to go around, meaning people are falling through the cracks opened by budget shortfalls.

  • Clinic provides medical services for patients without insurance

    SOUTHPORT—Tom Barton takes slow, careful steps toward the tiny exam room at New Hope Clinic, guiding his wife Jan as she clings tightly to his arm.

    Her reliance on her husband as she walks and the dark glasses covering her eyes give away Jan’s weakness: She has been blind in both eyes for seven days.

    Jan has suffered for years with diabetic retinopathy—a disease in which the arteries in the retina become weakened and leak, forming small hemorrhages. The vessels often lead to swelling in the retina and decreased vision.

  • Leland woman died from smoke inhalation, investigators still seeking information

    Investigators have confirmed 49-year old Valerie Burns was the woman whose body was found in a burning vehicle early Wednesday morning.

    Burns died from smoke inhalation, chief deputy Charlie Miller said Friday. But investigators are still asking for the community’s help.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said they’re seeking information about Burns’ whereabouts—who she was last with, where she was last seen, where her 1994 Buick Regal was heading—before they discovered her body.

    “We suspect foul play,” Ingram said.

  • Teen treatment facility to open in October

    LELAND—A 74-bed teen treatment center slated to open its doors in October will the first of its kind in Brunswick County.

    Strategic Behavioral Center, under construction in Leland Industrial Park, will begin accepting patients in October, company president Jim Shaheen said.

    In August, staff members will begin receiving referrals with mid-October targeted for the facility’s opening.

    Referrals will be accepted through Southeastern Center, private providers, parents and the department of juvenile justice.

  • Unemployment inches up again; retraining options available

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate increased to 6.1 percent in June from 5.8 in May. Employment officials say the weakening economy is having an effect on typically thriving industries like retail.

    Brunswick County ESC Manager Eli Smith said recently the local unemployment office in Shallotte has seen a big increase in traffic since the economy began slowing down.

    He said the office averages 160 claims per month, and clients are also filing claims using the Internet.