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Today's News

  • Women's conference set for Saturday

    Raised in a family poisoned by addiction, Paula Gray-Slough of Shallotte saw things by age 10 that some 20-year-olds hadn’t seen.

    At 10 years old, her grandparents took her in. They raised her to go to church, but in her mind the damage was done, Gray-Slough said recently, and she veered off into a life with no direction.

    “I felt like I didn’t have a purpose,” she said. “I felt insignificant.”

    Her first marriage ended in a painful divorce, resulting in depression and suicidal thoughts.

  • Sunset at Sunset party set for Oct. 4 in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Plans are firming up for the second annual Sunset at Sunset block party Oct. 4, which this year includes a photography contest of sunsets.

    The deadline for submissions for the event’s inaugural photo contest is 12:30-4 p.m. this Friday, Sept. 19. Amateur photographers are asked to submit black-and-white or color photographs of sunsets during that time at Ingram Planetarium, 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • County commissioners make room for boat ramp in tight budget

    Water access trumped a tight budget Monday night as county commissioners earmarked $500,000 over the next two years for a new boat ramp in Sunset Beach.

    In a fiscal year where the county budget included no new jobs and expenditures were severely limited, Sunset Beach town officials will receive $250,000 from this year’s budget.

    County manager Marty Lawing said the $250,000 commissioners agreed to give the town from this fiscal year’s budget was not included in the budget, but water access “has been a major goal of commissioners this year and last.”

  • More focus should be on prevention rather than cures

    We are living in a time when cures are emphasized more than preventions. Medical and drug industries are more reactive than they are proactive in dealing with health issues.

    Sanitarian workers are in the business of preventing diseases, and they are some of the lowest paid workers in America. Preventive sanitarian services are essential for the health and well-being of the general population.

  • Quality background investigations can reveal secrets

    Persons applying for sensitive jobs, like at the airport, hospital, school, financial institution or in law enforcement, must submit to a detailed background investigation. Consequently, many people do not apply, knowing they will be washed out.

    Among those who do apply, a significant number are rejected at the conclusion of the investigation. Derogatory information may be developed when a criminal history is revealed, a poor credit record, past employment problems or disqualifying information from a reference, relative or neighbor comes to light.

  • Out with the old--new campaign, new issues, new misunderstandings

    The Bush doctrine is the new global warming.

    Few people understand it, yet everybody seems to want to talk about it. But, unlike the Bush doctrine, global warming has become last campaign’s issue. At least Al Gore can take a break for a while.

    In the wake of Gov. Sarah Palin’s first sit-down interview with ABC’s Charlie Gibson last week, politicians and pundits have been scrambling to define and address both Palin’s and Gibson’s understanding of the Bush doctrine.

  • Trying to hold out in the run for gas, hoping to avoid empty

    The CNN headline Monday afternoon made my stomach flip, “Developing Story: President Bush says Hurricane Ike has put ‘a pinch’ on nation’s energy supply.”

    As if things weren’t bad enough.

    On Friday, as gas prices in some places across the nation skyrocketed higher than $5 a gallon, I kept an eye on local prices. On a few occasions when I left the office, I noted increasing costs of gas, with lines growing longer and longer at local pumps.

  • Looking back and realizing how much has changed

    About three-and-a-half weeks ago, I came home from work and found it sitting in the middle of my kitchen table. It was an envelope—a card-sized envelope with a fancy font in the corner announcing my 10-year reunion.

    Oh boy. What did I do now?

    I stared at the envelope for a long time before I opened it. I knew this event was coming—after all it has been 10 years since I graduated from Statesville High School.

  • Eliminating availability fee may help those on fixed incomes

    Monday night, Brunswick County Commissioners made a good decision when they decided to make changes to the county’s water availability fee.

    Previously, residents, whose homes were built before 1997, had to pay the $11 monthly fee just because the water service was available, even if a homeowner opted not to tap into the system.

    With changes made Monday night, residents who don’t have a tap into the system, or those who choose to have a tap removed from their property, will no longer have to pay the fee.

  • Ivey

    Jarad and Lindi Ivey of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Sarah Marie Ivey, born at 11:36 p.m., July 15, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Jonathan, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are L.C. and Sandy Fulford of Supply. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Leisha Ivey of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Novie Galloway and Bobbie Galloway, both of Supply.