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Today's News

  • NCDOI to continue BCBSNC examination

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has determined further examination of Blue Cross Blue Shield is necessary. The initial examination report was delivered to BCBS on May 31.

    Interactions with Blue Cross Blue Shield have been ongoing but disagreements on the findings persist. NCDOI is going back in to do an additional examination and hopefully move toward a resolution, according to a news release from the agency.

    Consumers in need of assistance from NCDOI should call (855) 408-1212 or go to ncdoi.com.

  • You decide: Which economic plan will boost the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve been avidly following presidential elections since 1960. Then, as a 10-year-old, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon race go down to the wire with the final outcome being decided by only a handful of votes.

    Now, just as in 1960 and almost every election since, today’s presidential contest focuses on the economy. One of the big economic issues is relatively slow growth. In recent years, our economy has been annually expanding by close to 2 percent.

    The long run average is nearer to 3 percent.

  • Friends and family, visitors and tourists

    One great thing about living in Brunswick County, for me, is it dramatically increases the odds of catching up in person with family and friends — especially those I haven’t seen in decades.

    This past Sunday, it was my friend, Nicolle Gaillard, her older brother Sean and his family, who were vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach. I haven’t seen Nicolle or Sean since we were in high school in Winston-Salem but, thanks to Facebook, we’ve reconnected and I was able to meet them at Mass during their visit.

  • Students success impacts community

    Students in Brunswick County Schools are preparing to begin the 2016-17 school year Aug. 29, perhaps with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reminding students they will reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

    If they feel uneasy, assure them they are not alone. “Teachers know students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible,” AAP says.

  • African Children’s Choir to perform Sept. 18

    The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs for education, care and relief, and development.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners to have special meeting Aug. 29

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners will hold a special called meeting Monday, Aug. 29, at 10 a.m. in the council chambers at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road, with the TOCS Planning Board to discuss the town drainage study, comprehensive plan and floodplain management and community rating system.

  • New BFA director resigns after 48 days on the job

    The newly appointed executive director of Brunswick Family Assistance abruptly resigned last week, just a month-and-a-half after officially taking over the reins of the 35-year-old nonprofit community service agency.

    Lou Nistler, who previously led the National Parkinson Foundation and Combined Federal Campaign in Washington, D.C., resigned from BFA last Friday, Aug. 19, BFA board chairman Bill Hadesty confirmed Tuesday.

  • Author to read short stories Aug. 25 @ Hickmans Crossroads Library

    Author T.D. (Tim) Johnston will read short stories from his book, “Friday Afternoon and Other Stories,” at the next scheduled program at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

  • African Children's Choir sings Sept. 18 @ BCCOWA

    The African Children’s Choir is making a return appearance to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Call the Odell Williamson Auditorium box office at (910) 755-7416 for more information.

  • Summer Concert Series: Band of the Week: Carolina Breakers hit Holden Beach on Aug. 28

    A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the area’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill “The Breakers” lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.