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Today's News

  • 'Sharon in God's laughter' set for Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    Sharon United Methodist Church will present “Sharon in God’s Laughter,” a variety show of comedy and music at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Featured will be comedian and speaker David Ferrell, Crystal River gospel group and brother-and-sister singer/musician duo Trenton and Chloe Durham.

    The show is described as suitable for all ages. Admission is $15 for adults and $10 for children ages 12 and younger.

  • Shallotte native Ellis Stanley under consideration for top FEMA position in Obama administration

    February is Black History Month. There has been a lot of talk about President Barack Obama, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks and other distinguished African-American leaders.

    Brunswick County has many prominent African-American leaders who have made their mark nationally and internationally, but none is more impressive than Shallotte native Ellis Stanley. He is the brother of Elroy, Elwood and Glen Stanley, and the son of Mae Bell and the late Lewis Stanley, who served as vice chairman of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees during the 1980s and early 1990s.

  • Freewheeling Freddy

    Freddy is a delightful 11-month-old red-tick hound mix who is very loving and full of life. He is housebroken, gentle and mid-sized at 40 pounds. He will do well in a home with lots of love and a fenced yard. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily. Paws Place also offers animal care education and volunteer work programs at its 5-acre humanitarian facility 5 miles east of U.S.

  • Cooking for credit

    BOLIVIA—Days before Valentine’s Day, the wafting aroma of freshly baked cakes and brownies can be smelled throughout the halls of Brunswick County Academy.

  • Sunset Beach police arrest Texas fugitive

    SUNSET BEACH—Local police have arrested a man wanted in Texas on a habitual DUI charge.

    Michael Joseph Schoolcraft, 50, was taken into custody Feb. 13 by Sunset Beach police, who found him at a residence in Sea Trail after being advised by the Lampasas, Texas, Sheriff’s Office.

    Sunset Beach police placed a fugitive warrant on Schoolcraft, who was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center to await extradition to Texas.

    Sunset Beach police also investigated:

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Local students send valentines around the world to Ugandan students

    Dozens of valentines made their way to western Uganda last week, postmarked from Brunswick County.

    The valentines, sent to a primary school class, may have only been made from colored paper and stickers, but they meant more to the Ugandan students than the American students may ever know.

    Martha Myers, assistive technology facilitator at Brunswick County Schools, first heard of the children in Uganda from her son, Eric Myers, and his girlfriend, Kelly Damberger, who are both serving in the Peace Corps and teaching in local schools.

  • Local restaurant owners staying afloat thanks to loyal customers

    SHALLOTTE—Despite the economic downturn, loyal customers at The Purple Onion restaurant at the corner of Main and Cheers streets apparently haven’t given up their favorite breakfast and lunch treats.

    Business at the popular restaurant in Cheers Plaza remains steady, owners Andrew Bland and wife Terry Bland said recently, with little change over last year at this time.

    Even in the middle of winter, it’s often difficult to get a table at the restaurant, which serves what the Blands call “classic American food.”

  • Novant Health, Brunswick Community Hospital report financial losses

    SUPPLY—Brunswick Community Hospital has a clean financial bill of health, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers says.

    While the hospital’s parent company, Novant Health, has reported a financial loss this year, Myers said Brunswick’s facility is in a unique situation with the growth Brunswick County has experienced.

    The hospital’s operating cash flow has decreased from -$1.3 million in 2007 to -$2.9 million in 2008, but Myers said Novant budgeted for losses for the first five years of its operations in Brunswick County.

  • Dare County’s insurance hearing request dismissed

    RALEIGH—Dare County’s request for a hearing before the N.C. Commissioner of Insurance has been dismissed.

    In a Jan. 29 ruling, the request was dismissed because of “lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” the order reads.

    “And because the petitioners’ request for hearing failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the order continued.