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Today's News

  • Sometimes solace can come in the most unlikely of places

    Growing up, a little “mom and pop” restaurant was a favorite among locals in my hometown. The greasy spoon—Tom Pig’s—attracted construction workers on lunch breaks, families on a budget and local government officials wanting to rub elbows with Average Joes while getting a good bite of food in a down-home atmosphere.

    Located off the main drag downtown, the restaurant was my mother’s favorite place for breakfast—a place she dragged me to often as a kid.

  • Academy students make Valentine's Day special for all

    I spent Valentine’s Day with the occupational course of study students at Brunswick County Academy. I can honestly say it was the best Valentine’s Day I’ve ever had.

    The students were operating The Bakin’ and Makin’ Shoppe as part of their diploma requirements. The students must spend 900 hours outside the classroom gaining work experience and operating a student-run business.

    These students have turned into talented chefs and bakers and savvy entrepreneurs.

  • Marine ceremony a humbling experience

    I have been humbled many times in the presence of service men and women.

    There’s nothing like knowing the person standing in front of you has committed to risk his or her life to protect your life, your freedom, and everything else we, as Americans, hold dear.

    I love hearing stories about people approaching service men and women in airports, simply to say “thank-you.”

  • Tradeshow offerings herald high-tech alert

    Just when you thought you’d mastered all the technology in your home, along come more inventions to make your situation as hip as a candlestick phone, the TouchTone-less kind that requires “Miss Sarah” to connect your call.

    Ah, but weren’t those the uncomplicated Mayberry days?

    This year’s Consumer Electronics Show, held between gambling stints last month in Las Vegas, served up thin TVs, a digital message board, a sensor bed and a driverless car, which probably requires no-fault insurance.

  • Stumbling through days after the flu bug bites

    For years I have seen those annoying commercials. You know the ones where some poor excuse for a human being is sick, stumbling to the medicine cabinet, desperate for what ails them. The people on these commercials usually have red noses, puffy eyes and bad hair, saying stupid things like, “Even my hair hurts.”

    I used to hate those commercials, but after this week, I empathize with those poor souls.

    Last week, I suffered the same fate as many other Brunswick County residents and was bitten by the flu bug.

  • Can the superdelegates be trusted in this year's election?

    Based on the opinions of several political pundits, it appears the Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will go to the fall convention and will be decided by party insiders called superdelegates.

    This could potentially be a disaster given the differences of race and gender. There has never been a presidential race like the one we have between Obama and Clinton.

  • It's time to get off the bench, get into the game

    It’s easy to be vocal about things you don’t like. Whether you’re discussing a current event that has you hot under the collar or complaining about happenings in the world, people, by nature, more easily complain than take charge of things and promote change.

  • Births

    Smith

    Ray and Crystal Smith of Ash are the parents of a son, Ethan Ray Smith, born at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He measured 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah Zachary Smith, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Atkinson of Ash and Terry Atkinson of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Hilda Smith of Pireway and Junior Smith of Loris, S.C.

    Great-grandparents are Della Smith of Lake Waccamaw and Madie King of Fayetteville.

    Hall

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Monday, Feb. 11

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Terry Michael Adair, improper equipment, costs.

    Bryceson Jarrell Age, improper equipment, costs.

    Jason Anderson, improper equipment, costs; fail to wear seat belt/driver, no operator’s license, both voluntarily dismissed.

  • Alexander-Shapiro

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Susan Brooke Alexander and Mark Byron Shapiro, both of Seattle, Wash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alexander of Shallotte. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and founded Susabella Inc., a graphic and Web design firm in Seattle. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Shapiro of Spokane, Wash. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and owner of a State Farm insurance agency in Marysville, Wash. A July 4 wedding is planned in Seattle.