Today's News

  • Cell phone usage prompts recommendation for bus drivers’ dismissals

    Confusion over cell phone usage policy for bus drivers has The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) trying to figure out why several bus drivers have been “recommended for dismissal.”

    Sandy Younce of the NCAE, who represents Brunswick County NCAE members, wrote an e-mail to then-board chairperson Shirley Babson on Oct. 30 to discuss confusion the policy has caused among bus drivers and school officials.

  • BOMB SQUAD explodes with first praise dance performance

    When a bomb explodes, it affects people in close proximity, and also communities, countries and people around the world.

    That’s what the BOMB SQUAD hopes to do by spreading the message of Jesus.

    BOMB SQUAD——Breaking Out My Box, Stepping Quickly Under Anointed Dancing—is a group of 12 children who perform praise dancing.

    Director Angie King said the group is a way for children to serve the Lord, share the message and reach out to those who may be disconnected.

  • Restaurants combine, form partnerships to meet customer needs in difficult economy

    In a laidback environment like Brunswick County, people enjoy gathering for informal chats over home-cooked breakfasts at friendly restaurants.

    A couple of Shallotte eateries, previously open only in the evenings, have realized the potential for breakfast and lunch crowds and reached out to other restaurateurs in need of places to operate.

    The arrangements have worked well, the owners say, providing some bright spots in an otherwise bleak economy.

  • Must-have plants for 2010

    Plant nerds and even casual gardeners always want to be the first on the block to have the latest, greatest plants. As your resident plant nerd, I feel compelled to offer my list of some must-have plants for the coming growing season.

  • Amaryllises can look fussier to care for than they actually are

    All it takes is a little light, warmth and water to coax an amaryllis bud out of the big bulb’s belly. No ultimatums required. Pop up the softball-size bulbs now so the immense, trumpet-shaped flowers will grace your holiday décor. The bud rides upward 1-2 feet on a hollow but thick-skinned stalk before bursting into spectacular bloom.

  • Advent expresses three stages of the Christian journey

    We’re almost there. Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us are so focused on what is not yet here we miss the reality of the present moment and the wonder of all that has occurred in the past.

    Advent helps us to embrace the three stages of our faith journey: Christ has come. Christ will come again. Christ is here now.

    It is difficult to embrace those three “presences” simultaneously, unless we remember our own human lives are filled with that trinity.

  • Burr to block U.S. Attorney nominee

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he supports President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney for North Carolina’s Eastern District.

    It’s the timing Burr has a problem with.

    On Thursday, Dec. 10, Burr announced he planned to block Walker’s nomination by withholding Walker’s blue slip—a Senate tool used to move the confirmation process forward—until the investigations of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards are complete.

  • Tracking H1N1: CDC restrictions lifted for vaccine

    With health officials anticipating a possible third wave of H1N1 influenza in January, local officials are urging people to receive an H1N1 vaccine.

    “Reports of the decline in the number of H1N1 flu cases is good news, but some officials are worried people will think the outbreak is over, so there is no need to get an H1N1 vaccination,” Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said.

    “A third wave of the flu may follow the second, probably in January, but no one can predict that with any certainty.”

  • Bolivia man arrested for multiple drug charges

    BOLIVIA—A Bolivia man has been arrested for multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and trafficking cocaine.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Norman Laquinn Hewett Jr., 28, of 2566 Autumn Lane in Bolivia, after a two-month investigation, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    Following the investigation, drug agents executed a search warrant Dec. 11 at Hewett’s Autumn Lane home, where they seized more than $20,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana and pills.

  • Championship celebration becomes donation drive

    A celebration of an autumn softball championship evolved into a Christmastime donation drive for Hope Harbor Home.

    When the Pipettes softball team won the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation softball tournament in October, the team sponsor offered to fund a victory party, said Pipettes’ player Jessica Winfree.