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Today's News

  • WBHS performs 'Rumors'

    What should be an evening of celebration quickly turns into a mystery involving blood betrayal and baffling situations.

    “Rumors,” a farce by Neil Simon, was performed at the West Brunswick High School Theatre. The student-directed show involved a cast of 10 characters who walk into a night of chaos when arriving at the New York home of Charley and Myra Brock.

    The Brocks are holding a party celebrating their 10th anniversary, but their friends arrive to find Myra nowhere in sight and Charley in an upstairs bedroom, bleeding from a gunshot wound to his ear.

  • The groundhog says: Six more weeks of winter await us

    Don’t put those sweaters away—according to old Punxsutawny Phil there’ll be six more weeks of winter.

    On Feb. 2, I turned on the morning news and watched as reporters were on location just outside the groundhog’s hole. There they were standing around, whispering—waiting for the groundhog to emerge from his hollow home.

  • Have an action plan

    Successful people or are usually goal-oriented. Dr. Martin Luther King was a goal-oriented person; he had a specific goal and some clearly defined objectives and a solid action plan to achieve his goal.

    He was not afraid of listening to different ideas of men and women who were accomplished in their right. He surrounded himself with strong capable associates.

  • EDC director says new terminal can be beneficial if it's done right

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw says if citizens’ environmental and transportation issues are properly addressed, the international container terminal planned for Southport can be a positive addition to Brunswick County.

    Bradshaw said half the prospective businesses he’s working with that are considering locating in Brunswick County are related to the existing port in Wilmington, and if a new terminal were to be built, that number would increase dramatically.

  • Brunswick native McLamb donates more land for affordable housing

    Driving down Marlowtown Road last week, W.J. McLamb pointed out houses he built for employees in the 1970s and explained why he recently donated another 11 lots for affordable housing.

    More than three decades ago, McLamb saw a transformation in workers settling into one of the freshly built houses they could finally call home.

    “It gave them more pride,” said the longtime developer and Brunswick County native as he rode along with local developer Brian Smith and his daughter, Teresa McLamb. “They actually worked harder and were more dependable.”

  • What happened to humanity and the decree to ‘love thy neighbor’?

    People often refer to the past as “the good ol’ days”—times when things moved slower, technology had less necessity in our lives, and neighbors called upon one another in times of need.

    What has happened to that? Why is it in this fast-paced, technology-driven, I-don’t-have-to-acknowledge-you-because-something-electronic-is-flashing-in-my-hands era have we lost sight of one of the most basic human values?

  • Traffic accident delays Shallotte Middle's afternoon release

    SHALLOTTE—A nearby traffic accident kept Shallotte Middle School students on school grounds a few minutes longer than usual this afternoon.

    According to SMS principal Paul Price, a wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. about five miles from the school. The school's front lawn was used as a landing pad for a helicopter called in for medical assistance. Some students were already on the buses, Price said, and the rest were kept inside the school until the helicopter took off and cleared the scene.

  • New program at detention center offers inmates GED certificate

    BOLIVIA—Chrissy Skeens looks forward to the day she no longer calls the Brunswick County Detention Center home.

    Skeens, a mother of six, has been in the detention center for the past eight months. Though her trial isn’t scheduled until June, she expects to be released on house arrest later this week.

    When Skeens is released, she said she’s ready to continue her work toward receiving a GED, which she began last week while she was an inmate at the detention center.

  • Just what’s included in the stimulus plan? It depends on whom you ask, and when

    OK, so it turns out trying to research what’s included in the stimulus plan isn’t as easy as conventional wisdom would suggest.

    At more than 700 pages, news networks and other media outlets have their teams devouring the bill—dedicating hours upon hours to attempt to find what any of the $819 billion would actually stimulate, besides the sod at the National Mall.

    Of course, depending on who you ask and when, that also changes things quite a bit.

  • Second night court debuts at Brunswick County courthouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Superior Court, like almost every other state agency, is feeling the harsh side effects of the economic downturn.

    The courts are crowded and understaffed, and staff they have is overworked.

    But Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis says she won’t ask county commissioners to build new courtrooms in this economy—not while there are open courtrooms—even if it is after 5 p.m.