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Today's News

  • Area roads flood after heavy rainfall

     The Cape Fear Region has experienced a 212 percent increase in rainfall during a three-week stretch that’s caused significant problems on Brunswick County roads.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon said this summer, especially lately, has seen an uncharacteristic amount of cold fronts.

  • BCC home to marine biotechnology program

     You can visit community colleges all across the Tar Heel State but you’ll only find one that offers a marine biotechnology program. And that college is right in your backyard.

    Brunswick Community College last month announced the launch of its marine biotechnology program, becoming the first community college in the state to offer such a program.

    The new program, an Associate in Applied Science in marine biotechnology, will be offered beginning in the fall semester, starting Monday, Aug. 18.

  • There is nothing simple when it comes to a cup of joe

     Every morning, millions of Americans reach for their cup of joe in order to start the morning off right. We seem to have coffeehouses on every corner offering specialty brews for this tasty, eye-opening beverage.

    Now, we even drink it during the day. Iced coffee seems to be catching on quite a bit.

  • Doctors search for ways to treat patients’ pain

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Who you are is good enough

     Frequently, it boggles the mind to read about folks who are philanthropists. Once millionaires, now billionaires, they are generous individuals whose names are emblazoned on college buildings and remembered as being compassionate, caring, and charitable. They find causes to embrace and encourage others to join them.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on July 29, 30, 31 and Aug. 1, 4, 5 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, July 29

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Jami Turnage and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Teen firefighter dies in boating accident

     A teenage volunteer firefighter with the Northwest Volunteer Fire Department died in a boating accident last weekend.

    Daniel Gralak Jr., 17, was on a boat with a friend near Sunset Harbor when the boat hit a wooden structure in the water on Saturday afternoon, Aug. 9.

    Both Gralak and his friend were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Bolivia horse trainer working with latest 'trick stallion'

    BOLIVIA — Standing 17 hands high, his solid black coat like satin in the morning training ring, Albert the imported Friesian stud stallion is a mighty sight.

    When trainer Lauryn Zepeda approaches her latest equine student with a visitor, Holland-born Albert ambles over toward the gate to greet them, then settles back on the other side to graze and await his new teacher.

    “Look what I’ve got,” Zepeda says, offering Albert a few pellets of grain with an extended hand upon entering the ring.

  • West Brunswick to hold reunion

     The West Brunswick High

    School Class of 1984 is look-

    ing for all of its classmates

    for its 30-year reunion begin-

    ning at 6 p.m. Nov. 1 at the

    Calabash VFW. Cost is $15 a

    person or $30 a couple.

    Send checks to WBHS

    Class of 84, c/o Dee Con-

    away Carlisle, P.O. Box 2693,

    Shallotte, NC 28459 or call

    her at 842-2822.

  • Summer concerts, movies in coming week

    Six Styles performs in the Brunswick County Concert Series at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, at the Village Park gazebo in Sunset Beach.

    Blackwater Rhythm & Blues will perform at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The movie “Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs 2” will be shown starting at dusk Thursday, Aug. 14, in Calabash Community Park.

    Jim Quick & Coastline will perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 15, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.