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Today's News

  • What exactly is going on at DSS and why is the board keeping it so quiet?

    We’re not exactly clear what’s going on with Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services, but we have some concerns about the actions taken recently by its board.

    On Aug. 6, the board had a meeting where it made a decision to place Jamie Orrock, DSS director, on paid administrative leave. We can find no record of public notice being given for this meeting.

  • Tourism officials say summer was off to slow start, made some progress

    The beaches are still dotted with umbrellas; people are still lining up for ice cream at the local parlors, and traffic is still slower on the bridges, but tourist season is about to officially wrap up in Brunswick County.

    Has this season been busier than last year? Some local business owners are saying yes, although it did get off to a slow start.

    Mitzi York, executive director of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority, said June was about 1.6 percent below last year, although the months of January through May were better than 2009.

  • Coastal Horizons receives funds from Reynolds trust

    Coastal Horizons Center, which recently opened an office in Shallotte, has been awarded $137,500 from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust. The funds are to be used to hire a family nurse practitioner and case manager to help provide primary care services for patients.

    “We’re giving priority to chronic conditions such as hypertension, high cholesterol, COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease), which is what we see often with our clients who come in. They have a multitude of illnesses,” Coastal Horizons CEO Margaret Weller-Stargell said recently.

  • Diverse culture, heritage represented at upcoming Intercultural Festival

    The diverse cultures and people that make up Brunswick County will be celebrated this year as part of the annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival.

    The event, which is set for noon-5 p.m., Sept. 11, will be on the grounds of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia. The event’s theme is “Bringing the World to Brunswick County.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Kindergarten — Their first day

    ASH—The bell rang at 8 a.m., officially marking the first day of kindergarten.

    At 8:05 a.m., one 5-year-old announced he did not want to listen to the morning story.

    At 8:12 a.m., another decided she wanted chicken nuggets and ketchup, unaware that’s not on the day’s menu.

    At 8:16 a.m., another little girl decided to color the dog on her paper green.

    8:29 a.m.: “Hey, can we go outside and play on the swing set?”

    By 8:30 a.m. two students had already to the bathroom and back.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Forgery and uttering and obtaining by false pretenses at Coastal Drugs; suspect forged prescriptions for Percocet, Soma and Oltram. The doctor whose prescription pad was used for the prescriptions said he did not write them and the suspect was not a patient.

  • UPDATED: DSS board takes no action on suspended director

    UPDATE: The private investigator hired by the county’s social services board to investigate DSS director Jamie Orrock, who has been on leave since Aug. 11, has cost the county more than $3,000.

    According to an invoice filed with the county Aug. 31, the county owes PDS Investigations $3,300 for three hours of document/questionnaire development, six hours of travel to Bolivia, 20 hours of investigative interview services and four hours for a final report.

  • Category 4 Hurricane Earl not expected to make landfall in Brunswick County

    Its name is Earl.

    A Category 4 Hurricane, Earl had maximum sustained winds of 130 mph as of the 6 p.m. National Weather Service briefing Tuesday, Brunswick County Emergency Service Director Anthony Marzano said.

    “We are expecting the storm to weaken. It will most likely be a Category 3 when it begins to impact the coastal waters of North Carolina,” Marzano said.

    “We are currently expecting that it will stay off shore. It continues to slide ever so slightly west,” he said.

  • Brunswick residents attend Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally in D.C.

    A lone bagpiper arose in a sea of people and began to play the hymn “Amazing Grace.”

    Then more bagpipes, followed by the low singing of people joining in the chorus until the entire crowd sang in unison—it was a scene Mary Wayne said she wouldn’t soon forget.

    While in Washington D.C. for conservative commentator’s Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor Rally, Wayne, one of 14 Brunswick County residents who traveled to the rally with the South Carolina-based Carolina Patriots, said she was overwhelmed with that moment.

  • Don’t wait for November; be the change you wish to see

    What is wrong with our country?

    How and when did we get this way?

    When are we going to wake up before it’s too late?

    At 29 years old, I feel like that’s something my grandparents’ generation should be saying, but the past 18 or so months have aged me it seems.

    We want to blame Washington for out-of-touch policies, out-of-control spending and a general sense they’re all out of their minds (a point I won’t argue), but here at home I fear we aren’t much more in touch.