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Today's News

  • There are enough divisions in this county; race should not be one

    When I moved here, I heard a lot about a line that had been drawn in the community.
    You were either a true Southerner, born and bred to appreciate the simple things in life and a slower pace, like chatting with your neighbors over a glass of sweet tea while enjoying the cool coastal breeze.
    Or you were a Yankee—a Northern infiltrator who brought unappreciated wealth to a simple community, only to overrun it with gigantic houses in gated communities.
    Whoa.

  • Church plans Men’s Day event

    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road SE, Leland, will celebrate Men’s Day at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10. The Rev. Erskine Moody of Mount Zion Baptist Church from Longwood will be the guest speaker.
    For more information, call 253-6739 or 253-4044.
     

  • Community invited to Brunswick Novant Medical Center sneak preview

    The new Brunswick Novant Medical Center will open its doors to the community for a free sneak preview event on Saturday, July 16.
    A ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 1 p.m., and tours will be from 1-4 p.m., hospital spokesperson Amy Myers said.
    Participants will have the opportunity to tour the new hospital and see Brunswick Novant Medical Center’s special features and services first-hand.  The hospital is set to open for patients approximately two weeks later on Sunday, July 31.

  • Calabash hires new administrator

    The town of Calabash has hired a new administrator.

    Charles M. Nance of Rutherfordton, N.C., a senior planner for the past 10 and a half years with Isothermal Planning & Development Commission of western North Carolina, will begin new duties as Calabash town administrator on Aug. 1.

    Announcement of Nance’s hiring was made by the town Thursday following a closed session Wednesday of the Calabash Board of Commissioners to discuss the open position and candidates who have applied for it.

  • Candidate filing for upcoming municipal elections begins Friday

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming fall 2011 municipal elections begins Friday.

    Candidate filing opens at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    For the towns of Southport and Navassa, candidate filing will run from noon Friday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    The following seats will appear on the ballot in November:

    •Bald Head Island: Three council members

  • Smoke from Pender County wildfires moves into northern Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the county’s 911 center has received numerous calls Thursday morning about heavy smoke in Northern Brunswick County.

    There are no wildfires in Brunswick County, Marzano said.

    North Carolina Forestry Services officials have said the smoke is from a wind shift that occurred Thursday morning, causing smoke from the Pender County wildfires to move into Brunswick County.

  • Local teen fights for his life

    SHALLOTTE—A teenage boy in his last semester of his senior year of high school is supposed to be making plans for prom, graduation, vacation, college, the future—not undergoing radiation treatments at Duke.

    Eighteen-year-old Shallotte resident Tyler Scott began radiation treatments May 2 and completed them June 15. This is just the first phase of treatment for the young man. He will begin chemotherapy in the early winter.

    Earlier this year, Tyler began to have abnormal pains and was not feeling well.

  • Leland Post 68 sweeps West

     Leland Post 68 swept a doubleheader June 28 from West Brunswick, with a spot in the Junior American Legion Baseball playoffs at stake.

    Post 68 won the first game 11-10, which was a completion of a suspended game. Post 68 won the second game 2-1, scoring two runs in the top of the seventh inning.

    The first game resumed with West trailing 11-8 with two outs in the top of the sixth and the bases loaded. Khalil Gause doubled home two runs but David Zacek ended the inning with a strikeout. He retired the side in the seventh for the victory.

  • Bills signed into law by Gov. Bev Perdue

    North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has signed the following bills into law:

    HB 12: Stop Methamphetamine Labs—increases regulation of the sale of pseudoephedrine products to curtail the production of methamphetamines and establishes a study to find ways to mitigate the costs of cleaning up meth labs.

    SB 125: Regional Schools—allows school boards to establish regional schools with other school districts.

  • A look back at the legislative session

    RALEIGH—Adjourned.

    The N.C. General Assembly has adjourned for the session—at least until legislators come back in mid-July to consider veto overrides and tackle redistricting House and Senate districts.

    The state Senate adjourned Friday, June 17, and the House adjourned the following day on June 18. Both chambers will reconvene July 13.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis, R-Mecklenburg, said the Republican majority was pleased with what it was able to accomplish this session, including adopting and then overriding a two-year state budget.