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Today's News

  • A House divided: Healthcare reform bill narrowly passes in House

    A $1 trillion-plus price tag and new taxes were among reasons U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., said he would not vote for the healthcare reform bill, which went to a vote Saturday night on the House floor.

    With a five-vote swing, the Affordable Healthcare for America Act passed late Saturday night in the House, 120 votes to 115 votes, with McIntyre among those casting a nay vote.

  • Commissioners prioritize projects for recovery zone bonds

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved five infrastructure projects to benefit from recovery zone bonds.

    With $2.8 million in economic development bonds available for projects within a county-designated recovery zone, commissioners chose to move forward with one sewer line expansion project, three water line expansion projects and the Leland library expansion project.

    Commissioners have until Dec. 15 to declare the recovery zone, but they were cautioned to keep the recovery zone broad to include all projects.

  • Is it any wonder we're scared to death?

    There’s been a lot of clucking and moaning the past few years about the phenomenon of over-protective parents who hover over their kids like helicopters, shielding them from the “real world” and not letting them learn to navigate life’s difficulties on their own.

    We want our children to stand up for themselves, but we don’t want them to get seriously hurt when we could have done something to prevent it.

  • New Hope Clinic breaks ground on new, larger facility in Boiling Spring Lakes

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—With the flick of a shovel, staff, volunteers and community members broke ground on the future New Hope Clinic in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    On Friday, Nov. 6, community members and clinic staff and volunteers gathered on the vacant lot on West Boiling Spring Road to commence the construction of the new nonprofit clinic.

  • Flood watch, wind advisory in effect for Brunswick County

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for Brunswick County, in effect through Thursday night. A wind advisory is in effect through 5 p.m. Thursday.

    Sustained winds will be about 15-25 mph, with gusts expected as high as 35 mph. Winds at these speeds could impact driving, especially in high profile vehicles. Use caution when driving, especially on bridges and overpasses.

    With saturated grounds, NWS warns of the possibility of downed trees. Some power outages may be possible.

  • Animal shelter readies for new gas chamber

    Animal activists hoped the Brunswick County Animal Shelter had done away with its last gas chamber, but a new one is on the way.

    Southport resident Peter MacQueen, president of The Humane Society of Eastern North Carolina, said last week he hoped the shelter would do away with its carbon monoxide animal euthanasia chamber after it failed to meet specifications in a recent inspection.

    But Brunswick County Environmental Health Director David Stanley said this week the old gas chamber has been removed to make way for a new one.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Outgoing board member cites mayor's meeting prayers in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioner Gere Dale last week took issue with prayers Mayor Stephen Selby regularly says at town meetings.

    Meanwhile, the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores continued to ask questions about contracts approved for town administrator Linda Herncane and assistant administrator Amanda Chestnut.

    The contracts were ratified by the board at the Nov. 5 meeting.

  • New clinic will help many residents

    In this difficult economy, when many Brunswick Countians are unemployed or facing reduced work hours and pay cuts, it can be difficult to find affordable medical care.

    That’s why free clinics, like New Hope and Brunswick Adult Medical Clinic, are so important.

    Last week, volunteers and officials with New Hope Clinic broke ground on a new, much-needed, larger facility. It’s a move required after the clinic has experienced an increase in the number of people who need its services.

  • Got the flu? Watch out for you

    You’d think we have evolved.

    You’d think we’re too educated, wise and high-tech to fall for schemes akin to all those miracle tonics, potions, salves and elixirs of yesteryear.

    You’d think we’re far too advanced to even get sick at all.

    But scams and hype abound in the face of 21st-century illness and flu, especially for those who can’t find or qualify for a shot.

    Beware of scams, warn the Food and Drug Administration and Associated Press.

  • Christmas Flotilla organizers hope to make event a Brunswick County tradition

    When it comes to the holidays, it’s all about tradition.

    Some families always flock to the same relative’s house for the same traditional dinner and traditional holiday events. Some families take the same vacation each year and enjoy the holidays from an exotic, tropical or secluded location.

    Other families, OK, my family, can always count on one or two members to intake just a bit too much holiday cheer and cause a commotion that becomes an annual tradition in itself when the story is retold year after year.