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Today's News

  • Let them eat Gelato: Pelosi, Dems take to Rome after hastily passing stimulus bill

    In a brazen move reminiscent of Detroit’s auto giants arriving in Washington via private jets to beg for federal bailout money, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and fellow Democratic lawmakers hopped on a plane and headed to Rome after hurriedly passing the stimulus bill through Congress.

  • Local students send valentines around the world to Ugandan students

    Dozens of valentines made their way to western Uganda last week, postmarked from Brunswick County.

    The valentines, sent to a primary school class, may have only been made from colored paper and stickers, but they meant more to the Ugandan students than the American students may ever know.

    Martha Myers, assistive technology facilitator at Brunswick County Schools, first heard of the children in Uganda from her son, Eric Myers, and his girlfriend, Kelly Damberger, who are both serving in the Peace Corps and teaching in local schools.

  • Local restaurant owners staying afloat thanks to loyal customers

    SHALLOTTE—Despite the economic downturn, loyal customers at The Purple Onion restaurant at the corner of Main and Cheers streets apparently haven’t given up their favorite breakfast and lunch treats.

    Business at the popular restaurant in Cheers Plaza remains steady, owners Andrew Bland and wife Terry Bland said recently, with little change over last year at this time.

    Even in the middle of winter, it’s often difficult to get a table at the restaurant, which serves what the Blands call “classic American food.”

  • Novant Health, Brunswick Community Hospital report financial losses

    SUPPLY—Brunswick Community Hospital has a clean financial bill of health, hospital spokesperson Amy Myers says.

    While the hospital’s parent company, Novant Health, has reported a financial loss this year, Myers said Brunswick’s facility is in a unique situation with the growth Brunswick County has experienced.

    The hospital’s operating cash flow has decreased from -$1.3 million in 2007 to -$2.9 million in 2008, but Myers said Novant budgeted for losses for the first five years of its operations in Brunswick County.

  • Dare County’s insurance hearing request dismissed

    RALEIGH—Dare County’s request for a hearing before the N.C. Commissioner of Insurance has been dismissed.

    In a Jan. 29 ruling, the request was dismissed because of “lack of subject matter jurisdiction,” the order reads.

    “And because the petitioners’ request for hearing failed to state a claim upon which relief may be granted,” the order continued.

  • Anticipating budget shortfalls, county commissioners look to cut spending

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners are looking for ways to reduce spending after county finance director Ann Hardy told commissioners the county is looking at a budget shortfall of close to $8.5 million this fiscal year.

    Hardy projects a $2.2 million budget shortfall in ad valorem tax revenue, even with what the tax collection department has deemed a “best-case scenario” of a 96 percent collection rate. A 98 percent collection rate was budgeted for this fiscal year, which ends June 30.

  • Pregnant woman rescued from boat stranded off Bird Island

    SUNSET BEACH—Town firefighters swam through chilly waters in the wee hours to rescue a pregnant woman from a stranded boat last week.

    The 22-year-old Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman, identified only as “Ashley,” was rescued in the inlet about 50 feet south of Bird Island, around 2 a.m. Feb. 11 by a fire department rescue team.

    Sunset Beach Fire Capt. Kevin Dempsey, who took part in the rescue, said the woman was eight months pregnant.

  • Simmons thanks coaches, players for reaching NBA

    Three days after Cedric Simmons witnessed the Chicago Bulls honor their first coach and longtime announcer Johnny “Red” Kerr, Simmons was in Shallotte for another ceremony—this one honoring him.

    “I feel really blessed to have my jersey retired,” Simmons said in an interview two days before West Brunswick High School retired his No. 44 jersey. “Anything like that is (an honor) at any level, high school or college or pro. It just shows all my hard work from high school, middle school, even when I was younger, finally paid off.”

  • Reverse raffle key fundraiser for West athletics

    The annual reverse raffle banquet March 7 is one of the three main fundraisers for the West Athletic Boosters Club, and this year it has even more importance than before.

    West athletics director John Floyd is in the first year of a projected two-year facility improvement plan, and money raised from the raffle (6:30 p.m. at the West cafeteria) helps cover costs of the improvements.

    “I feel good about where we are,” he said about the progress of the improvements.

  • Eight wrestlers qualify for state

    Eight county wrestlers have qualified for the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state wrestling championships this weekend in Winston-Salem.

    Wrestlers competed in state-qualifying regionals Friday and Saturday. Wrestlers had to reach the semifinals of their weight classes to qualify for state.

    Two wrestlers qualified from West Brunswick: Deven Ruane and Dee Kent.

    Ruane finished third at 152 pounds. He beat Stephen Henkel of Currituck 7-1.

    Kent finished third at 285 pounds. He beat Nick Summrell of host South Central 5-4.