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Today's News

  • Have an action plan

    Successful people or are usually goal-oriented. Dr. Martin Luther King was a goal-oriented person; he had a specific goal and some clearly defined objectives and a solid action plan to achieve his goal.

    He was not afraid of listening to different ideas of men and women who were accomplished in their right. He surrounded himself with strong capable associates.

  • EDC director says new terminal can be beneficial if it's done right

    Brunswick County Economic Development Commission Director Jim Bradshaw says if citizens’ environmental and transportation issues are properly addressed, the international container terminal planned for Southport can be a positive addition to Brunswick County.

    Bradshaw said half the prospective businesses he’s working with that are considering locating in Brunswick County are related to the existing port in Wilmington, and if a new terminal were to be built, that number would increase dramatically.

  • Brunswick native McLamb donates more land for affordable housing

    Driving down Marlowtown Road last week, W.J. McLamb pointed out houses he built for employees in the 1970s and explained why he recently donated another 11 lots for affordable housing.

    More than three decades ago, McLamb saw a transformation in workers settling into one of the freshly built houses they could finally call home.

    “It gave them more pride,” said the longtime developer and Brunswick County native as he rode along with local developer Brian Smith and his daughter, Teresa McLamb. “They actually worked harder and were more dependable.”

  • What happened to humanity and the decree to ‘love thy neighbor’?

    People often refer to the past as “the good ol’ days”—times when things moved slower, technology had less necessity in our lives, and neighbors called upon one another in times of need.

    What has happened to that? Why is it in this fast-paced, technology-driven, I-don’t-have-to-acknowledge-you-because-something-electronic-is-flashing-in-my-hands era have we lost sight of one of the most basic human values?

  • Traffic accident delays Shallotte Middle's afternoon release

    SHALLOTTE—A nearby traffic accident kept Shallotte Middle School students on school grounds a few minutes longer than usual this afternoon.

    According to SMS principal Paul Price, a wreck occurred just after 3 p.m. about five miles from the school. The school's front lawn was used as a landing pad for a helicopter called in for medical assistance. Some students were already on the buses, Price said, and the rest were kept inside the school until the helicopter took off and cleared the scene.

  • New program at detention center offers inmates GED certificate

    BOLIVIA—Chrissy Skeens looks forward to the day she no longer calls the Brunswick County Detention Center home.

    Skeens, a mother of six, has been in the detention center for the past eight months. Though her trial isn’t scheduled until June, she expects to be released on house arrest later this week.

    When Skeens is released, she said she’s ready to continue her work toward receiving a GED, which she began last week while she was an inmate at the detention center.

  • Just what’s included in the stimulus plan? It depends on whom you ask, and when

    OK, so it turns out trying to research what’s included in the stimulus plan isn’t as easy as conventional wisdom would suggest.

    At more than 700 pages, news networks and other media outlets have their teams devouring the bill—dedicating hours upon hours to attempt to find what any of the $819 billion would actually stimulate, besides the sod at the National Mall.

    Of course, depending on who you ask and when, that also changes things quite a bit.

  • Second night court debuts at Brunswick County courthouse

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Superior Court, like almost every other state agency, is feeling the harsh side effects of the economic downturn.

    The courts are crowded and understaffed, and staff they have is overworked.

    But Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis says she won’t ask county commissioners to build new courtrooms in this economy—not while there are open courtrooms—even if it is after 5 p.m.

  • South Carolina man sentenced to 14 years for wire fraud

    RALEIGH—A South Carolina man convicted of defrauding hundreds of customers in a furniture store scam he ran out of Calabash has been sentenced to 14 years in federal prison.

    According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Henry Rayford Privette Jr., 55, of Johns Island, S.C., was sentenced to 168 months, or 14 years, in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release.

    Privette was also ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution.

    He was convicted in U.S. District Court on Aug. 13, 2008, for 10 counts of wire fraud.

  • County unemployment rate up again; more laid-off workers enrolling at BCC

    Brunswick County unemployment rate continued its upward climb in December, topping out at 9.9 percent, according to the state Employment Security Commission.

    Eli Smith, manager of the local ESC office, said his office took about 492 claims during that month, the most he can remember in a month.

    Smith said people are still looking for work “across the board,” in industries from construction to retail to manufacturing.