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Today's News

  • Census takers sought in Brunswick County

    Wanted: Thousands of census takers.

    “Pay is good, hours are flexible, and work is close to home.”

    So says information posted on a U.S. Census Bureau Web site seeking people to do field work for the 2010 Census.

    That includes positions needed in Brunswick County, which is part of a regional search seeking qualified applicants for 15,000 jobs in both Carolinas as well as Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

  • Brunswick sees slight increase in November home sales

    Brunswick County had a 12 percent increase in existing home sales in November 2008, up to 110 from 98 the previous year. The number of homes sold dropped 31 percent compared to October, when agents sold 159 homes.

    That’s according to recent statistics from the N.C. Association of Realtors, which reports Rocky Mount was the only other region in the state to post an increase between November 2007 and November 2008, going from 59 to 69 homes sold.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 17, 18, 19 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 17

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Amanda Lynn Archer, speeding 55 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs.

    Dove Danita Avylla, improper equipment, costs.

    Mark Dewayne Barnhill, unsafe movement, costs.

    James Judson Baxley, improper equipment, costs.

  • Bridge accident victim says thanks

    To the editor: I would like to thank the many people who expressed interest in my welfare during the recent accident I suffered.

    In addition to the many individuals whose prayers, calls, visits and well wishes have been received by me and my family, we want to thank the institutions who have responded to the situation.

    Particularly, we want to say thank-you to the town of Oak Island, a group of concerned citizens from Oak Island and a local bank, which is taking care of the contributions in a trust fund.

  • Pray for peace

    To the editor: John P. McTeman’s book, “As America Has Done to Israel,” dramatically describes

    the dire consequences America has suffered for pressuring Israel to give up some of their God-given land and to divide Jerusalem.

    He bases his argument on the uncanny

    occurrences of huge disasters coinciding with meetings and/or government declarations

    concerning “land for peace” agreements.

    He links “The Perfect Storm” of Oct. 30, 1991, which damaged President

  • Enjoyed citizens’ academy

    To the editor: What is it like to be in law enforcement in Brunswick County? I guess no one will ever know until they are in it.

    These professionals have to be proficient in many areas, as well as working 12 hour-plus shifts. A handful of deputies patrol more than 800 square miles.

    Twenty residents, including myself, just got a taste in our 10-week Citizens Law Enforcement course.

  • Christmas miracles

    To the editor: A few days before Christmas, a true Christmas story took place here in Shallotte. A little over a year ago, my son was diagnosed with Stage Three colon cancer (he lives in Tampa, Fla., and has two small children).

    A few weeks after his operation, he received a call from his employer in Boston, informing him the company could no longer carry him. He would receive two weeks severance pay and shortly thereafter, would be responsible for his own health coverage under Cobra.

  • Flotilla was great

    To the editor: I am a little late in thanking Ocean Isle Beach for the flotilla again this year.

    More and more people line up on the waterway to see the great event.

    Those of us who live on the waterway invite people to come view it from our decks and piers. It was fantastic again and I understand the one decorated like a fire truck took first place. It looked like it was riding down the waterway.

    There was an awful lot of work that went into it and all the rest, too.

  • A socialized and passive society

    To the editor: It is truly disheartening to watch our country descend from the proud individualism and moral strength that once characterized our society, attributes first described by de Tocqueville more than 100 years ago, to the debased state of an increasingly socialized and passive society we see espoused by the acceptance of Obamism.

    I served in the military for 30 years and observed first-hand in many parts of the world the destruction wrought by the insidious effects of socialism.

  • Faith, hope and charity

    To the editor: I have noticed, as usual, there have been several best-selling books in regard to the subject of atheism. Of course, one may find many such books on the market at any time, but they seem to proliferate around the Christmas season.

    If God would give me wisdom, a trait we all pray for at times in our lives, I would wonder why these people who do not believe in God must insist on pushing their beliefs on anyone at all who does believe in God, but the greatest problem lies in the fact they are simply without hope.