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Today's News

  • Buster the Bus visits Bolivia

    Bolivia Elementary School students had a  special visitor during Bus Safety Awareness Week. 'Buster the Bus' visited with pre-k, kindergarten and first-grade students. Buster shared with students how to safely enter and exit a bus at their appointed stop and safe bus behaviors when riding to and from school. Buster the Bus is an interactive, remote-controlled vehicle sponsored by Brunswick County School’s Transportation Department.

  • Goodies for grandparents

    James Bortle enjoys cookies and juice with his grandparents, Connie and Norman Six, during a recent celebration of Grandparents Day at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School. The well-attended event was coordinated by Fran Thomas, parent/volunteer program facilitator. Each grandparent received a flier  'Simply Grand: The Importance of Grandparents' by Dawn Marie Barhyte, a former teacher in New York.

  • New senior center opens

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI), in collaboration with Faith Community Chapel on Sunset Harbor Road, Sunset Harbor, opened an additional center at the Chapel Fellowship Hall on Oct. 1.

    The program is named for Ellie Reilly who was recently killed in an automobile accident. For many years Ellie had advocated for the program. She knew of the impending opening before her death but did not live to see it.

    The center operates Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and, among other program features, will provide a nutritious meal.

  • Just another day’s work, sort of

    There’s a first time for everything, and a journalist’s job is no exception.

    For the most part, my Mondays are the same week after week. Last Monday turned out to be different, which was a welcome change.

    I drove to Wilmington in hopes of covering Sen. John McCain’s local arrival and subsequent rally downtown. I made it to the airport in time to have my cameras and equipment swept, which was about an hour and a half before he did.

  • When all else fails pray for a better economy

    America and the global society are faced with a volatile market. There is no consciousness of the long term or the short-term effects of the economic crisis.

    Those who have a negative view of the economy believe the present crisis has the potential of being more devastating than the 1929 Great Depression because we now have an international economic system where all major economies can rise or fall based what happens in a country in which they may have little or no major influence.

  • Enough is enough

    To the editor:

    Elizabeth Dole has been in Washington for more than 40 years. She has collected millions of your hard earned tax dollars.

    When are you going to say to Elizabeth Dole you have had enough?

    Charles Johnson

    Supply

  • CIS plans car auction

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) is offering a 1946 Chrysler Windsor for auction as part of the seventh annual Benefit Gala for Children on Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Convention Center.

    CIS board member Shirley Babson arranged for the car to help in this year’s fundraising efforts.

    “I think auctioning the car is a wonderful way to raise money for CIS,” said Babson, who has spent more than 30 years working for children.

  • Youth celebrate 4-H week

    Youth all over the county joined together recently for National 4-H Week.

    Their activities began at the county commissioners’ meeting last week when an official proclamation was made to observe Oct. 5-11 as National 4-H Week.

    More activities will follow, including: a county employee fitness walk, card-making workshop to make gifts for veterans, teens reading to kindergarten classes, dancing lessons, plus dinner and a movie in the Brunswick County Botanical Garden.

  • Fall means its festival time in Brunswick County

    The air is a little cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. In Brunswick County, that means it time to celebrate the season with fall festivals.

    The next two weeks will be busy with the North Carolina Oyster Festival at Ocean Isle Beach and the Festival by the Sea at Holden Beach.

    People will flock like seagulls to the beaches to be part of the festivities. Both festivals will feature live music, food and craft vendors.

  • Wonderful Wheelie

    When young Wheelie was found, he'd been shot in his back leg, was starving, and had heartworm disease. Since his treatment for his leg and heartworms, he's become a very happy dog. The people at Paws Place thought he'd need a doggie wheelchair if his leg had to be amputated, but the veterinarian was able to save it. Wheelie is very sociable, seems to be housebroken, and loves to play with other dogs and people. He loves to swim in his baby pool in the summer and would make some family a wonderful companion.