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Today's News

  • You decide: Which economic plan will boost the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I’ve been avidly following presidential elections since 1960. Then, as a 10-year-old, I watched the Kennedy-Nixon race go down to the wire with the final outcome being decided by only a handful of votes.

    Now, just as in 1960 and almost every election since, today’s presidential contest focuses on the economy. One of the big economic issues is relatively slow growth. In recent years, our economy has been annually expanding by close to 2 percent.

    The long run average is nearer to 3 percent.

  • Friends and family, visitors and tourists

    One great thing about living in Brunswick County, for me, is it dramatically increases the odds of catching up in person with family and friends — especially those I haven’t seen in decades.

    This past Sunday, it was my friend, Nicolle Gaillard, her older brother Sean and his family, who were vacationing in Ocean Isle Beach. I haven’t seen Nicolle or Sean since we were in high school in Winston-Salem but, thanks to Facebook, we’ve reconnected and I was able to meet them at Mass during their visit.

  • Students success impacts community

    Students in Brunswick County Schools are preparing to begin the 2016-17 school year Aug. 29, perhaps with a mixture of excitement and anxiety.

    The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests reminding students they will reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

    If they feel uneasy, assure them they are not alone. “Teachers know students are nervous and will make an extra effort to make sure everyone feels as comfortable as possible,” AAP says.

  • African Children’s Choir to perform Sept. 18

    The internationally acclaimed African Children’s Choir will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    The program will feature well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites. The concert is free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs for education, care and relief, and development.

  • Author to read short stories Aug. 25 @ Hickmans Crossroads Library

    Author T.D. (Tim) Johnston will read short stories from his book, “Friday Afternoon and Other Stories,” at the next scheduled program at Hickmans Crossroads Library at 1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 25.

  • African Children's Choir sings Sept. 18 @ BCCOWA

    The African Children’s Choir is making a return appearance to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 18.

    Admission is free, but advance tickets are required. Call the Odell Williamson Auditorium box office at (910) 755-7416 for more information.

  • Summer Concert Series: Band of the Week: Carolina Breakers hit Holden Beach on Aug. 28

    A high-energy band with five — count ‘em, five — lead vocalists and a killer horn section make up The Carolina Breakers, one of the area’s dynamic beach music groups who play the next Holden Beach Summer Concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28, at the gazebo at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    Motown, funk, rhythm-and-blues and disco, as well as special requests, fill “The Breakers” lengthy music-to-dance-to repertoire, too.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Aug. 8

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 16-21

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Aug. 16

    Breaking and entering and larceny at two addresses on Magnolia Drive.

    Aug. 17

    Obtaining property by false pretense on Dunbar Drive.

    Attempted breaking and entering on Live Oak Drive.

    Aug. 18

    Larceny on Shoreline Drive West.

    Larceny on West Main Street.

    Aug. 20

  • West Brunswick ties South Columbus in soccer

    SHALLOTTE — Sophomore forward Alex Younts scored two goals in the second half as West Brunswick tied South Columbus 3-3 in a non-conference soccer game Monday. The game was West’s home opener.

    Younts scored all three of West’s goals. South Columbus scored off a corner kick and two penalty kicks in taking a 3-1 lead in the first half.

    In the second half, Younts scored with 28 minutes, 24 seconds left. He tied the game when he scored with 7:24 left. He stole a weak goal kick and ran up the middle to kick to the ball past the goalkeeper.