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Today's News

  • County’s unemployment rate has slight increase from June to July

    For July, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate reached 11 percent. That’s a slight increase from June, which was at 10.9 percent.

    Unemployment has slightly increased throughout the summer, which is generally one of the county’s busiest times of the year because of tourism.

    Back in May the county’s unemployment rate was at 10.3 percent, and in April it was 9.7 percent.

    The 11 percent rate for this July is the same as it was for July 2011.

  • DSS board re-appoints interim director

    In a special-called emergency meeting Thursday, the Brunswick County DSS board re-appointed previous interim DSS director Neil Walters to that post. It’s effective Sept. 4.

    Walters’ appointment follows the Tuesday, Aug. 28, firing of DSS director Patty Connelly. After Connelly was fired, the board voted to hire Sandy Jackson, a DSS income maintenance supervisor, as interim director.

  • West tennis photos
  • SmartMusic accompanies South students

    Learning to play a musical instrument is full of high notes and low notes, literally. But thanks to the new SmartMusic software purchased through a Smart Connections Grant from ATMC, students in the music program at South Brunswick High School are refining their technique and making beautiful music.

  • We’re going bananas—to the tune of 27 pounds of them per year

    I know the buzz word with food these days is “local.” For most items, that’s a great goal; however, there are some foods that just can’t be grown close to home. One popular food that fits into this category is the banana.
    It’s estimated the average American eats about 27 pounds of bananas a year. More than 96 percent of us buy bananas at least once a month. Why not? You don’t have to wash them or cook them and they are easy to take with you for a quick snack or dessert at any time.

  • Warm, dry spring and summer lead to West Nile virus fears

    This article references Georgia but has value in North Carolina as well, especially the recommended precautions.
    —Tom Woods, Master Gardener volunteer coordinator
    West Nile virus usually peaks between Aug. 15 and Sep. 15 in Georgia, but this year, doctors are seeing an earlier start.
    Entomologists and public health officials are worried that a near record number of Georgians will be sickened with West Nile virus this year.

  • Students learn solar system installation

    Brunswick Community College (BCC), in partnership with Cape Fear Solar Systems LLC, a solar system design and installation business, has successfully completed the second semester of solar installer classes, closing with a record of 62.5 percent of students passing the North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) PV entry level examination.
    Since the course was introduced in August 2011, almost 30 students have registered. BCC has so far trained and educated 26 solar professionals, 19 of which have been through the ultimate and rigorous NABCEP testing.

  • Fall is the time to give your landscape a good cleanup

    By Tom Woods
    Horticultural Technician

  • Religion briefs

    Southern gospel singing set for Sept. 14
    The Southport Senior Center, 1531 N. Howe St. in Southport, will feature Southern gospel singing from 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, featuring The Baumans, The Bradleys, The Glory Girls, Don and Beth Bowen and Betty Moore.
    Come out and enjoy some good old-fashioned Southern gospel singing.

  • Riding the bus with religious sisters is an adventure

    Lacking the first three years of my existence, I have been in contact with and influenced by religious sisters all of my life.
    From pre-kindergarten days through graduate school and beyond, religious sisters from various congregations and orders have carved a niche in my heart. That makes 72 years and counting. It was, and continues to be, a time of learning and loving.
    They were women of all stripes. Some were kind, wise, and compassionately understanding. Others were taskmistresses who raised the bar quite high and expected us to aim at it, reach, and exceed it.