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Today's News

  • Storm postpones weekend events

    Due to the approach of Hurricane Sandy, at least two planned weekend events have been postponed.

    The Brunswick County Country Music Fall Festival originally planned for Saturday at Planet Fun in Shallotte has been postponed until 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Nov. 10.

    Holden Beach’s Festival by the Sea celebration scheduled for this weekend has been postponed until Nov. 17 and 18.

    A decision was made Thursday afternoon to postpone the annual two-day event at a meeting of the Greater Holden Beach Merchants Association.

  • State’s September unemployment rate at 9.6 percent

    North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate decreased 0.1 of a percentage point in September to 9.6 percent, but remains greater than the national unemployment rate for the same time.

    The national rate declined 0.3 of a percentage point to 7.8 percent.

    The state’s September unemployment rate is 1.1-percentage point lower than a year ago.

    In North Carolina, the number of people employed (smoothed seasonally adjusted) increased by 29,232 to 4,225,436 during the month, and by 61,656 during the year.

  • Elections: Economic growth, veterans and reform focus for U.S. House candidates

    The federal government needs to get out of the way.

    That was the message from David Rouzer, R-Benson, who is challenging Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-Lumberton, for the U.S. House of Representatives seat for District 7.

    Rouzer was in Brunswick County last Wednesday participating in the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Elections: County commissioner candidates square off on issues at forum

    They say they love Brunswick County and they’re fighting for a chance to represent you in county government.

    Last Wednesday, Brunswick County commissioner incumbent for District 4, Scott Phillips, R-Leland, sat on a panel with District 5 contenders Michael Ballard, D-Leland, and Frank Williams, R-Leland, as part of the Brunswick County Alliance of Property Owners Association’s Meet the Candidates Night.

  • Tourism authority wins awards

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority (BCTDA) was recently awarded two Destination Marketing Achievement awards from the Destination Marketing Association of North Carolina (DMANC). The awards were presented at a ceremony on Sept. 27 at the Tourism Leadership Conference, a joint annual meeting of DMANC and the North Carolina Travel Industry Association (NCTIA), at the Raleigh Marriott Crabtree Valley in Raleigh.

  • 4-H Senior Horticulture Team competes at nationals

    On Oct. 5, the Brunswick County 4-H Senior Horticulture Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clarke, Camden Clarke and coach Dr George Wong-Chong, representing North Carolina, attended the National Junior Horticulture Association (NJHA) Convention at Wisconsin Dells, Wis.
    The team participated in the horticulture judging and plant identification competition, photography competition, photography workshop, horticulture jeopardy and horticulture connection.

  • Some ways to fight breast cancer

    By Sarah Barnwell
    Family & Consumer Sciences Agent

    October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Breast cancer will affect one out of every eight women in the USA, so it is important for all women to learn how to help fight against breast cancer and to know the signs of breast cancer. Knowledge and medical technology improves greatly with each passing year.

  • Have a healthier Halloween

    It’s really hard to think of Halloween as a time to practice healthy eating habits. Kids love the holiday because it’s a festive day when they can get dressed up and get some treats. For most kids, it’s a time to get as much candy as possible for their own private stash, but as a parent or grandparent, you can intervene a little and still let it be fun. You can help kids enjoy the holiday without overindulging.

  • Sasanqua: The other camellia

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    This column is written by Charlotte Glenn, the horticultural agent in Pender County, North Carolina. This information on sasanqua camellias is applicable to Brunswick County. You can read more of Charlotte’s writings by logging onto the Pender County Extension website at pender.ces.ncsu.edu/.
    Though not as well known as their spring flowering cousins, fall-blooming camellias are wonderful landscape plants for the southeast.

  • SOAR into third annual Harvest Fest to aid animals

    Staff report

    Celebrate the harvest-and-Halloween season and help homeless animals at the same time.
    Southport Oak Island Animal Rescue is having its third annual Harvest Fest from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.
    Highlights include costumes, trick-or-treat, a silent auction, games and prizes, foods and drinks, a bake sale, a 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
    SOAR is at 3376 St. Charles Place off Long Beach Road (N.C. 133).