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Today's News

  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate more than 10 percent

    For August, Brunswick County’s unemployment rate was 10.5 percent.

    That’s a minor dip from July when the county’s unemployment rate was at 11 percent. It was a little less than that, 10.9 percent, in June.

    For August, of the county’s 50,003 eligible workers, some 5,262 were unemployed. The county’s unemployment percentage exceeds the state’s unemployment rate for the same month, which was 9.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August 2011 was 11 percent.

  • Another Brunswick student earns National Merit semifinalist spot

    Rachel Hurst, a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math, has been named a National Merit Scholarship semifinalist.

    The daughter of Mark and Robin Hurst of Calabash, Rachel previously attended Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS). After completing her studies at the School of Science and Math, Rachel would like to go to either UNC Chapel Hill or Duke University where she plans to specialize in molecular genetics.

  • CIS leads food drive in schools

    “Disaster often captures the hearts and attention of children, just as it does adults. When a child sees a victim that looks like them, they want to help,” explained Kathy Smith, CIS after-school director. “That is what happened in 2005 when the CIS after-school students spearheaded a countywide ‘penny drive’ to support the victims of the tsunami disaster in Southeast Asia. Although the picture of today’s local victims are not that of a tsunami, hunger can also motivate children to want to help others.”

  • Education briefs

    School officials discuss West Nile Virus
    Recent reports of mosquito-born diseases like West Nile Virus and concern for the safety and welfare of students and staff prompted Brunswick County School officials to host a round table discussion recently with representatives from the Brunswick County Department of Health and Brunswick County Operations Services.

  • Needlers donate quilts

    Saint Peter Needlers from Saint Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church in Southport recently donated 10 large lap quilts they had knitted and crocheted for patients at Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter SECU Hospice House of Brunswick.
    In 2007, the Needlers (Liz Villadsen, Irene Hennessey and Lois Beddard) began knitting and crocheting squares to make lap robes or lapghans for organizations that help others.

  • Learn canning basics

    If you have always wanted to learn how to can but you’re not sure where to start, this is the class for you. Come learn from your local Cooperative Extension agent how to safely preserve food from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, at the New Hanover County Cooperative Extension, 6206 Oleander Drive in Wilmington.
    Learn canning basics and get some hands-on experience with the boiling water bath procedure. Advance registration is required. Seating is limited.

  • Club briefs

    Seniors to meet Oct. 8
    Holden Beach Senior Citizens will meet at the Lockwood Folly Community Building on Stanbury Road at 6 p.m. Oct. 8. Bring food to complement the cookout.
    There will be prizes for bingo. For the meeting, be sure to bring cans for personal use, labels and points for Shallotte Middle School, stamps for missionaries overseas and coupons for veterans.
    Remember to bring non-perishable foods for a local food bank. Reservations will be taken for the trip to Templewood in Fayetteville on Oct. 19. Cost is $15 per person and includes a meal.

  • The importance of family meals

    I’ve written about the importance of family meals before and I’m sure I will again, because I really believe that eating together is important for families. It’s something simple, but powerful.

  • Religion briefs

    Lobster sale is Oct. 20
    St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church will have its 22nd annual lobster sale on Saturday, Oct. 20. The lobsters are shipped directly from Maine and arrive the morning of the sale. Lobsters will be sold live, cooked or in boxes of frozen tails.
    As in previous years, lobsters must be ordered in advance. Prices are lower this year due to a higher-than-average catch. Order forms may be picked up at the church at 4941 Main St. in Shallotte, or they may be requested by calling the church at 754-9313.

  • Celebration supports projects for the needy

    A Celebration of God’s Abundance took place on Sept. 23 at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The morning started when the Rev. Roy A Maack, a guest preacher from the Food for the Poor ministry, a gospel-based ministry that serves the poorest of the poor in 16 Latin American countries by raising orphans in Christian homes, digging wells, building homes, feeding the hungry and helping the elderly.
    His sermon was followed by a light lunch, giving everyone the opportunity to support a free-will offering that will be given to his ministry.