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Today's News

  • State’s unemployment rate drops to 9.4 percent in April

    RALEIGH — North Carolina’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fell three-tenths of a percentage point to 9.4 percent in April.

    April’s rate was down from the state’s March unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, according to the numbers recently released by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    The number of unemployed North Carolinians in March decreased by 12,686 people to 439,368.

  • Two injured in weekend shooting

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested one suspect and are searching for a second believed to be involved in a weekend shooting that injured two people.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 2528 Blue Marlin St. SW in Supply around 12:48 a.m. Sunday, May 20.

    When the first deputy arrived on the scene, a neighbor told the deputy that two people—29-year-old Jose Aguire, and Francheska Rivera Rodriguez, 23—had been shot.

  • Three Cougars win silver at state meet

      GREENSBORO—South Brunswick had three runner-up finishes Friday in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state track and field meet at N.C. A&T University.

    Senior Lexus Hankins was second in the discus throw, sophomore Colin Minor was second in the shot put and junior Carmen Hilliard was second in the 1,600-meter.

  • Free vessel safety checks are available

    To recognize the start of Safe Boating Week May 19-25, the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron will be offering free vessel safety checks at local marinas on Saturday, May 19. Starting at 9 a.m., teams of certified examiners will be walking the docks and the points where boats go in the water at various local marinas in Little River and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., including Grand Dunes and Barefoot Marina.

  • ROCAME has regional jamboree

    ROCAME had its annual regional jamboree on April 21 at Cape Fear Community College (North Campus) in Wilmington. Middle school and high school students from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Whiteville City school systems competed in math and science events.
     Middle school winners
    Write It Do It: Arian Garner and Victoria Beatty, Leland Middle (LMS), first place; Myyah Brown and Jameshia Sapps, Shallotte Middle (SMS), third place.

  • Education briefs

    CCU presents awards at honors convocation
    Coastal Carolina University presented awards for faculty and student academic achievement and recognition at its annual Honors Convocation on Friday, May 4, in Wheelwright Auditorium.
    Departmental awards were presented to 42 students in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and contributions to the academic quality of their respective departments, including the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts award in music to Haylie Long of Ash.

  • Charter school has spring festival

    The Roger Bacon Academy Charter Day School hosted its annual spring festival and open house on Saturday, April 28, attended by more than 600 people from the community.
    The school’s nationally ranked cheerleaders performed their award-winning routines, and the world-ranked archery team demonstrated skills on the school’s archery range.

  • Club briefs

    Quilt show is May 19-20
    The Brunswick Quilters guild will present “A Galaxy of Quilts” quilt show from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe St. in Southport.
    The exhibit will display more than 100 quilts and quilted items made by guild members. The event will showcase a queen-size raffle quilt, “Aegean Star,” a Judy Martin pattern made by guild members.

  • How much do you really know about preserving food?

    People have been preserving foods for centuries in an effort to keep food from time of plenty for a time of need. The trend for home preserving is one that ebbs and flows. During difficult economic times, we tend to see more people “putting food up” as a way of helping the budget, but there are many other reasons for preserving.
    Flavor and taste: They just prefer the flavor of fresh produce that they’ve canned themselves.

  • It’s time to start harvesting potatoes

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    When the tops of the potatoes start to die down, you will know it is time to harvest. One issue you may see on newly harvested potatoes is brown scab-like wounds (see photo). This is a disease called scab. The potatoes are still fine to eat. The causes of the problem and how to prevent it in the future will be discussed.
    Common scab