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Today's News

  • Revised hospital offer a good one

    No, it’s not perfect. It’s far from perfect, in fact, but we think county commissioners moving forward with the bid process with Crown Management’s revised bid to purchase the old hospital is a step in the right direction.

    After submitting their initial bid of $1.5 million last year and then withdrawing that bid in April, Crown Management has once again come to the table to negotiate to purchase what was once Brunswick Community Hospital and the land on which it stands. Crown officials plan to convert the hospital to a psychiatric care facility.

  • School system to charge $25 fee for driver’s education course

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education have agreed to start charging students for driver’s education classes.

    At their meeting Tuesday, June 5, board members voted to allow the school system to charge up to $25 per student for driver’s education courses.

    Until now, the school system did not charge students to take the course, Jessica Swencki, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman, said.

    The state allows school systems to charge up to $45 per student, Swencki said.

  • Three local employees among company-wide layoffs at Novant Health

    Winston-Salem-based nonprofit healthcare company Novant Health, parent company of Brunswick Novant Medical Center, recently announced nearly 300 layoffs company-wide.

    Amy Myers, director of marketing and community relations for Brunswick Novant Medical Center, said 289 leader and staff positions were eliminated last week within the healthcare organization.

  • Going organic in the home garden

    How do we know if the food we are eating is organically grown or not? Typically, claims such as organic and natural on gardening products are, for the most part, not regulated. When a fertilizer package includes these words, it can simply mean that it contains carbon-based matter or some natural ingredients. It does not necessarily show that the product is free from toxic and persistent chemicals or that it is appropriate for an organic garden.

  • Community briefs

    Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 11
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice and beans, stewed tomatoes, fresh peaches, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 12
    Beef tips with mushrooms and noodles, carrots, pears, cake with icing, whole-wheat bread/dinner roll, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 13
    Salisbury steak/gravy, stewed potatoes, vegetable blend, fruit cocktail, grape juice, whole-wheat bread, beverage.

  • Dosher Foundation sponsors Healing for Generations Gala

    The Dosher Memorial Hospital Foundation, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, hosted its second annual black-tie-optional gala at the St. James Community Center Saturday, April 28. Guests danced to the music of the Andrew Thielen Big Band of Myrtle Beach. In addition, Mr. P’s Bistro of Southport catered cocktails and an elegant spread of heavy hors d’oeuvres.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful and available at our local markets

    Even though it’s available year round, I really love that first ear of corn in late spring or early summer, when they are at their peak.
    Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness very quickly.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, June 7
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

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  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on May 23, 25 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, May 23

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Filipe Gustavo Balbino, PG no operator’s license.