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Today's News

  • Elections: Job creation, improving education priorities for lieutenant governor candidate

    Fees and regulations are making it too difficult for businesses in North Carolina. The state has one of the highest gas taxes in the nation, and it ranks too low for kindergarten through 12th-grade education.

    That’s was the message from Dan Forest, R-
    Raleigh, who is running for N.C. lieutenant governor. “That’s not acceptable for our great state,” Forest said.

  • Elections: Incumbents face challengers in bids for N.C. General Assembly seats

    Three seats representing Brunswick County and its coastal communities are up for grabs on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 6.

    N.C. Senate District 8 incumbent Bill Rabon, R-Southport, is being challenged by Danny Hefner, D-Ocean Isle Beach. N.C. House District 17 incumbent Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, faces off against challenger Lundia Washington, D-Bolivia, while District 18 incumbent Susi Hamilton, R-Wilmington, is being challenged by Louis Harmati, R-Winnabow.

  • Education briefs

    Davis gets second term with alumni group
    On July 21, Tania Butler Davis was installed for a second term as the national president of the North Carolina Central University Alumni Association Inc., at the organization’s combined annual/council meeting.
    As president, Davis represents more than 33,000 NCCU alumni. Her term began on July 1 and will end June 30, 2014.
    A 1990 graduate of West Brunswick High School and a 1994 graduated of NCCU, she is the daughter of Joseph and Etherine Butler of Shallotte.

  • New Eco-bots come to life with 4-H helpers

    During National 4-H Week Oct. 7-13, Brunswick County 4-H youth and seventh-grade students from Shallotte Middle School participated in the 4-H National Youth Science Day Experiment.
    Youth enhanced their engineering skills by learning to think like robotic engineers, assembling their own robots, also known as Eco-bots, and control surfaces in order to manage an environmental cleanup.

  • Business briefs

    New directors elected to ATMC board
    Albert H. “Al” Parker Jr. and John W. “Buster” Dowless have been elected to serve on the ATMC Board of Directors.
    Parker was elected to represent District 5 (Holden Beach, Supply, Varnamtown) and Dowless was elected to serve as an at-large board representative. Parker and Dowless replace Marion D. Davis and Elbert D. Gore, respectively.

  • Master Gardeners lend a hand to spruce up Carolina Shores

    A group of Master Gardeners from the Brunswick County Community Extension Service, all of whom live in Carolina Shores and the Carolina Shores Golf Course, have all come together for a beautification project that benefits everyone.
    A small island of land on golf course property that that leads to the entrance of the golf course had become overgrown and unsightly but, because of the golf course’s financial difficulties, the course could not do the necessary pruning and landscaping that it had previously done before.

  • Eating together is cheaper, better

    A couple weeks ago, I wrote in this column about the importance of family meals. I shared some research on why family meals are important to the social, educational and moral development of a child. I got lots of positive comments on this column. Thank you.
    There’s some additional research that shows when families eat together, the meals are healthier.

  • 4-H’ers teach elementary kids about building strong bones

    During National 4-H Week, Oct. 7-13, youth in Brunswick County had the opportunity to teach on a farm during Brunswick Counties 4-H School Enrichment-Life on the Farm. They also learned about robotics engineering through participation in the 4-H National Youth Science Day experiment and taught youth at Communities in Schools’ after-school programs at Union and Virginia Williamson schools.

  • Religion briefs

    Gospel sing is Nov. 4
    Oak Grove Baptist Church on Holden Beach Road will host a gospel sing at 6 p.m. Nov. 4. Special guests will be the River Town Boys from Conway, S.C. Everyone is invited.

    Celebration set for Nov. 17
    Sons of God will celebrate its second anniversary at 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, at Hooper’s Chapel in Leland. Come celebrate with us.

  • Finding gaps that threaten our wholeness—and closing them

    I was born and reared in New England at a time when denominations did not mix and the word ecumenism was not in the dictionary.
    If it was, no one mentioned it. Interfaith dialogue was equally foreign. We all remained firmly ensconced in our own enclaves, fortified by our particular code, creed and cult.
    It was understandable I had never heard the phrase, “stand in the gap.” Never heard it, that is, until I moved south.