Today's News

  • 'Buying American' not an easy pledge these days in the good ol' U.S.A.

    Recently, I swore my allegiance, taking up the cause of a growing movement in this country to “buy American.”

    For one thing, I’ve been shopping at local produce markets. As far as I know, the stores’ crop yield this year still consists mostly of fruits and vegetables harvested on American soil, right? Except maybe for bananas.

    I also pledged I would not buy or wear any new clothes that weren’t bearing a “made in USA” label.

  • 'Events center' still up for debate in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Do residents want an outdoor “events center,” or don’t they?

    That was a point of contention at town commissioners’ monthly workshop Tuesday, when a majority of board members seemed ready to move forward with developing a plan for the outdoor facility.

  • Centenarian a day-brightener during recuperation

    Gwen Grady couldn’t believe the cheerful patient she had met at Brunswick Universal Healthcare was more than a century old.

    That’s because Mae Smicklas, who turns 102 on Sept. 26, is youthful for her age.

    Grady, activity director at the Bolivia facility, recently met Smicklas when the centenarian was brought there for recovery after a recent fall.

    “I was just amazed at how sharp she is,” said Grady, recalling how Smicklas said, “No, I don’t need any reminders” about taking her medicine.

  • BCC south-end facility nearing opening date

    CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is nearing its opening date.

    A sneak-preview of that occurred last month when the Brunswick County and Little River, S.C., chambers of commerce took part in a special business after-hours event Aug. 16, at the future continuing education facility and conference center.

    A temporary certificate of occupancy enabled that event to occur, said Jerry Thrift, vice president of operations at BCC.

  • Hurricane Katia to remain offshore

    Forecasters with the National Hurricane Center say Hurricane Katia will stay far offshore North Carolina’s coast.

    Early models showed a more westward direction for the Category 3 hurricane, but Tuesday’s National Hurricane Center update had Katia weakening in strength. The storm was expected to continue weakening Wednesday and Thursday.

    Even though she will remain offshore, Hurricane Katia will cause strong swells and rip currents along the East Coast.

  • NAACP plans Sept. 11 memorial event

    The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will host a memorial service in honor of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

    The memorial service will be at 9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, near the P.O.W. Memorial at 30 Government Center Drive in the county complex in Bolivia.

    Former Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson will be the keynote speaker. State Sen. Bill Rabon will also be part of the program.

  • Brunswick County residents eligible for disaster unemployment assistance

    RALEIGH—N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday announced Disaster Unemployment Assistance is available through the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina for 33 counties.

    On Tuesday, Perdue added additional eligible counties, including Brunswick County to those eligible for assistance after Hurricane Irene.

    “We continue to aggressively press for assistance for those affected by the storm. By adding more counties, individuals and business owners in those areas can begin to receive aid to help get them back on their feet,” Perdue said.

  • County responds to discrimination suit; seeks dismissal

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for Brunswick County have responded to a discrimination suit filed against the county.

    Represented by the Raleigh-based Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge and Rice, the county’s attorneys deny any discrimination by county officials or county commissioners.

    In their answer, filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Aug. 24, attorneys for Brunswick County seek dismissal of the discrimination lawsuit filed in June by a concerned citizens organization.

  • ‘Hands Across the Border’ checkpoint nets 12 DWI charges

    Every year during Labor Day weekend, law enforcement officers from across the region converge at the state line to conduct the “Hands Across the Border” checkpoint.

    Fifty-six officers from multiple local and state agencies conducted the checkpoint, which began at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 2, and ran until 3 a.m. the next morning.

    Officers set up checkpoints on U.S. 17 at the North Carolina-South Carolina border, N.C. 179 at the state line and on Hickman Road on the state line.

  • Board of education attorney search on hold

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education met to interview candidates for board attorney last week, but they have yet to make a decision on who their next attorney will be. 

    Brunswick County Schools spokesperson Jessica Swencki said no decision was made after board members interviewed only one of two finalists for board attorney Tuesday afternoon after a daylong docket of committee meetings.