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Today's News

  • Midway property owners file suit against St. James

    Property owners in the Midway Road area, one of two areas the town of St. James has approved for involuntary annexation, recently filed suit against the town seeking to declare the annexation ordinance “null and void.”

    The suit claims the annexation plan does not meet the requirements of state statutes regarding annexation and criticizes methods the town used to select the property.

  • Shallotte charges Hardee's employee with aiding armed robbery

    Shallotte police officers have charged a Hardee’s employee in connection with a robbery at the restaurant on Main Street on Saturday night. Two other suspects remain at large.

    Jessica Danielle Cortes, 17, of 4731 Babson Road, Ash, has been charged with aiding and abetting an armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery.

    Arrests of the two suspected robbers are pending, police said Tuesday.

  • County tests water after sewer line break

    Water quality testing is being done on nearby areas on Benton Road in Bolivia following a sewer leak early Tuesday morning.

    John Nichols, assistant director of utility operations, said a minor leak in a relatively new line installed by developers of the Goose Marsh subdivision occurred Tuesday morning.

    “Evidently, there was a leak, which was apparent and just coming up through the ground,” he said. “We sent our forces down to repair it. They dug down to the pipe and they had to cut the line…after isolating the line to make the repair.”

  • Early Childhood Center open for classes

    The Early Childhood Education program at Brunswick Community College now has a building of its own.

    Construction of The Early Childhood Education Center is complete, and classes finished out the year in the newly constructed building Monday.

    Funded as part of a $30 million bond referendum passed by the county in November 2004, the $2.5 million dollar building provides 11,000 square feet of classrooms for instruction, an administration area and room for a future daycare center.

  • Cell phone usage prompts recommendation for bus drivers’ dismissals

    Confusion over cell phone usage policy for bus drivers has The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) trying to figure out why several bus drivers have been “recommended for dismissal.”

    Sandy Younce of the NCAE, who represents Brunswick County NCAE members, wrote an e-mail to then-board chairperson Shirley Babson on Oct. 30 to discuss confusion the policy has caused among bus drivers and school officials.

  • BOMB SQUAD explodes with first praise dance performance

    When a bomb explodes, it affects people in close proximity, and also communities, countries and people around the world.

    That’s what the BOMB SQUAD hopes to do by spreading the message of Jesus.

    BOMB SQUAD——Breaking Out My Box, Stepping Quickly Under Anointed Dancing—is a group of 12 children who perform praise dancing.

    Director Angie King said the group is a way for children to serve the Lord, share the message and reach out to those who may be disconnected.

  • Restaurants combine, form partnerships to meet customer needs in difficult economy

    In a laidback environment like Brunswick County, people enjoy gathering for informal chats over home-cooked breakfasts at friendly restaurants.

    A couple of Shallotte eateries, previously open only in the evenings, have realized the potential for breakfast and lunch crowds and reached out to other restaurateurs in need of places to operate.

    The arrangements have worked well, the owners say, providing some bright spots in an otherwise bleak economy.

  • Must-have plants for 2010

    Plant nerds and even casual gardeners always want to be the first on the block to have the latest, greatest plants. As your resident plant nerd, I feel compelled to offer my list of some must-have plants for the coming growing season.

  • Amaryllises can look fussier to care for than they actually are

    All it takes is a little light, warmth and water to coax an amaryllis bud out of the big bulb’s belly. No ultimatums required. Pop up the softball-size bulbs now so the immense, trumpet-shaped flowers will grace your holiday décor. The bud rides upward 1-2 feet on a hollow but thick-skinned stalk before bursting into spectacular bloom.

  • Advent expresses three stages of the Christian journey

    We’re almost there. Christmas is just around the corner. Many of us are so focused on what is not yet here we miss the reality of the present moment and the wonder of all that has occurred in the past.

    Advent helps us to embrace the three stages of our faith journey: Christ has come. Christ will come again. Christ is here now.

    It is difficult to embrace those three “presences” simultaneously, unless we remember our own human lives are filled with that trinity.