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Archive for June, 2009

Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department puts alleged drug trafficker behind bars

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department continues to crack down on prescription drug trafficking and forgery. Detectives put another alleged prescription drug trafficker behind bars. This time, the person arrested is a registered nurse in the county.

Staci Avery Wood of Southport was arrested late Wednesday afternoon after detectives got a tip from another health care professional. She worked as a nurse in the maternity ward at Brunswick Community Hospital. Hospital officials would not comment as to whether or not she is still currently employed there.

Detectives say they found Wood in possession of nearly 30 grams of amphetamines, an extremely powerful form of speed.

Wood is facing one count of trafficking amphetamines, one count of obtaining a controlled substance through fraud or forgery, one count of possessing a Schedule II controlled substance, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Wood is out of jail on bond. The investigation is still ongoing at this time.

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The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department continues to crack down on prescription drug trafficking and forgery. Detectives put another alleged prescription drug trafficker behind bars. This time, the person arrested is a registered nurse in the county.

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High School Musical takes to the stage

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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High School Musical fans are in for a treat this weekend. Thanks in part to a grant from the Brunswick Arts Council, High School Musical is coming to Odell Williamson Auditorium.

Students from rival Brunswick County schools are teaming up.

“We all have a common background because we’re from the same county, so we all have the same story and everything so when we put it together and all the talents put together, we all just kind of mesh well together,” said Torian Parker.

“I maybe knew three people, four people, from the other schools, and everybody else, I had no clue who they were but now I know everybody and we’re just a big family now,” said Amy Sapp.

The actors say this is the first time High School Musical will be performed in Brunswick County.

Jesse Mayo especially fits the part, with a resemblance to actor Zac Efron, who plays Troy Bolton in the movie.

“During the auditions I came and I had to leave early to go to soccer; and then when I went to soccer practice, I didn’t tell everybody where I was and it was kind of like how it is in the play,” Mayo said.

The performance is Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and Saturday and Sunday at 3:00. Tickets are $10 for kids 12-and-under, and $15 for everyone else. For ticket information, call 755-7416.

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videoHigh School Musical fans are in for a treat this weekend. Thanks in part to a grant from the Brunswick Arts Council, High School Musical is coming to Odell Williamson Auditorium.

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First hotel in Leland celebrates with ribbon cutting

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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There was an economic show of confidence Thursday as northern Brunswick County celebrated the grand opening of its first hotel.

While the ribbon cutting comes in the middle of a tough recession, hotel owners are optimistic about the future of their business along Highway 17.

They say one is the loneliest number, but Comfort Suites in Leland expects plenty of company.

That’s just one of the perks to being the only hotel in one of the fastest growing parts of the country.

The Comfort Suites at Magnolia Greens has been open for more than a week, but business owners and community members came out for the official ribbon cutting on Thursday.

“All of it coming to culmination today, this is fantastic. I know a lot of people are excited to have a hotel here in Leland, and obviously we’re very excited as well,” said Barry Eagle, owner and operator of the hotel.

Brunswick County has seen plenty of growth over the past few years, and is now the twenty-eighth fastest growing county in the U.S.

With so many people coming and going, a hotel is long overdue.

“We have folks call into the chamber all the time looking for a hotel to stay at in north Brunswick County rather than to have to travel to new Hanover,” said Terry Grillo of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

Comfort Suites features more than 100 suites and a meeting room for up to 60 people.

The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce and Brunswick County Tourism Development say the amenities will help draw more businesses to the area and give visitors a place to stay.

“We are a family destination, we’re relaxing, we’re quiet, and I think it’s the type of place people are turning to in this economy,” said Mitzi York of the Brunswick County Tourism Department.

“As business continues to grow we’re going to need more and more types of these facilities,” Grillo added.

Leland won’t have to wait long. Two more hotels, a Best Western and a Hampton Inn, are scheduled to open in the area by the end of next year. A Holiday Inn is also coming to the Waterford community at some point.

“We think there’s enough business for all of us to be financially stable and very successful,” Eagle said.

There is also plenty of hotel competition just over the bridge in New Hanover County, but guests who toured the hotel today said they were very impressed by the rooms and facilities at the new hotel.

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videoThere was an economic show of confidence Thursday as northern Brunswick County celebrated the grand opening of its first hotel. The Comfort Suites at Magnolia Greens has been open for more than a week, but business owners and community members came out for the official ribbon cutting.

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John Lyons facing six charges after fleeing ILM

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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The mystery man who fled police by car at ILM airport Monday, and allegedly tried to hit one of them with his car has been identified.

John Lyons was originally processed as John Doe when he refused to cooperate with law enforcement and give his name.

Lyons is facing six different charges from airport police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, including assault on a government official and damage to personal property.

He is being held in the New Hanover County Detention Facility under a $50,000 secured bond.

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John Lyons was originally processed as John Doe when he refused to cooperate with law enforcement and give his name.

Lyons is facing six different charges from airport police and the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, including assault on a government official and damage to personal property.

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Marino on Money: June 25

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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College isn’t all about partying. It’s about getting an education and learning some important life lessons. Financial planner Ross Marino has more advice on teaching college students to become financially responsible.

I’ve been talking about helping your child prepare financially for college in the fall. With the cost of college growing three times faster than household income, managing your money is more important than ever.

First, parents must help their children understand the cumulative effect of financial decisions.

Next, involve them in the budget process. They must learn to look at how much life costs, and determine what they can afford to do.

Finally, they must protect their credit as if it’s a big gold nugget. Breaking contracts and not paying your bills will lead to bad credit. Bad credit makes life harder and more expensive.

Unfortunately, many children consistently make poor financial decisions. Why is that? Since I’m a parent, I need to look in the mirror first. Am I responsible for some of children’s habits and behaviors? Yes I am, at least the good ones.

Unfortunately, pain is what causes us to change behavior. Sometimes people must suffer the consequences of poor financial decisions before they change. This may be the area a parent can help their child the most.

When your children make poor financial decisions, don’t immediately bail them out. I see so many parents who are enablers. Their children are irresponsible with money, and the parents don’t understand why.

Here is a suggestion. Quit bailing them out! Let them suffer the consequences of bad decisions, and maybe they will make better ones in the future. In many cases, bailing out your children hurts them because they don’t grow and learn.

How do you know if you’re an enabler? Here’s one test. How many times have you ‘loaned’ your children money? How many times have they paid you back? If they don’t pay back your loans, it’s not a shock they don’t want to pay back their other loans either.

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videoCollege isn’t all about partying. It’s about getting an education and learning some important life lessons. Financial planner Ross Marino has more advice on teaching college students to become financially responsible.

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