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Southport seniors love their new center

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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Southport seniors have a lot to look forward to. This weekend is the grand opening of a new senior center in town; something they say is very much needed.

“We have been needing it for 30 or 40 years. And we’ve been operating out of a little hut down by the gym and now we have this beautiful facility,” said senior center member Irene Hankins.

The 7,000 seniors in the greater Southport area have a new place to hang out – The Brunswick Center – thanks to state and federal funds, donations, and an agency called Brunswick Senior Resources Incorporated.

Director Jim Russell said, “The facilities that we were operating out of were so inadequate that we were only scratching the surface of service.”

The 13,000 square foot facility is also equipped with a computer lab, library, lounge, and dining area. There are also all sorts of classes seniors can take, like Swedish weaving and crocheting.

Ella Hill teaches yoga and a drum class called “Health Rhythms”. “It gives you a workout and it makes you laugh and we do silly rhythms and we say positive things on our drums like in affirmation.”

Other than a small fee for classes, membership is free. The members said they are glad to have a place to make friends.

“So many of us live alone and this is one of the few places we can go and find a friendly face and hear somebody say, ‘I love you’,” said Hankins.

The new senior center in Southport has been open since August. The grand-opening celebration takes place Saturday at 11:00 a.m.

When the economy picks back up, Brunswick Senior Resources Incorporated plans to open similar senior centers in Leland, Shallotte, Calabash, and Supply.

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videoSouthport seniors have a lot to look forward to. This weekend is the grand opening of a new senior center in town; something they say is very much needed.

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Overcoming Odds & Obstacles: Ironman Triathlete

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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“I always tell people it’s a whole different realm of crazy when you get into distances like this,” said Ironman triathlete Scott Johnson.

Thirty-seven-year old Scott Johnson is about to take on his fifth Ironman triathlon this weekend. A 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike ride, followed by a 26.2 mile run – in 17 hours or less. And he is doing it with someone else’s lungs. Scott grew up with cystic fibrosis. He weathered it pretty well, until he hit age 21.

“Everything started going downhill in 2001 and I was admitted to UNC hospital for pretty much the last time,” remembered Scott. “My doctors told me your either going to die here or you’re going to get a lung transplant and walk out of here. Lucky for me, I got the transplant on September 15th of 2001.”

The recovery was slow. Scott was very weak. There was the lingering chance of complications after a double lung transplant, all of which got Scott to thinking. “Well, I was in the hospital and having a particularly bad night and started making a list of things I wanted to do or hadn’t had time to do and a triathlon was near the top of that list,” he said.

Once he felt up to it, Scott started training. His wary doctors monitored him closely. Scott did his first triathlon in 2003 and has never looked back. He has defied the medical odds.

Scott said, “In a way I’m my doctor’s guinea pig. I told them awhile back I wanted to try scuba diving. They said to let them know how that works out.”

Scott said he is lucky in many ways. First of all, that the double lung transplant worked out so well medically. Secondly, that he had his near death experience early in life.

So often a heart attack or the like will strike in our 50’s or 60’s. Scott had his stop and smell the roses moment at the age of 21, and he has been sniffing those flowers with vigor ever since.

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videoIn Tuesday’s installment of Overcoming Odds and Obstacles, we meet a man who willingly punishes himself on a regular basis. He does it… well, because he can.

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Marino on Money: November 17

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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How much does it cost to own a pet?

That is a great question.

Pets are wonderful, especially if you have children. However, like most good things in life, there is a cost. Before you get carried away with how cute and cuddly a new pet can be, be sure you can afford it. Saving an animal from a shelter is great, assuming you don’t end up bring it back to the shelter because the pet cost too much.

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the average first year spending for a medium size dog is over $1,600. That equals $134 per month. Cats are much less expensive. Their first cost is a mere $860, or $71 per month. Even a cute little bunny rabbit costs over $1,000 during the first year.

Some of the expenses include food, vet bills, and pet toys and treats. The average dog owner spends $50 per year on toys and treats, and the average cat owner spends $25.

If you rent, there may be extra deposits for keeping pets. And if you travel, pet-sitting or lodging can cost $20-$40 per day.

Remember, these numbers are average. Which means approximately half of all first year medium size dog owners spent more than $1,600. Pets are wonderful, but please consider the cost before making a decision.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoWhile many people show interest in adopting pets, some may not take into consideration the cost of taking care of them. In today’s Marino on Money certified financial planner Ross Marino breaks down how costly having a pet may be.

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Suspect arrested in Brunswick County armed robbery

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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The search is over for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Brunswick County.

Investigators believe 20-year-old Jarrell Smith beat and robbed the manager of Coastal Cinema in Shallotte Sunday night.

Smith was arrested Monday. He is charged with first and second-degree kidnapping and robbery with a dangerous weapon.

Smith is in the Brunswick County Jail.

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The search is over for a man wanted in connection with an armed robbery in Brunswick County.

Investigators believe 20-year-old Jarrell Smith beat and robbed the manager of Coastal Cinema in Shallotte Sunday night.

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North Carolina Ports Authority sees increase in container moves

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

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The North Carolina Ports Authority CEO gave his State of the Ports Address Tuesday.

Thanks to the arrival of two new shipping lines, Tom Eager said there has been a 28 percent increase in container moves at the ports. However, general cargo volumes have seen a big decrease caused by the struggling construction and auto industries.

“We want to bring in two additional liner services over the next few years. There’s some discussions, we’re moving towards that end, but that’s the objective. If we can do that we’ll be very well situated looking forward,” said Eager.

Eagar also said the North Carolina International Terminal planned that Brunswick County would also help draw new businesses to North Carolina ports. But several studies and public forums need to be completed before that can move forward.

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The North Carolina Ports Authority CEO gave his State of the Ports Address Tuesday.

Thanks to the arrival of two new shipping lines, Tom Eager said there has been a 28 percent increase in container moves at the ports.

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