May 23, 2013
This weekend we celebrate Memorial Day — a time set aside to remember the men and women who lost their lives serving in our nation’s Armed Forces.
As the author of USMemorialDay.org states, “Traditional observance of Memorial Day has diminished over the years. Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades.”
I, for one, am grateful for the sacrifices of those who risked and gave their lives on the field of battle to secure, preserve and protect the unparalleled freedom we have enjoyed as Americans. They made the ultimate sacrifice in support … Click Here for Full Story
Brunswick County Small Business Advisory Commission invites business community to share concerns at public forum on June 4
May 9, 2013
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The recently-formed Brunswick County Small Business Advisory Commission is hosting a public forum for members of the business community to offer insight into ways the county can become a better place to do business. The forum is set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply. Members of the business community are invited to share specific issues and challenges they have faced and offer insight into ways the county can solve those issues.
“The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners created the Small Business Advisory Commission because they want to hear from our small business community,” said Shannon Viera, Chair of the Small Business Advisory Commission. “This forum is an important, pro-active step to ensure that our small business community has a voice. We invite businesspeople who deal with the county … Click Here for Full Story
January 22, 2013
BOLIVIA, N.C. – The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to form a new Small Business Advisory Commission at its meeting on Tuesday, January 22, 2013.
“Small businesses are the backbone of our economy, and we created this commission to ensure that Brunswick County’s small business community has a strong voice,” said Commissioner Frank Williams, who drafted the proposal to create the commission. “A strong local economy must be built on private sector jobs, not government jobs. Government’s role is to foster an environment in which small businesses, entrepreneurs and family farmers can work hard, thrive and prosper.”… Click Here for Full Story
December 21, 2012
Luke 2:4-20 — 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be married to him and was expecting a child. 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them.
8 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9 An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10… Click Here for Full Story
December 7, 2012
As President Franklin D. Roosevelt said on December 8, 1941, today’s date — December 7 — “is a date that will live in infamy”. On Sunday morning, December 7, 1941 America’s naval base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by the forces of the Empire of Japan. More than 2,400 Americans were killed and more than 1,100 were wounded. Today is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, a day on which we should all take time to remember those who were killed in the attack on Pearl Harbor.
The following historical account is taken from the U.S. Navy website:
The 7 December 1941 Japanese raid on Pearl Harbor was one of the great defining moments in history. A single carefully-planned and well-executed stroke removed the United States Navy’s battleship force as a possible threat to the Japanese Empire’s southward expansion. … Click Here for Full Story
December 3, 2012
Commissioner-elect Pat Sykes, re-elected Commissioner Scott Phillips and I will take the Oath of Office at the beginning of tonight’s Brunswick County Board of Commissioners meeting. I am pleased to announce that N.C. Supreme Court Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin will administer my oath. Register of Deeds Brenda Clemmons and Coroner Greg White will also take their Oaths of Office at tonight’s meeting.
I first met Justice Martin nearly 20 years ago. I was barely out of college and had volunteered on one campaign while in college. As a result of that volunteer effort I wound up on several mailing lists, and subsequently received an invitation to a fundraiser for a young judge named Mark Martin. This was the first campaign fundraiser that I recall attending. I walked into the fundraiser as a young, wet-behind-the-ears volunteer, and there stood Governor Jim … Click Here for Full Story
FYI: Wilmington MPO Transportation Advisory Committee workshop on “Crossing Over the Cape Fear River” set for Monday, Nov. 26
November 23, 2012
Friends, I am planning to attend this and encourage all interested parties to attend as well. The Wilmington MPO includes portions of northern Brunswick County. – FrankWilliams
Wilmington Urban Area MPO
Transportation Advisory Committee
TO: Transportation Advisory Committee Members
FROM: Mike Kozlosky, Executive Director
DATE: November 19, 2012
SUBJECT: November 26th Meeting
The Wilmington Urban Area MPO Transportation Advisory Committee will conduct a workshop to be held on Monday, November 26th beginning at 9 am for the purposes of discussing the Crossing over the Cape Fear River. The workshop will be held in the Wilmington City Council Chambers at City Hall in downtown Wilmington.
The following is the agenda for the meeting:
1) Call to Order
2) Public Comment Period
3) Crossing over the Cape Fear River
- Project Background
- Project Challenges
- Traffic and Traffic Projections
November 20, 2012
This Thursday is Thanksgiving — a day set aside for us to give thanks to God for the many blessings in our lives.
As I was searching for Thanksgiving-related quotes several years ago, I found this one from H.U. Westermayer: “The Pilgrims made seven times more graves than huts. No Americans have been more impoverished than these who, nevertheless, set aside a day of thanksgiving.”
It is all too easy to get so caught up wishing for what we don’t have, or bemoaning events that didn’t go our way, that we fail to recognize and appreciate the many blessings we do have. It is easy to become consumed with the worries of the world rather than finding contentment in the things that really matter.
As Americans, we have much for which we should be thankful. We have the God-given … Click Here for Full Story
November 11, 2012
Today is Veterans Day — the day set aside for us honor those who have served in our Armed Forces and risked their lives to preserve and protect the unparalleled freedom and opportunity we enjoy as Americans.
As we celebrate Veterans Day, may we all take time to reflect on the sacrifices made by those who have fought, suffered and died for our freedom.
Without their sacrifices, we would not have the freedom to worship as we choose.… Click Here for Full Story
November 7, 2012
“I am humbled that the voters of Brunswick County have chosen me as the next County Commissioner from District 5. This is both a great honor and a tremendous responsibility, and it is one I take very seriously. I am grateful for the support and help of the many volunteers who assisted with my campaign; tonight’s victory would not have been possible without them. I thank Michael Ballard for his willingness to put his name on the ballot and commend him for the type of campaign he ran. I also thank outgoing Commissioner Bill Sue for his many years of service to our county. Most importantly, I am thankful that God has allowed me to live in a country where the people get to choose their leaders and that he has allowed me this opportunity. Now, I am ready to … Click Here for Full Story