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Community News

  • BFA approved for summer food program; six sites to provide meals

    The state has approved Brunswick Family Assistance to participate in the Summer Food Service Program to provide free nutritious meals during the summer to kids ages 18 and younger beginning June 23.

    According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA applied to the state to participate in the program and also recruited organizations including several churches to serve as local meal sites.

    “We’ve got about 5,000 kids in the school system in Brunswick County who get free and reduced lunch and breakfast,” Cannon said.

  • Awards given at State of the Young Child breakfast

    Community members from across the county attended Smart Start of Brunswick County’s annual State of the Young Child Breakfast, where several people received awards for their work with children, Smart Start announced in a news release.

    The event was Friday, June 6, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • NCDOT to have citizens' informational meeting

    The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a citizens’ informational workshop for the proposed widening of Village Road (N.C. 1472) in Leland from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Leland Senior Center Community Building, 1490 Village Road NE in Leland.

    Citizens are invited to speak individually with NCDOT officials, as well as review project plans. Comments received during the meeting will be considered as plans are finalized.

  • Brunswick County 4-H has Fashion Revue

    Brunswick County 4-H youth gathered at the County Extension Office Training Center on May 19, after many hours of effort, focus, and determination, to face the judges and model their sewing project outfits.

    Each year, Brunswick County hosts a 4-H Fashion Revue as a county level competition for youth.

    Al Hight, county extension director, welcomed participants, family and friends to the 4-H Fashion Revue. Pledges were led by Leslie Wilson, the new 4-H program assistant, who also served as the narrator while 4-H’ers modeled the outfits they constructed for the audience.

  • Tourism officials seek creative ways to keep visitors coming back to Brunswick County's beaches

    Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • In iffy economy, tourism groups target visitors looking for nearby trips

    With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts raise $3,000 for kids

    Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.

  • Gore receives Order of the Long Leaf Pine

    Family and friends gathered Tuesday to honor the service of the man Brunswick Community College president Stephen Greiner called “a true Brunswick County hero.”

    Dr. Joseph A. Gore was honored Tuesday afternoon with the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest civilian honor given in North Carolina by the governor. Gore was unable to be present at the ceremony due to medical reasons.

  • North Carolina receives its coastal report card

    The grades are in for North Carolina’s coast.

    The N.C. Beach, Inlet and Waterway Association recently released its “2008 Report Card for the N.C. Coast.”

    With an overall grade of C+, North Carolina received only one A on this year’s report card.

    Caswell Beach Mayor Harry Simmons, who serves as executive director for the association, said the annual report card usually garners good response.

    “We thought it was important to have an easy to transmit way to let people know how the coast is doing,” Simmons said.

  • Saturday's poker run to kick off Toy Run events

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts group has scheduled the first event in its campaign to raise money for the annual Christmas Toy Run.

    On Saturday, local motorcyclists will converge at 9 a.m. at Shallotte Park to sign up for the poker run, which involves riding around the community searching for cards to create a poker hand.

    For a $20 entry fee, each participant will receive lunch and a T-shirt (until they run out).