Today's Features

  • Until recently, students at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School were unfamiliar with the idea of up-cycling.
    Up-cycling, as explained by Albe Zakes of TerraCycle, is “the process of taking non-recyclable material that can’t be traditionally recycled and finding a way to directly re-purpose it into a new product. By doing that, you’re giving it a new life cycle thus you’re up-cycling it.”

  • The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.
    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.
    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, go to: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7380 to register.

  • Waccamaw School has announced its third nine weeks awards.
    Principal’s Award
    Kindergarten: Triston Leonard and Andrew Cribb.
    First grade: Gannon Quinn, Ashton Watkins and Cassandra Priest.
    Second grade: Tiffany Green, Caleb Hughes and Connor Martin.
    Third grade: Jon Fulwood, Levi Bird and Alex Douglas.
    Fourth grade: Breanna Long, Adan Valazquez and Hunter Helton.
    Fifth grade: Curtis Ward, Victor Jimenez and Taylor Campbell.
    Sixth grade: Haley Creech, Hannah Creech, Niko Williams and Zachary Smith.

  • Nearly 200 volunteers at Dosher Memorial Hospital were recognized for their dedicated service during an appreciation luncheon on Wednesday, April 19, at the Southport Community Building.
    During the luncheon, individual volunteers were recognized for hours of donated service, ranging from 100-9,000 cumulative hours.
    In addition, five Dosher volunteers received the President’s Volunteer Service awards for having donated at least 1,500 hours and having five years of service.

  • It is a rare and wondrous occasion when one meets a person who has suffered profoundly as a child and emerges a whole, wholesome adult. There is a bonus when the adult is able to draw on deeply rooted memories and still retain a sense of humor.
    I met such a man in Stanley Opalka, author and part-time resident of Brunswick County. More widely known for his golf prowess, Stanley is a bonafide historian with more than 30 years of teaching experience on the high school and college level.

  • Brunswick County citizens can now pay traffic tickets and related costs online.
    A new system, payNCticket, built by the N.C. Administrative Office of the Courts (NCAOC), allows citizens to make online payments via credit or debit card for most waivable traffic citizens.
    North Carolina Courts handle the payment of more than half a million waivable offense citations (including traffic) each year. In fiscal year, 2008-2009, more than 644,000 of those citations were paid in the state, and 4,601 were in Brunswick County.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tina Gore and Russell Gainey. The couple will be married June 5 at Emmanuel Outreach Church.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Katherine Gaskin, daughter of Chuck and Lori Gaskin of Advance, and Joshua Reeves, son of Dwight and Susan Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach. The couple will be married June 27 at the Southport Community Center in Southport. The bride-elect is a 2006 graduate of Davie County High School and is enrolled at East Carolina University. She is employed as a freelance photographer. The prospective groom is a 2006 graduate of West Brunswick High School and is enrolled in East Carolina University, where he is employed as a graduate assistant.

  • Josh and Christy (Haik) Robbins of Winnabow are the parents of a son, Heath Allen Robbins, born April 27.
    He weighed 10 pounds, 8 ounces and was 21 inches long.
    Grandparents are Gene and Bea Haik of Southport; Johnny and Sheila Grainger of Supply; and Keith and Barbara Robbins of Winnabow.
    Great-grandparents are Dennis Lee and Patsy Lewis of Winnabow; Charley and Elizabeth Foster of Supply, and Elbert and Joyce Robbins of Nakina.

  • Steven and Jennifer Faircloth of Ash are the parents of a son, Aiden Michael Faircloth, born at 3:44 a.m. May 6 at Brunswick Community Hospital.
    He weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19.5  inches long.
    He joins a brother, Brooklyn, 10, and sister Jade, 7.
    Maternal grandparents are Dean and Joanna Jones of Shallotte.
    Paternal grandparents are Steve Faircloth and Cheryl McDaniel of Shallotte.