• Mayberry comes to Brunswick County

    Mayberry came to Brunswick County last Tuesday as Union Elementary School fourth grade presented the ninth annual production of “An Evening in Mayberry” at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Former Union teacher Ellen Gordon wrote the play, which is based on the fictional town and characters of Mayberry. The plot revolves around a North Carolina state history school project. In turn, it showcases the actual fourth-grade curriculum taught in North Carolina public schools.

  • Schools receive national award

    Three Brunswick County Schools have received a national reading award after raising end-of-grade test scores.

    SRA/McGraw Hill honored Belville, Lincoln and Jessie Mae Monroe elementary schools with a national reading award for their continually improving EOG scores. The award was one of three given nationwide.

  • Board debates new school name

    After the Brunswick County Board of Education committee meetings last month, board members discussed naming the district’s new middle school David R. Sandifer Middle School, after the late county commissioner.

    While all seemed in favor of the name, opinions changed at Tuesday’s monthly board meeting.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he had received “numerous” calls from members of the Cedar Grove community who think the school should be named after the community. Gilbert said the board should hear more from the community before voting on a name.

  • West Brunswick High announces honor roll

    West Brunswick High School has announced its third nine-weeks honor rolls. They are:

    A Honor Roll

    Ninth grade: Kayanna Causey, Darrell Cheers Jr., Jeffrey Evans, Summer Falgiano, Abigail Harrell, Brittany Hewett, Alex Humbert, December Martin, Maria Roblero Vasquez, Anna Zeng.

    Tenth grade: Taylor Ambrose, Abram Benz, Tyler Corcoran, Julianne Donoghue, Kiatra Frink, Brian Gore, Lekurt Jenrette, Taylor Madison, Karys Normansell, Rebecca Sidelinger, Savona Smith, Victoria Stanley, Krystal Vonwald.

  • BCC announces continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, public information officer at the school.

  • Presentation warns students about dangers of drinking and driving

    “Every 15 minutes someone is killed in a motor vehicle accident.

    “Drinking and driving accidents claim more lives than those lost from all other drugs combined.”

    Statistics, such as these, echoed throughout the gym of Brunswick County Academy and Brunswick Early College High School on April 3.

    The staff and students of BCA/BCEC sat quietly throughout a program designed to show students what can happen if they drink and drive.

  • Schools honor top teachers

    As Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Katie McGee was reading a background and biography of the teacher chosen as the 2008 Teacher of the Year, tears began to form in Michelle Bennett’s eyes.

    “I knew from the first couple of lines that she said; I just couldn’t believe she was talking about me,” Bennett said.

    But McGee was. She was introducing the Shallotte Middle School teacher as the 2008 Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, the “best of the best,” McGee said.

  • Shallotte Middle School students have remembrance for Priddy

    With tears in their eyes and smiles on their faces, Shallotte Middle School students gathered Tuesday to remember and celebrate the life of Andrew Julian Priddy.

    Andrew, who was 13 and about to enter the eighth grade at SMS, died unexpectedly June 19, 2007.

    Andrew was a regular kid who loved spending time with his friends, making people laugh and enjoying life, his mother Amy said.

  • Brunswick students place second in mock trial competition

    Brunswick County Mock Trial competition team placed second in the state during the recent North Carolina Teen Court Summit.

    Team coaches were Fred Ammann and John Kelso. Adult volunteers and team members included Perry Smith and Josh Theroux, prosecutors; Ashley Williams and Tabitha Causby, defense attorneys; Dakota Evans, bailiff; and Keith Hughes, clerk of court.

  • Students advance to Auto Skills finals

    Daniel Bielopetrovich and David Blankenship, seniors at West Brunswick High School, have advanced to the North Carolina state finals of the 2008 Ford/AAA Student Auto Skills competition, according to organizers for the event.

    The two students will compete as a team against nine other teams at the state competition, sponsored by AAA Carolinas, April 24-25 at Pit Instruction & Training in Mooresville.

    The students were selected to take part in the state competition and represent WBHS after passing a qualifying test in which they had to answer general automotive questions.