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Today's News

  • Speckled trout, redfish prime winter targets

     

    The Thanksgiving holiday is usually the last celebration for most vacation homeowners in the Brunswick Islands. After this last celebration, many will winterize their homes and will return just before the Easter holiday to get things back up and running again. Just because everyone leaves does not mean that the fishing stops. The fishing can see some really good days for those willing to deal with the cooler temperatures. Speckled trout and redfish are the two prime targets through the winter months.

  • School board names Tubb interim superintendent

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education on Nov. 20 named Les Tubb to serve as Brunswick County Schools interim superintendent, but not before nearly 50 people angrily protested its decision to fire his predecessor.

    The committee meeting was scheduled so that board members and district officials could hear from nine principals whose schools met growth standards for the 2013-14 academic year.

    Instead, a protest and demonstration from sign-carrying parents and subsequent rebuttals from board members highlighted the five-hour showdown.

  • Student overcomes obstacles to excel in marching band

     LELAND — When the Scorpions come marching in, you’ll find Hunter Kelly on the baritone.

    The 15-year-old sophomore isn’t on two feet like the rest of his classmates, but he’s definitely marching.

    Kelly, who attends North Brunswick High School in Leland, was born with spina bifida, when the spinal column does not close all the way while a baby is in his mother’s womb.

    The condition has left Kelly in a wheelchair during the school day, but he uses crutches and braces to walk while he’s at his Delco home.

  • Principals recap test results with school officials, board members

     BOLIVIA — The principals of the nine Brunswick County schools that met growth standards for the 2013-14 academic year shared their results, strategies and methods with district leaders at the system’s administrative offices in Bolivia during a curriculum committee meeting Nov. 20.

    Last month, school officials and board members heard from 10 principals whose schools failed to meet growth standards during the 2013-14 academic year.

  • BCC seeks additional scholarship funds

     SUPPLY — Less than 5 percent of Brunswick Community College students received scholarships from the institution’s donors during the last academic year.

    BCC Foundation President Carolyn Felton outlined a plan at a Nov. 20 board of trustees meeting she hopes will increase that number in the future.

    Felton, who has served on the foundation for the last six years, presented trustees with a handout titled “Donor Cultivation Project.”

  • Granville County man faces drug charges in Brunswick

     A joint investigation led to the arrest last week of a man agents consider a “major heroin distributor” to Brunswick and New Hanover counties, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said

    Agents with the sheriff’s office’s Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 28-year-old Juan Manola Monk of Creedmoor following a traffic stop on N.C. 133 in Leland on Wednesday, Nov. 19, according to a sheriff’s office news release. Creedmoor, in Granville County, is about 15 miles north of Durham.

  • Tune in and find beauty where others just find noise

     Maybe it was the sound of the wind chimes hanging from the rafters of our tiny entryway that inspired me. It could have been a story that went viral, the one about a Texas teen who had been cruelly bullied. She wasn’t physically injured. It was worse. She was tricked into thinking she had been nominated as a contestant for class queen. The joke was turned around when her friends surprised her – and the bullies – by relinquishing the honor and offering the crown to her.

  • Thanksgiving signals the start of the Christmas shopping season

     It’s that time of year again. Thanksgiving is the time to gather with your friends and family, turn on some football and enjoy your Thanksgiving meal…the one meal of the year that you usually know what to expect and what you will be eating.

    Even though I’m not really a turkey lover, I do manage to get my fill of the traditional trimmings, such as mashed potatoes and gravy, green bean casserole, stuffing, cranberries, sweet potatoes and more.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson 

    Arrggh! Dealing with common names of plants makes me sound like a pirate.

  • Cruz graduates basic

     Army Pvt. Diaz Cruz, daughter of Jessica Cruz and stepdaughter of Joel Gonzalez of Calabash, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.