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Today's News

  • School district works to resolve coal ash issue with state agency

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials are still working to resolve the problem caused by coal ash on the athletic fields at South Brunswick Middle School.

    School district officials found out about the coal ash on the fields two years ago. Last year, state officials determined the small amounts of coal ash don’t pose health risks to students, but the fields are still not being used.

    The district is still working with the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources (NCDENR) on the problem.

  • Shallotte man faces drug, other charges after traffic stop

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Shallotte man on drug and other charges after a traffic stop Thursday night, Aug. 20, on N.C. 130 near Shallotte.

    Drug agents and special operations deputies charged 21-year-old Jamar Akeem Bethea, of McMilly Road, with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, resisting a public officer, possession of drug paraphernalia and unintentional littering, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

  • Meeting to address county conservation, environmental issues

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service, in cooperation with the Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District, will conduct a local working group meeting at 9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, in the conference room at the Brunswick County Soil Conservation/NRC District Office in Bolivia.

  • Annual flushing program set for Sept. 11 completion

    On June 15, the Brunswick County Public Utilities Department began its annual flushing program. During the past few weeks, public utilities crews have worked to flush all of the water mains in the county system. The crews are nearing completion of the flushing program.
    Brunswick County will complete its annual flushing program Sept. 11 and will convert back to chloramines as the primary disinfectant.

  • West routs Lumberton in soccer

    West Brunswick beat Lumberton 8-2 Aug. 26 in a non-conference soccer game.

    Tristan Murphy scored four goals.

    Lincoln Smith, San Zeng, John McNeil and David Cardenas also scored.

    Smith, Murphy, John McNeil, Noah Faircloth had assists.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch food is still quite popular in the South

     Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Positive over punishment pet training

     One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  • Blanching vegetables not always necessary

     At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson