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Today's News

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • South Carolina man accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County

     A South Carolina man is accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County.

    Phillip Allen Spikes, 36, of Sumter County, was arrested on Beach Drive in Calabash after a traffic stop Tuesday, July 29.

    He was charged with three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing fictitious or false information to a law enforcement officer and a probation violation from Sumter County.

    Agents seized 824 grams of cocaine from Spikes’ vehicle, warrants show.

  • District releases school supply list for coming school year

     Back to school shopping is under way, and Brunswick County Schools have again provided families a list of what students will need when they return to classes later this month.

    The list, called Back to Basics, made its debut last year and is a “no-nonsense guide designed to help parents know what their children really need when the school bell rings as well as what the school system will provide,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • District names Teacher of the Year finalists

     And then there were three.

    Brunswick County Schools has announced its three finalists for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award.

    The finalists are Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter (art), South Brunswick Middle School’s Kayce Smith (world languages) and Early College High School’s Claire McLaughlin (science).

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced the finalists in a July 30 news release.

  • Operation Summer Heat nets 35 arrests

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier wanted to send a message to the community last week when the Drug Enforcement Unit held “Operation Summer Heat, a countywide roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade.

    On Thursday, July 31, the sheriff’s office made 35 arrests during the daylong operation.

  • ‘Yummy’ makes its way through Brunswick County

     LELAND — If you see Yummy roll into town, you know it’s feeding time.

    Yummy, a retired Brunswick County school bus, was transformed into a colorful, kid-friendly mobile feeding unit and has traveled across the county for the last three weeks serving meals to anyone younger than 18 for free.

    The Hungry Tummy Café, and its mascot, Yummy, are part of Brunswick County Schools’ summer food service initiative.

  • Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

     

    Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

    Chard is often referred to as Swiss chard because of its extensive cultivation in Switzerland. As a member of the beet family, it has also been referred to as silver beet, spinach beet, leaf beet, sea kale beet, white beet, strawberry spinach and even Roman kale.

    In our area, the two main types available are red chard and green chard. The red, which has a stronger flavor, has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    If you’re a flatlander like me, it might be quite a while between your time at home and your visits to the beautiful Alleghany Mountains of West Virginia. I am, in fact, a big fan of eastern West Virginia, a fantastic place in the summer for natural history, and more especially, botany. I fell in love with the dark forests of this part of the country several years ago, led there my inveterate fellow-botanist and banjo champion, Bernie Cyrus.

  • The ground of love and truth is both terrifying and tender

     

     

    By osmosis, since Hubby Dear is a Merton fan and follower, I have become equally intrigued by a monk who was a man for all seasons. So, I jumped at the opportunity to review “The Ground of Love and Truth, Reflections on Thomas Merton’s Relationship with the Woman Known as ‘M’” by Suzanne Zuercher, O.S.B.

  • Watermelon with a twist

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center