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Today's News

  • Technology has replaced maturity for me

    I realized recently I hit the two-year mark here in Brunswick County and was thinking about writing about how in a mere eight years, give or take a few, I will no longer be looked at like a stranger who wandered into town.

    But then I had to do some thinking about how can I become a responsible citizen of Brunswick County by 2022 if I still haven’t become responsible.

    I came to this thought provoking realization the other day when my water was shut off.

  • Leland parks and rec pleased with public input on plans

    LELAND — Leland has a good idea where the future of its parks and recreation services will go in the next five years. It will continue adding pedestrian and biking trails, but could also establish a community recreation center.

    Leland Parks and Recreation Director Niel Brooks said those ideas came straight from the residents through three public meetings held to discuss the future of parks and recreation offerings.

    The meetings were held Oct. 22, Oct. 30 and Nov. 13 as part of the town’s update of its Parks, Recreation and Open Space Master Plan.

  • Traffic on U.S. 74/76 hurts some businesses, helps others

    LELAND — Traffic congestion on U.S. 74/76/17 as North Carolina Department of Transportation crews work to widen the road is not only affecting commuters.

    Local businesses are experiencing the impact of the change in traffic flow in different ways — some good, some bad.

  • Be thankful for the Brunswick fishery

     At the end of November, most people focus their attention to cooking the perfect turkey rather than fishing. However, this time of year can produce impressive inshore, near shore and offshore fishing if you can get away from the kitchen.

  • 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.