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Today's News

  • DTV changeover addressed at Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is part of a local viewing area that will be switching over to digital TV transmission five months sooner than other parts of the country, an FCC representative told town council Monday night.

    While most of the country is transitioning next February, Brunswick County is part of a five-county test site in the southeastern corner of the state that will be changing over in September, said Jessica Przybyla of the Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau.

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.

  • Committee meetings waste more time than accomplish tasks

    With 17 schools, two in the works, and about 1,200 students and 1,700 employees to preside over, being a member of the Brunswick County Board of Education is no small task.

    Policies to modify, employees to screen and hire, approving programs that will benefit student education—the jobs of the board are endless. And with one board meeting and one day of committee meetings each month, there’s no time to waste.

    But lately, this board has wasted a lot of it.

  • Graduation brings cheers and tears

    My daughter is graduating from high school this week.

    I’m sorry, I stand to be corrected.

    According to proper grammar (for all those honor graduates who actually use it), she is being graduated, flying the coop, officially emptying the nest.

    I have to admit I’m feeling pretty graduated myself, realizing once she heads off to the University of South Carolina in three months, I’ll be forced to find someone else to nag to get up in the mornings, along with other assorted issues. After 18 years, I may actually have to get myself a life.

  • New hospital groundbreaking is another forward step for Brunswick County

    As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County experiences a lot of boom and bust from its growing population.

    While its impact on roads and other infrastructure can be negative, growth also brings a number of positive things.

    For example, many new businesses, stores and restaurants that would have previously overlooked Brunswick are stopping to set up shop here. That means more jobs for area workers. In some cases, it also means bringing more workers into the area, which in turn spurs on increased home building and sales.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 20, 21, 22 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Tuesday, May 20

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Bobbie Wilson Anderson, simple worthless check, voluntarily dismissed per felony plea.

    Ronnie Ely Ballard, fail to file notice unclaimed motor vehicle, Brunswick County Jail 10 days, suspended sentence 12 months, unsupervised probation 12 months, $25 and costs, not violate any criminal laws.

  • 'Crystal Skull' hits most of the right notes

    “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the ultimate movie for history and adventure nerds.

    At first, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to see the fourth “Indy” installment from powerhouse director Steven Spielberg. When I was 12, I had to walk out of the theater showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” to avoid throwing up.

  • Sesame oil is a popular ingredient in Chinese cooking

    Sesame is one of the oldest seeds known to man. Thought to have originated in India or Africa, the first written record of sesame dates back to 3,000 B.C.

    According to Assyrian mythology, sesame's origins go back even farther—there is a charming myth about the Gods imbibing sesame seed wine the night before they created the earth. References can be found to Babylonians using sesame oil, and to Egyptians growing their own sesame to make flour.

  • Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes educators and students

    The Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District recognized educators, students and supporters of the District’s Conservation Education Program at its 2008 awards banquet on May 9 at Jennies Branch Church in Ocean Isle Beach. Black Light Ministry provided the evening’s entertainment.

    The 2008 Conservation Teacher of the Year award went to Sybil Mitchell-Simmons who has been active with Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District’s educational programs for more than 10 years, participating in poster, speech, essay contests and the coastal and state envirothons.

  • BCC to offer 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, the school’s public information officer.