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Today's News

  • Board of education settles lawsuit for $80,000

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by the family who claim their child was molested by a former custodian.

    Board attorney Kathleen Tanner Kennedy announced the board settled the lawsuit filed by David and Melinda Cooper for $80,000—$75,000 from board of education funds and $5,000 from the North Carolina School Boards Trust (NCSBT).

  • Not-so-terrible moments overshadow the terrible twos

    As I headed toward the ringing phone, I was cutoff at the pass by a mischievous 2-year-old.

    Grabbing the phone, Levi took off running. I tried to step into his path, zigging when I should have been zagging. I continued to pursue him down the hall and into the bedroom.

    “Hello,” he said in his sweet toddler voice throwing the phone under the bed.

    I knelt down beside him to try to grab it. As I reached for it, he did too, and pushed it farther from my reach--and ran.

  • After bird day, it might be time to think about Christmas cookies

    Goodbye, turkey. Hello, Christmas cookies. The bird may reign at Thanksgiving, but cookies will be king for the next few weeks, when almost every gathering and party will feature holiday sweets.

    A great idea after baking all those holiday treats is to have a Christmas cookie exchange with friends and family. We do it every year and end up with many cookies, cakes and other “sweeties” that we would not usually indulge in.

  • Sauerbraten is a perfect dish for large gatherings during the holidays

    Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4-5 pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.

    The meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and wine, onions, carrots and celery, along with various spices, such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns.

  • Enjoy classic Christmas holiday drinks with your family and friends

    Over the Christmas and New Year’s holidays, it’s a time for family and friends, which means a lot of eating and drinking. Make your holiday gathering special by including some classic Christmas tried-and-true holiday drinks.

    If you’re throwing one of these parties, it’s essential to serve a combination of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks for a successful get together. You want everyone, drinkers and non-drinkers, to have a variety of drink options in having a fun night.

  • For entertaining friends and relatives, try these holiday appetizers

    Are you planning to go out on New Year’s or stay home with many of your friends and relatives? We used to go out a lot, but lately we’re just comfortable staying put and maybe having a few friends stop by during the day to enjoy the new year.

    If you’re going to be staying at home and are expecting guests to pop in, why not have some scrumptious holiday appetizers for everyone to munch on while downing a favorite beverage of choice? These are not only good on holidays, but just about any other time of the year.

    Baked Parmesan Artichoke Baguettes

  • Golf action

    In an CFAG event Dec. 28 at Farmstead, Steve Maiorca, Frank Janton, John Ogden and Joe Meo placed first with a 160. Teams scored one net and one gross per hole. Placing second were Ned Meier, Jerry Rubin, Joe Gallo and a draw.

    On Dec. 30 at Meadowlands, Steve Maiorca, Bob Jaeger and John Ogden placed first with a 94. The three-man teams scored one net on the par-3 and par-4 holes and two nets on the par-5s. Frank Janton, Jen Dearborn and Joe Meo were second.

  • Support resolution to ban undocumented students

    Allowing undocumented students to attend North Carolina community colleges is a bad idea, however, the N.C. State Board of Community Colleges doesn’t think so.

    In September the college board voted 16-to-1 to allow undocumented individuals to attend the state’s community colleges. 

    They implemented a contingent—those students have to have graduated from a U.S. high school and they must pay an out-of-state tuition rate of about $7,700 per academic year.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Dec. 7:

    Jennings Coy Benton III, 19, of 535 Pike Circle, Bolivia; felony abduction of children, two counts felony statutory rape/sex offense.

    Perry Randolph Bryant, 54, of 463 Market St., Shallotte; felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, felony sell cocaine, resisting public officer.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 16, 17, 18, 21 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Dec. 16

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Nashat A. Abdelhamid, speeding 65 in a 55 zone, costs.

    Paul Abner, leave pot/gill net unattended, use gill nets without buoy/ID, $25 and costs.

    Justin Charles Arico, recreational fishing without a license, voluntarily dismissed.