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Today's News

  • Testimony continues in public hearing on parasailing incident

    Testimony is under way today in the public hearing about the parasailing incident at Ocean Isle Beach that killed two vacationers on Aug. 28.

    Lt. Chester Warren, investigating officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, heard testimony at the New Hanover County Courthouse Wednesday morning from John K. Feuerbach, warrant officer and marine safety inspector; and Barrett McMullan, president of Ocean Isle Beach Watersports.

    Wednesday afternoon, McMullan said the day of the incident there was "a freak, unforeseen weather event that caught the crew by surprise."

  • Students turn cell study into edible art

    BOLIVIA—When studying cell biology, most students look at cell components under a microscope or study drawings in textbooks. But Brunswick County Academy students turned their cell study unit into edible works of art.

    Sarah Herzog, seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies instructor, said Academy students had been studying cells for several weeks when science instructor Mary Evans had the idea for students to create cell cakes and decorate them with different materials representing each part of the cell.

  • CIS releases annual report for 2008-2009

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has released its annual data and information report for 2008-2009.

    CIS aims to address dropout prevention and offers educational resources for students and families throughout the county.

    Despite operating with a 16 percent budget cut, CIS reported 43,727 volunteer hours and more than $130,000 in donations during 2008-2009.

  • State Board votes to allow undocumented immigrants into community colleges

    Community colleges throughout North Carolina may soon be able to admit undocumented immigrants, the State Board of Community Colleges has announced.

    The board recently voted 16 to 1 to adopt a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for and attend community colleges. Applicants must have graduated from a United States high school and will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which equals $7,700 per academic year.

    The ruling also states no undocumented immigrant may displace a North Carolina or United States resident from any class or program.

  • Entertainment will be plenty at this year’s Intercultural Festival

    Performers representing countries and cultures around the world will share their talents at this year’s Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, which will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Brunswick Community College.

    Lydia Moore Coyner, the performing arts chairperson and the event’s mistress of ceremonies, has been in charge of bringing acts to the festival since 2004. Starting with basic Internet searches, the performance lineup has evolved into a variety of favorites from years past as well as local groups.

  • It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game

    Oftentimes, we let competition get the best of us.

    How many times do you see athletes make an unnecessary scene when a play goes wrong or when they don’t agree with a call? (I’m talking to you, Serena.)

    How many times have you been at a community sporting event and witnessed a parent or a coach engaging in the same reprehensible behavior? How many times have you personally gotten angry, said or did things you later regret while playing a simple game?

  • Students practice for Special Olympics bowling tournament

    SHALLOTTE—Exceptional Children (EC) of all abilities are taking to the bowling lanes as part of a five-week Special Olympics bowling tournament.

    EC Students are bused from Brunswick County Schools throughout the county to Planet Fun once a week for four weeks of bowling practice. The fifth week will be a tournament where they will compete against each other.

    Steve Goodwin, county coordinator for Special Olympics, said the tournament has been a fixture of Brunswick County Parks and Recreation for many years, and more students participate each year.

  • West Brunswick overcrowded, determined to succeed

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School may be the largest and most crowded high school in the county, but Principal George Kelley isn’t afraid of a challenge.

    “I just don’t think we have any excuses not to be successful here,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction, our scores are indicating that.”

  • Tandoori is a style of food named for the Tandoor in which it's cooked

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian dish marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and a mixture of some or all of the following spices: ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala (if you can find it).

    The marinated chicken is baked at a high heat using either wood or charcoal in an Indian Tandoor oven, a cylindrical oven made of clay. These ovens are typically used in India for baking many types of bread and also for roasting meat.

  • Joy of Coke, Pepsi, plastic quickly fizzling and melting

    It wasn’t that long ago sipping soda from a bottle—Coke, Pepsi or Cheerwine—was about as American and North Carolinian as you could get.

    As a kid, I lived for the times when my mother would let us go fetch a little bottle of Coke tucked in a secret place in the kitchen or down in the basement.

    Fond are my memories of perching at the counter at Woolworth’s or discovering the wonder of the new McDonald’s with an icy soft drink as a tooth-busting complement.