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Today's News

  • Board members update personnel reduction policy

    BOLIVIA—As the Brunswick County school system faces an estimated $10 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, members of the board of education have begun to discuss details if a personnel reduction were necessary.

    The school system has yet to implement a personnel reduction though there have been several consecutive years of budget cuts. Anticipating another challenging year, board members adopted updates to Policy No.7920—professional personnel reduction in force—at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

  • Band teacher charged with sexting a student turns in resignation, teaching license

    BOLIVIA—The North Brunswick High School band teacher arrested for sending sexually explicit text messages has resigned and voluntarily agreed to surrender his teaching license.

    Mark Riel, 37, turned in his resignation Tuesday, board chairperson Shirley Babson said following a board meeting Tuesday night. Babson said Riel submitted his resignation and surrendered his teaching license “acknowledging the pending criminal charges against him.”

  • Religion briefs

    Bonaparte Church plans free lunch

    Bonaparte Baptist Church, 9031 Shady Forest Drive in Calabash, is offering a free lunch at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Bring your valentine and join in for fellowship.

    Church plans gospel jubilee

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will host a Brunswick gospel jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, featuring gospel singers from near and far singing for Jesus. For more details, call Bill Hill at 209-4927.

    Church to have music on Feb. 6

  • A reader’s e-mail surprise brings delight and a new adventure

    It began as a cyberspace affirmation. I received an e-mail indicating a desire to make contact and a request for me to review some writing. All this emanated from the sender’s reading my Beacon columns. Without doubt, I was pleased and honored. The date to meet was arranged. Little did I know that I was going to be gifted with a wonderful surprise.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Feb. 7

    Fried chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, banana pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 8

    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, orange juice, Jell-O, white bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 9

    Stuffed cabbage roll, field peas, peaches, brownie, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 10

  • Stinson goes to conference

     Linda Stinson, business coach and partner in Patriot Business Coaching, recently attended the Resource Associates Quarterly Conference and Workshop in Reading, Pa., and was recognized for her continuing achievements in the areas of leadership development and business coaching. 

  • BEMC is now accepting 2011 grant applications

     Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) invites local agencies and groups to apply for a 2011 BEMC Community Grant.

    Now in its ninth year, the program provides grants to groups that provide family services programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services or community development activities. 

    Since inception, the grants program has awarded nearly $200,000 to more than 125 projects benefiting citizens all over the area.

  • 4-H students learn about robotics

    Brunswick County 4-H needs help identifying adults who want to spend a few hours each month with youth learning about robotics in a 4-H club setting in the Southport/Oak Island area. The current club leaders are unable to continue serving, but there is still a lot of interest among members to carry on the club.

    Robotics provides hands-on experiences in designing, programming and building robots using Lego MindStorms Robotics kits and RoboLab software. The club won second place in robot design at the Robotics Kickoff competition this year.

  • County to publish Green Pages

    Looking for an inexpensive way to market your horticulture business? Be a part of the updated Brunswick County Green Pages, a publication of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service listing businesses providing products and services to the people of Brunswick County.

    If you sell plants and garden supplies, lawn mowers and other equipment, market fruits and vegetables, or provide landscape installation and maintenance services, don’t miss this opportunity.

  • Winter watering: Plants need less now than in summer

    By Judy Koehly 
    Master Gardener

    Plants don’t need as much care in winter as they do in summer, but it is important not to neglect watering your plants over the winter. Some ice or wind damage is unavoidable, but a lot of cold weather damage to plants’ cells is caused by dehydration. In our region, normal winter precipitation is enough for plants because their cold weather watering needs are considerably less; however, making sure your plants have adequate hydration is the best way to protect them harsh weather.