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Today's News

  • Committee supports splitting U.S. 17 superstreet plan

    CAROLINA SHORES — Members of the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study (GSATS) voted to remove U.S. 17 intersection upgrades from its 2035 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP).

    But they acted only to reorganize the projects to have a better chance for funding in the 2040 LRTP.

  • South Brunswick Charter students enjoy first week on new campus

     BOLIVIA — South Brunswick Charter School, in its second year of existence, has quite a different look this year.

    While last year’s school had 73 students and held classes at a professional center office park in Southport, the 2015-16 version of South Brunswick Charter has 197 students and moved into its brand new 45-acre campus off Sunset Harbor Road for the first day of school Monday, Aug. 24.

  • Coastal alliance sets September meeting with consultant

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Brunswick Coastal Community Alliance, formerly the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, talked taking their alliance up the coast and on to Raleigh at their quarterly meeting Thursday, Aug. 20, in Holden Beach Town Hall.

    The alliance includes former consortium members from Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach, Holden Beach, Oak Island, Caswell Beach and Brunswick County government.

    The name change is meant to signify the towns will work together on beach protection issues, but will no longer operate under a written agreement.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • Tomatoes at heart of family’s annual summer competition

     SHALLOTTE — You say “tomato,” I say, “That’s the biggest one I’ve seen this season.”

    For a third consecutive year, Brunswick County residents Orbie Eugene Inman, Mitchell Jacobs and Thurman Jacobs competed against each other in the 2015 “Largest Tomato Grown” award competition.

    It’s no surprise the competitors each have a green thumb. Mitchell and Thurman Jacobs are brothers and their sister, Doris Inman, is the wife of the competition’s third competitor, Orbie Eugene.

  • Schools superintendent: District won’t lay off staff

     While legislators work to create a budget for the current 2015-16 fiscal year, Brunswick County Schools anticipate more budget cuts for public education.

    Superintendent Les Tubb said he expects fewer resources when the budget is passed than the district has had in years past.

    Regardless of the outcome, Tubb said, Brunswick County Schools will not terminate any of its employees.

  • New students, veteran teachers learn together on first day of school

     SHALLOTTE — Bonnie Stanley-Verzella left her house Monday, Aug. 24, just a few miles away from the school she has called home almost her entire life to go to work.

    Stanley-Verzella, or Mrs. Stanley-V as she is affectionately called by her kindergarteners, attended Union Elementary School as a student. She returned to the Shallotte campus as a teacher where she has taught for the last 23 years.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch food is still quite popular in the South

     Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Positive over punishment pet training

     One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  • Blanching vegetables not always necessary

     At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”