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Today's News

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Students find success at Transition Academy

    BOLIVIA—The Transition Academy began with the idea of refreshing the eighth-grade curriculum throughout the entire year, but students had so much success, they completed the eighth-grade courses during the first semester.

    All students are now first-semester ninth-graders.

    Josue Ramirez missed 146 days of school last year. He used to be a self-proclaimed partier.

    “Sometimes I make it to school, sometimes I won’t,” he said of his previous attendance record.

  • German spaetzle is an ideal choice for a quick and easy side dish

    Spaetzle is a German noodle or pasta made by pushing a batter of flour, milk, eggs and salt through a special spaetzle maker or colander into boiling liquid—either water or chicken or beef broth—and then served as a dumpling with meats and stews.

  • BCC beats Lakeland on hit batter in the ninth

    Rebounding from having to forfeit 12 victories, the BCC baseball team swept Lakeland Community College in a three-game weekend series.

    The Dolphins (8-17) completed the series with a 4-3 victory in nine innings Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School. BCC won the game when Daniel Terry was hit by a pitch with two outs and the bases loaded in the ninth.

  • West junior varsity baseball team starts season 6-0

    The West junior varsity baseball team has begun the season 6-0.

    West opened the year by beating North Brunswick 13-3. Jesse Simmons was 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Hunter Allen was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.

    West beat South Columbus 12-6. Timmy Powell was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Simmons was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

  • West's sprinters dominate four-team meet

    In a four-team meet March 19 at Hoggard High School that included New Hanover and White Oak, West Brunswick’s boys again did well in the sprints, as Josh Johnson won the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 400 meters. West also won the 400-meter relay.

    “Our sprint team turned in another great performance at Hoggard,” coach Yogi Hickman said. “They continue to set personal records in nearly every meet. Our 4x100 team came within 0.07 seconds of an automatic qualifying time and has lowered their times for four consecutive meets.

  • South Brunswick's girls track team wins 14 of 16 events

    South Brunswick’s girls’ track team won 14 of 16 events in winning a four-team meet March 19 at South Columbus with Pender and Whiteville.

    The Cougars scored 140 points, South Columbus 29, Pender 28 and Whiteville 26.

    Six of South’s victories were good enough to qualify for the May 16 regional at UNCW.

  • Uniforms would be a good idea for local schools to take into consideration

    In the community where I grew up and later became a newspaper reporter assigned to cover education, the two public school systems—one a city district and one for the county—are known for being progressive institutions of learning.

    They have drawn a lot of attention for adopting and fine-tuning a year-round education calendar that promotes learning in ways that appear to help young people retain knowledge, without facing the “summer slide.”

    Administrators were also forward thinkers when, years ago, both districts adopted strict dress-code policies.

  • Golf courses utilize water conservation methods to offset effects of abnormally dry weather

    Despite recent rain showers, we are in a drought. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council has Brunswick County listed as “abnormally dry” as of March 10.

    Naturally, a drought affects golf courses in a big way. It impacts the way they look and the way they are maintained Drought is costly in water and in energy.

  • Golf action

    The Renegades annual St Patrick’s Day Tournament was played March 19 at Palmetto Greens Golf Club. Thirty-six Renegades and their guests participated. The team game was one low net, two low nets, three low nets. 1. Bob Kilgore, Laura Duncan, Ruth Peagler Falls, Bill Altreuter; 2. Sharon Clark, Carolyn Bosman, Barbara Malina, Martha Hannon; 3. Carol Groner, Jean Falls, Lin Penta, Jane Mahncke; 4. Kathy Harniman, Sharon Donohue, Jerry Powers, George Malina; 5. Karen Hertling, Teddy Altreuter, Joe Clark, Doug Falls. Closest to the pin: Bill Altreuter.

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  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police are investigating similar thefts at two businesses Monday.

    Officers reported two African-American females entered the UPS store March 23 and asked to use the restroom. One suspect went to the restroom while the other talked to the clerk.

    After they had left in a black SUV, the clerk went to the back of the store and found her purse stolen.