Today's News

  • West rallies to beat Ashley; North routs Lejeune; South blanks Red Springs

    The West Brunswick High School football team showed in its first three games it has skill and talent and enthusiasm.

    Friday night, in a comeback victory over the Ashley Screaming Eagles, the Trojans showed the other aspects needed to be a championship team.

    “They showed me,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher said, “that this team has a lot of character and a lot of toughness and a lot of willpower.”

  • Planning beach renourishment key in being prepared for hurricane, tropical storm damage

    Towns that already have their permits in place and sand sources lined up fare much better after a hurricane than towns that don’t, two coastal engineers told Holden Beach commissioners at a special meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Towns with permits and plans fare better both in cost and time in restoring their beaches, engineers said.

  • What’s the story? Looking for folk tales from Brunswick County

    When writer Renee Sloan got back from covering a ghost walk in Southport for our last Island Living of the year, she knew I’d be interested.

    She shared some of the stories of the county’s coast and gave a play-by-play of what happens on the nighttime history and paranormal discussion presented by the Old South Tour and Carriage Company around downtown Southport.

  • 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.