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Today's News

  • OCS students get a lesson in nutrition

    Myra Burgess, family nutrition programs assistant at the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension office, taught a lesson in nutrition and nutritional meal preparation to the Occupational Course of Study students Tuesday at Brunswick County Academy.

    Burgess explained the new food pyramid, which is tailored more toward each individual person, and taught students how to make a fruit salad, using a variety of fresh and canned fruits.

  • Dropouts decrease in county, across state

    The number of dropouts is down in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state.

    According to data released earlier this month from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools noticed a 7.51 percent decrease in the number of dropouts, counting 197 during the 2007-2008 school year compared to 213 during 2006-2007. This takes the county’s dropout rate to 5.22, down from 5.66 the previous year.

  • Child abuse prevention is everyone’s business

    April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and local agencies are trying to raise awareness of this critical issue that affects everyone.

    Brunswick County’s Child Protection Team has scheduled its annual Flower Launch event 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport.

    According to organizers, the event will shift the focus away from the number of children lost to child abuse to recognizing the agencies and professionals in Brunswick County who work to protect children.

  • School uniforms proposed for Lincoln Elementary

    Informal talks about school uniforms have circled the two new schools set to open in August, but some teachers, parents and even students are requesting approval for school uniforms at Lincoln Elementary School starting in August.

    A group of educators from Lincoln addressed the board of education at its safe schools committee meeting Tuesday, and requested they grant approval for school uniforms beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Rip current advisory issued for Brunswick coast

    The National Weather Service is cautioning the public about potential deadly rip currents off the Brunswick County coast.

    According to weather reports released Thursday afternoon, a high risk of rip currents exists through around 8 p.m. Thursday and again throughout Friday.

    NWS indicates a combination of persistent swells from the east, a new moon and wind waves coming from the south will increase the risk of rip currents.

  • Sunshine Week highlights importance of open government

    This is Sunshine Week, a time when newspapers and other media agencies throughout the country join together to celebrate and focus on the value of open government.

    “Transparency” is the buzzword in government this year, and we wanted to know just how well government bodies that serve Brunswick County respond to open records requests.

  • 'To Kill A Mockingbird' tonight at Odell Williamson Auditorium

    “To Kill A Mockingbird,” Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel celebrating its 50th year of publication, was brought to the screen in 1962 in an Academy Award-winning adaptation and later adapted for stage.

    More than 35 years old, Christopher Sergel’s stage adaptation continues to delight and compel audiences worldwide.

    Thursday night, March 26, Montana Repertory Theatre will bring “To Kill A Mockingbird” to life at 7:30 p.m. in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

  • Wanted: Access to an open and transparent federal government

    Lace up the ice skates and get out the hockey sticks—hell has frozen over.

    I have a few kind words for Congress. Well, two members of Congress to be specific.

    Anyone who’s ever read my opinion columns knows I’m not the biggest fan of the 111th Congress, and the 110th wasn’t much better. But this week I find myself pleased with the recent actions of two members of Congress—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr and U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre.

    I’m sure you’re curious about the change of heart, so I’ll explain.

  • Don't put all the blame on the Internet

    But the journalistic print edifice will be not be replaced - in my view, there will be no great metro bureaus, no overseas reporting staffs, no full-time investigative teams, no cop house reporters, no City Hall beat. A network of thousands and thousands of young reporters taking notes and asking tough questions —and then writing up their reports in public, for the public—at thousands and thousands of school board and town council meetings on gray Tuesday evenings all around the nation will begin to fade.

    —Tom Watson

  • New senior center to be staffed by those 55 and older in need of jobs

    Jim Russell, director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., wants to employ people 55 and older in the new Southport Senior Center, slated to open in July.

    It’s another way of supporting the mission of the nonprofit agency, which has seen its share of older people in need.

    “The mission of BSRI is to help people 55 and [older] sustain their independence,” Russell said recently. “The need for employment is always there. It’s just more noticeable now.”