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Today's News

  • Finding joy and looking for pants in ‘summer heat’

    It’s not often I start having a good time by 7 a.m. most days. I’ve found it’s best for everyone if I’m still in bed at that hour whenever possible. It’s best for everyone if I’m not around other people, either, at that hour. And it’s always best, at any hour, if I have plenty of personal space with room to move.

  • Appreciate American art in August, year round

    While every month seems to be designated as the official observance for a particular cause, we would like to call attention to August as American Artist Appreciation Month.

  • Trial set for man accused of sex crimes at church camp

     The trial date has been set for a man accused of committing sex crimes at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly last summer at Fort Caswell.

    Clyde Wesley Way, 68, of Albemarle, was indicted Jan. 21 on four counts of taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of indecent exposure. He was indicted on incidents alleged to have occurred during a church retreat at Fort Caswell in June 2013. The trial is scheduled to begin Sept. 22 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • South Carolina man accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County

     A South Carolina man is accused of trafficking cocaine in Brunswick County.

    Phillip Allen Spikes, 36, of Sumter County, was arrested on Beach Drive in Calabash after a traffic stop Tuesday, July 29.

    He was charged with three counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, providing fictitious or false information to a law enforcement officer and a probation violation from Sumter County.

    Agents seized 824 grams of cocaine from Spikes’ vehicle, warrants show.

  • District releases school supply list for coming school year

     Back to school shopping is under way, and Brunswick County Schools have again provided families a list of what students will need when they return to classes later this month.

    The list, called Back to Basics, made its debut last year and is a “no-nonsense guide designed to help parents know what their children really need when the school bell rings as well as what the school system will provide,” district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • District names Teacher of the Year finalists

     And then there were three.

    Brunswick County Schools has announced its three finalists for the 2014-15 Teacher of the Year award.

    The finalists are Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter (art), South Brunswick Middle School’s Kayce Smith (world languages) and Early College High School’s Claire McLaughlin (science).

    District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki announced the finalists in a July 30 news release.

  • Operation Summer Heat nets 35 arrests

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Steve Lanier wanted to send a message to the community last week when the Drug Enforcement Unit held “Operation Summer Heat, a countywide roundup of those accused of being involved in the county’s drug trade.

    On Thursday, July 31, the sheriff’s office made 35 arrests during the daylong operation.

  • ‘Yummy’ makes its way through Brunswick County

     LELAND — If you see Yummy roll into town, you know it’s feeding time.

    Yummy, a retired Brunswick County school bus, was transformed into a colorful, kid-friendly mobile feeding unit and has traveled across the county for the last three weeks serving meals to anyone younger than 18 for free.

    The Hungry Tummy Café, and its mascot, Yummy, are part of Brunswick County Schools’ summer food service initiative.

  • Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

     

    Swiss chard is available year round but is best in summer

    Chard is often referred to as Swiss chard because of its extensive cultivation in Switzerland. As a member of the beet family, it has also been referred to as silver beet, spinach beet, leaf beet, sea kale beet, white beet, strawberry spinach and even Roman kale.

    In our area, the two main types available are red chard and green chard. The red, which has a stronger flavor, has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks.