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Today's News

  • Union Elementary teacher dyes hair pink after students pass math EOGs

    SHALLOTTE—When fifth grade Union Elementary School teacher Ginny Pridgen agreed to dye her hair pink if all of her 50 students passed the math portion of the End of Grade tests, she never thought she’d have to make due on her end of the bargain.

    Pridgen began preparing about 50 students for the math EOGs in March several months after the fifth-grade math teacher went on maternity leave.

  • Bait boards recommended for Holden Beach fishing area

    HOLDEN BEACH—The Holden Beach Public Area Improvement Committee recommended the town install two bait boards on the pier in the public fishing area of Jordan Boulevard during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The cutting boards will each have a hole in the center.

    “My husband is a fisherman, and he said, ‘Design two cutting boards with a hole in it so they can scrape bait scraps into the water,’“ said Carol Moneypenny, who co-chairs the committee.

  • Brunswick County native committed to helping and sharing gospel with prisoners

    SHALLOTTE—Joyce Gause of Shallotte has finally realized a near lifelong dream.

    The IRS recently approved her prison ministry, Evangelistic Outreach Ministries, to operate as a tax-exempt, nonprofit organization.

    Since her call to prison ministry more than 12 years ago, Gause has prayed with, counseled, clothed and fed hundreds of inmates and former convicts, all from the goodness of heart and pocketbook.

  • Proposed budget includes water rate hike

    SHALLOTTE—The town administrator’s proposed 2008-2009 budget keeps the tax rate at 27 cents per $100 valuation of property and includes a 20.8 percent increase in tax valuation over the current year.

    The water rate is proposed to increase from $4.56 per 1,000 gallons to $4.69 per 1,000 gallons to cover the county’s .13 percent increase, according to the budget proposal presented last week by town administrator Paul Sabiston.

    The service charge will remain at $2 per month per customer.

  • DTV changeover addressed at Sunset Beach meeting

    SUNSET BEACH—Brunswick County is part of a local viewing area that will be switching over to digital TV transmission five months sooner than other parts of the country, an FCC representative told town council Monday night.

    While most of the country is transitioning next February, Brunswick County is part of a five-county test site in the southeastern corner of the state that will be changing over in September, said Jessica Przybyla of the Federal Communications Commission’s media bureau.

  • E-mail is a hoax; N.C. not going to hands-free wireless

    If you’ve received an e-mail about cell phone usage in North Carolina, you might be scrambling to find yourself a hands-free headset.

    According to an e-mail circulating among Brunswick County residents and others throughout the state, effective July 1, North Carolina will have a new wireless telephone law. That law would prohibit all drivers from using handheld wireless devices while driving.

  • Committee meetings waste more time than accomplish tasks

    With 17 schools, two in the works, and about 1,200 students and 1,700 employees to preside over, being a member of the Brunswick County Board of Education is no small task.

    Policies to modify, employees to screen and hire, approving programs that will benefit student education—the jobs of the board are endless. And with one board meeting and one day of committee meetings each month, there’s no time to waste.

    But lately, this board has wasted a lot of it.

  • Graduation brings cheers and tears

    My daughter is graduating from high school this week.

    I’m sorry, I stand to be corrected.

    According to proper grammar (for all those honor graduates who actually use it), she is being graduated, flying the coop, officially emptying the nest.

    I have to admit I’m feeling pretty graduated myself, realizing once she heads off to the University of South Carolina in three months, I’ll be forced to find someone else to nag to get up in the mornings, along with other assorted issues. After 18 years, I may actually have to get myself a life.

  • New hospital groundbreaking is another forward step for Brunswick County

    As one of the fastest growing counties in the nation, Brunswick County experiences a lot of boom and bust from its growing population.

    While its impact on roads and other infrastructure can be negative, growth also brings a number of positive things.

    For example, many new businesses, stores and restaurants that would have previously overlooked Brunswick are stopping to set up shop here. That means more jobs for area workers. In some cases, it also means bringing more workers into the area, which in turn spurs on increased home building and sales.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 20, 21, 22 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Tuesday, May 20

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Bobbie Wilson Anderson, simple worthless check, voluntarily dismissed per felony plea.

    Ronnie Ely Ballard, fail to file notice unclaimed motor vehicle, Brunswick County Jail 10 days, suspended sentence 12 months, unsupervised probation 12 months, $25 and costs, not violate any criminal laws.