Today's News

  • 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.

  • West Brunswick overcrowded, determined to succeed

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School may be the largest and most crowded high school in the county, but Principal George Kelley isn’t afraid of a challenge.

    “I just don’t think we have any excuses not to be successful here,” he said. “We’re headed in the right direction, our scores are indicating that.”

  • Tandoori is a style of food named for the Tandoor in which it's cooked

    Tandoori chicken is an Indian dish marinated in yogurt, lemon juice and a mixture of some or all of the following spices: ginger, garlic, cumin, chili powder, coriander, turmeric, cayenne pepper, paprika and garam masala (if you can find it).

    The marinated chicken is baked at a high heat using either wood or charcoal in an Indian Tandoor oven, a cylindrical oven made of clay. These ovens are typically used in India for baking many types of bread and also for roasting meat.

  • Joy of Coke, Pepsi, plastic quickly fizzling and melting

    It wasn’t that long ago sipping soda from a bottle—Coke, Pepsi or Cheerwine—was about as American and North Carolinian as you could get.

    As a kid, I lived for the times when my mother would let us go fetch a little bottle of Coke tucked in a secret place in the kitchen or down in the basement.

    Fond are my memories of perching at the counter at Woolworth’s or discovering the wonder of the new McDonald’s with an icy soft drink as a tooth-busting complement.

  • Fishing is 'just plain cruel'

    Before all you PETA fans get too excited about the title of this report, you may want to read further. After more than 15 years of fishing for a living, this past Sunday it finally hit me: Fishing is just plain cruel. Let me give you an example.

    I was guiding a nice group of guys from the Charlotte area for a day of fishing. The weather was such it limited us to staying within a mile or so of the beach, but no matter, because the Spanish mackerel and kings had been biting good along the beach front.

  • Golf action

    Greg Powell, of Whiteville, finished tied for fifth Sunday in the 16th North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship of the Carolinas Golf Association.

    On the par-71 Pinewood Country Club course in Asheboro, Powell shot 67-74-70—211 (-2).

    Paul Tucker, 30, of Waxhaw, shot a final round 4-under par 67 to win the event at 7 under. Sherrill Britt, of West End, and Paul Simson, of Raleigh, were two strokes behind.

    The top 30 scores and ties are exempt into the 2010 North Carolina Mid-Amateur Championship.