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Today's News

  • Quicker freezing techniques for vegetables

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     

    A couple weeks ago I shared instructions for freezing tomatoes. It’s quick and easy and there is no need to blanch or cook the tomatoes first. I heard positive comments about this method of preserving tomatoes. People like quick and easy.

  • Governor signs new charter schools law

     Gov. Pat McCrory signed a bill into law Aug. 6 that requires charter schools to disclose the names of employees and salary information.

    The action follows months of charter school scrutiny as Roger Bacon Academy (RBA), which operates two charter schools in Brunswick County, failed to comply with several public records requests from local media outlets, an infraction punishable by charter revocation.

  • Go to back to school or open house

     Back to school season is upon us and you are probably combing the aisles of your favorite retailer for the best deals on No. 2 pencils and lunchboxes. In the midst of the annual rush to get everything on the school supplies list and make sure your child has done his or her summer reading, there are a few other steps you can take to start the school year on a path to success.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Our mystery plant may not be familiar to you, because it is fairly uncommon. You will surely know the family to which it belongs, however: the philodendron family.

  • Superintendent upholds school’s decision to keep book

     Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden upheld Cedar Grove Middle School’s decision to keep a controversial novel on the shelves of its libraries.

    Frankie Wood, 72, appealed the school’s decision to keep “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” as part of the eighth-grade curriculum June 30.

    Wood was scheduled to speak at the board of education’s monthly meeting Aug. 5, but chose not to address the board because she said she hadn’t received Pruden’s response.

  • Gang prevention program funded by Board of Education

     Local law enforcement and education officials left an Aug. 5 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting feeling great about G.R.E.A.T.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Maj. Brian Sanders made a presentation to the board about the county’s Gang Resistance Education and Training (G.R.E.A.T.) program, an evidence-based and effective gang and violence prevention program built around school-based, law enforcement officer-instructed classroom curricula.

  • Trial date set for man accused of rape while out on bond

     The trial date for an Ash man accused of rape and kidnapping while out on bail has been set for Sept. 17 in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Richard Teremaine Gore, 30, of 5246 Marlow Road, was out of jail on $50,000 bail in January when he broke the straps of his court-ordered GPS tracking device and drove to Little River, S.C., Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office investigators said.

  • Area roads flood after heavy rainfall

     The Cape Fear Region has experienced a 212 percent increase in rainfall during a three-week stretch that’s caused significant problems on Brunswick County roads.

    National Weather Service Meteorologist Mark Bacon said this summer, especially lately, has seen an uncharacteristic amount of cold fronts.

  • BCC home to marine biotechnology program

     You can visit community colleges all across the Tar Heel State but you’ll only find one that offers a marine biotechnology program. And that college is right in your backyard.

    Brunswick Community College last month announced the launch of its marine biotechnology program, becoming the first community college in the state to offer such a program.

    The new program, an Associate in Applied Science in marine biotechnology, will be offered beginning in the fall semester, starting Monday, Aug. 18.

  • There is nothing simple when it comes to a cup of joe

     Every morning, millions of Americans reach for their cup of joe in order to start the morning off right. We seem to have coffeehouses on every corner offering specialty brews for this tasty, eye-opening beverage.

    Now, we even drink it during the day. Iced coffee seems to be catching on quite a bit.