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Today's News

  • Economy, education issues threaten Brunswick County’s progress

    Two news items in this edition are cause for concern.
    One is the report that the North Carolina House defeated a bill last week that could have secured economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.
    The other is the report that the Brunswick County school district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year.

  • Section 1 work 'complete' in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Section 1 work in Jaguar’s Lair is complete, a Sunset Beach town councilman says.

    The work has been done in accordance with the subdivision improvement agreement (SIA) for the unfinished Ocean Ridge Phase VI development off Old Georgetown Road, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill said.

    That work includes a rock base, curbing, stormwater, water and sewer.

  • BFA launches financial literacy program for clients

    SHALLOTTE — When it comes to helping others learn to help themselves, money management is key.

    That’s the basis for Brunswick Family Assistance’s upcoming financial literacy program, which is scheduled to launch in September for clients of the 33-year-old private nonprofit that provides emergency assistance and other aid to low-income residents through donated money, food and clothing and a dedicated team of volunteers.

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • BCC trustees swear in two newest members

     SUPPLY — The two newest members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in Thursday, Aug. 21, at the group’s monthly meeting.

    Former trustee, state Sen. Bill Rabon, swore in community leaders Dwight Flanagan and Doug Terhune inside the board room at Brunswick Community College.

  • District offers free breakfast and lunch to all K-8 students

     For the first time in the history of Brunswick County Schools, all students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    As a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is available nationwide for the first time.

    Brunswick County Schools Nutrition Director Tina Ward said the U.S. Department of Agriculture piloted the program in 10 states before and decided to offer the program to all 50 states for the first time this school year.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 18-24

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Aug. 19

    Injury to personal property, Sunset Boulevard Causeway.

    Aug. 20

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, 908 Resort Circle.

    Aug. 24

    Assault on a female on Seaside Road.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.

  • Back to school: students return for another year

     SHALLOTTE — There was a common theme among students at Shallotte Middle School who returned to school for the first time since June: They were glad to be back so they could see all their friends, but they weren’t looking forward to the homework.

    On Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of students filed through the doors of 18 Brunswick County schools for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    Shallotte Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Nate Westmoreland said the first day was one to remember.

  • OIB sand sculpture contest Aug. 30

    Beach hands will be getting creative as well as sandy Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.