Today's News

  • School board OKs principal, assistant principal changes

     BOLIVIA — Following closed session at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting June 2, board members approved several personnel changes that will change leadership at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.

    Kelly Andrews, principal of Belville Elementary, will transfer to Bolivia Elementary where she will serve in the same capacity, effective July 1.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist


    A milestone was set in January of this year. No, it wasn’t in sports, entertainment or politics — although there may have been some records established in those areas I missed. Instead, it was a milestone in our collective personal spending. For the first time, Americans spent more on eating out than on eating in. Specifically, we spent $50.475 billion eating in restaurants and other food outlets that month, compared to the $50.466 billion we paid for food in grocery stores and supermarkets.

  • School district seeks input on uniform policy

     School district administrators are asking for the public’s input regarding the implementation of a school uniform policy for elementary and middle schools.

    Parents of all Brunswick County elementary and middle school students, as well as school staff, have been asked to offer their opinions on it through a brief online survey, can be found on the “News” tab of the district website, bcswan.net, or on the Brunswick County Schools Facebook page. Paper copies are also available in the main office of each school. 

  • Fighting against ‘waters of the United States’ rule

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist


    Last month, the Obama administration announced it would move forward with a rule that redefines the waters of the United States to potentially include any body of water, no matter how small or how temporary. This new definition would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory reach to seemingly any body of water — including that water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist


    Last week in the state House of Representatives, we considered override votes on two bills Gov. Pat McCrory had vetoed, we passed a major Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) bill and we discussed a major gun bill.

    The weather in Raleigh last week was cloudy and rainy, while the General Assembly had the clouds of two vetoed bills hanging over it. One veto override vote was successful, while the other bill has not yet been considered.

  • Swamp park adventures, part I

    The fine folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park were kind enough to let a few of my coworkers and me take a spin — or rather, zip — on one of the zip line courses there last week.

    While my colleagues zipped through it with relative ease, my experience was more of a zap, like an insect making a beeline directly into a bug light.

  • Risk of botulism is real

     I was surprised and saddened to hear someone died earlier this year from a rare foodborne illness –– botulism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are only about 145 cases of botulism in the United States each year and in 15 percent of these cases, the culprit is home-canned foods. While these numbers are low, it can happen.

  • What is obscenity and what do we do about it?
  • Families celebrate spring with simple backyard dining

     Do you remember when picnics used to be the norm? Didn’t our ancestors eat outdoors more often than not? Small towns in the Midwest where I grew up nearly all included a small public park, usually located at the center of town surrounding the courthouse. These centralized parks frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     I remember an early summer road trip … it was 1982. The route: Meriden, Conn., to Middlebury, Vt., and seemingly everywhere in between. A Southern boy botanizing in New England always finds lots of cool plants to see and learn, and this in one of them.