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Today's News

  • BCC Turf School internships: A great work experience

    Two students from the turf school at Brunswick Community College had the opportunity of a lifetime this summer.

    Josh Rabon spent three months this summer working at the exclusive Gasparilla Golf Club in Boca Grande, Florida. How exclusive? Well, George H.W. Bush is a member.

    The famous old Gasparilla Inn was built in 1913 and for years prided itself on never advertising. It was one of these quietly famous resort destinations for those who wanted to relax under the radar.

  • Alfy Hill makes it official: He will go to ECU

     Former Alabama recruit Alfy Hill will soon be a student at East Carolina University.

    Hill, a West Brunswick High School graduate, will be ineligible to play football this season for the Pirates, but he will be a scholarship player for the 2011 season, said West Brunswick High School coach Jimmy Fletcher.

    “This afternoon he decided that’s where he wanted to go,” Fletcher said Wednesday night. “So he is definitely going to ECU. He’s actually there right now. I think it will be a good fit for him.”

  • Emergency radio system improvements must be a priority

    Some emergency service personnel have expressed concerns about the functionality of the county’s Smart Link radio system.

    They say there have been issues with the system not working properly inside enclosed buildings.

    That’s not acceptable.

    Emergency service personnel put their lives on the line every day to keep each and every one of us safe. It is imperative their equipment—especially their communication devices—work properly.

  • As long as we’re somewhere in the middle, we’re probably where we need to be

    I signed into Facebook recently and found a number of my friends had recently “liked” the page called “Being Conservative.”

    I clicked on the list and perused the names of those who were enthusiastic about giving a social media network a glimpse into their political opinions.

    “Hmm, what about ‘Being Liberal’?” I wondered.

    I typed it into the search bar and soon a list of “Being Liberal” Facebook pages was returned.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 11, 12, 13 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Meredith Everhart and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Todd William Apple, operate boat in reckless manner, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Teachers learn how to teach reproductive health and safety

    Brunswick County teachers are now prepared to teach the state-mandated reproductive health and safety component that will be incorporated into curriculum beginning this school year.

    Teachers participated in a daylong training with health education specialists from the N.C. School Health Training Center Monday at Shallotte Middle School.

    Kathy Crumpler, one of the health education specialists, said they have spent the entire summer training teachers from school districts across the state.

  • Family sand sculpture contest Labor Day Weekend at Ocean Isle Beach

    A family sand sculpture contest is scheduled for the Saturday of Labor Day weekend at Ocean Isle Beach.

    Sponsored by the Ocean Isle Property Owners Association and the Museum of Coastal Carolina, the Ocean Isle Beach Family Sand Sculpture Contest will be from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 4, behind the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center, at 44 E. First St.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Larceny of bicycles on West First Street; bicycles were later recovered.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle and larceny from a motor vehicle on West First Street; an unknown suspect stole a DVD player, which was later recovered.

    •Breaking and entering to an automobile and larceny from a motor vehicle on East First Street; an unknown suspect stole an iPod.

  • Stay calm and be prepared with a plan during hurricane season

    Hurricane season is under way.

    And in case you haven’t heard, there’s a storm brewing in the Atlantic—they call her Danielle—and she is a full-fledged tropical storm.

    The good news is they think she is staying clear of our coast.

    Locals are probably thinking, “No big deal.” But to me, a southern transplant who’s still relatively new to the whole hurricane concept, the H-word still makes me cringe just a tiny bit.

  • Board deletes policy prohibiting body jewelry

    BOLIVIA—Does a policy prohibiting facial body jewelry violate a student’s First Amendment rights?

    Some say yes.

    Legal counsel for the Brunswick County Board of Education recommended the section of policy No. 4316 prohibiting jewelry “affixed to a student’s nose, tongue, cheek, lip or eyebrow” be deleted from the district’s policy manual.