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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Record number of full-time students enrolls at BCC

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College is experiencing some of its highest full-time enrollment ever.

    School officials say that is good and bad.

    “It’s kind of an indicator because what it means to us is that more students can take a full load, and that is a general indicator is that they do not have other conflicts,” Liz McLean, director of marketing, said.

  • Emergency services adds new technician for radio system

    County commissioners recently approved adding a new communications technician position in the Brunswick County Emergency Services Department despite it being a no-new-positions fiscal year.

  • Candidates’ forum scheduled for Brunswick County

    In what will be their fourth match-up of the election season, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., and his Republican challenger Ilario Pantano will headline the Oct. 11 Meet the Candidates Night at Brunswick Community College.

    The debate, scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Campus of Brunswick Community College, is co-sponsored and organized by the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners Association.