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Today's News

  • Weeds and the silly season

    I was listening to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on the radio several days ago talking about the cold December on the East Coast. He said this pattern repeats itself every 11 years based on sunspot activity. I do seem to remember that December 1999 was pretty cold, but December 1988 was too long ago for my synapses to fire on that. Whatever the reason, it looks like December will be either the coldest or the second coldest on record. 

  • Community briefs

    Open house set for utilities center

    Brunswick County Public Utilities will host an open house at its new utilities operations center from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. 

    The facility at 250 Grey Water Road in Supply houses administration, water, sewer and instrumentation and electrical segments of the operation serving citizens of Brunswick County with water and sewer services.  

    The public is invited to stop by to participate in tours of the facility and demonstrations.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Jan. 10

    Fried chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 11

    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, grape juice, Jell-O, white bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 12

    Stuffed cabbage, field peas, peaches, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 13

  • Make food resolutions for healthier eating this coming New Year

    I’ve spent the last few weeks of December indulging in pies, cakes, candy, Christmas cookies and the occasional (?) cocktail.

    Once the New Year begins, we all pledge to lose weight, cut down on our salt intake and vow to eat more sensibly. Over the years, Americans have become increasingly overweight and prone to heart disease, so it’s no wonder we annually commit ourselves to eating better.

  • A bull in the sky, no lie

    A bull is guarding the palace, traveling across the sky during New Year’s and is a vessel on earth for the soul of Osiris. 

    This bull has many stories to tell as it reigns supreme in the early winter sky. 

    Across the globe, cultures viewing a certain bright star group imagined a bull; however, the beliefs about this bull vary. Therefore, it is an interesting study of history and a notable constellation worth finding. 

  • Common sense is a necessary mix when it comes to technology

     “Merry Christmas,” a holiday text message blinked across my cell phone, “didn’t know if you heard, but [your uncle] has throat and stomach cancer.”

    Ahh, nothing says Merry Christmas like a text message like that.

    Of course, I knew my uncle had cancer; I had found out about it weeks earlier.

    On Facebook.

    A text message was also how I found out a close relative had spent some time—and hopefully a good lesson learned—in jail for being stupid.

  • Help BCC with president search

    On Thursday, the community is invited to come to Brunswick Community College and share thoughts and feedback about qualities and characteristics for the college’s next president.

    Stephen Greiner, who has led the college since summer 2005, has left to become the new president and CEO of Hazard Community and Technical College in Kentucky.

    Brunswick County and BCC are different than they were when Greiner took the helm five years ago. The college’s new leader will have a new set of challenges and goals.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 22, 23 and 28 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, Dec. 22

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • BCC baseball field could be ready in May

     The Brunswick Community College baseball team is scheduled to play its 2011 home opener at noon Feb. 12 against Hartford Community College at West Brunswick High School.

    It most likely will be last time the Dolphins open their season at West.

    Working is progressing on the field and stadium at BCC, said Robbie Allen, the head baseball coach and athletics director at BCC.

  • West Brunswick swept by Whiteville

     WHITEVILLE—The West Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team lost 54-30 Whiteville in a conference game Jan. 4. The 30 points are the fewest West has scored this season.

    West trailed 14-5 after one quarter. Willie Bellamy scored 10 of Whiteville’s points.

    The lead was 18-5 when a score by West’s Markel Jones and two baskets by Taylor Buffkin cut the lead to 20-11. Whiteville outscored West 4-1 the rest of the quarter and led 24-12 at halftime.