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Today's News

  • BCC experiencing high enrollment numbers

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College is seeing some of its highest enrollment numbers to date, and the registration period is still open.

    “The pre-registration was higher than previous years,” Stephen Greiner, BCC president, said Monday.

    At the end of early registration, 1,382 students had enrolled for the 2009 fall semester. This number is already higher than fall enrollment last year, which was 1,362 students. About 900 students were enrolled at the end of early registration last year.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte Police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week.

    •Police charged Felipe Reynoso, 19, of 19 Longs Circle Road, Nakina, with drunk and disruptive and resisting arrest. He was taken to Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1,000 secured bond.

  • Saint Luke Lutheran Church dedicates new buildings

    The congregation of Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ocean Isle Beach dedicated its new sanctuary and administration building Aug. 2.

    Architect Nick Nye worked with R.H. McClure Builders with Cecil Wilkes acting as site supervisor throughout the project.

    The service featured music played on the new organ by Janette Schroeder, Saint Luke music director and William Glisson, representative of R.A. Daffler Church Organs Inc. The organ music was enhanced by trumpeters, Ed Gunther and Dillon O’Neal.

  • Hot weather puts a damper on good fishing

    Despite hot days and windy conditions, anglers are still finding fish in our inshore waters. Flounder and redfish have given local fishermen some good action lately. The best thing about summer fishing is although the fish aren’t as numerous they tend to be larger.

    Capt. Mark Dickson of Shallow Minded Charters has had some successful trips lately, fishing both inshore and out at the jetties. I spoke to him Monday and he told me about fishing at the jetties earlier that day.

  • Steve Mona: Chief executive officer of the World Golf Foundation

    I first met Steve Mona when he spoke at the annual meeting of the Carolina Golf Course Superintendents several years ago in Myrtle Beach, S.C. At that time, he was the CEO of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA).

    Last week, I had the pleasure of seeing Steve again. He was in Brunswick County speaking before 15 members of The First Tee from seven chapters in North and South Carolina. This was the annual Summer Leadership Academy at St. James Plantation, an event that has been hosted by The First Tee of Brunswick County for four straight years.

  • Help find missing sea turtles

    The sea turtles are missing.

    Gloria Hillenburg, the “Turtlelady,” and coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said 83 baby sea turtles were stolen from their nest early Thursday, and their eggs scattered across the sand nearby.

    While baby turtles usually head into the ocean themselves soon after hatching, there were no prints to indicate their departure, and a gaping hole is now where the babies were once safely nestled. That’s led Hillenburg and authorities to believe they were stolen.

  • Locals schools to host student orientations

    Brunswick County Schools have announced dates for student orientation.

    The following schools will have orientation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, Virginia Williamson Elementary School, Supply Elementary School, Town Creek Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Bolivia Elementary School.

    The following schools will have orientation from 5-8 p.m Thursday, Aug. 20: Shallotte Middle School, Cedar Grove Middle School and Waccamaw School.

    The Transition Academy will have its open house from 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 29, 30 and Aug. 3, 4 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 29

    Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Jeffrey Scott Adams, operate vehicle no insurance, expired/no inspection, canceled/revoked/suspended certificate/tag, fail to surrender title/registration card/tag, all voluntarily dismissed, complied with all.

  • Economy, quality education drives students to BCC

    In a time when a difficult economy marks many cutbacks, declines and belt-tightening, it’s good to see some growth in an important part of our community–Brunswick Community College.

    Registration is now under way at BCC and through its early registration period, student numbers have already exceeded last year’s total fall enrollment numbers.

    BCC President Stephen Greiner said the school would not turn students away. Its first priority will be to fill all seats in its classes, then, if needed, add more classes to accommodate the community’s needs.

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    House Bill 1305, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, passed in the state Senate and House last week.

    The bill now awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

    Introduced in the House on April 9 by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, the bill passed in the Senate 42 votes to 5 votes Aug. 5, and 92 votes to 19 when it went back to the House Aug. 6.