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Today's News

  • West junior varsity baseball team starts season 6-0

    The West junior varsity baseball team has begun the season 6-0.

    West opened the year by beating North Brunswick 13-3. Jesse Simmons was 3-for-3 with four RBIs. Hunter Allen was 1-for-2 with three RBIs.

    West beat South Columbus 12-6. Timmy Powell was 1-for-3 with two RBIs. Simmons was 1-for-4 with two RBIs.

  • West's sprinters dominate four-team meet

    In a four-team meet March 19 at Hoggard High School that included New Hanover and White Oak, West Brunswick’s boys again did well in the sprints, as Josh Johnson won the 100 meters, the 200 meters and the 400 meters. West also won the 400-meter relay.

    “Our sprint team turned in another great performance at Hoggard,” coach Yogi Hickman said. “They continue to set personal records in nearly every meet. Our 4x100 team came within 0.07 seconds of an automatic qualifying time and has lowered their times for four consecutive meets.

  • South Brunswick's girls track team wins 14 of 16 events

    South Brunswick’s girls’ track team won 14 of 16 events in winning a four-team meet March 19 at South Columbus with Pender and Whiteville.

    The Cougars scored 140 points, South Columbus 29, Pender 28 and Whiteville 26.

    Six of South’s victories were good enough to qualify for the May 16 regional at UNCW.

  • Uniforms would be a good idea for local schools to take into consideration

    In the community where I grew up and later became a newspaper reporter assigned to cover education, the two public school systems—one a city district and one for the county—are known for being progressive institutions of learning.

    They have drawn a lot of attention for adopting and fine-tuning a year-round education calendar that promotes learning in ways that appear to help young people retain knowledge, without facing the “summer slide.”

    Administrators were also forward thinkers when, years ago, both districts adopted strict dress-code policies.

  • Golf courses utilize water conservation methods to offset effects of abnormally dry weather

    Despite recent rain showers, we are in a drought. The North Carolina Drought Management Advisory Council has Brunswick County listed as “abnormally dry” as of March 10.

    Naturally, a drought affects golf courses in a big way. It impacts the way they look and the way they are maintained Drought is costly in water and in energy.

  • Golf action

    The Renegades annual St Patrick’s Day Tournament was played March 19 at Palmetto Greens Golf Club. Thirty-six Renegades and their guests participated. The team game was one low net, two low nets, three low nets. 1. Bob Kilgore, Laura Duncan, Ruth Peagler Falls, Bill Altreuter; 2. Sharon Clark, Carolyn Bosman, Barbara Malina, Martha Hannon; 3. Carol Groner, Jean Falls, Lin Penta, Jane Mahncke; 4. Kathy Harniman, Sharon Donohue, Jerry Powers, George Malina; 5. Karen Hertling, Teddy Altreuter, Joe Clark, Doug Falls. Closest to the pin: Bill Altreuter.

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  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police are investigating similar thefts at two businesses Monday.

    Officers reported two African-American females entered the UPS store March 23 and asked to use the restroom. One suspect went to the restroom while the other talked to the clerk.

    After they had left in a black SUV, the clerk went to the back of the store and found her purse stolen.

  • Summer camps keep kids busy while school is out

    Warm weather is here and summer will soon be approaching. In anticipation of warm fun, many local organizations are now accepting registrations for summer camps.

    Looking for something for your kids to do when school gets out? Check out the list below to see what opportunities are available.

    Research indicates students experience the “Summer Slide” in the months when school is not in session.

  • Funding or not, keep the Transition Academy open

    It’s no secret Brunswick County Schools will be short more than $5 million during the next fiscal year.

    We know this means a potential loss of jobs, programs and services the district will be available to offer. It takes money to run a school district, and when the money isn’t there, cuts have to be made. It’s unavoidable.

    What should be avoidable and not in question is cutting funding for the Transition Academy, Brunswick County’s newest school that opened last August.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Transition Academy in jeopardy

    BOLIVIA—Because of state and local shortfalls in education funding the Eighth-Grade Transition Academy is at risk of losing its funding source.

    At the Brunswick County Board of Education’s budget retreat earlier this month, administration said the program might be eliminated due to the loss of at risk funds, which will be cut by a half-million dollars.

    The Transition Academy has five teachers, one counselor and a principal, positions that were supposed to be filled by transfers, not new hires.