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Today's News

  • Book highlights fun things about eating your way through a Southern childhood

    Not long after relocating to Brunswick County from my native Kentucky in early 2007, I wrote a column about how proud I was to be a Southern girl.

    Raised partly by a great-grandmother who lived through the Great Depression and my single mother who single-handedly defined hard work and determination, I grew with a good mixture of stern hands, love and laughter.

    As a young adult, when I’d retell encounters with my Granny to my mom, she’d laugh endlessly.

    “You should write a book about that,” she encouraged. 

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on June 16, 17 and 18 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, June 16

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Kenneth W. “Bucky” Brewington, PG probation violation.

  • VA Outreach Clinic: Is this it?

    BOLIVIA—Will having a three-day-a-week primary care physician for local veterans in lieu of a VA Outreach facility in Brunswick County be enough for the county’s estimated 15,000 veterans?

    Local officials have mixed opinions.

    On Tuesday, June 22, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced Brunswick County would receive a Veterans Affairs Outreach Clinic, comprised of a primary care doctor three days a week and a pilot transportation program to larger VA clinics in Wilmington and Fayetteville.

  • Sea Trail wins interclub event

     Sea Trail captured the opening event in 2010 for the Coastal Carolina Interclub Association tournament played June 22 on the Tiger’s Eye course at Ocean Ridge Plantation.

    Sea Trail, the 2009 CCIA Champions, narrowly defeated Ocean Ridge to take the early lead in the 2010 standings.

    The CCIA format includes eight two-man teams from each club. Member teams from Carolina National, Long Bay, Ocean Ridge, St. James and Sea Trail play a modified Stableford system, net best ball, and count only the scores from the top six teams of the eight competing.

  • Taylor to attend Life Skills and Leadership Academy

    Chandler Taylor, a participant of The First Tee of Brunswick County, has been selected to attend The First Tee Life Skills and Leadership Academy in Manhattan, Kan. The academy takes place July 13-20 at Kansas State University. Taylor was among 100 Chapter participants, ages 13-17, selected to participate in the academy experience. The First Tee has 204 chapters.  

    Taylor lives in Shallotte and will be a freshman in the fall at West Brunswick High School. 

  • Laney sweeps West in doubleheader

    The West Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball team made seven errors over two games in 6-3 and 7-0 losses to Laney on Monday evening at West.

    Each team entered the game with one conference loss, and the two losses virtually end West’s hopes for a conference title. Only one team from the conference will advance to the playoffs, which begin next week. West is 10-6 overall.

  • Colin Minor and Ryan Minor win medals in field events

     Ryan Minor won the hammer throw, the discus throw and the shot put at the North Carolina USATF Junior Olympics state meet June 25-27 at N.C. A&T University.

    Competing in the young men division, Minor’s hammer throw was 189 feet, 9 inches. His discus throw was 151-8, 17 feet farther than the second-place mark. He put the 12-pound shot 56-2.5, more than 7 feet farther than the second-place mark.

    Minor is the current NCHSAA Class 3A state champion in the shot put. He was second in the discus at the 2010 state meet.

  • Public pools provide an alternative to those trying to beat the heat

    For those not wanting to dip their toes in the salty ocean water this summer, public pools offer an alternative for people trying to beat the heat.

    Centrally located in Bolivia, the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College has two indoor pools that are open to members and nonmembers of the facility.

    An eight-lane, 4,500-square-foot lap pool is available for lap swimmers, while a 1,584-square-foot warm water pool is often used for group classes. A lifeguard is on duty at all times.

  • Board members want parents to opt students ‘in’ rather than ‘out’ of reproductive health and safety education

    BOLIVIA—Several Brunswick County Board of Education members want parents to opt their children in rather than out of state mandated reproductive health and safety education. The program will appear in middle school curriculum this coming school year.

    According to House Bill 88, which was ratified June 25, 2009, the Healthy Youth Act of 2009 adds to the 2006 Healthy Living Standard Course of Study, which has included abstinence as the only form of sex education taught in North Carolina.

  • Underwear, Times Square bombers dodge ‘No Fly List,’ but alert high for 6-year-old

    With as many terrorists and suicide bombers who are (literally) dying to board our airplanes and cause the next American tragedy, I’d be willing to bet 6-year-old Alyssa Thomas isn’t one of them.

    The Ohio child was stopped on a recent family trip from Cleveland to Minneapolis, when the ticket agent told her parents she was listed on Homeland Security’s “No Fly List” and the airport needed to take “extra caution,” according to her father, Dr. Santhosh Thomas.