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Today's News

  • Sheriff’s office, municipal police departments team up in new task force

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with local police departments to form The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force.

    The newly formed task force had its first meeting last Friday. Its goal is curbing property and other crimes through increased information and resource sharing between departments.

    Investigators from municipal police departments will work with sheriff’s deputies in the task force, which divides the county into three sections.

  • Volunteers honored for service

    BOLIVIA—Volunteering is more than one hour here and another hour there. It’s a full-time occupation.

    That’s how Jayne Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, described the dedication of volunteers who were honored Monday afternoon for their service to the county.

  • Eagle Scout project focuses on cleaning up cigarette butts

    Ocean Isle Beach resident Joshua Cappa is helping make his community a cleaner and healthier place for people and animals.

    While working toward his Eagle Scout rank, Cappa is performing a service project that must benefit the community.

    “I determined that making people aware of the damage cigarette butts have would have a lasting impact on our environment,” he said.

  • 11 schools fail to meet AYP

    Eleven of 17 Brunswick County Schools failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as shown by the 2007-2008 performance results released last week by the North Carolina Department of Education.

    Brunswick County Academy, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle, Supply Elementary, Union Elementary, Waccamaw and West Brunswick High did not make AYP.

  • County revisits dangerous dog ordinance

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is taking another look at its dangerous dog ordinance.

  • Third annual ‘Senior Follies’ deemed a success

    Singers, dancers, comedians and other talents may have been the headliners of last weekend’s “Senior Follies,” but it’s the Randolph family who will benefit from the third annual event.

    About 1,400 people attended Habitat’s two-day, two-act production—proceeds from which will help fund the Randolphs’ new Habitat home.

  • Strike early during fall to better control lawn weeds

    The cooler weather of autumn may not have completely shut our warm-season grasses down, but mowing is probably a moot point for most of us now. While you may be enjoying the lawn care break, you can do yourself lots of good in the ongoing battle on lawn weeds by striking early.

    Applied to centipede, St. Augustine and Bermuda lawns, atrazine will control some of the existing weeds and keep lots of other winter weeds from showing up.

    You may say, “Heck, I don’t see any weeds out there.” You may be right, but look closely.

  • Colorful fall foliage is peaking in Brunswick County

    If you haven’t seen the colorful fall foliage, then walk outside and take a look. Your eyes are in for a wonderful treat.

    Our botanical garden in Bolivia is peaking with many bright hues of yellow, red, orange and purple. I often hear we do not have any color change in southeastern North Carolina, but I beg to differ. There are a number of plants showing off right now, but hurry, it will not last.

    If you like what you see and want to add more color in your landscape, then jot down the names of the plants you like and plant them this fall.

  • This is not your mother’s library, and she’s not your mother’s librarian

    For me, the word library conjures up images of cold, stone buildings. I can still smell the musty odor that lingered in the air, exciting the imagination and exacerbating an air of literary mystery.

    Order was paramount in that place. Books dared not venture from their Dewey Decimal System placement and readers dared not return them to a spot that differed from their original place.

  • Festa Italia uncorks Saturday at Silver Coast Winery

    GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

    Also at noon, the Carolinas Italian American Organization (CIAO) will be on hand to organize Festa Italia’s annual bocce tournament, which is open to everyone.