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Today's News

  • Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries

    This June will be the 10th annual observance of National Safety Month, originated by the National Safety Council in an effort to promote public awareness and ultimately decrease the number of injuries and deaths.
    Kitchen fires kill hundreds of people and injure thousands every year in this country. According to the National Fire Protection Association, cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries in this country. Whether you are cooking outside on the grill or inside in your kitchen, it is important to pay close attention to what you are doing.

  • Looking for a hero? Try the sky—Heracles appears in the east, Orion in the west

    At this time of year, you can find two constellations that represent two legendary heroes; one in the east and one in the west. Heroes to the left of us and heroes to the right; here we are stuck in the middle again.
    During the merry, merry month of May, we are in between two star figures that are probably the most well known constellations. Here is the story of these two legends and without any more corny song references.

  • TDA hears $1 million budget proposal; public hearing June 22

    Members of the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority have received a $1 million budget proposal for 2010-2011 and plan to vote on the “very conservative” spending plan at their June 22 meeting.

    At Tuesday’s regular authority meeting, TDA executive director Mitzi York and Todd Smith of Smith Advertising, the authority’s contracted ad agency, presented a “strategic overview” of the proposal.

  • School officials plan to identify more AIG students next year

    While 8 percent of Brunswick County students are eligible for the district’s Academically or Intellectually Gifted (AIG) Program, school officials believe the actual number is much higher.

    Connie Enis, curriculum coordinator for Brunswick County Schools, said identifying eligible students will be a major focus within the next year “so we can try to be as diverse as possible with our diverse student populations in our county.”

  • AVID students recognized for success during family night celebration

    Students in the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at West Brunswick High School are celebrating their successes.

    A family night celebration was last Thursday at the school. Several students were honored for academic achievements and accomplishments, as well as tutors and supporters of the program.
    Brandi Roberts, AVID participant, said because of AVID, she made the A/B honor roll all year.

    “AVID has really opened my eyes,” she said during a speech at family night. “Now I see the importance of education.”

  • CIPP measures yearly progress of Exceptional Children

    The Exceptional Children (EC) program is monitored by state officials, who examine 15 quality indicators yearly.

    “They set targets for districts to attain, and districts must make sure they make progress to meet goals,” Jessica Swencki, director of Brunswick County Schools’ EC program, said.

  • Spring Toy Run set for June 5

    The Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts have scheduled their Spring Toy Run for Saturday, June 5, to raise money and gain participants for the Christmas Toy Run, which provides Christmas presents for needy children.

    This will be the event’s 18th year, organizer Jerome Munna said, and it’s a way for motorcyclists and classic car buffs to participate in a fun event while also raising money for a good cause.

  • Reward for information about missing sea turtle babies valid until Aug. 8

    Reward money for anyone with information about the sea turtle babies that were stolen from their nest last August on Ocean Isle Beach is set to expire, and officials are still seeking for answers and additional information about the crime.

    Gloria Hillenburg, coordinator of the Ocean Isle Beach Turtle Patrol, said there have been no calls, tips or information about last summer’s incident. Members of the Turtle Patrol noticed a nest at West First Street had been disturbed during a daily check at about 7 a.m.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Van Hewett, 23, of Supply; charged with carrying concealed weapons, including a handgun and knife.

    •Catherine Griffin, 23, of Chapel Hill; charged with less than a half ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

    •Samuel Billings, 23, of Chapel Hill; charged with less than a half ounce of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Lightning strike results in disruption of ‘Lost’ finale on ATMC

    Sunday night’s final episode of the series “Lost” was one of those TV milestones destined to go down in history—a finale that attempted to tie up all the mysterious show’s loose ends.

    Michele Johnson of Sunset Beach began watching the popular show the first season, and although she stopped keeping up a couple of seasons ago, she looked forward to the finale to find out how it was going to end.