Today's News

  • Free dental clinic at New Beginnings Community Church

    SHALLOTTE—New Beginnings Community Church in Shallotte and CommWell Health and Dental are partnering together to provide a day of free dental care to school-aged children.

    The free dental clinic starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 11. Appointments are preferred, but walk-ins will be seen as time permits. Patients will be seen until about 4 p.m.

  • Parents must return signed consent to ‘opt out’ of sex education

    BOLIVIA—If parents do not want their middle school children learning reproductive health and safety during the school day, they must return a signed form, opting their children out of the state-mandated curriculum.

    Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to enact a policy that gives parents the choice to enroll a student in the comprehensive curriculum, an abstinence-only curriculum or opt out of both, in accordance with House Bill 88.

  • Board approves budget without recommended position additions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a budget resolution that included a $2.8 million shortfall and the use of $2.5 million in fund balance, but they opted to exclude the approval several new positions requested by various departments in the district.

    Board members opted to exclude the approval of a public information officer, transportation coordinator for the northern end of the county and a career counselor for Brunswick County Academy.

  • Despite missed AYP goals, officials say progress is being made

    BOLIVIA—Although the number of Brunswick County schools that made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the past school year decreased, school officials say there is progress being made.

    Eleven of the 19 schools tested made AYP during the 2009-2010 school year, which is a decrease from last year’s 14 of 17 tested.

  • Scores, highlights from area golf league tournaments


    The Beachcombers played at Farmstead. Low gross: Randy Cogdill 84, Charlie Shore 86 and Stu Cleveland 89. Low net: Fred Ortiz 69, Cogdill and Jim Beairsto 69. Team, two low nets on each hole: Ortiz, Bob Smith, Reggie Auten and Bob Brownley, 20-under par. Golfer of the week was Randy Cogdill.


  • Zack Byrd: Young phenom on the verge of success

    I first met Zack Byrd in 2003 when he won the Carolinas Junior Championship. I sat in his home in Calabash and chatted with the young phenom, and his parents, Cindy and Steve. He was being home-schooled at the time because his junior golf schedule was so rigorous it would not allow him to attend a regular high school with any consistency. Each week, his dad or mom drove him to junior events all over the country. 

  • How’s the fishing? Something’s always biting

    Having been a professional fisherman for nearly 20 years, there is simply no replacement for experience in learning and understanding an area’s fishery. And to this day, I am still humbled at how foolish the fish can make me feel. However, I do feel as if time has afforded me the opportunity to experience year after year seasonal fish behavior and, as such, sort of get an idea about what the fish are doing. 

  • Night fishing is the way to beat the heat

     Brunswick County fishing has picked up a bit from the summer doldrums we have been in. Oppressive heat continues to make fishing best early in the morning or after sunset, but at least anglers have been catching some fish as they begin to turn their eyes toward fall.

    The piers have seen scattered catches of Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum and flounder with speckled trout showing up for some morning runs. There are some pompano in the surf along with the snapper blues and a few puppy red drum.

  • The First Tee and Parks and Recreation tee up together

    The First Tee of Brunswick County chapter has formed many wonderful partnerships with local golf courses and organizations since 2005. The same holds true outside of the golf community. This includes Brunswick County Schools, Community in Schools, Brunswick County 4-H, Oak Island Parks and Recreation and ATMC-TV.

    The chapter recently formed a partnership with another youth organization, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation. This partnership has already produced two exciting summer time opportunities to serve Brunswick County youth.

  • St. James to host First Tee Summer Leadership Academy

     For the fifth consecutive year, members of The First Tee from chapters in North and South Carolina will gather for the Summer Leadership Academy at St. James. The convocation will take place Aug. 2-5 and will include leadership workshops, golf clinics and golf tournaments.

    Area golf courses the 18 participants will play at are The Reserve Club at St. James, Thistle Golf Course, Bald Head Island and The Members Club at St. James.