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Today's News

  • On Campus with BCC: Brunswick Guarantee opens doors to higher education

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    The campus community of Brunswick Community College extends a sincere thank-you to Brunswick County commissioners for their unanimous support of BCC in providing a postsecondary education to local high school graduates.

  • Recommended state health plan premium increase hurts government retirees in N.C.

    By Richard Rogers

    Guest Columnist

    The board of trustees for the state health plan has approved a 2018 benefit design change that imposes a $50 monthly premium for non-Medicare retirees enrolled in the 80/20 plan, a significant increase from the $15.04 per month they pay now.

    That’s $600 in premiums over the course of one year — more than a 330 percent increase on current annual payments.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we met almost every hour March 28 and 29 with committees and visitors, we worked on the budget early each morning and we passed a repeal and reset of the controversial House Bill 2.

  • You decide: Why did we move away from self-sufficiency?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I recall my late, paternal grandmother telling me how much she looked forward to the third Friday of each month. This was the day her husband — my grandfather — took her from their small farm into town. For all the other days of the month, my grandmother worked on the farm. She made her own bread, harvested and canned vegetables raised in the garden and even helped butcher, dress (remove unwanted parts and divide the kept parts) and cook the pork and poultry raised on their land.

  • PGA Junior League Golf begins in May

    By Darren deMaille

    One of the initiatives the PGA of America has instituted to grow the game of golf is the PGA Junior League in which PGA professionals make golf fun, social and an inclusive opportunity for boys and girls ages 13 and younger to learn and enjoy the game of golf.  

    Much like other recreational league sports, participants wear numbered jerseys and play on teams with their friends.  A PGA or LPGA professional serves as the coach and is at the forefront of creating a welcoming environment for all to enjoy the game. 

  • Waiting for warm water to agitate action

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

    Unfortunately, the conclusion of the first week of April has been uneventful here in the Brunswick County fishing world. And once again, the lack of action is related to water temperature and weather.

  • Get ready to go fishing

    Spring break will start for many of our grade school children this coming week. About half of the schools in our area will be out the week before Easter and the other half the week after Easter. This is normally the Brunswick beaches’ first real busy start to the season. The fishing schedule has started to fill up, so don’t wait to book your trip. The weather forecast looks a little wet a couple of days this week, but the weekend is looking good.

  • Gypsy moth treatments planned near Bolivia

    The N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services will soon start treating a gypsy moth infestation on 774 acres near Bolivia in Brunswick County. Treatment is expected to start about April 11, depending on weather conditions and insect development, and continue into early May.

    Two fine-mist applications of the biological pesticide Bacillus thuringiensis variety kurstaki (Btk) will be made five to 10 days apart using a low-flying helicopter. Btk is not harmful to humans, plants or animals, except small caterpillars.

  • Blood donors urged to give in spring

    Eligible blood donors of all blood types are encouraged to give blood through the American Red Cross this spring to help ensure a sufficient supply for hospital patients.

    Donated blood is perishable and must constantly be replenished to keep up with hospital patient need. Red blood cells are the blood component most frequently transfused by hospitals and must be used within 42 days of donation.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council to review penalty changes

    Sunset Beach Town Council will consider civil penalty amendments with associated fines at its meeting Monday night, April 3.

    The meeting starts at 7 p.m. following a closed session at 6 p.m. and pre-meeting work session at 6:45 p.m. at Sunset Beach Town Hall at 700 Sunset Blvd. N.

    Town Attorney Grady Richardson is scheduled to outline proposed civil penalty ordinance amendments for construction, garbage, parking, beach strand, waterway, channel and canal, town park and general violations.