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Today's News

  • John L. Williamson: Honoring a Brunswick hero on Veteran’s Day

    As we celebrate this Veterans Day, many names come to mind of people we know in Brunswick County that served their country with great honor.

    Some names are well known, and other names are less known. Nonetheless, they were heros. Many residents of Brunswick County are familiar with the name of Odell Williamson.

    Odell was a veteran and served as an Army pilot during World War II assigned to the 30th Division.

  • Congratulations BCC volleyball team

    When the Brunswick Community College volleyball team took to the court this season, players and officials had one thing on their minds—being competitive.

    It was a lofty goal considering it was the first time the college had fielded a volleyball team and one that met an unusual challenge—it didn’t even have its own gymnasium in which to practice. Instead, players used the gym at West Brunswick High School.

    But, in its first year, BCC Dolphins did more than just be competitive; the team proved it is one of the top schools in its division.

  • BCC advances to national volleyball tournament

    LOUISBURG—Stephanie Beach, the Brunswick Community College volleyball coach, stood on the volleyball court at Louisburg Community College and quickly recited an amazing list of accomplishments.

    “I can’t believe I would have had a tournament MVP, an all-region player of the year, a coach of the year, a tournament championship and a conference championship all in the first year,” she said. “I can’t imagine it.”

  • Don’t hang up your fishing rods yet

    It sure is quiet down on the coast this fall. In the midst of possibly the world’s worst economic downturn, the only ones making out to the good are the fish.

    The other problem we’ve had is the wind. It seems day after day the wind blows, changes direction and then blows again. It is only supposed to blow for a couple of days, then settle down for a couple of days. Combine the unsettled weather and dismal economy and you have the recipe for rebuilding fish stocks.

  • Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions begins Saturday at Sea Trail

    The 2008 Brunswick Beacon Tournament of Champions will be played Saturday and Sunday on the Maples Course at Sea Trail.

    In this invitational event, club champions from area courses will play two days of stroke play. The champions, both men and women, must have won their championship in either match play or stroke play competition without handicaps. Net champions are not eligible.

  • The price of politics

    In his unprecedented and historic bid for the White House, president-elect Barack Obama outspent his opponent Sen. John McCain nearly 2-to-1.

    Obama raised $639.2 million, the most money raised by any candidate in the history of American politics. McCain raised $335.3 million—about half of what Obama raised.

    Since the primaries, presidential candidates have raised $1.5 billion to fund their campaigns, which has changed the face of politics in America.

  • 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.