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Today's News

  • Schools to return $470,000 to state

    BOLIVIA—Because of revenue shortfalls across the state, public school systems will have to revert $117 million to the state budget. Almost half a million dollars of that will come from Brunswick County Schools’ budget.

  • Holden Beach residents reject causeway improvement plan

    Thanks, but no thanks.

    Not now.

    Seven of nine Holden Beach Causeway property owners voted not to proceed with the Brunswick County Planning Department creating a plan for the causeway beautification project and applying for a state grant to begin funding the improvements.

    County planning director Leslie Bell then thanked the audience for coming to the meeting Thursday night in the Sharon United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall and said, “It can’t be successful without your support.”

  • Surviving tough times the topic of free small business center seminar

    Small business owners looking for advice on surviving the economy are the target audience for the first “Business Success in Tough Times” seminar set for 7:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Brunswick Community College

    BCC will be the site of the first of 58 such seminars statewide sponsored by the Small Business Center (SBC) Network the Small Business Technical Development Centers.

    The free seminar will include a panel discussion and question-and-answer session on financial control, operational decision-making, cutting costs, commercial lending and marketing.

  • Parks and recreation master plan under way, public input meeting set

    Plans for the future of Brunswick County’s parks and other recreation facilities are under way, and the parks and recreation department is seeking public input on what those facilities should include.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, recently solicited Nashville-based Lose and Associates to complete a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities.

    “It is a long-range planning document, and it’s really our working blueprint of the future system,” Pryor explained.

  • Family members, friends remember victims lost to crimes

    LELAND—As 114 names were somberly read aloud, those left behind came forward to light a candle in memory of their loved ones lost to murder, drunk driving or domestic violence.

    More than 320 people attended the 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Honoring Victims of Crime, hosted by victims’ advocacy group Justice for Citizens at the First Baptist Church in Leland on Friday evening.

  • Tips to make your Thanksgiving turkey leftovers work for you

    So now what? Thanksgiving has come and went and you are still left with a ton of food, and by now the thought of eating another turkey sandwich doesn’t sound too appealing.

    So what are you going to do with all those leftovers?

    You bought and prepared a 22-pound turkey (you have no idea why), and 21 pounds are still left.

    The cranberry salad was barely touched. You made some sort of fruit salad with apples that you forgot to serve in all the commotion. The mashed potatoes—what were you thinking?

  • CPS investigators see the value of foster parents

    As a child protective services investigator for the Brunswick County Department of Social Services, Sarah Lesley understands the need for good foster parents.

    They provide an invaluable resource to children in abuse and neglect situations—a safe place.

    Lesley said she’d like to see more people become foster parents so the department is not always relying on the same families.

  • A table set for seven

    The elegantly set tables, with the empty chairs waiting to be filled, the food ready to be served, remain in my memory whenever Thanksgiving nears.

    One of my earliest memories is of a trip our family made to visit Mom’s relatives “on the farm,” as we called it. The trip was about 90 minutes, but to the four of us with little wiggle room in the back seat of the car, it might as well have been 90 hours. To pass the time, we engaged in the spur-of-the-moment sport of elbow jabbing. (Another brother, the baby of the family, slept up front on Mom’s lap.)

  • Cougars get set for third round of 2-AA playoffs

    After a thrilling 27-20 victory Friday night over the Orange Panthers in the second round of the Class 2-AA playoffs, the South Brunswick Cougars will play Marshville Forest Hills (10-3) this Friday.

    “Overall the kids did a great job,” an ecstatic Gordon Walters said Saturday. “Can you believe we are 10-2? The kids really follow the game plan.”

  • Northside ends North Brunswick’s football season

    JACKSONVILLE—It was the coldest night of the year, and the North Brunswick football season ended on it, too.

    Give credit to the Monarchs of Northside High School, who had everything to do with stopping North Brunswick 27-0 Friday night in the second round of the NCHSAA Class 2-A playoffs.

    The unbeaten Monarchs entered the game averaging almost 40 points a game, but the game started with both teams going back and forth throughout the first quarter.