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Today's News

  • BCC awarded two biotechnology grants

    Brunswick Community College has been awarded two grants totaling $222,502 from the North Carolina Community College System BioNetwork.

    The money will help the college continue the Aqua-Biotech Initiative, which will provide Brunswick County with a skilled workforce and new business opportunities in the fields of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, biofuels and 21st century aquaculture.

  • Brunswick County high schools show growth in SAT scores

    Brunswick County Schools recently received SAT scores for students testing in the 2007-2008 school year.

    The SAT assesses critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and writing abilities. The national assessment has been administered for almost 80 years to primarily college-bound seniors. Colleges and universities have used SAT scores in addition to high school transcripts and other student information to serve as a uniform and objective measure for making decisions about students’ abilities and achievements.

  • Commissioner will see if he's 'Smarter Than a Village Schooler'

    “I don’t think I’m smarter than a fifth grader, but I’ll do my best,” Marty Cooke, county commissioner, said.

    Cooke is one of the 12 community members who will participate in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” Based on the popular television show, community leaders will test their smarts while answering elementary school level questions in a fundraiser event for The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School.

  • Pink Party to benefit team walking to find cancer's cure

    Breast cancer runs in Kimmie Durham’s family. Her mother was diagnosed at 52 and her grandmother at 67.

    Durham, of Ocean Isle Beach, found a lump in her breast during a self-examination, and after her surgery she was officially diagnosed with breast cancer. Benign cells were surrounding the cancerous tumor the doctors didn’t originally find.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • Aldermen debate firefighter grant, want to know more

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are questioning a federal grant that would provide the fire department with four new full-time firefighters because of its matching fund requirements and how that might affect the town budget.

    But Tuesday night, they agreed to allow fire chief Paul Dunwell to begin the hiring process for two new firefighters and to find out if hiring only two would be acceptable to the agency providing funds.

  • Shallotte OKs town's new Vision Plan

    SHALLOTTE—A new vision is in place for revitalizing Shallotte, and now the work begins.

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen on Tuesday unanimously approved a new 10-year vision plan prepared by Allison Platt and Associates of Goldsboro, which Platt presented to the board last week.

    Aldermen and town staffers said they were ready to move forward with the plan’s first steps including getting estimates on an economic feasibility study and working with the planning board on establishing an urban waterfront zoning district.

  • Sunset Beach rules development must maintain its own roads

    SUNSET BEACH—A recently annexed neighborhood is responsible for its own roads, local government officials say.

    The community in question is Sandpiper Bay, which was developed by Centex Homes and annexed last year by the town of Sunset Beach.

    The question arose after the town planning board approved on Aug. 28 an amendment requiring roads in town subdivisions to meet minimum design standards.

    A town ordinance currently allows an exception for developers to build streets that don’t meet the requirements as set forth in Chapter 98 of the town ordinance.

  • You got to have heart to find out what will make you a successful person

    In the 1960s, a leading sports commentator spoke these piercing words about the 26-mile marathon race.

    He said, “There are many things that can break the body, a tragic wreck, a prolonged illness, a natural disaster. But the marathon breaks the heart.”

    Courage is synonymous with the heart because the heart is the center of life. The Bible says it is from the heart that precedes all thoughts of envy and strife. Negative and positive thoughts originate in the heart.

  • Weighing the facts about the Republican vice-presidential candidate

    A woman? From Alaska? But who is she? What has she done? What about Mitt?

    These were the thoughts swirling around my head Friday when Sen. John McCain announced his running mate for his presidential bid, a woman, from Alaska, who was clearly not Mitt Romney.

    After my initial reaction, which wasn’t exactly elation, I took a deep breath and switched out of voter mode and dove back into reporter mode.

    It was time to find out who this woman from Alaska was and, more importantly, what she stands for. That’s what we do, after all.

  • Mentoring is an essential process for democratic nations

    Movie celebrities and sports champions come and go, but we long remember our teachers and mentors because they reached into our lives and made a lasting difference.

    Since 2000, I have been a mentor for police officers in Bosnia, Kosovo and Iraq—cultures much different than ours. I will share some important principles I have learned along the way.

    Setting the stage

    My work as an International Police Officer with the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) began in the fall of 2001, just as Ramadan was under way for adults in the Albanian Muslim population.