• Parks and recreation improves community services

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation and the Brunswick County Schools have a long history of partnering together on many projects. This partnership has proven invaluable when it comes to providing Brunswick County with fun, family-friendly, engaging recreational programs for children of all ages as well as facilities in which this can all take place.

    “There is a lot that the public doesn’t realize that the Parks and Recreation Department does for the Brunswick County School system,” said Brunswick County Park and Recreation Maintenance Supervisor Greg White.

  • Senate changes may enable former students to get diplomas

    The General Assembly passed Senate Bill 202/S.L. 2009-451, ending graduation requirements for the North Carolina Competency and Computer Skills Tests on July 1.

    Former students who were enrolled in a graduating class from 1981 through 2009 and met all state and local board requirements for a diploma except for passing the competency test(s) and/or computer skills test(s) may petition Brunswick County Schools for a diploma.

    If you think you may be eligible for a diploma based on this new legislation:

  • Bell tower named in honor of Dinah Gore

    Twenty-four perfectly tuned bronze carillon bells rang out a medley of timeless hymns at the dedication of the Dinah E. Gore Bell Tower, part of Campbell University’s Anna Gardner and Robert B. Butler Chapel on Nov. 1.

    The tower is named in honor of Sunset Beach resident Dinah E. Gore.

  • The First Tee previews school day programming

    Dr. Bill Harrison, chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, visited Cinghiale Creek on Monday, Nov. 2, to preview the ongoing school day programming of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    Also on hand were Superintendent Katie McGee, Faye Nelson, executive director of elementary education; Les Tubb, career and technical education director and director of athletics; Title 1 director Pam Collins the principals of the six elementary schools that are participating in school day programming and members of the board of education.

  • Cedar Grove's Peer Court program begins

    Peer Court is underway at Cedar Grove Middle School.

    A diversion and intervention program, Peer Court provides first-time student offenders opportunities to improve behavior and amend actions by working with counselors, attending tutoring sessions and learning life skills.

  • Brunswick youth participate in turkey show

    Turkeys are often the first thing that pops in your mind when you start talking about the Thanksgiving holiday season, and turkeys were definitely on the mind of many youth on Friday, Oct. 23. However, they weren’t thinking about eating them, they were in the process of showing them.

    More than 190 youth gathered at the North Carolina State Fair to show off their top turkey hens they raised while participating in the North Carolina Youth Market Turkey Show Program. Brunswick County 4-H youth once again rose to the occasion and made a strong showing at the competition.

  • BCC's Small Business Center completes research project

    The Small Business Center at Brunswick Community College recently completed a six-month research project that was funded by the South Brunswick Islands Committee of 100. The result is a comprehensive study of entrepreneurs in Brunswick County. The final report is available via the Brunswick Community College Web site at www.brunswickcc.edu.

  • Shallotte Middle KEYS program inducts new recruits

    The Keeping Every Youth Successful (KEYS) program at Shallotte Middle School inducted 37 new recruits at a ceremony Sept. 30.

    The ceremony featured guest speaker Col. James Payne, a member of the United States Marine Corps Reserve. Payne has received various honors, including the Meritorious Service Medal, Marine Corps Reserve Medal, National Defense Medal and the Armed Forces Reserve Medal.

  • Grant provides students daily snack of fruits, vegetables

    Students at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School enjoy either a fresh fruit or raw vegetable as a daily snack through a grant from the United Stated Department of Agriculture.

    The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program gave 62 schools across North Carolina a combined $1.8 million this year to purchase fruits or vegetables so students can enjoy a healthy snack while learning the importance of healthy eating and food choices.

  • Virginia Williamson students to perform at Palace Theatre

    Fifty fifth-grade students from Virginia Williamson Elementary School will take center stage next week at the Palace Theatre in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The select group of students will perform with The Twelve Irish Tenors of Dublin at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 11.

    Tiffany Pruitt, music teacher at Virginia Williamson, said she received an e-mail from the Palace Theatre, asking for local school groups interested in singing during a performance. She immediately responded she was interested in participating. That opened the opportunity to all fifth-grade students.