• North Brunswick High performs testing plays for Shallotte Middle students

    North Brunswick High School Theatre Department took its shows on the road last week and performed two plays for students at Shallotte Middle School.

    The high school students performed “Walter’s Tale” and “High Stakes,” two plays centered around academic testing.

  • Eighth-grader wins second annual Idol competition

    Shallotte Middle School has a new idol.

    Olivia Carlyle was announced as the winner of the 2nd Annual Shallotte Middle School Idol last Thursday night.

    SMS Idol, sponsored by the SADD and SAVE clubs, featured 20 musical acts by sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders. Students sang newer songs that have been released in the past year by popular artists like Taylor Swift, Kellie Picker and Beyonce. Some students took it back several decades with songs like “Soul Man,” and Etta James’ “At Last.”

  • Continuing education courses offered at Brunswick Community College

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement, and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Virginia Williamson announces honor roll and awards for second nine weeks

    Virginia Williamson Elementary School has announced its awards for the second nine weeks.

    Ms. Robert’s Class

    Principal’s Award: Weston Bellamy.

    Citizenship Award: Trevon Gore.

    First grade

    Mrs. Neilon’s Class

    Principal’s Award: Samantha Webb and Tyler Varnum.

    Citizenship Award: Takayla Daniels and Joshua Stickles.

    Terrific Kids: Kimber Young and Imonie Perritt.

    Stunning Stingray: Jennifer Ashburn-Lane and Cammy Herbert.

    Mrs. Goldstein’s Class:

  • Dream Seekers project teaches students about ecosystems, environment

    Students at Virginia Williamson have spent the past two months studying ecosystems found within Brunswick County.

    Jennifer Fuller, an environmental educator, was brought in to coordinate the CIS Dream Seekers project, which was made possible by a grant from the Brunswick County Arts Council and the N.C. Arts Council.

    Through the project, students got an up-close look at snakes, turtles and other animals brought in by the Bald Head Island Conservancy, and The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission brought in animal skulls and skins for students to examine.

  • State Partnership for Children chief talks state budget woes

    SHALLOTTE—Local Smart Start agencies should learn to “get creative” with their funds to ensure children ages 0-5 have proper care and education in light of the state budget shortfall, the president of the N.C. Partnership for Children told the Brunswick County Smart Start board of directors.

    Stephanie Fanjul met with the board at its meeting last Thursday. She talked about budget challenges as well as opportunities possible with the proposed federal stimulus package.

  • Bolivia Elementary uses Wii to get fit

    BOLIVIA—During a gym class at Bolivia Elementary School, students take turns at bat and Shelley Warnett, physical education teacher, throws pitch after pitch.

    While playing baseball may not seem unusual during gym class, the students do not use real baseball bats and Warnett does not use baseballs. Instead, they use Nintendo’s Wii system, with controllers instead of bats and balls and a video game to take them through nine innings of a virtual game.

  • Schools' staff grows beards to raise bucks for Relay

    BOLIVIA—About a dozen men of the administrative staff of Brunswick County Schools have voluntarily put themselves in a hairy situation.

    They are competing against one another in the first-ever Beard-uary, a Relay for Life fundraiser where participants go without shaving for the entire month of February. Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director, has headed the central office’s Relay for Life team for the past several years and had the idea for the fundraiser.

  • BCC's Brunswick Interagency program earns accreditation

    Brunswick Community College’s Brunswick Interagency Program (BIP) has earned accreditation from the Council of Accreditation.

    The official notification states: “The Council on Accreditation (COA) is delighted to inform you that Brunswick Interagency Program has been accredited. COA’s commitment to maintaining the highest level of standards and quality improvement is designed to identify providers that have set high performance standards for themselves and have made a commitment to their constituents to deliver the highest quality services.

  • West Brunswick 'Thinks Pink' all week

    SHALLOTTE—Breast cancer awareness may only be nationally recognized during one month, but at West Brunswick High School, students and staff help raise awareness all year long.

    The school is preparing for its second annual “Think Pink” night by participating in daily spirit activities.