• BCC offers continuing education courses for the community

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department 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.

  • Supply Elementary announces student awards, honor rolls

    Supply Elementary School has announced its second nine-weeks awards and honor roll:

    VFW awards

  • Board hears parents concerns regarding Cedar Grove redistricting

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick County Board of Education had a public forum Tuesday to discuss the redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and heard the same concern several times from several parents—they do not want individual elementary school classes broken apart and sent to different schools.

    Scenario 1 include 310 students from Shallotte Middle, 110 from South Brunswick Middle, 96 from Virginia Williamson Elementary, 69 from Supply Elementary and14 from Bolivia Elementary.

  • Blinded by science

    BOLIVIA—Zebulon Amrol-Davis may have found a solution to the global-wide energy crisis—and he’s only in the eighth grade.

    The South Brunswick Middle Schooler created an alternative source he called “Cool Energy” for his eighth-grade science project.

    “With gas prices going up and finding gas getting harder, eventually we’re going to need to find new sources,” he said.

    The idea for an alternative energy source evolved from his initial curiosity to work with dry ice.

  • Officials: Schools’ food services not affected by peanut butter recall

    BOLIVIA—Students and parents can rest assured no products being served in Brunswick County Schools’ cafeterias are part of a nationwide recall of products resulting in an numerous illnesses caused by salmonella typhumurium, school officials say.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said none of the food served has been involved in the recall, but oftentimes many recalls follow the initial recall. As a precaution, she has put a hold on peanut butter and jelly sandwiches that will last another week.

  • Coughlin named Brunswick County’s teacher assistant of the year

    LELAND—Karen Coughlin has been waking up and going to school every day for more than 30 years.

    Originally from Maine, she worked as a school secretary for 23 years after working as a teacher assistant in a kindergarten classroom. After moving to New Hampshire years later, she worked as a teacher’s assistant in a special needs classroom.

  • KEYS program keeps youth successful

    SHALLOTTE—Every morning at 0745 hours, the KEYS program begins at Shallotte Middle School.

    The first-time program begins each day with formation and close order drill, physical training and calisthenics. While it may look like a mini-military to other students in the school, the program gives its recruits much more.

  • Evelyn Smith Wray Village School students build bridges

    Students at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School recently participated in a bridge-building contest.

    Sara Rodriguez, science teacher at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School, said the sixth-grade science class was studying a technological design unit and designed and tested different protocols of design.

    “The way we did this was making our own design for a bridge that needed to hold a 5- and 10-pound weight for at least one minute,” she said.

  • Students get a grip on tennis through CIS

    Volunteers from the Brunswick County Tennis Association (BCTA) are visiting elementary and middle schools across the county with the hope of inspiring the next Serena Williams or Pete Sampras.

    As part of the Communities In Schools (CIS) After School program, students are being introduced to the ABC’s of tennis: ability, balance and coordination.

  • Jessie Mae program helps girls be healthy and happy

    ASH—The girls at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School are on the run.

    A first-time program in Brunswick County, Girls on the Run, teaches young girls how to gain self-respect while integrating a healthy way of living. The program is designed for third-fifth graders and combines self-esteem enhancement activities along with regular workouts and running in preparation for a 3.1-mile race, which they will participate in this spring.