• Bell educates parents on the importance of reading

    Getting children to read is the number one priority for parents, according to Larry Bell.

    Bell presented “The Power of a Parent” workshop at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday night. During his presentation, he showed parents different ways to help their children exceed in and out of the classroom.

    Reading, Bell said, is the first thing parents should help their children to do, as it is the key to success. As a former educator and basketball coach, Bell said he used to make his players read every day after school if their grade point average was below a B.

  • BCC receives $5,000 in scholarship funds

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation has received $5,000 in scholarship money from a contractor, which is providing the money to five N.C. community colleges as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    John S. Clark Company, LLC, is donating $5,000 to Surry Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Brunswick Community College and Cape Fear Community College, all located in counties where the Mount Airy-based company has offices. Ten students at each school will receive $500 scholarships.

  • Howell to participate in ambassador program

    This summer, she’ll visit seven countries in 20 days — and she’s only 12.

    Shallotte Middle School sixth grader Hannah Howell was selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    As a part of this program, Howell will travel through Europe this summer, learning about the countries and their cultures.

  • McCabe and Winders receive community college excellence awards

    Savanna Winders and Sherry McCabe, both of Southport, have been selected to represent Brunswick Community College for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award, according to a news release.

    The award is a unique opportunity for community colleges to showcase their students and their academic achievements, as well as highlight the work that the colleges do each and every day.

  • School works to meet town's fire codes

    After a visit from the Shallotte fire marshal last fall, Academy of Coastal Carolina is almost finished making necessary improvements to bring its facility up to code.

    The school is now undergoing renovations, which should be completed within the next few weeks.

    Terry Cox, division principal, said the safety of their students is of the utmost importance, and the school will be “state of the art” when the renovation ends.

  • Trying to stay ahead when prices put budgets in the RED

    Brunswick County Schools Child Nutrition Services is operating with a deficit exceeding $100,000. Officials say it's due to the escalating costs of milk, bread and other grocery items.

    Tina Ward, director of child nutrition services, said as of Jan. 1, the department’s estimated losses were $107,919.49, and $1,124 is lost on meals per day.

    Ward presented the board of education with a mid-year update at its monthly committee meeting last Tuesday and said milk prices have risen almost 10 cents above the $0.175 original bid.

  • Former teacher who married student a no-show at ethics hearing

    Former South Brunswick High School teacher Brenton Wuchae has failed to appear at a North Carolina Board of Education ethics committee hearing on Friday, March. 14.

    But the board’s attorney, Katie Cornetto, said Wuchae’s absence was not enough to revoke his teaching license.

    “There were concerns that we wanted him to address,” Cornetto said. “We thought a face-to-face meeting would be a way to accomplish an answer to our questions.”

  • Board looks to get larger central office

    Brunswick County Schools are not the only buildings tightening beneath the crunch of overcrowding.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the central office is much too small for the administration and staff.

    Miley brought preliminary renovation plans and presented them to the board of education’s monthly committee meetings last Tuesday. The central office was designed with enough space for 53 workstations—far less than the 82 current employees.

    “We’re just plain running out of room here,” Miley said.

  • College Tech Prep members honored

    Brunswick County Schools/Brunswick Community College Tech Prep (CTP) Consortium members are honored with three awards for excellence presented March 5 at the 2008 College Tech Prep Conference in Greensboro.

    Statewide, only 15 winners were chosen.

  • West Christian Academy announces honor roll for its third quarter

    The following students were named to honor rolls for the third quarter at West Christian Academy:

    A Honor Roll

    Kindergarten: Brady West

    Third-grade: Lauren Brown and Lainey West

    Fifth-grade: Austin Whitley

    Sixth-grade: Nate Alderman

    Seventh-grade: Tyler Brown and Michael West

    Eighth-grade: Kurt Mace

    Ninth-grade: Joe Coleman, Jolyn Covil, Joseph Galiano, Brandi Gilliland, Tyler Hinson, Joshua Keen and Ash McLamb