Today's News

  • VIDEO: Jimmy Fletcher coaches the East to victory in all-star football game

     GREENSBORO—A tumultuous eight months for Jimmy Fletcher ended trimphantly July 18 when he coached the East to a 34-9 victory in the East-West All-Star football game.

    “It is probably one of the sweetest wins I’ve ever had,” Fletcher said, mindful of how he was dismissed in late November as head football coach at West Brunswick High School but later won a grievance to get back his job.

    East defensive back Taylor Buffkin, who played for Fletcher at West Brunswick, agreed with Fletcher’s sentiment.

  • Dispute over Sunset Beach surveys; councilwoman doesn't care what mayor says

    SUNSET BEACH—A heated exchange ensued over a town park survey at a town council workshop Tuesday.

    At the start of the monthly session, Sunset Beach Mayor Richard Cerrato and town councilwoman Carol Scott questioned the surveys that town staff has prepared to mail out to residents.

    Scott said the way it’s worded, the survey could spur people to check off items for the town park when they may actually prefer to have the site left in its natural state.

  • DHHS grant funds new mobile operations center for Brunswick County

     BOLIVIA—With its flat-screen TVs and refrigerated coolers to store cold drinks, it would seem that the 34-foot Winnebago parked outside Brunswick County Emergency Services Department is a toy. But it’s not.

    The state-of-the-art bus with its V-10, 362-horsepower engine is a mobile operations unit, allowing for first responders and other emergency officials to be completely self-sustainable in the most severe of disasters.

  • Two Brunswick County women arrested for employee embezzlement at dental office

    Two Brunswick County women were recently arrested for their alleged roles in an employee embezzlement scheme.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, the two women are charged with embezzling more than $100,000 from their employer, Tidewater Dental Office in Calabash.

    “It was discovered that over a period of several years, two of the employees, Jada Willoughby Atkinson and April Ferris Winch, had embezzled $115,000,” Routh said.

  • Education briefs

    Southport Christian School announces honor roll
    Southport Christian School has announced its fourth quarter and school year honor rolls:
    Second grade
    Fourth quarter A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.
    Fourth quarter straight A’s: David Berne, Ben Kettelkamp, Hannah Overton.
    School year A/B honor roll: Elizabeth Anderson, Logan FitzHugh, Christian Haggblom, Noah Harrell, Cora Jones.

  • ATMC awards scholarships to local students

    ATMC has presented $2,000 scholarships to four high school seniors in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Awards were presented to Tanner Duncan, William Edwards, Christine Guseman and Ashley Roberts.
    Duncan, son of Greg and Wendy Duncan of Tabor City, plans to attend East Carolina University, where he will major in engineering.
    Edwards, son of Jimi and Cindy Edwards of Shallotte, plans to attend UNC-Greensboro and major in secondary education.

  • Lemonade stand earns $100 for coastal museum

    Chloe Crosby is 10 years old and lives in Austin, Texas. Recently, while visiting her grandmother, Marcia, at Sandpiper Bay in Sunset Beach, she visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach. She liked it so much they came back for a second visit.
    She told her grandmother visiting the museum was the highlight of her vacation and wanted to do something that would help the museum, so she decided to sell lemonade and donate any money she made to the museum.

  • Students produce, act in ‘Looking Back at the Past’

    On Sunday, July 1, the trio of summer art camps sponsored by the Brunswick Arts Council and funded by ATMC ended with a two-act play written and directed by Sue MacCallum and performed by the KamKam Theater Company.
    MacCallum volunteered to teach the summer art drama camp and used the campers as the actors and stagehands. The KamKam Theater Company was born and after three days of preparation, a play, “Looking Back at the Past,” was presented to parents and friends on July 1 in an auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

  • New Extension book focuses on women in service

    “Ordinary Women, Extraordinary Service” is a new book published by the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the N.C. State Family and Consumer Sciences Foundation.
    This 340-page book reports, records and remembers the 100-year history of Family and Consumer Sciences in North Carolina. It contains many photos and tells the story of how ordinary women helped move their communities forward and continue to serve in each county.

  • Hungry? Head out to the garden for these edible flowers

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardner
    You’ve been warned about poisonous plants, but there are also many plants that are not only beautiful, but also edible. There is great fun to be had by combining flowers and food.
    My granddaughters find great joy in picking pansies to toss atop a salad, but, of course, there are some common sense rules to use when considering blooms for food.