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Today's News

  • Lockwood Folly remembers POA president with park dedication

    The Lockwood Folly community said goodbye to its property owners association president by naming a community park after him.

    Gordon Ackley Park was dedicated Dec. 1.

    “He was extremely involved in the community. He knew every blade of grass; he knew the history, he knew all the people,” said Joe Geise, president of the Lockwood Folly POA who served as vice president under Ackley.

    Geise said Ackley’s goal was to make Lockwood Folly’s POA the model of how a POA should operate in North Carolina.

  • County keeping employee service recognition simple

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners decided a firm handshake, a certificate of recognition and a longevity bonus are the best ways to thank county employees for their years of service.

    Debbie Barnes brought a proposal to cut the cost of the employee service recognition program by doing away with the expensive pins the county has given employees when they hit milestone years.

    “We had a policy that required pins with diamonds, sapphires, solid gold. We changed that policy to add more flexibility for recognition,” she said.

  • Possible raise on hold for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Marty Cooke wants to pump 5 percent more money into Brunswick County employees’ salaries. He brought it up at the Dec. 17 commissioner meeting, but other commissioners weren’t on board.

    Instead the board will wait for results of a salary study commissioned in July.

    The study is a review of compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees. Evergreen Solutions was selected from 11 contractors to perform the survey.

  • BFA Christmas distribution

    The elves with Brunswick Family Assistance have been busy assisting clients with the annual community holiday distribution.

    This year’s event took place at The Brunswick Beacon building on Smith Avenue in Shallotte.

    People started lining up around 7:30 a.m. Thursday to receive toys, frozen turkeys and other food being distributed from the Beacon’s old pressroom at the rear of the building.

    BFA’s distribution for seniors took place Wednesday.

  • BCC men rout Harford; Lady Dolphins lose

     The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team routed Harford 94-62 in the final men’s game of the M&M Mini Storage Holiday Basketball Classic.

    Khari Faison scored 18 points, Montez Loman 14 and Quinton Morrow 11 as the Dolphins improved to 9-6.

  • West Brunswick dance team holiday video
  • Eat Smart program begins Jan. 10

    After scrounging around the kitchen for one last holiday goodie, you find a single sugar cookie hiding in the bottom tin. You grab it, and head toward the mountain of decorations that need to be packed away until next year. Several hours later, the last box has been shoved into the attic or garage.
    Surveying the house, you see that all the gifts have been put away and everything appears to be back to normal…finally. And then you spot it, shouting at you from the bathroom floor…your old friend, the scale.

  • Protein foods: Eating a variety is key

    Eat a variety of foods from the protein foods group each week. Experiment with main dishes made with beans or peas, nuts, soy and seafood.
    Choose lean or low-fat cuts of meat like round or sirloin and ground beef that is at least 90 percent lean. Trim or drain fat from meat and remove poultry skin.
    Try grilling, broiling, roasting or baking. They don’t add extra fat. Some lean meats need slow, moist cooking to be tender. Try a slow cooker for them. Avoid breading meat or poultry, which adds calories.

  • How to plant a landscape in a little bit of time

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Combine annuals, bulbs, perennials and shrubs; no one plant should have to do all of the work. Plant your beds with a backbone of perennials, shrubs and bulbs. These plants provide permanent color in your garden. Leave some open spaces that you can fill with annuals for all-summer color. Because perennials, shrubs and bulbs don’t need to be planted each year, spring planting takes less time.

  • Religion briefs

    Candlelight services set for Christmas Eve
    Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, will host four candlelight communion services on Christmas Eve.
    The 4 p.m. service in Murrow Hall is designed for family worship. There will also be a 6 p.m. service in Murrow Hall. The 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. services will be in the sanctuary.