Today's News

  • Students learn about giving back

    It’s never too early to learn to help others and give back to society. Students in the Communities in Schools After School program at Lincoln Elementary have been doing just that.
    They collected a truckload of holiday decorations, winter clothing and household items to donate to the CIS Thrift Shop.
    “The children were excited to share what they have and help other children in need,” said Minnie Holiday, CIS site manager.
    With money tight, more and more people are turning to thrift shops to make ends meet.

  • Tips for safe shopping

    By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    County Cooperative Extension

  • Holiday food safety quiz

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    The holiday season can put people at risk for foodborne illnesses. Refrigerators and dining rooms are full, parties and celebrations are plentiful and some of the foods we only prepare once a year, challenging even the most experienced cook.
    Test your food safety knowledge by answering the following true or false questions.

  • New Master Gardener class begins Jan. 10

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer the popular Extension Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Jan. 10, 2012. The program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.
    Classes will meet from 9 a.m.-noon each Tuesday from Jan. 10 through May 1, 2012, at the Brunswick County Extension Center in the Government Complex in Bolivia.

  • The ever-pleasing poinsettia

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop till we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold.

  • Students gain valuable experience through Teen and Peer Court

    Brunswick County students believe in second chances. As volunteers in Teen and Peer Court programs, students serve as defense and prosecuting attorneys, clerks, bailiffs and jurors to determine sentencing for first-time juvenile offenders who have admitted to their crimes.

  • South swimmers split meet with Lumberton, Topsail


    In their last meet before the holiday break, the South Brunswick High School swim teams won one dual and lost another Dec. 14 at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    The girls beat Lumberton 107-41 but lost to Topsail 89-87. The boys beat Lumberton 83-63 but lost to Topsail 83-79.

    South’s boys had regional-qualifying times in five events. The Class 3A East Regional is Feb. 3-4. The state meet is Feb. 9-11.

    Myles Williams was second in the 200-yard freestyle in a qualifying 2:10.69. He won the 500 freestyle in 6:02.71.

  • Old Sunset Beach bridge lighting up for holiday event Monday

    SUNSET BEACH—Wreaths, bows and lights adorn the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, standing in yuletide finery at its new retirement site on Shoreline Drive West.

    Last December, the old span had just been put out of commission to make way for the new high-rise bridge over the Intracoastal Waterway.

    This December, the Old Bridge Preservation Society hasn’t forgotten the old span, where the nonprofit group is planning a holiday celebration, called “Christmas at the Old Bridge,” this coming Monday night.

  • Resident gadfly now new Sunset Beach mayor

    SUNSET BEACH—Like him or not, for the past six years Richard Cerrato has been a vivid presence in this Brunswick Islands town.

    It started with his first, losing election bids, first as a town council candidate in 2005, then in the 2009 mayoral race. It continues now with Cerrato’s first election victory this past Nov. 8 as the town’s new mayor, an election he finally won with nearly 60 percent of votes cast—914 votes over challenger Clinton Dunlop’s 610, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • Toy run brings out best among bikers, car buffs, chicks and season

    My stint as a “biker chick” has been long overdue.

    So when organizer Jerome Munna invited me to ride along on the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts’ toy run last Saturday, I responded with enthusiasm and wonder.

    I wondered: Where is all my leather stuff?

    All my closet could yield that cold morning was an off-white cardigan sweater to don over my jeans and black Ugg-like boots. The bottom part was acceptable, but the top, I soon learned, didn’t fit in at all.