Today's News

  • Listeria—keeping fresh foods safe

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension,
    Brunswick County Center

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, Oct. 31
    Herb-baked chicken fillet/gravy, mashed potatoes, collards, fruit cocktail, biscuit/whole-wheat roll, beverage.
    Tuesday, Nov. 1
    Chili, carrots, saltines, apple cobbler, fresh apple, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, Nov. 2
    Grilled barbecue chicken, new potatoes, spinach, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Thursday, Nov. 3

  • Community briefs

    Audition for ‘Barefoot in the Park’
    Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct auditions for Neil Simon’s “Barefoot in the Park” at Playhouse 211 (N.C. 211 across from BEMC) from 4-6 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, and from 7-9 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12. This is a small cast play with five characters and the following parts are all open for audition:
    Corie Bratter, early 20s and newly married to Paul, is young, vivacious, a free spirit, loves life, and wants the whole world to come along with her.

  • A happy tail from wags to riches

    Annie came into the Brunswick County Animal Shelter as an older stray dog. She sat there waiting for her owners to come look for her, but they never came.
    Annie was riddled with health issues, such as worms, ear infections and a urinary tract infection. The majority of animals adopted from shelters are puppies and/or young adults, so Annie’s chances of finding a new home were less likely.

  • Have a Halloween party with these tasty ‘ghoulish’ recipes

    Halloween dinners are not really about the food as much as they are about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be. With this in mind, it’s time for me to indulge in my traditional “ghoulish” Halloween dinner/party festivities.
    Enhance the lighting with votive candles placed in carved-out pumpkins; garnish Halloween martinis with three candy corns speared through a toothpick, instead of the traditional olives; or freeze gummy worms and other wiggly creatures into ice cubes for other drinks.

  • Speak up about staggered starts

    More than $500,000.
    That’s what Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden estimated a staggered-start schedule could save the district this year.
    That’s the equivalent of about 10 teaching positions.
    With financial cuts and belt-tightening taking place for the last several years, it made sense for the district to look at ways to cut costs and keep teachers where they are needed most—in the classroom.

  • DSS to meet with ‘facilitator’ to discuss board’s role, social services handbook

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have agreed to have a “facilitator” from the University of North Carolina School of Government help them create a code of conduct, code of ethics and board policy.

    Board members also agreed to have the UNC School of Government representative discuss the board’s handbook.

    Board member Bernest Hewett said he wanted the board to have a uniform policy so the board “could be on the same page.”

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny on Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach; suspect stole alcohol from the Kangaroo store without purchasing it.

    •Larceny on Pinfish Street in Supply; suspect entered victim’s vehicle and stole medication, a wallet, cell phone charger and keychain.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Oct. 17-23 ACE deputies issued 37 total arrests and citations, including two driving while impaired charges.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Steve Boyd Grindstaff, 49, of 147 Dawn Drive, Elizabethton, Tenn., was charged with driving while impaired, careless and reckless driving, open container and fictitious information.

  • N.C. unemployment up in September; above national average

    Statewide unemployment in North Carolina was up in September.

    With a 10.5-percent unemployment rate, North Carolina’s rate tops the national September unemployment rate of 9.1 percent.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    County unemployment rates will be released Friday, Oct. 28.