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Today's News

  • Former superintendent Tubb sworn in as newest BCC trustee

    BOLIVIA — The former superintendent of Brunswick County Schools has assumed a new educational position.

    Dr. Les Tubb, who retired as superintendent Nov. 1, was sworn in at the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees’ regular meeting Feb. 21.

    Tubb served as the district’s interim superintendent twice: first in January 2010 before Ed Pruden was named to the position permanently to succeed Katie McGee after she resigned and then in November 2014 after the board terminated Pruden’s employment.

  • WBHS putting on 11th annual Black History Month production

    SHALLOTTE— West Brunswick Theatre Arts Program proudly presents its 11th annual Black History Month production, “I Came To Tell You.”

    This year’s performance is different in that it was written by Pastor Bill Negron, husband of WBHS theater arts teacher Jennifer Creighton-Negron.

    Bill Negron said he was inspired to write the play after he and his wife visited Savannah, Ga., for their anniversary trip in September, visiting sites like the First African Baptist Church, which grew from members who founded a congregation in 1773.

  • WBHS putting on 11th annual Black History Month production

    SHALLOTTE— West Brunswick Theatre Arts Program proudly presents its 11th annual Black History Month production, “I Came To Tell You.”

    This year’s performance is different in that it was written by Pastor Bill Negron, husband of WBHS theater arts teacher Jennifer Creighton-Negron.

    Bill Negron said he was inspired to write the play after he and his wife visited Savannah, Ga., for their anniversary trip in September, visiting sites like the First African Baptist Church, which grew from members who founded a congregation in 1773.

  • Brunswick Christian Recovery Center new home to house women in need of recovery

    ASH— For years Brunswick Christian Recovery Center in Ash has wanted to open its doors for spiritual and physical rehabilitation not just to men but to women, too. Now, thanks to an offer from a local bed and breakfast owner, starting next year 20 women will be able to receive care from BCRC.

  • Sunset Beach steers into budget goals

    SUNSET BEACH — No new tax increase?

    That’s an initial objective of at least one council member as town council started setting goals last week for the town’s fiscal 2019-20 budget.

    “My sense is we’re looking at no tax increase,” town councilman John Corbett said at the board’s Feb. 19 meeting.

    He cited anticipated needs, surpluses and future building and acquisition funds as overriding objectives.

  • You Decide: Can we fix Social Security?

    My wife is not an economist, but she does sometimes ask me about economic issues. One of her most frequent questions is about Social Security. Although she is retired and eligible to receive Social Security benefits, on my advice she has delayed until her monthly payment will be much higher in a couple of years. Her big fear, and her question to me, is will Social Security even be around then?

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Although we’ve had some warm weather, it’s still winter. But as a tease, paperwhites are opening up in the yard, and red maples are already showing their bright flowers.

    Fragrant daphne and a few withering winter sweets are scattered around the neighborhood, and this afternoon we had a brilliant yellow crocus near the birdbath. Here and there, the swelling bud of a daffodil. This is about the time I start getting serious cabin fever and longing for spring, which is still a good six or seven weeks off, I guess.

  • Our pets give us life lessons every day

    “Allow me to be the kind of person my dog thinks I am,” says a refrigerator magnet in my kitchen. Because no matter what’s taking place in the world-at-large, our pets tend to have an exalted opinion of their humans.

  • Don’t dismiss the power of okra

    OK, I need to begin with two observations. First, my disclaimer is I am either a transplant or an implant from the Northeast. I am not a born and bred Southerner; therefore, I come naively to the unique customs and cuisine of this portion of the United States.

    Second, having lived in Brunswick County since 1988 and having grown to love all the “native” folks who claim this home, I deeply desire to be considered a newborn native. One might even say “born again.”

  • What is Addison’s disease in dogs?

    I recently received a question about Addison’s disease, a relatively rare endocrinological condition in dogs. While rare, it is an important disease for dog owners to know about. Addison’s disease is the common name for hypoadrenocorticism, a condition where there is diminished or lowered hormone production from the adrenal glands.