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Archive for November, 2013

First Alert Weather: NWS issues tornado watch for Southeastern NC

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A powerful and moisture laden storm system will track through the Carolinas Tuesday night and depart the region Wednesday.

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Board discusses parental objections to reading material

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

The policy committee meeting was a sharp contrast to the heated public discussion

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‘The Color Purple’ staying in Brunswick Co. Schools for now

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

BOLIVA, NC (WWAY) — The debate over the Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Color Purple” continues in Brunswick County, but so far it looks like all the debate may be much ado about nothing.

Despite complaints from parents, students and community members earlier this month at a board of education meeting, a formal challenge has not been submitted to remove this book from schools.

At a committee meeting Tuesday, the school board reviewed its policy for challenging instructional materials.

No recommendations were made to amend the policy, but there was a recommendation to possibly establish an advisory committee to review appeals should they reach that level of challenge.

Superintendent Edward Pruden says he thinks “The Color Purple” should be taught in schools to the appropriate age group.

“I think for students 16 years old and older and who have a teacher to guide them through the study of the book, it can be done in an appropriate manner, and to their educational benefit,” Dr. Pruden said.

But Brunswick County Commissioner Marty Cooke disagrees.

“To put it another way, one can eat from a cafeteria or a dumpster, but one would hope those placed in charge of our children would have exercised better oversight,” Cooke wrote in an e-mail to a concerned parent.

Cooke told us the entire e-mail states his opinion. He said “The Color Purple” is simply too graphic for students.

School Board member John Thompson says he has not read the book cover to cover. He says he understands why people would be upset, but he also understands its educational value.

“Good literature can be rough at times,” Thompson said.

Pruden says parents always have the final say when it comes to their child.

The board will discuss the reccommended procedure changes at their next meeting Dec. 17.

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Eating too much just one reason for Thanksgiving hospital visits

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Contrary to some often-repeated claims, emergency department visits do not peak on Thanksgiving weekend

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Support law enforcement over holidays with “Project Blue Light”

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

While many folks are out getting ready for the holidays with the family, dozens of law enforcement officials in our area want you to remember them.

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