January 20, 2023

Dr. Jerry Oates

Rewarded for GOOD work

Brunswick County School Supt. Dr. Jerry Oates announced this week he is resigning effective Feb. 20. While it was a surprise, Oates is leaving the school system for a really GOOD reason.

Oates has accepted the position as Deputy State Superintendent of the Public Schools in North Carolina. This role will allow him to serve over 1.5 million students across the state – so other educators outside of Brunswick County will now get a chance to work with one of the best.

His GOOD qualities are no secret. In May, Oates was named the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Superintendent of the Year for 2022–23. In November, the state winner will be announced.

Oates has served school systems with over 25 years in public education – including time as a classroom teacher, assistant principal, principal, chief human resource director, associate superintendent and in his current capacity as the superintendent of Brunswick County Schools since November 2018.

“He’s an advocate for education on all of the major issues encountered in leadership and community roles in Brunswick County and North Carolina,” said Dr. Kathy Spencer, Executive Director of the Southeast Education Alliance, after Oates was honored with the regional superintendent award this spring.

Oates said the award wasn’t an individual recognition, but one that reflected on the “Brunswick County Schools family who give of themselves each and every day to provide a quality education to our students.”

Brunswick County Board of Education Chairman Steven Barger added, “It’s refreshing to work with a leader who celebrates the success we have and rolls up his sleeves for challenges. He is a natural leader and professional.”

While it is the school system’s loss it is the state’s gain. Oates is accepting yet another challenge on his mission to provide a quality education to all children.

More about Dr. Oates at
Brunswick Count Schools names Dr. Jerry Oates as new superintendent
Oates receives Regional Superintendent of Year award

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Not Exactly News

The State Port Pilot’s long-running column, Not Exactly News, was a weekly assemblage of various local-interest items. They’re GOOD reminders of what life was like in our corner of the world and we’re excited to re-present them here. Enjoy!

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From The State Port Pilot – Wednesday, February 3, 1940

Good to Know

Happy National Handwriting Day
  • January 20: Take a Walk Outdoors Day. A perfect time to be intentional about enjoying some sunshine, getting some exercise and breathing some fresh air, Take a Walk Outdoors Day offers just the motivation needed to get outside and get moving!

  • January 21: National Hugging Day. Hugging has many benefits; it helps reduce stress by showing support, helps boost the immune system, improves heart health, and produces oxytocin, a brain chemical associated with happiness.

  • January 22: Chinese New Year. This holiday typically falls between late January and mid-February, and is a time for families to come together and celebrate the start of a new year.

  • January 23: National Handwriting Day. With computer keyboards as the new writing method, we often forget the good old pen and paper method. This day encourages you to put pen to paper, and show off your skills!

  • January 24: National Just Do It Day. Celebrated annually, National Just Do It Day was established to encourage people to get things done! January is the perfect month, right at the beginning of the year, to reach down into that motivation and get stuff done.

  • January 25: National Opposite Day. You can do activities in the wrong order. For example, you could decide to have breakfast for dinner. You could even wear your clothes backward! It’s up to you how much you want to embrace the theme of this day.

  • January 26: National Peanut Brittle Day. Some people believe that the history of peanut brittle begins in the southern states of the USA, which makes sense because that is where peanuts were first known to be cultivated.

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Community Focus

Reader Photo Showcase

We received some mouth-watering photos this week in response to last week's prompt, "a GOOD meal" – a glorious Christmas dinner and a yummy evening breakfast! We can't thank our GOOD readers enough for sending in these delicious shots! We've added them to our gallery page, so if you're ever in need of some food inspiration you know where to look. Bon appetit!

Carol's bountiful Christmas dinner. Submitted by Pat Kirkman

Carol's bountiful Christmas dinner. Submitted by Pat Kirkman.

I sometimes make a breakfast meal for supper. Submitted by George Demeter.

“I sometimes make a breakfast meal for supper.” Submitted by George Demeter.

View past reader photo showcases

We're shaking things up here in the Reader Photo Showcase. Starting next week, we’re getting rid of the restrictive reader photo prompts and encouraging you to send in whatever photos you think our readers would find interesting. New photos, old photos, whatever you have! We look forward to seeing what you come up with and thank you, as always, for sharing your creativity with us.

Recipe of the week

Claudia's Brown Rice

Claudia’s Brown Rice
Ahh, Mom’s beloved brown rice was a childhood favorite! She prepared it often and we never got enough. Too heavy for chicken but just right for a pot roast, it was always a hit with the whole family. The recipe is simple but so delicious. Give it a try, you won’t be disappointed.

• 1/2 – 1 stick butter
• 1 1/4 cups white rice
• Garlic
• Salt
• 2 cans consommé

Melt butter in saucepot, stir in rice, add garlic and salt to taste. Add consommé, bring to a boil, lower heat to simmer, cover, rice should be done in about 20 minutes.

Click here for a printable recipe card.

Pet of the Week!

This week's pet of the week is Lily, who could easily be a canine model, in our opinion. This enchanting photo is by Scott Ewing and many thanks for submitting it. Check out Lily and all our other wonderful pets of the week in our gallery.

Lily, submitted by Scott Ewing.

Not exactly a “Pet of the Week” photo but from the “Too adorable not to share” column we have B.B. the Bunny. B.B. is a pen pal of our beloved “Woody’s World” columnist, Woody Harper. In this week’s column Woody received an adorable shot of B.B. and it brightened our day so much we had to share this photo received later of B.B. readings his clippings. Bask in the cuteness!

B.B. the Bunny

See the complete collection in our Pet of the Week Showcase Gallery!

Play Time

Before you go, why not take a few more minutes, refill your coffee and take on our "Spot the Differences" challenge?

This week, we've taken a photo from our January 4th edition featuring Sea Biscuit Wildlife Shelter volunteer, Jackie Idol, releasing pelicans at the yacht basin in Southport after sheltering them from the cold. You can check out that story and find more about Sea Biscuit at stateportpilotcom.

We’ve made eight alterations to the original image from our story. See if you can spot the differences between the two images and test your observational skills. Click the images to get a closer look and check your guesses with the key at the end of the newsletter. Good luck!

Spot the Differences

Good Times

It’s Friday! Presented by Up Your Arts, here’s the weekend line-up, full of music and activities for everyone.

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Friday, January 20

  • Good Times Duo @ Lowes Food (Southport)

  • Jared Michael Cline @ the Joyce (Leland)

  • Nancy Olive @ Mavericks Pointe (Sunset Beach)

  • The Doorsmen @ Oak Island Moose Lodge

  • Face to Face @ Odell Williamson Auditorium (Bolivia)

  • LunaSea @ The Tiki Tavern

  • Dubtown Duo @ the Pub of Southport

Saturday, January 21

  • Live Music (TBD) @ The Grape and Ale (OKI)

  • Austin-Tucker Huffstetler @ Ocean Crest Pier

  • Sarah Brown @ the Joyce (Leland)

  • Live Music (TBD) @ the Pub of Southport

  • Live Music (TBD) @ The Tiki Tavern

Sunday, January 22

  • Open Beach Jam with Dennis Walton @ The Lazy Turtle (OKI)

On a GOOD Note

“Do the right thing. It will gratify some people and astonish the rest.

–Mark Twain

Spot the Differences Answer Key

Spot the Difference answer key

1. Added second birdhouse 2. Removed porthole 3. Added boat name 4. Added pelican 5. Removed rope 6. Added pelican in carrying case 7. Removed hoodie graphic 8. Removed spectators.

Have a really GOOD weekend!