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  • Governor to sign bill that reviews Common Core standards

     Only a year after Common Core’s implementation in Brunswick County K-12 schools, state legislators have passed a  bill that will review North Carolina’s education standards. The bill has passed through the House of Representatives and is expected to be signed by Gov. Pat McCrory.

    The House passed the legislation 71-34 and the Senate approved the bill last week.

  • BCC recognizes McRainey for contributions

     Brunswick Community College has experienced steady growth since 1998, and Dianne McRainey has been there to see it all.

    After 16 years as a member of the board of trustees, McRainey’s tenure has come to an end.

    “This experience has been wonderful,” McRainey said. “The people that have been on this board truly have their heart into the college and care about this community and what the college needs to provide for the community.

  • Early College High School calendar tweaked for 2014-15 school year

     Brunswick County Schools made a minor adjustment to the 2014-15 Early College High School calendar it approved in March.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School calendar was adjusted to align with the spring break schedule at Brunswick Community College spring break schedule. The adjustment was approved at the Board of Education’s July 1 monthly meeting.

    The first required teacher workdays are Aug. 4-6. The first day of class for ECHS classes is Aug. 7.

    Report cards will be released Oct. 15, Jan. 28, 2015, and March 18, 2015.

  • Ex-BSL chief convicted of failure to discharge duties

    The former police chief of Boiling Spring Lakes was convicted of failure to discharge duties in Brunswick County District Court on Friday, July 18.

    Emmett Ballree, who began his career as chief in Boiling Spring Lakes in 2008 before his 2012 termination, pleaded guilty to willful failure to discharge his duties as a police officer, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

  • Businessman gets 3+ years in prison for Leland site contamination

    A 61-year-old business owner has been sentenced to more than three years in federal prison for crimes related to the to handling of a toxic substance at his facility in Leland.

    Benjamin Franklin Pass and P&W Waste Oil Services Inc. were sentenced Wednesday, July 16, in Raleigh, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Thomas G. Walker.

  • Sunset Beach developer Gore dies at 82

     The man who played an integral role in the development and incorporation of Sunset Beach has died.

    Ed Gore, 82, died in his sleep Wednesday morning, July 16.

  • Bulkhead installation to restart Holden Beach park construction

    HOLDEN BEACH — A yearlong wait for a recreation park across the street from the Holden Beach Town Hall is almost over.

    At the July 8 town board meeting, Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said the park work will begin once a bulkhead along the waterfront is completed.

    Hewett told the town commissioners the contractor hired to install the bulkhead is making headway.

    “It’s not done yet but we are pleased with the progress,” Hewett said.

  • Holden Beach water lines have more than a few good years left

    HOLDEN BEACH — Town officials received good news about the lifespan of water pipes on the island and the potential cost of their upkeep.

    Shane Lippard of Right Angle Engineering provided commissioners with the results of a water system study at the July 8 town meeting.

    “We sent three pieces of pipe off for an evaluation of their condition because the manufacturer’s warranty was for 36 years, and we have reached that point,” Commissioner Dennis Harrington said.

  • Without N.C. tax-free weekend, Brunswick shoppers to head south

    While North Carolina legislators decided 2013 would be the last year of the tax-free weekend, Brunswick County shoppers can still take advantage of the tax savings — in South Carolina.

    The sales-tax free holiday returns Aug. 1-3 but what it saves Brunswick residents in taxes it might cost them in gasoline.

    The tax holiday was signed into law in 2001 by then-Gov. Mike Easley but was eliminated as part of the Tax Reduction Act in 2013.

    The House passed the act by a vote of 77-38. The state Senate passed it by a vote of 32-17.

  • Holden Beach opens dog park on Scotch Bonnet Drive

    HOLDEN BEACH – Holden Beach’s ribbon cutting for a new dog park turned into a doggiepalooza, as dozens of dog owners brought their pals to check out the new facility.

    Dolly and Louis Mitchell attended the ribbon cutting for the new dog park with Ninja, their border collie/lab mix rescue dog.

    Dolly Mitchell said she appreciated having a dog park closer to home.

    “The closest dog parks were the one in Shallotte and one at Myrtle Beach,” Dolly Mitchell said.