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  • School board fires Pruden

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to terminate the contract of Superintendent Edward Pruden during a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12.

    Following a closed session that lasted almost four hours, the board returned to open session. Catherine Cooke made a motion to terminate Pruden’s contract effective Nov. 30, which was supported by Charlie Miller and Shirley Babson.

    Bud Thorsen and board chairman John Thompson cast dissenting votes.

  • West end development reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — A roomful of residents packed town hall but were not allowed to speak as proposed oceanfront development west of Mad Inlet underwent scrutiny last week in Sunset Beach.

    The Sunset Beach Technical Review Committee, much of it composed of town department heads, convened Nov. 6 to review a preliminary subdivision plat for the proposed Sunset West development on a 24.95-acre tract.

    Town building inspector Randy Walters said the proposed subdivision consists of 21 platted lots.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board after special meeting

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden’s contract with Brunswick County Schools expires June 30, 2015, but an abrupt termination means the board would have to buy out the remainder of his contract.

  • BEMC awards grants to local educators

     SUPPLY — A chance encounter at Kmart 20 years ago will benefit thousands of Brunswick County students during this school year.

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp.’s Judy Gore was in line at the store back then when she noticed a schoolteacher paying for her own school supplies.

    Gore had a vision and soon thereafter launched the Bright Ideas program, which awards education grants to educators across North Carolina.

  • Firefighters hone techniques at live burn

     SHALLOTTE — Standing beside a town property used by the Shallotte Fire Department in a live burn session last Wednesday, fire chief Paul Dunwell asked onlookers, “Do you understand why we wear all this equipment?”

    At an abandoned house on Wall Street, off Main Street in Shallotte, Dunwell led members of Shallotte and other fire departments in a practice session Wednesday, Nov. 5, the seventh live burn hosted by the town in the last 18 months.

  • Constitutional amendment allows opportunity for bench trial

     For the first time in North Carolina courtrooms, felony defendants will have the opportunity to forego a jury trial in favor of a bench trial.

    In the Nov. 4 general election, North Carolina voters approved a constitutional amendment that will allow felony defendants to waive a jury trial in favor of a trial where the judge and a judge only determines whether the accused is guilty or innocent.

  • Warren finishes fourth in race for Court of Appeals seat

     A Brunswick County District Court judge fell short in his bid for a seat on the state Court of Appeals in the Nov. 4 general election.

    Marion Warren, an Ash native and judge in the 13th district, finished fourth in a race that included a whopping 19 candidates for a vacancy left on the court when Chief Judge John C. Martin announced his retirement in July.

  • Brunswick Community College offers courses during ‘minimester’

     SUPPLY — For most students, winter break is a time to put the textbooks and laptops on the shelf for a month or so until spring semester begins in January. But Brunswick Community College is offering interested students an opportunity to complete additional credit hours through holiday courses.

    The college offers courses in what’s called a “minimester” from Dec. 5 through Jan. 2, vice president of academic and student affairs Sharon Thompson said.

  • Pruden expects termination by school board Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the school board will have a special called meeting Wednesday, Nov. 12, to consider immediate termination of his employment.

    Pruden issued the following statement by email to local media outlets Monday, Nov. 10:

  • Belville Riverwalk to Battleship could start nature trail loop through Wilmington and Brunswick County

    Belville Commissioner Joe Breault knows not to quit once your on a winning streak.

    The success of the Brunswick Riverwalk trail project emboldened Breault to propose a connection to the USS Battleship North Carolina park in September.

    And now that the first phase of the Riverwalk construction has begun, Breault has an idea that could take the trail full circle – by proposing a 25 mile interconnected nature trail and bicycle loop through Wilmington and Brunswick County.