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  • Survey shows dropout-prevention success of Communities in Schools

    A five-year independent evaluation conducted by ICF International concludes that Communities in Schools (CIS) is the best dropout-prevention program around.

    “Compared with large-scale or well-known dropout-prevention programs reviewed by

    the [U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse], Communities In Schools had the strongest effect on students’ on-time graduation rates,” according to the study.

  • BCC presidential interviews to be completed today; trustees to meet Monday

    UPDATE: Interviews for the president position at Brunswick Community College are scheduled to be completed today, Friday, April 29.

    Dr. Rick L. Garrett, the final candidate, will visit on Friday and meet with the public from 12-1:15 p.m., at the Virginia Williamson Events Center. Garrett is the dean of the Avery Campus at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.

  • Law enforcement, GOP leaders back David

    BOLIVIA—Local police chiefs and Brunswick County GOP leaders are throwing their support behind district attorney Jon David in what has become a very public battle with Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    On Friday, April 15, Jolly issued a scathing administrative order, accusing David of financially benefiting a campaign contributor in a pilot traffic court program Jolly called a “scheme.”

    David has called the claims “wildly inaccurate” and asked that the traffic court program be immediately re-instated.

  • South Brunswick High teacher named Teacher of the Year

    Melissa Warren, a ninth-grade English teacher at South Brunswick High School, has been named the Teacher of the Year for Brunswick County Schools.

    Warren has been employed with the school system since 2002, after graduating as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2007, Warren earned her master’s degree and studied secondary education/English. She received her National Board certification in 2009.

  • Easter church services in Brunswick County

    For more information about local services, please see the religion pages in the Tidelines section of this week’s Beacon.

    Saint Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Shallotte

    Easter Sunday Mass will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (bilingual) and 11:15 a.m.

    Saint Brendan the Navigator is at 5101 Ocean Highway West, Shallotte. For more information, call 754-8544, or visit http://www.saintbrendan-shallotte.org.

  • WATCH VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for April 20, 2011
  • House explosion rocks area

    The cause of a house explosion is undetermined after it occurred Wednesday night on Shingletree Road. Residents in the Farm at Brunswick and Brunswick Plantation reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An occupant of the home at 500 Shingletree Road was transported to a South Carolina hospital, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    “There was heavy fire and damage when the fire department arrived,” he said.

  • Donations bring hospice facility one-step closer to home

    SUPPLY—Fundraising efforts for the construction of a Brunswick County Hospice Care Center have brought the project closer to its goal.

    Last Friday morning more than 100 donors and supporters of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center were honored for their support of the Closer to Home capital campaign with a celebration breakfast.

    The goal is to raise $3.5 million to construct a seven-bed hospice inpatient care center to serve patients and families in Brunswick County. Currently the closest inpatient facilities are in Wilmington and Whiteville.

  • Parents speak out about proposed staggered school start times

    BOLIVIA—More than 60 parents, teachers and students voiced their opinions about potential changes to education in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Schools Board of Education joined the Parent Advisory Council to hear from the public on proposed budget reductions. The major topic of concern was the potential of staggered start times.

  • School board members say they face tough challenges

    Bolivia—“This is a good case of there are no easy answers,” said Brunswick County Schools Board of Education member John Thompson as Tuesday evening’s budget work session drew to a close.

    The decisions before the board are not easy and have serious impacts on the future of education in Brunswick County, school board members contend.

    Immediately following the budget session, the board participated in an public comment session regarding proposed budget cuts.

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