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  • Old Sunset Beach bridge disconnected, heads west to mainland

    SUNSET BEACH—Well-wishers watched with nostalgia Friday as the old Sunset Beach bridge was put out of commission and moved down the Intracoastal Waterway toward its new retirement site.

    Around 11:30 a.m., workers with English Construction Co., aided by a tugboat, disconnected and guided the old span out of its half-century-old berth between the mainland and island and drove it a few hundred yards down the waterway.

  • Community members describe desired characteristics of new BCC president

    BOLIVIA—Able to work with and accessible to the community. Appreciative of diversity. Fiscally responsible. Strong morals and values. These are some of the traits community members want the next president of Brunswick Community College to possess.

    The Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees hosted a public forum Thursday at the school, which was open to anyone who wanted to give input on characteristics and traits trustees should look for when selecting the next president.

  • Gore looks back as DA; looks forward to retirement

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series about outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—Like most careers, former district attorney Rex Gore’s career as the district’s top prosecutor had its ups and its downs.

  • West Brunswick senior directs play as part of his senior project

    West Brunswick High School students are in final preparation for “Time of Your Life,” an original play written and directed by West Brunswick student Dustin Rogers.

    Rogers is producing the play as part of his senior project—the importance of fine arts in schools.

  • Policy changes reflect state-mandated changes to personnel public records law

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will need to update the school system’s policy manual to include state-mandated changes to personnel laws.

    Changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, and dictate additional information in employee personnel files that can be released to the public.

  • Five-year-old undergoes nightly dialysis treatments while he waits for kidney transplant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Rather than relying on the kidneys he was born with to function properly, Billy Lawson Jr. must undergo more than eight hours of dialysis each night.

    And he’s only 5 years old.

    Billy—who likes to be called Bill Bill—was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, his father Billy Lawson said.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education meets next week

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting and will meet next Tuesday.

    The board, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, has rescheduled its January meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the government complex in Bolivia.

    A copy of the meeting agenda can be found online at www.bcswan.net.

  • DA David to host three swearing-in ceremonies across district

    Though he was sworn in Jan. 1, the first day of his term as district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District, Jon David will have three swearing-in ceremonies in the coming weeks—one in each of the counties that make up the 13th District.

    “I firmly believe this important office belongs to the entire community, not to an individual. As such, I am inviting the community to help celebrate our new administration,” David said.

  • Community input sought for BCC presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Before selecting the next president of Brunswick Community College, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees wants your input.

    A public forum is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Building A Teaching Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

    The public is invited to the forum to share with trustees qualities and characteristics they hope to see in the school’s new president.

  • Brunswick County commissioners to meet Tuesday, Jan. 18

    Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Brunswick County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.  Because county offices will be closed, Brunswick County commissioners have changed their Monday meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 18.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a closed session, and the regular session will convene no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Brunswick County Commissioners meetings are in commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.