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  • School bus drivers hours reduced, positions changed

    BOLIVIA—For the first time in the history of the school system, the reduction in force (RIF) policy has been implemented for Brunswick County Schools.

    The move affects 38 full-time bus drivers after board of education members voted last month to revert to a single-bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Seventeen employees have been reduced to part-time employment through the RIF, while 20 employees have been hired into part-time custodial, child nutrition and full-time bus driver or teacher assistant positions.

  • Commissioners schedule budget workshops

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled two upcoming workshops for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget on June 7 and June 8.

    At their last commissioners’ meeting, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed commissioners adopt a $196.2 million-budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    Lawing’s proposed budget maintains the current 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The $196.2 proposed budget is 2.9 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget.

  • High school graduations to be streamed online, broadcast on ATMC-TV

    Graduating seniors are gearing up to don their caps and gowns, preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    This year, for those who can’t get to Odell Williamson Auditorium on graduation day, family members and loved ones will have several opportunities to watch their favorite senior walk across the stage.

    Graduation commencement ceremonies for all three Brunswick County traditional public high schools are scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

  • Brunswick County unemployment dips for Memorial Day weekend

    County unemployment rates were released Friday, May 25, on the eve of the traditional start to tourist season.

    Brunswick County’s 9.7-percent unemployment for April is down from March’s 10.9-percent unemployment rate. It’s also down from the previous April, which had a 10.8-percent unemployment rate.

    Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Tropical Depression Beryl expected to impact Brunswick County Wednesday morning

    Tropical Depression Beryl is expected to impact Brunswick County on Wednesday morning.

    As of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update Tuesday, May 29, Tropical Depression Beryl was moving northeast at about 8 mph. A gradual increase in forward speed was expected throughout the night on Tuesday, after press time for this paper.

    The center of Tropical Depression Beryl was expected to close in on South Carolina’s coast early Wednesday, and move back over the Atlantic waters by midday Wednesday.

  • St. James to open its gates to feature 32 homes to tour

    ST. JAMES—If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the gated town of St. James, this weekend is an opportunity to find out.

    Real estate sales are up this year in St. James, and the sales and marketing team wants to open the gates to show the public what the town has to offer.

    From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, visitors are invited to tour 32 homes and condominiums during an open house weekend.

    It’s free and the public is welcome.

  • Parking, paths reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Parking and bike-and-pedestrian trails are still foremost topics in Sunset Beach.

    Consultant Fred Burchette with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Cary spoke at a town council workshop May 15 about the scope of a parking study for the island.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said once that is determined, “we will negotiate a price accordingly.”

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said there was an issue of making sure there was recognition the island is 2.5 miles long.

  • Duty, honor, courage and country

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan, when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    March is an eventful month for U.S. Army Spc. Ben McCune.

    This past March, his wife gave birth to their first child. The previous March, he and his wife Chelsea were married.

  • Trip with a mission: Church group returns to aid hurricane victims

    For a second time, a mission group from Sunset Beach has ventured north to aid residents still trying to recuperate from last year’s damages from Hurricane Irene.

    A group of 16 people from Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach first went to aid people in the village of Aurora last November.

  • Memorial Day weekend events

    Calabash VFW

    Calabash Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7288 will have a Memorial Day service at 11 a.m. Monday, May 28.

    Featured speaker will be Sgt. Maj. Chuck Jarrell, a highly decorated member of the United States Army Special Operations Command who has served our country in uniform for 27 years.

    “As the VFW national commander wrote recently, we must show respect for losses that must never be forgotten,” said Frank Richardson, who does publicity for the Post.