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  • Parents must return signed consent to ‘opt out’ of sex education

    BOLIVIA—If parents do not want their middle school children learning reproductive health and safety during the school day, they must return a signed form, opting their children out of the state-mandated curriculum.

    Board members voted 3-2 Tuesday evening to enact a policy that gives parents the choice to enroll a student in the comprehensive curriculum, an abstinence-only curriculum or opt out of both, in accordance with House Bill 88.

  • Board approves budget without recommended position additions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday to approve a budget resolution that included a $2.8 million shortfall and the use of $2.5 million in fund balance, but they opted to exclude the approval several new positions requested by various departments in the district.

    Board members opted to exclude the approval of a public information officer, transportation coordinator for the northern end of the county and a career counselor for Brunswick County Academy.

  • Despite missed AYP goals, officials say progress is being made

    BOLIVIA—Although the number of Brunswick County schools that made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) during the past school year decreased, school officials say there is progress being made.

    Eleven of the 19 schools tested made AYP during the 2009-2010 school year, which is a decrease from last year’s 14 of 17 tested.

  • San Rio to be complete in October, project manager says

    A representative of the firm overseeing the development of the once-defunct San Rio subdivision off Gray Bridge Road says the project should be complete by mid-October, slightly later than the original planned completion in August.

    LandTech Asset Management of Columbia, S.C., a private real estate development, marketing and management firm, is the court-appointed receiver for the property, which ran into trouble after losing its bank funding.

  • No Port Southport pitches vision for NCIT land to county commissioners

    BOLIVIA—With the proposed North Carolina International Terminal project on hold indefinitely, members of the No Port Southport group want to work with county commissioners to bring in clean, green industry to the site.

    Harry Burrell of No Port Southport, making a presentation to county commissioners on Monday, said the group had, “a new vision for the land that was originally purchased for North Carolina International Terminal.”

  • A difficult economy leads to few success stories in the restaurant business

    At around 1 o’clock on a recent afternoon, Sunshine Café on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte had been closed for an hour or two due to a lack of business. Workers were busy cleaning up and performing routine maintenance work inside.

    Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Sunshine Café’s regular business hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. But the recent lull in business has the restaurant closed more often during what used to be peak lunch hours.


    ST. JAMES—Call it a team effort for marine posterity.

    Last week, students from UNCW’s Center for Marine Science and its MarineQuest Oceans 17 program joined with the town of St. James to plant oyster shells—also known as “cultch” in marine lingo—in Beaver Dam Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Their mission is to create oyster habitat to help the mollusk population grow.

  • Sunset Beach bridge group garners petition signatures

    SUNSET BEACH—A group trying to save the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge brought more than 4,500 petition signatures to Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Ann Bokelman of the newly launched Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society presented the signatures, along with 18 letters from area businesses “in support of your efforts to save the bridge and find a suitable home,” Bokelman said, speaking at the council meeting about the “little bridge that could.”

  • Sunset Beach Planning Board approves 15 percent open space over objections

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved 15 percent open space for all mainland residential districts.

    The board’s unanimous vote came at a July 29 meeting, following a public hearing when representatives with several local golf course communities urged the board to consider a different formula.

    Lawyer Elaine Jordan and Dan Weeks spoke on behalf of The Coastal Companies, owner of Ocean Ridge and future Jaguar’s Lair golf course communities.

  • Sunset Beach boards agree future appearance is everything

    SUNSET BEACH—Looks are important, town board members informally agreed during a joint meeting Monday.

    “One of my concerns is the look of our community,” town council member Karen Joseph said during the afternoon session of fellow council members and the town planning board.

    Joseph joked she keeps hoping she’ll get a phone call from town administrator Gary Parker informing her a tornado came through Sunset Beach, “but all it did was knock down the old Food Lion—the whole thing.”