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  • Sheriff ponders having inmates work at animal shelter

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram is looking into the possibility of having inmates in the county detention center trustee program work at the county animal shelter.

    Ingram said it might be a good way to give animal control officers a chance to get out on the road more quickly while at the same time offer inmates something constructive to do by cleaning and performing maintenance chores at the shelter. He said it also might be a good cost-saving move for the county.

  • Third Bark at the Beach takes a walk in Holden Beach on April 11

    HOLDEN BEACH—Bring your leash and your dog(s) to the third annual Bark at the Beach fundraiser Saturday, April 11, under the Holden Beach bridge along Brunswick Avenue.

    Registration is at 9:30 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m.

    The walk will proceed two to three miles down Brunswick Avenue, then will be followed by other events at Bark at the Beach central set up under the high-rise bridge.

    Watering stations will be provided for dogs, and a “poop patrol” will be on duty to monitor and assist with any doggie business.

  • Calabash Fire Department awarded better ISO ratings

    CALABASH—The Calabash Fire District has received lower Insurance Service Office ratings that could mean reduced premiums for commercial and rural properties, fire chief Carl Naecker said this week.

    The district was awarded a rating of 4, an improvement of its previous rating of 5, following a recent inspection by the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM).

  • Cost of future sewer still unknown in Calabash

    CALABASH— “How much is it going to cost?” is still the prevailing question floating around Calabash regarding Brunswick County’s future sewer plan.

    It cropped up again last week at a specially called commissioners workshop to discuss methods of assessment for the proposed project.

    Mayor Anthony Clemmons outlined six possible methods of assessment the county could use involving front footage, acreage, a per-lot basis or a combination of any of these.

  • Sunset Beach tenders get a bridge 'stay' until new high-rise is finished

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge won’t be leaving so soon after all.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation has changed its mind about laying off the operators this year as part of economic cutbacks.

    Amanda Glynn, NCDOT Division 3 bridge maintenance engineer, said Tuesday the division received a special waiver last month that has enabled the operators to continue working until the new Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge is finished and opened to island traffic next year.

  • Dropouts decrease in county, across state

    The number of dropouts is down in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state.

    According to data released earlier this month from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools noticed a 7.51 percent decrease in the number of dropouts, counting 197 during the 2007-2008 school year compared to 213 during 2006-2007. This takes the county’s dropout rate to 5.22, down from 5.66 the previous year.

  • School uniforms proposed for Lincoln Elementary

    Informal talks about school uniforms have circled the two new schools set to open in August, but some teachers, parents and even students are requesting approval for school uniforms at Lincoln Elementary School starting in August.

    A group of educators from Lincoln addressed the board of education at its safe schools committee meeting Tuesday, and requested they grant approval for school uniforms beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Rip current advisory issued for Brunswick coast

    The National Weather Service is cautioning the public about potential deadly rip currents off the Brunswick County coast.

    According to weather reports released Thursday afternoon, a high risk of rip currents exists through around 8 p.m. Thursday and again throughout Friday.

    NWS indicates a combination of persistent swells from the east, a new moon and wind waves coming from the south will increase the risk of rip currents.

  • New senior center to be staffed by those 55 and older in need of jobs

    Jim Russell, director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., wants to employ people 55 and older in the new Southport Senior Center, slated to open in July.

    It’s another way of supporting the mission of the nonprofit agency, which has seen its share of older people in need.

    “The mission of BSRI is to help people 55 and [older] sustain their independence,” Russell said recently. “The need for employment is always there. It’s just more noticeable now.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Students find success at Transition Academy

    BOLIVIA—The Transition Academy began with the idea of refreshing the eighth-grade curriculum throughout the entire year, but students had so much success, they completed the eighth-grade courses during the first semester.

    All students are now first-semester ninth-graders.

    Josue Ramirez missed 146 days of school last year. He used to be a self-proclaimed partier.

    “Sometimes I make it to school, sometimes I won’t,” he said of his previous attendance record.