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  • Board members, superintendent visit county schools

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education and Superintendent Edward Pruden visited area schools Friday.

    Board vice-chairperson Charlie Miller said board members try to visit all schools as a group every year. Although scheduling time to visit 19 schools can be challenging, he said board members need to be visible and know what's going on inside classrooms.

  • Grants will bring dance, music to county students

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is bringing in the arts.

    Connie Enis, fine arts education coordinator, announced at Tuesday’s curriculum meeting Brunswick County Schools has received two grants that will bring in performers at no cost to the school system.

  • School system plans community facility forums

    BOLIVIA—Forfeit a coffee pot or microwave, save a job.

    Reducing Brunswick County Schools’ annual utility bill is one way school officials can save money while facing another multi-million deficit during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, told board of education members in attendance at Tuesday’s operations meeting the school system spends $2.5 million annually on utilities.

    “If we can save 20 percent, that’s a lot of money,” board member John Thompson said.

  • Board members still considering new legal representation

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education agree they need to re-examine how much they are spending in legal fees and advertise once again for new representation.

    But one board member disagrees with the advertising cost.

    Board members voted 4-1 Wednesday night to advertise for request for proposals (RFP) for legal services after receiving only two RFPs after advertising last fall. Kathleen Tanner Kennedy, the board’s current representation from the Raleigh-based Tharrington Smith law firm, was one of the applicants.

  • Students to learn to stop bullying through after-school program

    When it comes to stopping bullying, Kathy Smith, after-schools director for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS), says prevention is key.

    “The more we can educate the kids and give them tools and resources to avoid being a bully themselves or recognize a bully, the better equipped they will be to deal with those situations coming up,” Smith said.

  • Commissioner’s e-mail may violate state’s open meetings law

    An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says a recent e-mail sent at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren is a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    N.C. Press Association Attorney Mike Tadych said a Jan. 5 e-mail sent to poll commissioners about donating money to Brunswick Family Assistance during a recent county Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.10.

  • Defiant DSS attorney refuses to accept commissioners’ termination

    Like chairman, like attorney.

    DSS attorney Gary Shipman appears to be taking a page from Social Services board chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s playbook as he refuses to step down from his post, even though Brunswick County commissioners voted to terminate his contract Jan. 18.

  • Code of ethics violation could lead to commissioner’s censure

    BOLIVIA—All but one commissioner agree—Charles Warren is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

    Warren, as one would expect, is the lone commissioner who doesn’t agree, claiming he is not in violation of the code of ethics, even questioning the legitimacy of the state-required code of ethics, approved by commissioners in December.

  • General Assembly convenes Wednesday, Jan. 26

    RALEIGH—The 2011-2012 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday, Jan. 26.

    When it does, it will be the first time in more than a century that Republicans will control both the state House and the state Senate.

    In the November 2010 election, Republicans picked up 67 state House seats, while the Democrats held on to 52 seats. In the state Senate, one unaffiliated representative was elected to the state house.

  • Sink or Swin - Part 2

    Local anti-North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) mega-port groups aren’t convinced the issue of building a port in Southport is dead.

    Recently the North Carolina Ports Authority (NCPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and Secretary Dee Freeman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources expressed their efforts have been refocused on expansion of the existing port in Wilmington.