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  • Brunswick County Schools plans uses for Race to the Top federal money

    BOLIVIA—Of the $440 million in Race to the Top federal education reform funding allotted to school systems in North Carolina, Brunswick County Schools received $1.6 million to be used during the next four years.

    “It’s a lot of work for a little bit of money, that’s what everybody around the country who won it is saying,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said of securing the federal funds.

    School systems around the country competed to secure Race to the Top funds, which were introduced by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Board chair voices concerns over charter school bill on House floor

    Brunswick County Board of Education Chairperson Shirley Babson did not want to sign her name to a generic resolution opposing Senate Bill 8, which would lift the cap on charter schools.

    Instead, she went to Raleigh and expressed her concerns in person to members of the house and education committee on the floor of the General Assembly.

    “I wanted them to know how the bill would affect my school system, how much money it was going to take, and my concerns of taking funds out of the current expense,” Babson said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 14-20, K-9 deputies issued 26 citations and made 21 drug arrests.

    K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Midway Road, McLamb Road, Hickman Road, Ash-Little River Road, Shell Point Road and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Ninth annual home and garden show unfolds this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—The Ninth Annual Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show unfolds this weekend at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The two-day event is open from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and Sunday, March 27.

    General admission is $5, and children 8 and younger are admitted free.

    In its ninth year, the event will feature a variety of exhibitors and classes. Those who attend the home and garden show can talk with landscapers and experts from local nurseries. Live plants and flowers will be available for purchase.

  • Commissioners annual retreat set for Thursday, Friday of this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners will host their annual, two-day budget retreat this week.

    The two-day retreat will be from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, March 24, and 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday, March 25.

    The retreat will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Rabon co-sponsors government transparency bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was one of a handful of state senators who signed on as sponsor or co-sponsor of a government transparency bill the North Carolina Press Association has called “powerful.”

    Senate Bill 344, the Government Transparency Act of 2011, was filed in the state Senate Monday, March 14.

    The bill was fittingly filed during Sunshine Week, a weeklong event March 13-19 celebrating freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

  • Iler co-sponsors voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has co-sponsored the Restore Confidence in Government Act, otherwise known as the voter ID bill.

    The bill includes a provision that would require a photo ID for citizens to vote in North Carolina.

    Iler, who serves on the House elections committee, said a public hearing on the bill drew a large crowd, including many people from Brunswick County.

  • Giving Back

    SHALLOTTE—January marked the one-year anniversary of devastating earthquakes in Haiti that sent the already fledgling third world country into a tailspin.

    Thirteen months after the earth shook in Haiti, a team of 13, with 10 members from First Baptist Church of Shallotte, arrived in the country as part of the North Carolina Baptist Men’s disaster relief/recovery mission outreach.

    The group has had teams in place inside Haiti since four weeks after the incident. The team from Shallotte was the 61st team sent by the organization.

  • Wounded Women Warrior Ride set for next week in Brunswick County

    Thirty female veterans wounded in the Middle East will be pedaling through Brunswick County next week as part of the region’s latest Warrior Ride.

    The St. James POA Service Club will be host of a first-day portion of the Wounded Women Warrior Ride in Brunswick County on March 31.

    Service club spokesperson Carol Szot said the Warrior Ride organization in Oak Island recently approached the club about providing a location for the ride.

  • Calabash declines to release closed-session minutes

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has issued a statement that it is unable to release requested minutes from a March 8 town commissioners’ closed session.

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon submitted a public records request asking that the town release minutes and details having to do with unspecified property for which the town is seeking an appraisal.