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  • Tightening the belt

    Times are tough. We all know it. We’ve all buckled down, tightened our belts and felt the pressure on our personal finances.

    In the past three years at another company I worked for, I was told my benefits were being reduced, there was a raise freeze and then my pay was being cut because the company wasn’t making enough money. I thanked my lucky stars I wasn’t being laid off like so many others but I knew it was going to be tough.

  • Principals ask for higher standards for graduation, promotion requirements

    BOLIVIA—Principals have asked members of the Brunswick County Board of Education to adopt stricter graduation requirements and promotion standards than what is required by the state.

    At a policy meeting last week, Bob Grimes, Brunswick County Schools’ director of secondary education, presented policy committee and board members Catherine Cooke and Shirley Babson with proposed changes to the graduation policy, No. 3460.

  • Proposed funding agreement may allocate more funds to schools than previous year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education hope a funding agreement with the Brunswick County Commissioners will allocate just as much, if not more, local funding to the school system than was allocated during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    This comes as good news for the school district, as Superintendent Ed Pruden said Brunswick County Schools could face as much as a $12 million reduction in state and federal funds for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Board members want immediate action taken after bullying claims

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members want immediate action taken following claims of bullying.

    During the public comment section of the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, a mother of a high school student came before the board and said her child had been “bullied on and off” for several years.

  • New member sworn into board of education; board picks new chairperson

    BOLIVIA—Six years and one day ago, John Thompson left the Brunswick County Board of Education as Scott Milligan came on board.

    Roles reversed Tuesday, as Milligan left the board after deciding not to seek re-election. Thompson was elected to fill the District 5 seat last month.

    “It’s been a long voyage,” Milligan said at the beginning of Tuesday’s board meeting.

  • Board names Grimes assistant superintendent of Brunswick County Schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members have selected Bob Grimes as the district's new assistant superintendent.

    The position change was listed in a six-page personnel list approved by the board after a near two-hour closed session Tuesday night. Grimes, who was serving as the director of secondary education, will now be next in command after Superintendent Ed Pruden.

  • Commissioner calls attorney’s actions ‘inappropriate’

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren claims some of county attorney Huey Marshall’s actions are “inappropriate.”

    Warren, who serves as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter about Marshall and sent it to commissioners chairman Bill Sue on Nov. 12. He forwarded that same letter to members of the press, at the advice of DSS attorney Gary Shipman, he said.

  • Beacon requests closed session meeting minutes

    In September, the Beacon first requested closed session meeting minutes from all Brunswick County Commissioners meetings and all Brunswick County Board of Social Services meetings between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 24, 2010.

    At their September board meeting, DSS board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • Lower island speed recommendation approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to lower speed limits year-round on two key corridors on the Sunset Beach island.

    The unanimous vote Monday night is to request lowering the speed limit on Main Street, as well as Sunset Boulevard between North Shore Drive and Main Street, from 35mph to 25mph.

    Town council member Carol Scott, who proposed the measure, thinks it will help enforcement and safety issues.

  • Commissioners mull reimbursement agreement with hospital for super streets

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners could decide at their next meeting whether to enter into a reimbursement agreement with Brunswick Community Hospital.

    If approved, the reimbursement agreement would be for the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Supply, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the super street intersections would be at the entrance of the new hospital on U.S. 17 and at the intersection of Galloway Road and U.S. 17, just north of the hospital site.