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  • Department heads seek equipment, positions at commissioners' budget workshop

    BOLIVIA—County department heads went before county commissioners Wednesday, May 27, to plead their cases for why they need more county financial support.

    During a grim budgeting process, most county departments and nonprofit agencies are slated to receive reduced, if any, funding from county coffers.

    “We started with more than a $17 million deficit, cut $6 million to a $10.7 million deficit,” county manager Marty Lawing said about the upcoming fiscal year’s budget process.

  • County to seek stimulus money for housing program

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners gave the community development administrator the OK Monday night to go after federal stimulus money.

    County community development administrator Louise McGarva requested commissioners’ approval to apply for a $500,000 community development block grant for a scattered site housing program.

    The grant application, which is due June 12, seeks funding available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, from which North Carolina is slated to receive about $6.1 billion.

  • Commissioners grant developer 30 days to complete infrastructure

    BOLIVIA—The 30-day clock developer Mark Saunders has to complete required infrastructure improvements began ticking Wednesday, May 27.

    After a closed session during last Wednesday’s daylong budget retreat, commissioners voted to allow Saunders another 30 days to complete required infrastructure improvements to several of his communities, including SeaWatch, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Ocean Isle Palms and Ibis Bay.

  • Attorneys for county, press association differ on opinion of personal e-mails as public record

    While they both agree e-mails fall under the scope of the North Carolina Public Records Law, attorneys for Brunswick County and the N.C. Press Association disagree on which e-mails are public record.

    State, county and municipal employees and elected officials are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which encompasses all correspondence, including e-mails.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall argues only e-mails “made or received pursuant to law or ordinance in connection to transaction of public business” are public record.

  • Convicted rapist sentenced after international extradition

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man convicted of statutory rape, who fled to Central America to evade sentencing, met his fate Monday in a Brunswick County courtroom.

    On Monday morning, Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Brian Keith Perry, 40, to 35-43 years in prison for his December 2008 felony convictions.

  • Stiller to resign from state House

    Updated at 6:29 p.m.

    Originally posted at 3:25 p.m.

    Citing the need to be closer to his family and the demands of his job, State Rep. Bonner Stiller, R-Oak Island, announced Tuesday he is resigning from the seat in the N.C. House of Representatives he has held since 2002.

    Stiller will officially vacate his position in Raleigh on June 15, he said, and will be available to help his successor to make a “super-smooth transition” into office during state budget deliberations.

  • Board votes to keep Transition Academy open for next school year

    The Board of Education voted 4-1 Wednesday to keep the Transition Academy in operation for the 2009-2010 school year, with its funding source to be determined.

    The possibility of closing the program was first introduced in March, and the board has been debating the issue since. The Transition Academy, aimed to help at-risk eighth-graders, offers smaller class sizes, more hands-on activities and individualized attention.

  • Brunswick resident treated for swine flu

    A student from a New Hanover County school who lives in Brunswick County has been treated for swine flu, according county health director Don Yousey.

    Yousey said his department contacted the New Hanover County department and learned the young man, a student at the Gregory School of Math and Science, was sent home and given the proper medicine about two weeks ago.

    Last week, the test came back positive. By that time, he had already been treated, Yousey explained.

  • Match still needed for 8-year-old in need of kidney transplant

    Eight-year-old Jarrod Danka is still looking for a lifesaver, after two potential kidney transplant donors have been deemed incompatible.

    Jarrod has lived with kidney disease all his life and was diagnosed with multicystic dysplasia of the kidney (MCDK), where cysts form in the kidney and interfere with the organ’s function

  • Board to have final reading on uniform policy

    The Brunswick County Board of Education will have a second and final reading of a uniform policy at its June 2 meeting. Students at Belville, Lincoln and Town Creek elementary schools will be required to wear uniforms when the 2009-2010 school year begins this August.

    The board approved uniforms for the three schools in April, after a group of teachers and administrators from Lincoln Elementary initially approached the board and asked for approval for implementation of a school-wide uniform policy.