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  • Merchants association bypasses Fourth of July festivities

    CALABASH—The Calabash Merchants Association will not be taking part in this year’s town Fourth of July festivities.

    The association recently notified Calabash Town Administrator Chuck Nance it would not be a participant in the fourth annual event. The merchants association had partnered with the town for the annual holiday event for the past three years.

    “My understanding is they felt like they couldn’t swing it,” Nance said last week.

  • The battle at home: Injurred vet returns home to PTSD, alcohol and drug abuse

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about West Brunswick High School graduate Ben McCune, who was injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck an improvised explosive device (IED).

    Ben McCune medically retired from the U.S. Army on May 15.

    But it was a long road to retirement after being injured in Afghanistan when the truck he was in struck a 1,500-pound improvised explosive device (IED) in the Arghandab River Valley in Afghanistan.

  • Rabon, Iler report back from Raleigh as short sessions convenes for General Assembly

    RALEIGH—Lawmakers are back in Raleigh for the short session of the 2011-2012 biennium of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    The short session convened May 16, and leadership in both the House and Senate has said they hope to be finished by July 4.

    State Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, said he was glad to be back in session, and he and his colleagues were “making significant progress in several key areas.”

  • School bus drivers hours reduced, positions changed

    BOLIVIA—For the first time in the history of the school system, the reduction in force (RIF) policy has been implemented for Brunswick County Schools.

    The move affects 38 full-time bus drivers after board of education members voted last month to revert to a single-bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

    Seventeen employees have been reduced to part-time employment through the RIF, while 20 employees have been hired into part-time custodial, child nutrition and full-time bus driver or teacher assistant positions.

  • Commissioners schedule budget workshops

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled two upcoming workshops for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget on June 7 and June 8.

    At their last commissioners’ meeting, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed commissioners adopt a $196.2 million-budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    Lawing’s proposed budget maintains the current 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The $196.2 proposed budget is 2.9 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget.

  • High school graduations to be streamed online, broadcast on ATMC-TV

    Graduating seniors are gearing up to don their caps and gowns, preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    This year, for those who can’t get to Odell Williamson Auditorium on graduation day, family members and loved ones will have several opportunities to watch their favorite senior walk across the stage.

    Graduation commencement ceremonies for all three Brunswick County traditional public high schools are scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

  • Brunswick County unemployment dips for Memorial Day weekend

    County unemployment rates were released Friday, May 25, on the eve of the traditional start to tourist season.

    Brunswick County’s 9.7-percent unemployment for April is down from March’s 10.9-percent unemployment rate. It’s also down from the previous April, which had a 10.8-percent unemployment rate.

    Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Tropical Depression Beryl expected to impact Brunswick County Wednesday morning

    Tropical Depression Beryl is expected to impact Brunswick County on Wednesday morning.

    As of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update Tuesday, May 29, Tropical Depression Beryl was moving northeast at about 8 mph. A gradual increase in forward speed was expected throughout the night on Tuesday, after press time for this paper.

    The center of Tropical Depression Beryl was expected to close in on South Carolina’s coast early Wednesday, and move back over the Atlantic waters by midday Wednesday.

  • St. James to open its gates to feature 32 homes to tour

    ST. JAMES—If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the gated town of St. James, this weekend is an opportunity to find out.

    Real estate sales are up this year in St. James, and the sales and marketing team wants to open the gates to show the public what the town has to offer.

    From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, visitors are invited to tour 32 homes and condominiums during an open house weekend.

    It’s free and the public is welcome.

  • Parking, paths reviewed in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Parking and bike-and-pedestrian trails are still foremost topics in Sunset Beach.

    Consultant Fred Burchette with Kimley-Horn & Associates of Cary spoke at a town council workshop May 15 about the scope of a parking study for the island.

    Town administrator Gary Parker said once that is determined, “we will negotiate a price accordingly.”

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott said there was an issue of making sure there was recognition the island is 2.5 miles long.