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  • Statewide unemployment 9.9 percent in February

    Statewide unemployment in North Carolina dipped slightly in February, down .3 percent to 9.9 percent.

    According to unemployment figures released by N.C. Commerce Department officials last week, North Carolina gained 8,300 jobs during the month, and the state’s unemployment rate dipped slightly from 10.2 percent in January to 9.9 percent in February.

    “North Carolina continues to gain jobs,” N.C. Department of Commerce Deputy Secretary Dale Carroll said.

  • EEOC officials dismiss commissioner’s discrimination complaint

    BOLIVIA—Officials with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) have dismissed Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren’s discrimination complaint he filed against the county.

    Warren filed a discrimination complaint under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act on March 22.

    The problem? Elected officials cannot claim discrimination under Title VII of the Act.

    EEOC officials outlined the exemption in the March 28 dismissal of Warren’s complaint.

  • County planning board denies landfill expansion permit

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board voted five votes to two last Thursday to deny the county’s request to expand its construction and demolition landfill near Bolivia.

    After months of hearings, which included testimony for and against the proposed landfill expansion, board members denied the county’s request for a special exception permit to expand the current construction and demolition landfill.

  • Shallotte Police look for missing woman

    The Shallotte Police Department is searching for 19-year-old Courtney Lutria Landrum. She often goes by the name Lutria and is from Ash.

    She was last heard from on March 30 at 3 a.m. by cell phone. She is described as a bi-racial female weighing about 200 pounds and standing five feet five inches tall. She has brown hair and brown eyes.

  • Storm spotters: Eyes to the sky to save lives

    SHALLOTTE—Southern Brunswick County now has nine new National Weather Service storm spotters.

    The National Weather Service working in conjunction with Brunswick County Emergency Services trained citizens how to be a storm spotter.

    “Our data network is sparse in this region, that’s why spotters are so important,” said Sandy LaCorte, NWS meteorologist. “It aids in our warning decisions and adds value to warnings or statements and motivates people to take shelter.”

  • Still no charges in death of 3-year-old; suspect’s bond reduced

    Montey Andrea Murray was all smiles in court last Friday as his bond was reduced from $1 million to $115,000.

    Murray, 26, remains a suspect in the death investigation of 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister. Jaronn died on March 1. Preliminary autopsy findings state Jaronn died of internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt-force trauma.

  • Community watch: National news hits home with teen shooting

     

    SHALLOTTE—On Monday afternoon during the monthly meeting of the Brunswick County Community Watch Association, Sgt. Bert Reaves with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Department discussed the shooting of Florida teenager Trayvon Martin.

    Martin, 17, was walking from a convenience store to his father’s girlfriend’s home in a gated Florida neighborhood when he was shot by a 28-year-old community watch captain.

    “A 17-year-old lost his life,” Reaves said. “This really bothers me.”

  • Shallotte alderman issues challenge to The Coastal Companies

    SHALLOTTE—A Shallotte alderman plainly challenged Mark Saunders to follow through on his word and to be prepared to answer questions at the board’s April meeting.

    Last Thursday during a board of aldermen meeting, which was recessed from March 6, the agenda included less than four items. The majority of the meeting was set aside to discuss calling the bond on Safeguard Insurance Company “to perform its obligations under the subdivision bonds for Rivers Edge Golf & Plantation Club LLC” and to direct an attorney to send a letter to Safeguard.

  • State approves waiver; calendar set for upcoming school year

    Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction have approved a waiver for Brunswick County Schools to operate on a 180-instruction day calendar for the upcoming school year.

    The 2012-2013 school year will begin Aug. 27, 2012, and will end on June 7, 2013.

    The department of instruction previously granted Brunswick County Schools a similar wavier for the current school year, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Brunswick County Schools website gets new look

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools has a new look—at least it does online.

    Last Thursday, March 22, officials with the school system unveiled the school system’s new website. The schools website is still at the same web address, www.bcswan.net, but is much different, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    “After months of anticipation, the new Brunswick County Schools website will go live tonight,” Swencki announced last Thursday.