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  • Meeting, retreat set next week in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Recommendations from town parking and streetscape committees are on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s regular called monthly meeting next Monday, Feb. 7.

    Council will also consider resolutions concerning the county curbside recycling concept and establishing policy to unseal closed meeting minutes.

    The meeting will include presentation of the town’s 2009-2010 auditor report, re-scheduled from January due to weather.

    The 7 p.m. meeting will be preceded by a 6:45 p.m. work session.

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  • Sunset Beach UDO meets Thursday, Feb. 3

    The Sunset Beach UDO Committee will meet at 9 a.m. this Thursday, Feb. 3.

    Discussion with land planner Landin Holland will be on the process for development of land use ordinances, and will be in place of the regular town planning board meeting.

    If you have any questions, call Cindy Nelson, administrator assistant in the Sunset Beach Inspections Department, at (910) 579-0068.

  • Sunset Beach parking committee makes final recommendations

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee has drawn up final recommendations for future parking on the Sunset Beach island.

    At their Jan. 27 meeting, committee members combed through last-minute details on their list that will be forwarded to Sunset Beach Town Council for consideration.

    The committee favored 7-1 a permit system that would enable residents and town taxpayers to park for free while imposing fees for non-residential parking, with costs to be determined by the town.

  • Sunset Beach town official investigated for conflict of interest

    SUNSET BEACH—A state agency has been investigating a conflict-of-interest complaint filed against Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis.

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance and Office of State Fire Marshal is investigating the complaint filed Dec. 3 by Michael Dean Woolard, a local heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractor from Sunset Beach, according to agency spokeswoman Kerry Hall.

  • Board members, superintendent visit county schools

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education and Superintendent Edward Pruden visited area schools Friday.

    Board vice-chairperson Charlie Miller said board members try to visit all schools as a group every year. Although scheduling time to visit 19 schools can be challenging, he said board members need to be visible and know what's going on inside classrooms.

  • Grants will bring dance, music to county students

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is bringing in the arts.

    Connie Enis, fine arts education coordinator, announced at Tuesday’s curriculum meeting Brunswick County Schools has received two grants that will bring in performers at no cost to the school system.

  • School system plans community facility forums

    BOLIVIA—Forfeit a coffee pot or microwave, save a job.

    Reducing Brunswick County Schools’ annual utility bill is one way school officials can save money while facing another multi-million deficit during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, told board of education members in attendance at Tuesday’s operations meeting the school system spends $2.5 million annually on utilities.

    “If we can save 20 percent, that’s a lot of money,” board member John Thompson said.

  • Board members still considering new legal representation

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education agree they need to re-examine how much they are spending in legal fees and advertise once again for new representation.

    But one board member disagrees with the advertising cost.

    Board members voted 4-1 Wednesday night to advertise for request for proposals (RFP) for legal services after receiving only two RFPs after advertising last fall. Kathleen Tanner Kennedy, the board’s current representation from the Raleigh-based Tharrington Smith law firm, was one of the applicants.

  • Students to learn to stop bullying through after-school program

    When it comes to stopping bullying, Kathy Smith, after-schools director for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS), says prevention is key.

    “The more we can educate the kids and give them tools and resources to avoid being a bully themselves or recognize a bully, the better equipped they will be to deal with those situations coming up,” Smith said.

  • Commissioner’s e-mail may violate state’s open meetings law

    An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says a recent e-mail sent at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren is a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    N.C. Press Association Attorney Mike Tadych said a Jan. 5 e-mail sent to poll commissioners about donating money to Brunswick Family Assistance during a recent county Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.10.