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  • GOP plus five Dems override Perdue’s budget veto

    RALEIGH—Five Democrats crossed party lines last week to join Republicans as they voted to override N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget veto.

    On Sunday, June 12, the first-term Democrat governor vetoed the GOP-led budget, for the first time in the state’s history.

    In her veto announcement, Perdue accused the legislature of “turning its back on our schools, our children, our longstanding investments in education and our future economic prospects.”

  • County commissioners adopt $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved the county budget for the upcoming fiscal year.

    The 2011-2012 fiscal year begins July 1, and Monday night, commissioners OK’d the $190.6 million operating budget four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting.

    Brunswick County manager Marty Lawing said the budget maintains a revenue-neutral tax rate of 44.25 cents per $100 of property valuation.

  • Commissioner wants to see SROs replaced with private security

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren wants the county to consider replacing school resource officers, or SROs, with private security guards.

    At Monday night’s commissioners’ meeting, Warren moved a standard SRO and D.A.R.E. officer agreement off the consent agenda to the administrative report to discuss the matter.

    Warren said the county spends $750,000 a year for 11 school resource officers and a D.A.R.E. officer, and he says replacing them with private security could save between $450,000 and $525,000 a year.

  • Local, state and federal agencies participate in a large-scale anti-terrorism exercise

    SOUTHPORT—With Hollywood-like special effects and injuries simulated through moulage, a scene of disaster and devastation unfolded at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point last week.

    The injuries were just makeup, the smoke was from a machine, and the truck full of chemicals that breached the U.S. Army munitions installation was just part of a training exercise.

    The loud screams were just National Guardsmen and civilians playing their roles in the simulated disaster.

  • On my Honor Flight: WWII vet London Gore makes trek to Washington, D.C.

    May 25 was a day full of surprises for 87-year-old London Gore of Shallotte.

    That’s the day the affable World War II U.S. Army veteran rose early in time to catch an Honor Flight out of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    He and a planeful of other veterans were among those treated to the latest day trip offered to them free of charge to see the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. The memorial honors 16 million service men and women who served in the United States armed forces and more than 400,000 who died during World War II.

  • On town disability: Sunset Beach chief building inspector’s case being negotiated

    SUNSET BEACH—A conflict-of-interest case regarding the town’s chief building inspector is being negotiated.

    The case involving Sunset Beach Chief Building Inspector Jeff Curtis was tentatively scheduled to be heard this month by a judge with the state Office of Administrative Hearings in Raleigh.

    However, a department spokeswoman said last week the hearing has not been scheduled because of ongoing settlement negotiations.

    Vickey Bullock with the Office of Administrative Hearings said a status update on the case is sought for July 1.

  • Compromise bill approved for limited terminal groins in North Carolina

    RALEIGH—The state House and Senate have reached a compromise, at least when it comes to erosion-control structures along North Carolina’s coast.

    Last Thursday, June 16, members of the North Carolina General Assembly approved—with 38 to 9 votes in the Senate and 67 to 49 votes in the House—to permit up to four terminal groins along North Carolina’s coast.

  • Warren investigation costs taxpayers more than $800

    A racial discrimination investigation that found no evidence of discrimination cost Brunswick County taxpayers more than $800.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the sheriff’s office investigation into claims made by commissioner Charles Warren he was being racially harassed and discriminated against by sheriff’s deputies and fellow commissioners was deemed unfounded, but cost county taxpayers $868.49.

  • Brunswick County students graduate

    Brunswick County high school students celebrated their graduation ceremonies over the weekend.

    Friday night, Brunswick County Academy had its commencement exercises at the school, where 30 students—the most ever in the school’s history—received their diplomas.

    Then on Saturday, graduating seniors with West, North and South Brunswick high schools celebrated their graduation ceremonies at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply.

  • Leland resident is starring in two productions in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    LELAND—As a physical education major in college, Leland resident Laura McFayden wanted to combine her athletic nature with her education and became a professional water skier.

    She worked at SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and Cypress Gardens as a water skier performing in a variety of shows. This led to her involvement with theatrical ice-skating shows in which she skated and sang.