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  • School board members want public input on staggered start times, other potential budget reductions

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education are facing many decisions when it comes to balancing a budget with a $5.7 million defecit.

    While they have been presented with a list of proposed reductions, board members will not vote on the final budget for several weeks. They will entertain public comments at a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the staff development center, which is adjacent to the school system's central office, located at 35 Referendum Drive at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick Beat for April 13, 2011
  • Homeowners get money-saving insurance tips

    HOLDEN BEACH—Making approved home improvements can significantly lower wind insurance rates for homeowners, Spencer Rogers from N.C. Sea Grant told Holden Beach commissioners at their meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

  • Two arrested for stealing nearly $40,000 worth of jewelry

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives recently arrested two local suspects wanted for stealing nearly $40,000 worth of jewelry.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, detectives located the stolen jewelry—valued at $37,900—at Pawn USA in Shallotte.

    All stolen property was received from the pawn shop and returned to the victim, Stanley said.

    Detectives arrested Steven Tyler Roberts, who Stanley said pawned the jewelry, and Gabrielle Pitroski on Friday, April 8.

  • Calabash closed-session minutes released

    The town of Calabash on Wednesday released copies of minutes from its March 8 closed session having to do with property acquisition.

    Minutes provided by town clerk/interim administrator Kelley Southward are as follows.

  • Carolina Shores board calls last-minute closed session

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board went into a hastily called closed session last Thursday to discuss a personnel issue.

    At the start of the monthly meeting April 7, town commissioner Joyce Dunn asked that the town “approve Melody Jolly to represent us on human resources and personnel issues.”

  • Minutes included: Calabash commissioner owns closed-meeting property

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Bill Dixon is the owner of property discussed in closed session March 8, it was confirmed at Tuesday night’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    Upon a motion from the board instructing town clerk/interim administrator Kelley Southward to publicly identify the owner and location, Southward said the property is at 800 Persimmon Road and is owned by William and Brenda Dixon.

  • The true cost of government: Brunswick County Schools

    The final installment of the Beacon’s Sunshine Week takes a look at how much the people who run our public schools are paid.

    On Feb. 28, the Beacon requested base salaries, merit and cost-of-living increases, bonuses, health insurance, FICA contributions paid by each town, sick pay, vacation and/or personal time, life/disability insurance, travel and training expenses, vehicle/mileage stipends or reimbursements and communication stipends or reimbursements paid from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

  • School positions on chopping block - Proposed reductions included

    BOLIVIA—The list of potential reductions for fiscal year 2011-2012 includes a reduction of 84 positions in the Brunswick County school system, but it doesn’t mean 84 people will lose their jobs.

    “We would like to see enough retirements and resignations that it would equal 84 and we wouldn’t have to deny a contract to anyone who wishes to work for us. That’s a stretch,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said at a board of education budget meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • BCC presidential candidate finalists to visit campus, meet with community

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Community College presidential candidates have been narrowed to six finalists who will be in town this month for campus visits and community meet and greets.

    According to information provided by the college, all candidates will meet with the community from 1-2:15 p.m. the day of their visit. They will also meet with faculty and staff members from 2-3 p.m.