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  • ‘Taco Bell Coming Soon’ should read ‘permits coming soon’

    Work began this week on Shallotte’s soon to be newest fast food destination—Taco Bell.

    The new restaurant will be located on Main Street between Andy’s of Shallotte and U.S. 17, in front of Birch Pond Apartments.

    As of Tuesday morning, Ben Goetz, vice president of development at Family Foods, said the project was still waiting on one final permit to arrive in the mail—a permit he has been waiting on since November.

  • Museum foundation welcomes new director

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new executive director for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation is on the job.

    Dottie David-Wilson began working as the new director on Jan. 13.

    “We are excited to have found such a well-qualified professional with a strong background in business administration, non-profit organization leadership and management,” Jerry Thrift, chairperson of the board of trustees, said in a press release.

  • Waterway dredging under way in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Waterway dredging is under way in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway began last week. The project is scheduled for completion by Feb. 26.

    Information on the town’s website stated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the dredging contract to Cottrell Contracting Inc.

  • Board members update personnel reduction policy

    BOLIVIA—As the Brunswick County school system faces an estimated $10 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, members of the board of education have begun to discuss details if a personnel reduction were necessary.

    The school system has yet to implement a personnel reduction though there have been several consecutive years of budget cuts. Anticipating another challenging year, board members adopted updates to Policy No.7920—professional personnel reduction in force—at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

  • Band teacher charged with sexting a student turns in resignation, teaching license

    BOLIVIA—The North Brunswick High School band teacher arrested for sending sexually explicit text messages has resigned and voluntarily agreed to surrender his teaching license.

    Mark Riel, 37, turned in his resignation Tuesday, board chairperson Shirley Babson said following a board meeting Tuesday night. Babson said Riel submitted his resignation and surrendered his teaching license “acknowledging the pending criminal charges against him.”

  • County looks to change emergency radio system

    For the second time in less than 10 years, the county will revamp its emergency communications.

    Also, for the second time in less than 10 years, millions of dollars will be invested into the changeover.

    In 2004, it cost the county about $3.9 million to convert radio systems. Today, county officials plan to shell out another $1.9 million to switch again.

  • Commissioners react to second radio system changeover in less than 10 years

    BOLIVIA—In 2004, Brunswick County Commissioners approved changing over the county’s system of radio frequencies and repeaters to the SmartLink radio system, which they were told would revolutionize the county’s radio system.

    But, for the second time in less than 10 years, county commissioners are again about to approve the changeover, this time from SmartLink to the Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders radio system, or VIPER.

  • Sheriff: Deputy not fired for code of conduct violation

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said sheriff’s office Sgt. Moses Stanley was not terminated from the sheriff’s office because of a code of conduct violation.

    Stanley, 61, serves as vice-chair of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, which would have been a violation of the county’s code of conduct, had Stanley still been employed with the county.

    The code of conduct, approved by commissioners in December, prohibits county employees from serving on appointed boards or committees.

  • Fifty apply for DSS director’s position

    The deadline to apply for director of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services has passed, and 50 people have applied for the job.

    Interim DSS director Neil Walters said, as of last week, 50 people have applied for the director’s job, not all of whom are qualified for the position.

  • General Assembly members assigned to committees

    RALEIGH—Committee assignments have been made for members of the North Carolina General Assembly.

    Freshman Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, elected in November by the GOP caucus as freshman senate leader, was tapped as co-chair of the Senate transportation committee.

    Rabon will serve as vice-chair on the Senate finance committee and vice-chair of the appropriations subcommittee on transportations. In addition, Rabon will also serve on the healthcare, program evaluation and redistricting committees in the Senate.