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  • 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.

  • Fate of staggered starts to be determined at April 3 meeting

    Staggered starts will once again be on the Brunswick County Board of Education agenda.

    Board members will take up the issue and possibly the fate of staggered starts at their next meeting, which is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 3, at the Brunswick County commissioners’ chambers in Bolivia.

    Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said it would cost the school district more than $1 million to revert back to a traditional school bell schedule for the upcoming school year.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man killed in tractor accident

    A well-known Ocean Isle Beach resident known as “The Fisherman” was killed in a tractor accident last Wednesday night.

    Brunswick County Coroner Greg White said 52-year-old Bruce Henry died when his Oliver farm tractor overturned around 6:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 21.

    White said Henry was on his property on Old Shallotte Road pulling roots with the tractor. Henry had a rope tied around the roots and the tractor flipped over, killing him.

    White, a Supply resident, said he had known Henry since their Little League days together.

  • Deputy cleared of shooting fired from sheriff’s office

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who was cleared of any wrongdoing in a shooting last year has recently been fired from the sheriff’s office.

    Last month District Attorney Jon David cleared Sgt. Brian Tully of any wrongdoing in a December 2011 shooting, but Tully was fired from the sheriff’s office March 23.

  • Veteran's wartime models in high-flying display at Calabash VFW

    For Frank Pinkerton, building models is a way of life and leisure.

    “I build and do all the scenic, and my son does the wiring,” Pinkerton says, showing a visitor the expansive HO-gauge model Pennsylvania Railroad he built inside his “man cave” inside his home near Carolina Shores.

  • Putting in "sweat equity"

    SHALLOTTE—Sarah Simmons proudly put in sweat equity as she worked on her future home Tuesday.

    Simmons and her three children are recipients of Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity’s latest home under construction—house No. 39—to be precise.

    Thanks to teams of volunteers who have been helping Simmons and her family, including a group from Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty on Tuesday, the house is going up fast on Evans Circle in Shallotte.

  • Sheriff’s detective, former Trojan football star battles cancer

    In 1991, senior tackle Tony Caison helped lead the West Brunswick Trojans to a state runner-up football season.

    Today, Caison, 37, is a loving father of two boys, a doting husband to his wife Shannon and a diehard Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He’s traded in his No. 70 Trojan jersey for a detective’s badge, having worked for the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office for the past 13 years.

    Caison’s most recent challenge is to add “cancer survivor” to his resume.

  • Important dates for the upcoming primary election

    The 2012 primary election is just around the corner, and here are some important dates to remember:

    •Absentee voting began by mail Monday, March 19.

    •The last day to register to vote or to change one’s party affiliation is Friday, April 13.

    •One-stop absentee voting begins Thursday, April 19, and continues until Saturday, May 5.

    •The last day to request an absentee ballot by mail is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.

  • Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.