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  • 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.

  • Defiant DSS attorney refuses to accept commissioners’ termination

    Like chairman, like attorney.

    DSS attorney Gary Shipman appears to be taking a page from Social Services board chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s playbook as he refuses to step down from his post, even though Brunswick County commissioners voted to terminate his contract Jan. 18.

  • Code of ethics violation could lead to commissioner’s censure

    BOLIVIA—All but one commissioner agree—Charles Warren is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

    Warren, as one would expect, is the lone commissioner who doesn’t agree, claiming he is not in violation of the code of ethics, even questioning the legitimacy of the state-required code of ethics, approved by commissioners in December.

  • General Assembly convenes Wednesday, Jan. 26

    RALEIGH—The 2011-2012 session of the North Carolina General Assembly convenes at noon Wednesday, Jan. 26.

    When it does, it will be the first time in more than a century that Republicans will control both the state House and the state Senate.

    In the November 2010 election, Republicans picked up 67 state House seats, while the Democrats held on to 52 seats. In the state Senate, one unaffiliated representative was elected to the state house.

  • Sink or Swin - Part 2

    Local anti-North Carolina International Terminal (NCIT) mega-port groups aren’t convinced the issue of building a port in Southport is dead.

    Recently the North Carolina Ports Authority (NCPA), the Army Corps of Engineers and Secretary Dee Freeman of the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources expressed their efforts have been refocused on expansion of the existing port in Wilmington.

  • CHIEFS changing attitudes one at a time

    Four years ago, Shallotte Police Chief Rodney Gause received a grant from the North Carolina Governor’s Crime Commission to start a program for high-risk youth.

    The program, called Chiefs Helping in Educating Families and Students (CHIEFS), began its first year at Shallotte Middle School with five students participating. Now it has  more than 47 students registered for the 10-month after-school program.

    “We focus on teamwork, leadership and respect,” Gause said.

  • Sunset Beach UDO committee to meet

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

    Discussion 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 579-0068.

  • Group still hopes to 'race' to aid of county animals

    Interest continues to grow in a group hoping to take over management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter later this year.

    Saturday, more than 100 people turned out for a public meeting of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) that took place at Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. in Shallotte.

    Organizer Cheri McLain said no chairs were left as she went over assorted animal issues at what she says will be the last meeting before the issue goes to the county board of health for consideration and a vote, slated for Feb. 14.

  • Party honors retiring Carolina Shores administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—Dozens of people turned out last week to pay tribute to Linda Herncane, the town’s first administrator who is retiring after more than 12 years on the job.

    The turnout included the current mayor and former mayors who spoke at the Jan. 21 fete during a presentation honoring Herncane, who says her last official workday with the town is this coming Friday, Jan. 28.