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  • Dropouts decrease in county, across state

    The number of dropouts is down in Brunswick County, as well as throughout the state.

    According to data released earlier this month from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI), Brunswick County Schools noticed a 7.51 percent decrease in the number of dropouts, counting 197 during the 2007-2008 school year compared to 213 during 2006-2007. This takes the county’s dropout rate to 5.22, down from 5.66 the previous year.

  • School uniforms proposed for Lincoln Elementary

    Informal talks about school uniforms have circled the two new schools set to open in August, but some teachers, parents and even students are requesting approval for school uniforms at Lincoln Elementary School starting in August.

    A group of educators from Lincoln addressed the board of education at its safe schools committee meeting Tuesday, and requested they grant approval for school uniforms beginning with the 2009-2010 school year.

  • Rip current advisory issued for Brunswick coast

    The National Weather Service is cautioning the public about potential deadly rip currents off the Brunswick County coast.

    According to weather reports released Thursday afternoon, a high risk of rip currents exists through around 8 p.m. Thursday and again throughout Friday.

    NWS indicates a combination of persistent swells from the east, a new moon and wind waves coming from the south will increase the risk of rip currents.

  • New senior center to be staffed by those 55 and older in need of jobs

    Jim Russell, director of Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., wants to employ people 55 and older in the new Southport Senior Center, slated to open in July.

    It’s another way of supporting the mission of the nonprofit agency, which has seen its share of older people in need.

    “The mission of BSRI is to help people 55 and [older] sustain their independence,” Russell said recently. “The need for employment is always there. It’s just more noticeable now.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Students find success at Transition Academy

    BOLIVIA—The Transition Academy began with the idea of refreshing the eighth-grade curriculum throughout the entire year, but students had so much success, they completed the eighth-grade courses during the first semester.

    All students are now first-semester ninth-graders.

    Josue Ramirez missed 146 days of school last year. He used to be a self-proclaimed partier.

    “Sometimes I make it to school, sometimes I won’t,” he said of his previous attendance record.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Transition Academy in jeopardy

    BOLIVIA—Because of state and local shortfalls in education funding the Eighth-Grade Transition Academy is at risk of losing its funding source.

    At the Brunswick County Board of Education’s budget retreat earlier this month, administration said the program might be eliminated due to the loss of at risk funds, which will be cut by a half-million dollars.

    The Transition Academy has five teachers, one counselor and a principal, positions that were supposed to be filled by transfers, not new hires.

  • Wake County judge orders a stay on Beach Plan deductibles

    RALEIGH—Coastal counties may have won this battle, but the war is far from over.

    On Friday, March 20, Wake County Superior Court Judge William Pittman ruled in favor of a group of coastal counties and municipalities, enacting a stay on the Beach Plan and FAIR Plan deductibles and surcharges.

    But there is no mention in Pittman’s order of a stay of the 29.5 percent increase to homeowners’ insurance rates set to take effect May 1.

  • Health department gives a record number of Golden A awards

    The Environmental Health Food and Lodging Section of the Brunswick County Health Department presented the 10th annual “Golden A” award to 118 local food establishments recently at a ceremony in Bolivia.

    Included in the list are 29 “Platinum A” awards for restaurants and other establishments that have earned the “Golden A” five consecutive years.

  • Sheriff’s office warns residents of paving scheme

    A Greenville man has been arrested for a paving scheme, and the sheriff’s office is warning residents about the scam.

    Anthony Shawn Stanley, 27, has been operating AJ’s Paving out of Greenville. According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detectives Capt. Gene Caison, Stanley paved a driveway of an elderly Carolina Shores man with inferior material. The driveway was also paved thinner than agreed, Caison said.

    Sheriff’s detective Tommy Cole charged Stanley with obtaining property by false pretenses March 4, Caison said.

  • Officer down motorcycle ride to benefit local public safety departments

    The Fourth Annual Officer Down Ride is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Carolina Coast Harley-Davidson/Buell at 6620 Market St., Wilmington. The ride continues to Beach House Harley-Davidson on U.S. 17 in Shallotte.

    Proceeds from the ride benefit the Officer Down Fund. The fund serves sheriff, police, fire, EMS and volunteer departments in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, Columbus, and Bladen counties.