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  • Health director unhappy with commissioners’ vote to eliminate animal control officer

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said he’s made the tough decisions, actively cutting positions within his department and laying off employees.

    Now, Yousey, who oversees the county’s animal services department, wants to keep one position county officials want to eliminate through the county’s Reduction in Force (RIF) through attrition policy.

    Yousey said he’s made enough cuts to his department, and he wants to keep the animal control officer position. 

  • State eliminates Bad Check Program

    District Attorney Jon David announced the district’s Bad Check Program has been eliminated.

    The program, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, was eliminated March 1, according to a press release from David’s office.

    The decision, made by the Administrative Office of the Courts in Raleigh, was part of a larger statewide effort to reduce the state’s budget deficit.

  • Commissioners vote to end utilities hardship program

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have voted to terminate a hardship program for the county’s low-income water and sewer customers.

    A legal opinion from the University of North Carolina School of Government found the county’s utility hardship program, funded through the county’s enterprise fund, was not in compliance with state law.

  • DSS board members, commissioners to meet to discuss terminated attorney

    BOLIVIA—In the latest installment of the bizarre happenings of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, board members have requested to meet with county commissioners to discuss terminated DSS attorney Gary Shipman.

    No meeting date has been set, but assistant county manager Steve Stone, who serves as the liaison to the board of social services, said commissioners have agreed to the meeting.

  • Undefeated Cedar Grove Middle School boys basketball team brings home championship

    SUPPLY—For a basketball team to play the entire season undefeated and win the championship game “just doesn’t happen,” Cedar Grove basketball coach Mark Deese said.

    But the Cedar Grove Middle School boys’ basketball team beat all odds and ended the season with a 10-0 record. The team won eight regular season games and two in the final tournament, which included the championship game against Shallotte Middle School on Thursday, Feb. 17.

  • DSS board begins interviewing director candidates

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services have begun to interview candidates for the department’s next director.

    Since board members voted to fire longtime DSS director Jamie Orrock in October 2010, Neil Walters has been serving as interim DSS director, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the department as well as reviewing candidate applications with board members.

    On Friday, Feb. 25, board members began interviewing candidates, Walters said.

  • BCC trustees ask for new policy regarding bid processes

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College Trustees are asking members of the building and grounds committee to come up with a policy that will ensure all project bids will be handled similarly following questions regarding a recent bidding process.

  • Ports projected to be more than 152 percent over capacity by 2034

    North Carolina isn’t the only state in the market to expand its port systems.

    No Port Southport recently commissioned William J. Davis, professor of civil environment engineering from The Citadel, to offer an analysis of current port data. He analyzed South Atlantic Container terminals by means of capacity, growth and expansion.

    On Monday evening, Davis presented his findings to No Port Southport at a public meeting. For the purposes of the study, Davis looked closely at North Carolina’s competitors in the container business.

  • Shallotte planning board discusses 2011 priority list

    Shallotte—The planning board discussed its 2011 priorities Tuesday evening.

    There are 15 items on the list the board will attempt to accomplish this year. The list is organized into three categories by priority—high, medium and low.

    Several items on the list are items the board worked on in 2010 but would like to further pursue in 2011.

    No actions were taken during the meeting.

    The number one item on the priority list is amending and updating the central business-zoning district to implement the vision plan.

  • Even more delays for Smith Avenue

    Construction was scheduled to be completed before 2011—meaning drivers in Shallotte wouldn’t still be navigating the orange traffic barrels and cones lining Main Street. And local businesses would have their entrance and exit accesses back for customers.