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  • Gore looks back as DA; looks forward to retirement

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series about outgoing district attorney Rex Gore.

    BOLIVIA—Like most careers, former district attorney Rex Gore’s career as the district’s top prosecutor had its ups and its downs.

  • West Brunswick senior directs play as part of his senior project

    West Brunswick High School students are in final preparation for “Time of Your Life,” an original play written and directed by West Brunswick student Dustin Rogers.

    Rogers is producing the play as part of his senior project—the importance of fine arts in schools.

  • Policy changes reflect state-mandated changes to personnel public records law

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education will need to update the school system’s policy manual to include state-mandated changes to personnel laws.

    Changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, and dictate additional information in employee personnel files that can be released to the public.

  • Five-year-old undergoes nightly dialysis treatments while he waits for kidney transplant

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Rather than relying on the kidneys he was born with to function properly, Billy Lawson Jr. must undergo more than eight hours of dialysis each night.

    And he’s only 5 years old.

    Billy—who likes to be called Bill Bill—was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, his father Billy Lawson said.

  • Brunswick County Board of Education meets next week

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has rescheduled its monthly meeting and will meet next Tuesday.

    The board, which usually meets the first Tuesday of the month, has rescheduled its January meeting for 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 11, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the government complex in Bolivia.

    A copy of the meeting agenda can be found online at www.bcswan.net.

  • DA David to host three swearing-in ceremonies across district

    Though he was sworn in Jan. 1, the first day of his term as district attorney for the 13th Prosecutorial District, Jon David will have three swearing-in ceremonies in the coming weeks—one in each of the counties that make up the 13th District.

    “I firmly believe this important office belongs to the entire community, not to an individual. As such, I am inviting the community to help celebrate our new administration,” David said.

  • Community input sought for BCC presidential search

    BOLIVIA—Before selecting the next president of Brunswick Community College, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees wants your input.

    A public forum is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 6, in the Building A Teaching Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

    The public is invited to the forum to share with trustees qualities and characteristics they hope to see in the school’s new president.

  • Brunswick County commissioners to meet Tuesday, Jan. 18

    Due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Brunswick County offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.  Because county offices will be closed, Brunswick County commissioners have changed their Monday meeting to Tuesday, Jan. 18.

    The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. with a closed session, and the regular session will convene no later than 6:30 p.m.

    Brunswick County Commissioners meetings are in commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Shallotte businesses receive awards

    On Christmas Eve, the phone rang at three Shallotte businesses to congratulate them on winning awards for their holiday decorations.

    “We notified the winners on Christmas Eve because we thought that was fitting,” said Walt Eccard, Shallotte Alderman and Downtown Shallotte Committee chairperson. For the past few years, the Downtown Shallotte Committee has sponsored, with the involvement of the appearance committee, a Christmas-decorating competition for businesses in downtown Shallotte.

  • Brunswick County to host third annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration

    Brunswick County will host its third annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration Thursday, Jan. 13.

    The event begins at 2 p.m. in county commissioners’ chambers in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building in Bolivia.

    The event is free and open to the public. Nonperishable food items will be accepted for donation to a local food bank.