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  • School reviews bids for parking lot improvements

    BOLIVIA—Two school parking lots are expected to be under renovation this summer.

    The board of education was presented with contracts Monday for improvements and paving at Belville Elementary School and Leland Middle School.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said these improvements would help improve traffic flow at both schools, and funding for both projects has already been approved and secured.

  • CIS continues to provide services as funding decreases

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has experienced revenue shortfalls during the past fiscal year, but Cynthia Tart, executive director, said core resources, as well as new services, will still be offered.

    Tart said during the next fiscal year, the program would lose about $150,000 from funds and grants. The program was already short about $50,000 at the end of last year after the annual gala raised less money than expected.

  • Ocean Isle continues support of terminal groin legislation

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Beach towns are another step closer in their pursuit of a law that would allow the installation and use of terminal groins.

    According to Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith, Senate Bill 832 could possibly come out of committee this week.

    “If we make it through the Senate, which I’m optimistic about, and makes it into the House, I think that’s where our biggest challenge will be,” she said.

  • Schools to consider cutting sports seasons short

    Brunswick County athletes may have to sit out two games next season, as the Brunswick County Board of Education looks to reduce sporting seasons to reduce its budget.

    Les Tubb, director of career and technical education, met with all the high school principals, athletic directors and Superintendent Katie McGee earlier this month to figure out how to cut costs among athletics.

    The consensus, Tubb said, was to cut basketball, soccer, volleyball, baseball and softball seasons to 21 games instead of the usual 23, which is the maximum amount the state will allow.

  • State declares a "cash flow emergency," asks schools to make more cutbacks

    The State Board of Education has already asked schools across the state to revert $117 million to the state budget, but a “severe cash flow problem” still exists.

    To achieve a balance by the end of the fiscal year, Gov. Bev Purdue approved the implementation of additional expenditure restrictions.

  • Building height amendment put on hold

    CALABASH—Raising building heights became a moot issue Monday when a local developer said he no longer seeks an increase.

    “Over the past three to four months, my zeal and endeavor to provide the best possible apartment complex in Calabash and subsequently Brunswick County did not take into consideration requirements commissioners work under,” developer Jim Myers said at a commissioners’ workshop to discuss ordinance amendments.

  • Possible sewer costs outlined at Sunset Beach workshop

    SUNSET BEACH—The town came closer to outlining how much sewer assessments may cost property owners at a workshop Monday attended by about 50 residents spilling into an adjacent room.

    Sunset Beach town administrator Gary Parker used a spreadsheet detailing how much county-implemented sewer could cost property owners depending on formulas that are used.

  • Martin trial day two: Defendant admits to hitting victim in recorded interview

    BOLIVIA—“We have a big problem,” Dave Crocker told James Dean Martin as Martin walked into an interview room at the sheriff’s office in July 2007.

    Martin, 20, is being tried for first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon. Crocker, a special investigator with the District Attorney’s Office, took the stand Thursday as a witness for the prosecution.

  • Martin trial day three: Martin guilty of first-degree murder

    BOLIVIA—After deliberating for about an hour and a half Friday afternoon, a Brunswick County jury found James Dean Martin guilty of the 2007 robbery and murder of Oak Island restaurateur Phillip Cook.

    The jury found Martin, 20, guilty of first-degree murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    Superior Court Judge D. Jack Hooks Jr. sentenced Martin to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

  • Ocean Isle votes to install playground on island

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Children will now have a new place to play on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The board of commissioners approved the installation of a playground on Third Street near the Museum of Coastal Carolina at its meeting Tuesday.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Conservancy approached the board of commissioners at its February meeting and proposed the idea for a playground to add to the family-friendly atmosphere of the island.