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  • Coastal homeowners’ insurance rates soar compared to inland counties’ rates

    Brunswick County is one of 18 coastal counties throughout the state slated to suffer severe rate increases in homeowners’ insurance.

    But not all North Carolina counties will see a rate increase, according to a recently approved rate schedule.

    N.C. Insurance Commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent rate increase for Brunswick, New Hanover, Onslow, Pender and Carteret counties rather than the 69.8 percent increase originally requested for the five-county region.

  • Redistricting options considered for Town Creek Elementary School

    BOLIVIA—The three proposed redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary School include pre-K through fifth-grade students from Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Bolivia Elementary schools.

    The proposed population for Town Creek Elementary is in the low 500s, which will reduce Belville, Lincoln and Bolivia’s student population by more than 100, regardless of which scenario is chosen.

    Belville Elementary School’s current population is 837 students, while 676 students attend Lincoln and 653 students attend Bolivia.

  • Woman mourns loss of canine companion

    SUPPLY—Debbie Chambers vividly remembers choosing her beloved Yorkie mix, Waldy, from a litter, taking him home, scrubbing his fleas off in the sink, bottle-feeding and raising him to become a member of her family.

    Although she’s kept many dogs over the years, Waldy was special, Chambers said. He was her constant companion and was treated like another child.

    Chambers recalled Waldy walking on his hind legs across the house, riding four-wheelers with her sons, jumping up and licking her tears away when she cried.

  • Shallotte applying for grants to add amenities

    SHALLOTTE—A new park and the first section of a river walk could be in the town’s future if the state approves two grant applications.

    According to town administrator Paul Sabiston, Shallotte is applying for a 50-50 matching grant from the state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) for a new park with multi-use ball fields, a tennis court and possibly a walking trail.

    Sabiston said the town is seeking a $500,000 grant, meaning Shallotte’s share would be $250,000.

  • Schools release redistricting drafts

    Brunswick County Schools has released preliminary draft copies of several redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, both scheduled to open summer 2009.

    Students currently enrolled at Bolivia Elementary, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle and Virginia Williamson Elementary fall within proposed district lines for Cedar Grove Middle School.

    Town Creek Elementary School's preliminary district lines include students from Belville Elementary, Bolivia Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

  • Board receives funds despite economic hardships

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram presented The Brunswick County Board of Education with a check for $67,148.42 Tuesday night. The money, which came from the county’s seized drug fund, is something board chairwoman Shirley Babson hopes to in turn use towards drug education and awareness within the schools.

    “I hoped we might use some of it to look into the abuse of prescription drugs,” she said Tuesday, it is “so widespread, particularly into the high school.”

  • Sunset Beach bridge ahead of schedule; advancing across waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—As new high-rise bridgework proceeds across the Intracoastal Waterway, the other good news is work is ahead of schedule, a construction official said this week.

    If work continues at its current pace, the new $32 million NCDOT bridge should be up and ready for traffic by mid 2010, project coordinator Dylan Frazier said Monday.

    “It should be right around there—June or July,” Frazier said as co-workers with English Construction Co. dissembled a crane Monday in preparation for having it moved by barge across the waterway.

  • Shallotte Assisted Living earns first deficiency-free rating

    Shallotte Assisted Living on Mulberry Street has received its first deficiency-free survey rating from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

    Every year, division representatives visit licensed adult care homes to determine if any deficiencies exist. According a division report, the facility was cited for a violation regarding restraint use during the October inspection but came into compliance by the December re-inspection.

  • Town OKs new stop signs to prevent wrecks

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved installing new stop signs at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets and at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Last month, an accident at the intersection of Mulberry and White that injured four people prompted Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, to bring the issue to the rest of the board.

    He said the accident involving a car and an ambulance was the third in five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center scheduled to open next month

    BOLIVIA—Within a few weeks, the Brunswick Community College volleyball team will no longer have to travel to play home games. South Brunswick High School’s swim team will not have to travel out of state to practice and compete. And community members looking for a workout facility will not have to travel far.

    The Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College is near completion, and president Stephen Greiner hopes to see the center open by Feb. 1.