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  • DSS bills growing without all invoices tallied

    The decision to fire a longtime Department of Social Services Director may have been made last week, but county taxpayers continue to pay for it.

    At a special meeting Monday, Oct. 11, DSS board members voted to fire Jamie Orrock, who has served as director since 1981.

    But since the DSS board first voted to place Orrock on paid leave beginning Aug. 11, the county has continued to pay him.

    From Aug. 1 until Oct. 18, the county paid out $24,419.80 in salary and another $6,310.08 in benefits.

  • Early voting off to a good start; no major problems reported

    BOLIVIA—More than 5,500 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    Sarah Ashcraft, deputy director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said 5,584 ballots had been cast between Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began, and press time Tuesday afternoon.

    Of the 5,584 total votes, the Shallotte Armory on Main Street led the early voting locations, with 1,780 ballots cast since Thursday morning.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

  • Judicial races roundup

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis is seeking re-election unopposed.

    Lewis has been a resident Superior Court judge since 2002 and has filled the nonpartisan seat since 2006, when the 13th prosecutorial district split at the court level to 13A, which is Bladen and Columbus counties and 13B, which is Brunswick County. At that time Lewis was named Senior Resident Superior Court Judge.

    District Judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler, both of District 13, are also unopposed in their bids for re-election to their nonpartisan seats.

  • Clarification sought on changes regarding personnel records

    Although the changes to House Bill 961, Session Law 2010-169, went into effect Oct. 1, the North Carolina School Boards Association is awaiting a clarification on how to address them.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted earlier this month to seek clarification to the bill through the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA). Leanne Winner, director of governmental affairs for NCSBA, said clarification needs to be made regarding two major changes in the information in personnel files that is now considered public record.

  • Board of Education will have new representation for District 5 seat

    Ronnie (Ron) Jenkins, a retired Brunswick County educator from Leland, faces John W. Thompson, a Southport architect, for the district 5 seat on the Brunswick County Board of Education. Scott Milligan, who has held the seat since 2004, is not seeking re-election.

    Jenkins, a democrat, retired from the system in 2005 after 32 years as an educator and administrator, but went back to work at the Transition Academy for a year and filled in as assistant principal for three months last year.

  • Incumbent faces longtime educator in BOE District 3 race

    Brunswick County Board of Education District 3 Republican incumbent Charles W. (Charlie) Miller said board members are elected to “be a voice of the community.” He believes his background in law enforcement helps bridge the school district and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, where he serves as chief deputy.

  • Paid parking plugged for Sunset Beach day visitors

    SUNSET BEACH—A town-appointed parking committee has concluded there may be fewer available parking spaces on the island if the town enforces current ordinances.

    It also recommends implementing a paid parking system for visitors, while providing permits for town residents to use designated spaces at no cost to them.

    Meanwhile, island residents who attended the specially called town council meeting Oct. 14 objected to a recommendation that parking be designated on their streets and said they are being exploited to accommodate mainland residents.

  • Parade of Homes wraps up this weekend

    As Brunswick County’s eighth annual Parade of Homes concludes this weekend, organizers are relaying information that homes in St. James can only be viewed on Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

    The Parade of Homes committee was notified Saturday six homes on the open-house tour in St. James Plantation can only be visited noon-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, committee chairman Cathy Six said this week.

  • Video included: '25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee' spells F-U-N

    Looking for frolicking fun this weekend? Let Brunswick Little Theatre spell it out for you.

     “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” is playing this weekend and next at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    The Tony Award-winning musical follows a group of six students as they compete for the title of county spelling bee champion. The comedic show is suggested for adult audiences only, as some mature situations are addressed.

  • Ground breaks on Brunswick County Hospice Care Center

    BOLIVIA—“I wish I would have called Hospice sooner,” is the most frequently heard comment from patients and their families, Laurie Bystrom, president and CEO of Lower Cape Fear Hospice and LifeCare Center, said.

    Hospice helps patients stay in their homes as long as possible, Bystrom explained. When this is no longer feasible, LifeCare Centers are designed to make patients feel cared for until their last moments. In addition to patient care, Hospice services help family members beyond the passing of their loved ones.