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  • ‘World guy’ travels the globe spreading diabetes awareness

    SHALLOTTE—Erik Bendel wants to change the world—one step at a time.

    The Louisville, Ky., resident has been walking throughout the southeastern United States since Jan. 10, when he began his journey in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

    Bendl has walked more than 2,500 miles in about 22 different states during the past few years for a single message—diabetes is avoidable and controllable.

  • Seventy-three apply for BCC president position

    BOLIVIA—The search for the next Brunswick Community College president is under way.

    During a Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees Meeting Thursday, Feb. 24, trustees disclosed the presidential search committee was reviewing 30 applications from the 73 submitted.

    The 73 applications submitted came from candidates representing 23 states.

    Trustees chairperson Lynda Stanley said the search committee has taken its role “very seriously.”

    “We’ve got a really good team,” she said.

  • 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.