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Today's News

  • Shallotte suffers 23.62 percent tax decrease

    SHALLOTTE—For at least the last six months, the town of Shallotte has been preparing for a 25 percent decrease in 2011 net taxable value.

    Last week, a comparison study between 2007 values and 2011 values was released that caused town officials to choke on their morning coffee.

    The study showed Shallotte with a 1 percent increase in total value.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jonathan Lee Bice, 23, of 144 Dot Road, Thomasville, was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Crystal Kaye McNeill, 23, of 5321 Ridge Drive, Trinity, was arrested for shoplifting from Walmart.

    •Communication of threats in the Cardinal Pointe parking lot; victim received death threats via telephone from suspect who used to live with victim.

  • Trojans beat Cougars in softball

     The West Brunswick High School softball team twice overcame two-run deficits in beating South Brunswick 9-5 in the first conference game of the season March 15.

    “This bunch has been together for so long,” West coach Joe Noble said. “They’ve been behind, they know how to work from behind. This is a really smart group of girls.”

  • Mentors lend listening ear and provide compassion for students in need

    SHALLOTTE—It only takes 30 minutes one day a week to make a difference.

    Brad Ferguson uses his 30 minutes simply to lend a listening ear and provide a sense of stability to his seventh-grade lunch buddy.

    Laura Chaney said hers is used to talk with her sixth-grade buddy and show she truly cares about her.

    As part of the Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. Action for Success program, adult volunteers serve as mentors for middle-school students.

  • Brunswick County Schools ready to ‘attack’ achievement gaps

    BOLIVIA—Although Brunswick County Schools fares better than the state average when it comes to achievement gaps, superintendent Edward Pruden said administration will work diligently to “attack the gaps” recorded among various student groups.

    Statistics outlining such gaps were presented Tuesday at the Brunswick County Board of Education retreat.

    “Achievement gaps is something we didn’t talk about so much in education,” Pruden said.

  • Brunswick County Schools considers using hospital facility for vocational school

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community Hospital will soon be vacant, and Brunswick County Schools is considering moving in.

    Brunswick Novant Medical Center is slated to open this summer, leaving the current hospital’s 72,000-square-foot facility empty and ownership reverted to the county.

    Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson said the empty building, in Supply off U.S. 17, might be the perfect location for a career and technical education (CTE) middle and high school.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Byron Scott Johnson, 45, of Shallotte; charged with simple possession of less than one-half ounce of marijuana.

    •Joseph Harry Beavers, 26, of Supply; charged with no insurance on vehicle, revoked registration plate and open container of alcohol.

    •Karen Lynn O’Driscoll, 30, of Ocean Isle Beach; charged with open container of alcohol. She was a passenger in the vehicle.

  • Superintendent forms committee to help determine budget reductions

    BOLIVIA—Superintendent Edward Pruden anticipates Brunswick County Schools will have to find about $8 million worth of reductions in the school system’s budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, and he’s asking for help in determining where those reductions will come from.

  • Yours for the taking—What you’re entitled to at every level of government

    Public records are property of the people, so here’s a list of what’s yours for the taking (at every level of government.)

    Municipal

    •Employee job descriptions and salaries

    •Budgets

    •Meeting minutes

    •Minutes of closed session meetings after the reason for the closed session is resolved

    •Government contracts and bids on government contracts

    •Correspondences, including e-mails, between board members and town staff

  • Public terminal available for public viewing, inspection of county e-mails

    BOLIVIA—Have you ever wondered what county officials and department heads were up to?

    There’s now an easy way to find out.

    North Carolina General Statute 132-1 states records are public “regardless of form,” which includes electronic records—meaning those e-mails about public business are public records.