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Today's News

  • County unemployment continues fall

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.2 percent in April from 6.8 percent in March.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    In April 2014, the county had a 6.9 percent unemployment rate.

    The NCDOC reported the state’s unemployment rate continued a month-to-month fall, reaching 5.2 percent, down from 5.4 in March, 5.7 in February and after a high of 5.9 percent in January.

  • Sea turtles advocates forced to relocate nests after storm causes erosion

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A month after Tropical Storm Ana swept through Brunswick County, local turtle patrols are still feeling the effects of the beach erosion it caused.

    Jim Boyce, island coordinator for Ocean Isle Beach’s Sea Turtle Protection Organization, spoke about the “devastating” effects Ana had on Ocean Isle Beach’s west end and the subsequent impact it had on sea turtles.

  • Planning board opts for water, flood reports for Sunset Beach West

    The Sunset Beach Planning Board has recommended requiring water and flood reports before a preliminary plat for Sunset Beach West is approved.

    The unanimous vote came at the board's June 4 meeting following nearly two hours of discussion about steps involved for Sammy Varnam's proposed 21-lot residential development on a sandy 25-acre stretch in the conservation reserve district (CR1) between Bird Island and the developed portion of the Sunset Beach island.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 26, 27, 28 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, May 26

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Teacher of the Year addresses LGBT bullying issue

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Teacher of the Year Kayce Smith has publicly addressed the school board several times with concerns about bullying in the school system.

    At the June 2 Brunswick County Board of Education meeting, Smith spoke about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community, a group she feels has been “marginalized” in recent years.

  • School board OKs principal, assistant principal changes

     BOLIVIA — Following closed session at the Brunswick County Board of Education’s regular monthly meeting June 2, board members approved several personnel changes that will change leadership at six schools in the 2015-16 school year.

    Kelly Andrews, principal of Belville Elementary, will transfer to Bolivia Elementary where she will serve in the same capacity, effective July 1.

  • You Decide: Are there timeless rules for investing?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

     

    A milestone was set in January of this year. No, it wasn’t in sports, entertainment or politics — although there may have been some records established in those areas I missed. Instead, it was a milestone in our collective personal spending. For the first time, Americans spent more on eating out than on eating in. Specifically, we spent $50.475 billion eating in restaurants and other food outlets that month, compared to the $50.466 billion we paid for food in grocery stores and supermarkets.

  • School district seeks input on uniform policy

     School district administrators are asking for the public’s input regarding the implementation of a school uniform policy for elementary and middle schools.

    Parents of all Brunswick County elementary and middle school students, as well as school staff, have been asked to offer their opinions on it through a brief online survey, can be found on the “News” tab of the district website, bcswan.net, or on the Brunswick County Schools Facebook page. Paper copies are also available in the main office of each school. 

  • Fighting against ‘waters of the United States’ rule

    By Congressman David Rouzer

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last month, the Obama administration announced it would move forward with a rule that redefines the waters of the United States to potentially include any body of water, no matter how small or how temporary. This new definition would extend the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulatory reach to seemingly any body of water — including that water puddled in your ditch after a rain storm.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

     

    Last week in the state House of Representatives, we considered override votes on two bills Gov. Pat McCrory had vetoed, we passed a major Alcohol Beverage Control (ABC) bill and we discussed a major gun bill.

    The weather in Raleigh last week was cloudy and rainy, while the General Assembly had the clouds of two vetoed bills hanging over it. One veto override vote was successful, while the other bill has not yet been considered.