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Today's News

  • Grants will bring dance, music to county students

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools is bringing in the arts.

    Connie Enis, fine arts education coordinator, announced at Tuesday’s curriculum meeting Brunswick County Schools has received two grants that will bring in performers at no cost to the school system.

  • School system plans community facility forums

    BOLIVIA—Forfeit a coffee pot or microwave, save a job.

    Reducing Brunswick County Schools’ annual utility bill is one way school officials can save money while facing another multi-million deficit during the upcoming fiscal year.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, told board of education members in attendance at Tuesday’s operations meeting the school system spends $2.5 million annually on utilities.

    “If we can save 20 percent, that’s a lot of money,” board member John Thompson said.

  • Board members still considering new legal representation

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education agree they need to re-examine how much they are spending in legal fees and advertise once again for new representation.

    But one board member disagrees with the advertising cost.

    Board members voted 4-1 Wednesday night to advertise for request for proposals (RFP) for legal services after receiving only two RFPs after advertising last fall. Kathleen Tanner Kennedy, the board’s current representation from the Raleigh-based Tharrington Smith law firm, was one of the applicants.

  • Students to learn to stop bullying through after-school program

    When it comes to stopping bullying, Kathy Smith, after-schools director for Communities in Schools of Brunswick County, Inc. (CIS), says prevention is key.

    “The more we can educate the kids and give them tools and resources to avoid being a bully themselves or recognize a bully, the better equipped they will be to deal with those situations coming up,” Smith said.

  • Nominate Brunswick County teachers to be part of next ‘Real Women’ magazine

    Students in the state of North Carolina are expected to attend 180 days of school.

    Spending 180 days with anyone seems like a lot, but when students have teachers who are engaging and inspiring, the calendar year doesn’t seem so long.

  • Tyera Fisher scores 32 points in North’s victory over West Brunswick

     Senior guard Tyera Fisher scored 32 points, made 11 steals and grabbed nine rebounds in leading the North Brunswick High School Scorpions to a 63-40 victory over West Brunswick in a conference game Jan. 25.

    Daja Whtie had eight rebounds and LaDonna Sloan hit three 3-pointers and scored 11 points for North, which improved to 6-1 in the conference and 11-4 overall.

    For West (2-4, 3-12), senior Kayla Padgett scored 21 points and Jasmine Jackson 13.

  • North Brunswick beats Trojans in OT; Jeremy Young scores 34 points

     The North Brunswick High School boys’ basketball team built a 16-point lead in the first quarter but needed overtime to beat West Brunswick 74-66 in a conference game Jan. 25.

    North junior guard Jeremy Young scored a season-high 34 points as the Scorpions improved to 3-4 in the conference, 8-7 overall. LeGrande Roseborough scored 13 points and Adam Jacobs 11.

    For West (1-5, 3-12), senior Quan Bates scored a season-high 21 points and junior Taylor Buffkin 17.

  • Commissioner’s e-mail may violate state’s open meetings law

    An attorney with the North Carolina Press Association says a recent e-mail sent at the request of county commissioner Charles Warren is a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    N.C. Press Association Attorney Mike Tadych said a Jan. 5 e-mail sent to poll commissioners about donating money to Brunswick Family Assistance during a recent county Martin Luther King Jr. celebration was a violation of the North Carolina Open Meetings Law, N.C. General Statute 143-318.10.

  • Defiant DSS attorney refuses to accept commissioners’ termination

    Like chairman, like attorney.

    DSS attorney Gary Shipman appears to be taking a page from Social Services board chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s playbook as he refuses to step down from his post, even though Brunswick County commissioners voted to terminate his contract Jan. 18.

  • Code of ethics violation could lead to commissioner’s censure

    BOLIVIA—All but one commissioner agree—Charles Warren is in violation of the county’s code of ethics.

    Warren, as one would expect, is the lone commissioner who doesn’t agree, claiming he is not in violation of the code of ethics, even questioning the legitimacy of the state-required code of ethics, approved by commissioners in December.