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Today's News

  • High school SAT scores show improvement across Brunswick County

    Results released Tuesday show a record number of students took the SAT this year, according to The College Board.

    There were more than 1.5 million SAT test takers this year, an 8 percent increase from last year. In Brunswick County, 284 students—43 percent—took the test, and each school improved its average scores.

    North Brunswick High School students scored a 944 average, with 464 in critical reading, 480 in math, and 458 in writing.

  • Board approves Floyd as West Brunswick's AD

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved John Floyd as athletic director at West Brunswick High School Tuesday night.

    Confusion began after Floyd’s name was not on the approved personnel list released after the board’s monthly meeting several weeks ago.

    Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources for Brunswick County Schools, said the board did not approve Floyd’s contract that meeting. Floyd had already begun working in the AD position.

  • Students settle into new school year

    Brunswick County students are back to school. Monday marked the beginning of the new school year. The hallways of Union Elementary School were filled with smiles, laughter, excitement and tears from students and parents before school began.

    Matthew Gable and his wife Kortney took their son Keaton to Tammy Pickard’s kindergarten class. He’s the couple’s first child to start school.

    “It’s tough, I don’t want to leave him here,” Matthew Gable said. “I’ll be thinking of him all day.”

  • Board evaluates superintendent

    BOLIVIA—The annual evaluation of the superintendent of Brunswick County Schools has been completed, but the public will not see the results.

    Superintendent Katie McGee chose Tuesday night to give a public statement rather than release the evaluation in its entirety.

    The Brunswick Beacon submitted a formal request to McGee in July asking for the entire evaluation be released to the public. At the time McGee said she “had no problem doing so.”

    After the board concluded McGee’s evaluation Tuesday evening, she decided not to release it.

  • Contestants practice for 'Are You Smarter than a Village Schooler?'

    All 12 contestants in Evelyn Smith Wray Village School’s upcoming event “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” bring different skills to the playing field.

    When it comes to math and science questions, contestants need to look out for Scott Kucera, executive director of Ocean Isle Museum Inc.

    Kucera has a master’s of science degree in environmental science and engineering from UNC-Chapel Hill and a bachelor’s degree from East Carolina University, where he majored in physics.

  • Holden Beach, public talk about cabanas

    No one said he or she wanted to ban cabanas totally from Holden Beach as town leaders sought citizen input during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    But it seemed to be a consensus from the island residents who spoke they would like cabanas banned from sunset to sunrise each day, as they said it is on Sunset Beach.

    Island residents said the cabana issue is a small problem now, but they would like Holden Beach commissioners to set a policy before it becomes a big problem.

  • Vision plan's draft discussed

    SHALLOTTE—Urban planner Allison Platt sees downtown, mixed-use development in this town’s future and also as an esthetically pleasing, economic alternative to suburban sprawl across the country.

    At a special meeting Tuesday night, Platt presented her latest draft of Shallotte’s 10-year vision plan, complete with downtown, riverfront development, and gave town aldermen guidelines for implementation.

    The board is scheduled to vote on the final plan at next Tuesday’s regular meeting set for 7 p.m. at town hall.

  • San Rio property owner cries foul

    George Dedrick and his wife, Kay, of Gibsonville decided to buy a lot in the San Rio Ocean and River Club last July. The deal was finalized the following September.

    The two had always been careful with their money, George Dedrick said, and they were looking for an investment or maybe a future retirement residence. San Rio fit the bill.

    They liked the uniqueness of the plans for San Rio, off Gray Bridge Road in the Shallotte area. They knew the developers, Wakefield, had a history of good projects in other parts of the state.

  • Senator, USDA reps visit fire station

    SHALLOTTE—U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a staffer from Sen. Elizabeth Dole’s office and representatives from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development department paid a visit last week to the Shallotte Central Fire Station on Wall Street, built from a USDA Rural Development grant.

    The town planned a lunch and a celebration to honor the USDA grant and federal representatives for their assistance.

  • Shallotte Fire Department awarded hiring grant; board seeks more info

    SHALLOTTE—The federal government has awarded the Shallotte Fire Department $406,420 to hire four new firefighters, but town aldermen want to wait a week to decide whether to approve it.

    The new firefighters would provide enough staffing to meet federal recommendations for safety.

    The five-year grant requires the town to provide matching funds at a greater rate each year, and at Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, aldermen said they wanted a week to have all their questions answered before approving it.

    The grant will be on the Sept. 2 meeting agenda.