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Today's News

  • Proposed funding agreement may allocate more funds to schools than previous year

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education hope a funding agreement with the Brunswick County Commissioners will allocate just as much, if not more, local funding to the school system than was allocated during the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    This comes as good news for the school district, as Superintendent Ed Pruden said Brunswick County Schools could face as much as a $12 million reduction in state and federal funds for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • Board members want immediate action taken after bullying claims

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members want immediate action taken following claims of bullying.

    During the public comment section of the board’s monthly meeting Tuesday night, a mother of a high school student came before the board and said her child had been “bullied on and off” for several years.

  • New member sworn into board of education; board picks new chairperson

    BOLIVIA—Six years and one day ago, John Thompson left the Brunswick County Board of Education as Scott Milligan came on board.

    Roles reversed Tuesday, as Milligan left the board after deciding not to seek re-election. Thompson was elected to fill the District 5 seat last month.

    “It’s been a long voyage,” Milligan said at the beginning of Tuesday’s board meeting.

  • Someone forgot to tell Mother Nature we prefer it warm

    In 2007 when I had the opportunity to come to Brunswick County, I also had a chance to leave the U.S. and get a taste of the newspaper business in Canaada.

    Know much about Edmonton, Alberta, Canada? 

    It’s beautiful, with rolling flat fields of bright yellow canola in the summer. The sky stretches forever, and white fluffy clouds seem to be within reach. If you tiptoe just high enough, maybe you can jump up and touch one. 

    Summers in Alberta are enticing.

  • Commissioner isn’t a friend of transparent, open government

    Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren, we don’t think you’re being a friend of open government.

    We’ve had a lot of questions in the last several months about the transparency involving operations of the Brunswick County Department of Social Services Board.

    We’ve questioned decisions about closed sessions, and we’ve been apprehensive about how hush-hush the board has been on the investigation into former director Jamie Orrock.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 24 and 29 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk:

  • Board names Grimes assistant superintendent of Brunswick County Schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members have selected Bob Grimes as the district's new assistant superintendent.

    The position change was listed in a six-page personnel list approved by the board after a near two-hour closed session Tuesday night. Grimes, who was serving as the director of secondary education, will now be next in command after Superintendent Ed Pruden.

  • Commissioner calls attorney’s actions ‘inappropriate’

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren claims some of county attorney Huey Marshall’s actions are “inappropriate.”

    Warren, who serves as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter about Marshall and sent it to commissioners chairman Bill Sue on Nov. 12. He forwarded that same letter to members of the press, at the advice of DSS attorney Gary Shipman, he said.

  • Beacon requests closed session meeting minutes

    In September, the Beacon first requested closed session meeting minutes from all Brunswick County Commissioners meetings and all Brunswick County Board of Social Services meetings between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 24, 2010.

    At their September board meeting, DSS board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • Lower island speed recommendation approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to lower speed limits year-round on two key corridors on the Sunset Beach island.

    The unanimous vote Monday night is to request lowering the speed limit on Main Street, as well as Sunset Boulevard between North Shore Drive and Main Street, from 35mph to 25mph.

    Town council member Carol Scott, who proposed the measure, thinks it will help enforcement and safety issues.