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Today's News

  • Board names Tubb interim superintendent

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has named Les Tubb interim superintendent. He was appointed Jan. 21 following the announcement of Superintendent Katie McGee’s resignation.

    The board met for nearly two hours behind closed doors at a specially called meeting Thursday before announcing McGee’s resignation. The board went back into closed session for about an hour and a half before returning to announce Tubb had been named interim superintendent.

    The board called Tubb during closed session and offered him the position.

  • Superintendent voluntarily resigns

    Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools, has voluntarily resigned from her position.

    At a specially called meeting Thursday, Jan. 21, board chairperson Bud Thorsen announced McGee and the board came to a “mutual agreement.” McGee’s resignation is effective Jan. 31.

  • Complaints filed against company offering over the phone real estate offers

    Some Brunswick County property owners are finding out a deal that appears to good to be true, just may be.

    A representative from the North Carolina Attorney General’s office has confirmed there has been two reported complaints against the company Global Properties but would not provide further details regarding the nature or status of the complaints.

  • Superintendent search draws 32 candidates so far

    At least 32 people have applied for the superintendent position of Brunswick County Schools.

    The deadline for applications was 11:59 p.m. Monday, Jan. 25. According to the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) who is facilitating the search, 32 applicants had applied as of Tuesday afternoon. More applications could come in, and those postmarked by or before Jan. 25 would be accepted.

  • College library users information compromised by computer security breach

    Although a security breach occurred on the computer system at the North Carolina Community College System Office, officials say no personal information was accessed.

    According to a press release, the breach occurred through a library patron information system on the server at the College System Office in Raleigh. Found in August during a routine security review, the hacker had access to a server that contained personal information of nearly 51,000 library users from 25 community colleges throughout the state.

  • Spring enrollment at BCC at all-time high

    Spring enrollment at Brunswick Community College is at an all-time high.

    “It’s another record,” president Stephen Greiner said.

    Although spring semester is traditionally less attended than the fall semester, numbers for spring 2010 are about even with fall 2009, and are up 12 percent compared to last spring.

    Preliminary figures show spring enrollment at 1,517, which is 17 fewer students than the fall semester. Enrollment is up more than 130 students compared to last spring.

  • Towns agree to truce; schedule public hearing

    OAK ISLAND—Members of the town councils from Oak Island and St. James met during the Oak Island council’s board retreat last Friday to discuss a possible agreement about property the two towns are now battling over in court.

    Both towns have laid claim to 38 parcels in the Midway Road corridor. Several of the parcels have requested annexation by Oak Island, but the town of St. James adopted an annexation ordinance in October seeking to annex the property.

    The lawsuit is now pending.

  • Commissioners approve skyway resolution for northern route; officially terminate OIB park contract

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners support the northern route for the proposed Cape Fear Skyway, which would connect Brunswick and New Hanover counties.

    At their last meeting Jan. 19, commissioners approved a resolution, with commissioners chairman Bill Sue calling the northern route, “the best alternative they’ve come up with yet.”

    “I would recommend strongly this board approve the concept of the northern route,” Sue told his fellow commissioners. “If we don’t do something now, we’re going to be stymied.”

  • Top Easley aide, attorney indicted by federal grand jury

    Former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has been charged with no wrongdoing, but a top aide in his administration and former assistant has been indicted on 51 criminal counts by a federal grand jury.

    On Thursday, Jan. 21, a federal grand jury returned a 51-count indictment on Charles Ruffin Poole, 37, of Raleigh, charging him with extortion, bribery, aiding in racketeering, mail fraud, money laundering and monetary transactions in criminally derived property, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

  • Shallotte aldermen select Pease to fill Kelly's term

    Shallotte aldermen have selected election runner-up Michael Pease to fill the unexpired term of Buddy Kelly, who was elected mayor in November.

    During Tuesday night’s pre-agenda meeting, alderman Alan Lewis nominated Pease to fill the seat. Alderman Jimmy Bellamy seconded the nomination.

    Alderman Walt Eccard nominated former alderman John Kinlaw, who ran unsuccessfully for the mayor’s seat in the November election.