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Today's News

  • New traffic pattern in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTTE—The Smith Avenue extension project, now at least three months past its projected completion date of December 2010, is reportedly 72 percent complete, according to a progress report published on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) website.

    This weekend a new traffic pattern emerged in Shallotte.

  • Mandatory direct deposit could save enough for one teacher position

    BOVLIA—If Brunswick County Commissioners adopt a less than revenue-neutral tax rate, Brunswick County Schools could receive less county funds than expected.

    According to figures provided by Brunswick County school officials, an estimated $1.5 million less in county dollars brings the school system’s estimated shortfall to about $7 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. 

  • Technology increasing too quickly for school infrastructure

    BOLIVIA—As more technology becomes available to Brunswick County Schools, the closer the school system is to reaching its power limit.

    During the Brunswick County Board of Education operations committee meeting Tuesday, Leonard Jenkins, technology director, said 75 to 80 percent of classrooms are equipped with 21st Century technology equipment—laptops, document cameras, LCD projectors and interactive writing tablets.

  • Funding for multimedia equipment steers school system away from TVs

    BOLIVA—The Brunswick County school system is moving away from the use of TVs in the classrooms.

    Instead, computers will soon be able to function as TVs, eliminating the need for any future TV purchases.

  • Staggered school start times could save system $500,000

    The bells may ring at different times next year at Brunswick County schools.

    In an effort to reduce a $6 million budget deficit, Superintendent Edward Pruden has proposed staggered start times for elementary, middle and high schools.

    “We’re having to take a look at everything very carefully, and we’re trying to identify ways that we could save substantial amounts of money without impacting the classroom,” Pruden said Monday afternoon.

  • Two suspects arrested for multiple break-ins, firearm larcenies in Supply area

    Officers with the Brunswick County south-end task force recently arrested two suspects for multiple breaking-and-entering cases in the Supply area.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Sgt. April Stanley, around 12:30 a.m. Sunday, March 20, a Shallotte Police officer initiated a routine traffic investigation, which led to the recovery of multiple firearms and rifle magazines.

    Stanley said the property had been reported stolen from various residences in the Seashore Road area of Supply between Feb. 11 and March 12.

  • Warren a no-show at censure hearing

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren was a no-show at his censure hearing Monday evening.

    But, as they say, the show must go on, and commissioners unanimously approved censuring Warren.

    The censure hearing was to determine if Warren was in violation of the county’s code of ethics—which they determined that he was—for not stepping down as chairman of the county’s Department of Social Services Board.

  • County administration looks to cut costs to balance $6 million-plus budget shortfall

    BOLIVIA—Could a four-day workweek be in Brunswick County employees’ future for the upcoming fiscal year?

    Though Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing called the proposal “pretty radical,” commissioners seemed to like the cost-saving measure when Lawing presented the measure at commissioners’ two-day budget retreat last week.

    Lawing said converting to a four-day workweek would save the county in energy costs, and employees on rising fuel costs.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 20-27, K-9 deputies issued 16 citations and made nine drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Alexander James Stonebrook, 17, of 3548 Aycock Court, Leland, was charged with possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •John Daniel Thompson, 42, of 347 Cape Fear Blvd., Wilmington, was charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Countywide curbside recycling up in the air

    Countywide curbside recycling in Brunswick County is still up in the air.

    Brunswick County officials had hoped one of the county’s legislative delegates would have introduced a local bill allowing the county to levy a solid waste and recycling fee by Wednesday, March 30, the deadline to enter a local bill in the General Assembly.