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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Vice Narcotics Unit searched a residence at 641 Sandy Bluff Drive in Supply on March 24.

    During the search, drug agents seized 366 grams of marijuana, 19 Alprazolam pills, one Hydrocodone pill, eight firearms including several assault rifles and more than $1,000 in cash.

  • Commissioners discuss reduction in force, employee compensation

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have begun to discuss a less-than-desirable method to balance the county’s budget—employee layoffs.

    For the past several budget years, the county has employed a reduction of force through attrition policy, meaning most positions are not filled once someone retires or resigns. Many vacant positions have been eliminated, but the county has been able to avoid active layoffs, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said at Friday’s budget retreat.

  • County considers changing to self-insured

    In an effort to combat rising healthcare costs and to take advantage of the county’s wellness program, Brunswick County Commissioners are considering switching to a self-insured plan for employee healthcare coverage.

    Brunswick County Human Resources Director Debbie Barnes told commissioners at their two-day budget retreat last week to keep their current plan with Blue Cross and Blue Shield, the county would have to absorb an $860,000 or 9.3 percent increase.