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  • Schools to return to traditional schedule in 2014-15

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education’s decision Wednesday night to return to a traditional start schedule for the 2014-2015 school year will cost the school system more than $1 million, school leaders said.

    The board voted 3-2 to return to the traditional schedule, which was in place for Brunswick County Schools in 2012-13, and end the schools’ staggered start times.

    No details are available yet about the official start and end times the 2014-15 school day.

  • Veterans use favorite sports to raise funds for injured soldiers

    Two Winding River neighbors have turned their hobbies into charities to aid injured American soldiers.

    On Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18, Joe Malinowski will run a 100-mile race in the Florida Keys.

    With the help of his neighbor, Bob Duke, Malinowski will collect $3,520 from his run to donate to the Wounded Warrior Project.

    “This is the first time I’ve run for donations. Most races have a specific charity built in. But this is a first. I thought I’d give it a try,” he said.

  • North Brunswick chamber hosts new event with Riverfront Arts Festival

    Shining a light on the northern end of Brunswick County is the goal of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s summer plans.

    So the chamber director and board decided to create a host of events to do that through the rest of the year.

    The chamber will anchor its yearly activities with a Riverfront Arts Festival this month and a Beer, Boots and BBQ festival in the fall, said Dana Fisher, executive director of the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce.

  • Next step for beach and waterway projects uncertain after referendum fails

    Sixty percent of Brunswick County primary voters said no to a quarter-cent sales tax increase, leaving county officials to decide how to address beach and waterway concerns.

    Until they pick up that discussion, the board members have different ideas on what will come next — and how soon.

    “In the primary election, the people spoke and they chose not to move in that direction,” Commissioner Scott Phillips said of the sales tax increase vote.

  • Pros, cons of seismic testing debated

    Residents got a chance to hear opinions on both sides regarding offshore seismic testing at a local mayors’ forum Monday night, May 12.

    On the “pro” side was Bruce Tackett, managing director of Resource Access International, which provides coastal and marine environmental and regulatory policy counsel. He’s also a member of the U.S. Federal Advisory Panel on Ocean Research (ORAP).

  • Sunset Beach mulls a challenging budget

    The Sunset Beach budget for the next fiscal year is still in the development stage.

    That’s what town officials have to say about the proposed 2014-2015 budget being discussed at town workshops and a community meeting scheduled this week for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, at town hall.

  • Body found in Hampstead ID’d as missing Wilmington woman

     A body found April 29 in a Pender County field has been identified as a Wilmington woman with ties to Brunswick County.

    Now, Wilmington police are investigating the death of 34-year-old Elisha Marie Tucker as a homicide.

    Tucker’s mother reported her missing Oct. 21. She was last seen in the 1500 block of Dawson Street in Wilmington in August. The Medical Examiner’s Office in Greenville used dental records to confirm her identity Monday.

  • Leaders seek way to fund school needs after voters reject referendum

     Voters overwhelmingly rejected a tax referendum in the May 6 primary election, but the leaders of Brunswick County Schools are still tasked with finding funds to meet the district’s capital needs.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a five-year capital improvement plan that addresses deteriorating buildings and student overcrowding at a February board retreat. The plan became the system’s blueprint for capital projects and ultimately guides the board’s actions to secure funds necessary to accomplish the system’s goals.

  • BCC graduates receive diplomas at spring commencement

     BOLIVIA — Life won’t always be easy, John Jones told more than 200 graduates during Brunswick Community College’s Annual Spring Commencement ceremony.

    Jones, chairman of the college board of trustees, warned the graduates life will be similar to the patterns of the ocean.

    “I see it choppy sometimes, I see it calm sometimes, I see it really rough sometimes,” he said. “That’s the way life will be for you. The ocean is out in front of you. Make the very best of it as you go forward.”

  • Rescued sea turtle proves it has a tough shell

     By Stephen Veenker

    A sea turtle is recuperating nicely these days after being recovered by volunteers from the Holden Beach Turtle Patrol.

    The patrol was alerted April 29 by the town police department that a fisherman on the Holden Beach Pier had hooked or snagged a sea turtle. Patrol members Pat Cusack and Beecher Washburn went to the pier and determined they might be able to recover the turtle.