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  • Statewide unemployment for June at 9.9 percent

    RALEIGH—North Carolina’s unemployment rate for June was 9.9 percent.

    Individual county unemployment rates will be available next Friday, July 29, according to a press released issued by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina on Friday morning.

    Brunswick County’s May unemployment rate dipped down to 9.9 percent, down from 10.3 percent in April. It was also a decrease from the May 2010 unemployment rate of 10.5 percent.

    The Wilmington metro area unemployment rate for May was 9.6 percent, or 17,084 unemployed workers.

  • New map puts Brunswick County (mostly) back together for state House district

    It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps Wednesday evening.

    The proposed state House District 17 brings most of Brunswick County back into one district. Last week, maps released split Brunswick County and various precincts and towns, including Southport, Oak Island, Town Creek and Sunset Harbor voting districts.

    These districts were placed into District 18, which includes most of downtown Wilmington.

  • Brunswick Beat for July 21, 2011
  • Seven of 19 Brunswick County schools meet AYP

    BOLIVIA—Seven of Brunswick County’s 19 public schools have met the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) benchmark.

    On Thursday morning, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Dr. Edward Pruden revealed the scores, part of the federal mandate No Child Left Behind, for the 2010-2011 school year.

    Four of the county’s 10 elementary schools met AYP, while six elementary schools did not meet the standard. Jessie Mae Monroe, Town Creek, Union and Waccamaw all met AYP, while Belville, Bolivia, Lincoln, Southport, Supply and Virginia Williamson did not.

  • Board of education adopts $109 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday

    approved a $109 million budget for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members OK’d the budget adopted four votes to one vote, with board member Bud Thorsen voting against the budget.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said the budget was in better shape than originally expected. State funding reductions were $2.1 million, far better than the $5.2 million reduction board members expected, Swencki said.

  • Candidate filing closed for 17 of 19 Brunswick municipalities

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for November’s municipal elections has closed for 17 of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and ended noon Friday, July 15, for most municipal races.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • New maps splits Brunswick County

    Editor’s note: The General Assembly released new state House and Senate maps last Tuesday evening, after the Beacon went to press.

    WILMINGTON—It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps last Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19.

    In the most recent maps released to the public, Brunswick County state House lines are much different than they currently are, or were first proposed.

  • Tourism on the up in the county


    BRUNSWICK COUNTY—By all accounts the steady lines of traffic visiting the county’s beach towns are an increase over the past two years.

    With the economy struggling to recover, predicting the tourism season in Brunswick County at the start of 2011 was a bit difficult but it is well under way and business is booming.

  • BCC could become a satellite campus of CFCC if proposal is accepted by the General Assembly

    SUPPLY—She may have only been on the job a week, but Dr. Susanne Adams knew she had to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh last week.

    “I hadn’t been on campus long, but I felt Brunswick needed to be represented there,” Adams said.

    On Wednesday, July 13, Adams joined approximately 40 other community college presidents and trustees in Raleigh to speak and hear discussion related to a recent study that outlines the advantages of merging or consolidating community colleges.

  • My bump in the road

    Last week I had the fortune of meeting and talking with members of Cowboy Chrome, a country band based out of Ocean Isle Beach. Their story so moved and inspired me and struck closer to home than I ever would have preferred.

    Cowboy Chrome wrote a song for Nick Patrick, a 15-year-old battling a rare form of brain cancer. The song called “Bump in the Road” chronicles the thoughts of his mother, sister and himself.