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Morning collision on MLK kills one, halts traffic

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

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Brunswick County Health Department confirms no H1N1 in schools

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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The Brunswick County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 in their schools.

As of right now, there is not an increase in absenteeism, which is how the health department determines if a particular school may be plagued with an illness.

Three weeks ago, one-third of the students at Brunswick Academy were sick. Since then, the county has not heard of any more unusual numbers.

Deputy Health Director Fred Michaels said a lot of the panic is based on people assuming someone with flu-like symptoms has H1N1.

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The Brunswick County Health Department says there are no confirmed cases of H1N1 in their schools.

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Topsail High culinary arts students offer tips for creating a better lunch bag

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Liz Biro, Liz.Biro@StarNewsOnline.com

Students enrolled in the Hampstead school’s culinary arts program don’t settle for boring lunches. They craft delicious recipe ideas they say any kid could make.

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Katie McGee’s contract not to be renewed with Brunswick County Schools

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

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Katie McGee’s days as the Brunswick County School superintendent are numbered. The school board decided Tuesday night not to renew her contract come June 30th. They will begin looking for a replacement as soon as possible.

School Board Chair Shirley Babson told NewsChannel 3 the decision to find a new superintendent has been a long time coming. Because of privacy laws, Babson would not go into detail about how the school board reached its decision, but she said it was an evolution of events.

The most recent controversy in the district involved a grievance and follow-up lawsuit filed by McGee’s former assistant. That grievance also sparked an investigation by the Department of Justice. Babson said it’s important for members of the school board and school system to get along, and remain professional, and that it was just a good time for Dr. McGee to move on.

“There’s just too much unrest, there’s just too much division. We need someone to help bring it back together. And help bring the community back together. I’m looking for some peace,” Babson said.

The board agreed on the decision to terminate McGee except for one board member, Scott Milligan. Milligan supported McGee in August when the board gave her a poor score for her annual review.

Dr. McGee could not be reached for comment.

WWAY received calls from a few teachers at Lincoln Elementary who told us that they disagree with the board’s decision, and feel McGee has made some great changes within the school system.

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Katie McGee’s days as the Brunswick County School superintendent are numbered. The school board decided Tuesday night not to renew her contract come June 30th. They will begin looking for a replacement as soon as possible.

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Memorial at Wrightsville Beach honors 5-year-old who died from lymphoma

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

By Shannan Bowen,Shannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

When 5-year-old Molly Rowlee was battling cancer in the first part of this year, she told her father she wanted to get healthy so she could go surfing with him in the summer.

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