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  • Sunset Beach attorney resigns, takes new job with Ocean Isle Beach

    After more than 30 years providing legal guidance for the town of Sunset Beach, town attorney Michael Isenberg has resigned, only to take a new job with the neighboring town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Isenberg said this week he did not resign from Sunset Beach in order to accept the new job with Ocean Isle Beach. He said he had already decided to resign.

    “As you know, there are a lot of hot-button issues” such as Jaguar’s Lair going on in Sunset Beach, Isenberg wrote in an email Tuesday, Sept. 16, to the Beacon.

  • Gone, but never forgotten: Brunswick County honors heroes

     SUPPLY — Never forget — That’s the message retired firefighters sent to a patriotic crowd at Brunswick Community College on the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks that took the lives of nearly 3,000 American civilians, including 343 New York City firefighters.

    For the 11th consecutive year, a memorial service was held on the BCC campus by the Carolinas Retirees Association of the Fire Department of New York after a motorcade left South Carolina.

  • Charter school group asks county school system to settle lawsuit

     BOLIVIA — Charter Day School Inc. is asking Brunswick County Schools to remit more than $1 million it says has been withheld wrongfully.

    Brunswick County Schools officials, however, contend the nonprofit corporation that holds charters for two public schools in Brunswick County is owed far less.

    Local school districts are responsible for funding charter schools. By law, charter schools receive the per pupil allotment for each student they enroll. In Brunswick County, that allotment is about $7,600.

  • School board keeps novel in curriculum with restrictions

     BOLIVIA — A controversial novel will remain in Brunswick County Schools after the board of education voted to keep the book on library shelves with limitations.

    The board voted 4 to 1 to maintain the book in the curriculum for students 13 and older and ninth-grade English courses or higher. This includes 13-year-olds in eighth grade taking a ninth-grade honors level course.

    Middle school students who are 13 or older can check the book out of the school’s library as long as he or she has written consent from a parent or legal guardian.

  • Police ask for help locating alligator killer

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person who killed a 9-foot alligator last week.

    It’s unclear when the “intentional killing” near Big Lake on Alton Lennon Road took place, but authorities were told about the dead alligator Sept. 10, Boiling Spring Lakes Chief Brad Shirley wrote in a news release.

  • Leland man arrested, charged in teen’s brief disappearance

     A Leland man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after authorities say he contributed to the delinquency of a Pender County runaway.

    The Pender County Sheriff’s Office asked Leland police to check 36-year-old Scott Kenneth Aubry’s Leland address to pick up the teenage girl, who was located and returned home safely, Leland police Lt. Joe Pierce said.

  • Brief SBHS lockdown lifted

     South Brunswick High School returned to its regular schedule after a brief lockdown Monday afternoon, Sept. 15.

    The school went into lockdown when the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person in the woods near the school, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Students saw a person in the woods with something in their hand that they could be a gun and reported it to the (school resource officer),” Flax said. “It turned out to be two kids skipping class.”

  • Student faces charges in weekend crash that killed schoolmate, injured six others

    By Sam Hickman

    and Brian Slattery

    Staff Writers

    A West Brunswick High School student faces charges in a weekend crash that killed one of his schoolmates and injured six others.

    Joshua Coleman, 17, of Supply will be charged with misdemeanor death by motor vehicle, driving left of center and violations of a graduated license, which include driving after 9 p.m. without a supervising driver and exceeding passenger limit, District Attorney’s Office administrative assistant Michelle Ingram confirmed Tuesday, Sept. 16.

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Facility died of an apparent suicide Thursday.

    Antonio Michael Rago, 33, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 11:14 a.m., according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The State Bureau of Investigation has been notified, which is standard procedure, and will be conducting a death-in-custody investigation at the request of Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Port Loop Road water outage planned Monday

    BOLIVIA — Some people living and working off Long Beach Road near N.C. 211 will be without water late Monday night and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service.

    Water will be out of service from about 9 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, until 2 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16,for homes and businesses on Port Loop Road.