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  • SBMS substitute teacher accused of assaulting student

    A former South Brunswick Middle School substitute teacher was relieved of his position amid accusations he assaulted a student.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office detectives charged Peter Jay Julicher, 70, of Southport, with simple assault after he pushed and pulled on a 12-year-old male student about noon Wednesday, May 18, warrants show.

    Julicher turned himself in at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Wednesday afternoon, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. He was released on $1,000 unsecured bond.

  • Shallotte announces Mulberry Park grand opening changes

    The town of Shallotte has rescheduled several of the Mulberry Park grand opening events originally planned for Saturday, May 21.

    The community picnic and the evening showing of Disney’s “Inside Out” have been rescheduled for Sunday, May 29. The town’s annual Memorial Day ceremony featuring The Wilmington Big Band will continue as planned May 29. However, the concert will now be preceded by the community picnic from 2 to 4 p.m. and after the concert at dusk, the movie “Inside Out” will be shown.

  • BHO seeks to raise $35K for summer blitz

    Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. (BHO) welcomes the first of three groups, totaling nearly 300 volunteers, kicking off its Brunswick Blitz this June.

    This summer, BHO plans to complete more than 30 home repairs for the elderly, disabled, veterans and very low-income homeowners in Brunswick County. But in order to do this, BHO needs to raise at least $35,000.

  • DSS recruiting foster, adoptive parents

    Brunswick County Department of Social Services will prove Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety-Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting (TIPS-MAPP) training to be a foster/adoptive parent starting June 16 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Brunswick County Government Complex in Social Services Building B in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, call Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • Vehicle registration late fee takes effect July 1

    Beginning July 1, North Carolina vehicle owners must pay their annual vehicle registration renewals by the expiration date or face a late fee. The new fees were passed by the General Assembly last September and require one of three graduated late fees to be assessed on late registration renewals starting in July.

  • Agents arrest 29 people on prostitution charges

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested 29 people, including a former deputy director of the North Carolina Justice Academy, on a charge of soliciting prostitution after conducting three separate operations in different areas of the county between Feb. 3 and March 2.

    According to information released to the Beacon this month, two female agents posed as prostitutes and posted an advertisement on Backpage, a classified advertising website. Those who responded to the ad were arrested, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • Amber Alert canceled for Leland girl

    An Amber Alert has been canceled for an 11-year-old Leland girl who was thought to have been abducted Thursday.

    Elisha Jones, who was last seen at 11 a.m. May 19 at Leland Middle School, has been located safe with her grandmother in Baltimore, according to a Leland Police Department news release.

    Investigators found the grandmother failed to notify Jones’ father she was picking the girl up from school with permission from Jones’ mother, who resides in New Jersey, Lt. Jeremy Humphries said.

  • Leland works to identify economic growth needs

    LELAND — The Leland Economic Development Committee will begin preparing a business survey to learn more about the business community and what it needs to grow.

    “We discussed at our first meeting finding out how the town can help businesses, and we came up with the survey,” chairman David Sink said. “We plan to interview small businesses in Leland. This committee is going to get out and gather information to see how the city is perceived by business owners.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department observes 40 years of service

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — On Dec. 12, 1975, a fire destroyed an Ocean Isle Beach cottage owned by Franky Yarborough and sparked an idea when town board member H. Tatum Sparger said the fire showed a desperate need for a volunteer fire department.

    The Ocean Isle Fire Protection Association (OIFPA) Inc. was chartered by the state Jan. 30, 1976.

    Now in its 40th anniversary year, the former all-volunteer fire association has grown in size, expanded services to respond to all types of emergencies and become a full-time department of the town.

  • Brunswick County 2016-17 budget presented to commissioners

    BOLIVIA — County Manager Ann Hardy presented the preliminary 2016-17 budget to county commissioners Monday night, proposing an operating budget of $224.5 million with no increase in the tax rate or fees.

    The property tax rate would remain at 48.50 cents for a second year.

    The budget proposed is a little more than $10 million more than the 2015-16 budget of $214.2 million.