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  • Snap! Weekend 'cold-vember' launches new month with rain and chill

    Some events got rained and chilled out, while others continued as planned.

    As a wet, chilly “cold-vember” descended on the region this past weekend, plans for Bikes Boots & BBQ, the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce’s first barbecue cook-off, came to an abrupt halt in Belville this past Saturday, Nov. 1.

    Instead of a festive festival, organizers were forced to sell about 11 pre-cooked pigs that had been prepared for the event at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville.

  • Bald Head Island removes human resources position

     A Bald Head Island human resources and communications director has been let go by the village, village manager Calvin Peck said.

    The village voted to eliminate the position of human resources/communications, which was previously held by Karen Ellison, at an Oct. 17 council meeting.

  • Former deputy convicted of sex crimes in appeal trial

     A former Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputy was convicted of sex crimes in an appeal trial last week in Superior Court.

    A jury convicted 37-year-old Timothy Paul Caulder of Shallotte of soliciting crimes against nature and two counts of soliciting a prostitute stemming from incidents that occurred while he was on duty in August 2013.

  • Sunset Beach police say robbery suspect is in custody

    Police believe the man who injured a 90-year-old woman while stealing her purse Oct. 28 in Sunset Beach is in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on unrelated charges.

    His bail was increased from $100,000 to $500,000, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Joyner said during a regular scheduled town council meeting Monday, Nov. 3.

    “We’re working around the clock with the (District Attorney’s) office,” Joyner said. “We’re 100 percent sure the person we’re looking at is going to be our suspect.”

  • BCC hosts ‘PR Speed Dating’ session

     SUPPLY — During a busy fall semester, Brunswick Community College officials decided to host a public relations “speed dating” session at the Virginia Williamson Event Center inside the Odell Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday, Oct. 29, for members of the local media.

    Representatives from The Brunswick Beacon, The State Port Pilot and The StarNews in Wilmington attended the event that included information sessions, an address from college president Dr. Susanne Adams and lunch.

  • Cedar Grove finishes awareness week with football game

     CEDAR GROVE — Although a flag football game inside Cedar Grove Middle School’s gymnasium drew the loudest cheers, it was a message from a semi-professional football player that the students will remember years from now.

    Mariquise Dixon, a retired semi-pro football player and former member of the Wilmington Tigers, warned students about the dangers of alcohol and drug abuse before he and two other current players led a flag football game between the Tigers and Bulldog students Thursday, Oct. 30.

  • Sunset Beach police search for robbery suspect

    Police are asking for the public’s help locating a man accused of injuring a 90-year-old woman and stealing her purse during an Oct. 28 robbery in Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Police are seeking information regarding a strong-arm robbery that occurred Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 28, in the parking lot of Walgreens in Sunset Beach. Deputy Police Chief Joe Smith said the woman was walking from her vehicle in the Walgreens parking lot to the store at 1:20 p.m. when a man approached, struggled with her, stole her purse and ran down Seaside Road.

  • Belville supports BCC for workforce development student

    BELVILLE — Belville officials will fund a student in Brunswick Community College’s workforce development program and may fund more in next year’s budget.

    BCC President Dr. Susanne Adams and Velva Jenkins, BCC’s vice president of continuing education, economic and workforce development, made a presentation to the Belville town board Monday night, Oct. 27.

    Adams told the board members and Mayor Mike Allen the college, which is celebrating its 35 the year, serves 1,600 curriculum students and more than 2,000 workforce development students.

  • OIB puts $1.25 million behind Causeway Drive eminent domain action

    Ocean Isle Beach officials began the legal process, and opened their checkbook, to claim land for a public park.

    Attorneys for the town filed an eminent domain action Oct. 21 under Chapter 40A of the North Carolina General Statutes to acquire a vacant lot at Causeway Drive and Second Street for public use.

    The town board of commissioners passed a resolution to take the legal action at the Oct. 14 town meeting.

    OIB commissioners authorized the condemnation of the land as part of the eminent domain process.

  • Leland ordinance delays naming municipal park for first mayor

    LELAND — Renaming the Municipal Park across from Leland’s new town hall after former Mayor Russell Baldwin could be a long-term project.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman first proposed in August commemorating Baldwin, who died Sept. 18 after a long illness, for his part in creating the town of Leland and serving as its first mayor.

    The discussion picked up again during the Sept. 18 town meeting after Bozeman announced Baldwin had died earlier in the day.