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  • Calabash woman charged with identity theft

    A Calabash woman is accused of stealing another woman’s purse and using her credit cards.

    Emily Sue Anne Burcham, 27, of Thomasboro Road was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with identity theft, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

  • School board approves snow day calendar changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a revised 2017-18 school calendar, thanks to January’s snow, at their monthly board meeting Feb. 6.

    Because of the 1,025 instructional hours requirement, district spokesman Daniel Seamans said, Jan. 5 and 8 are forgiven for students.

    Jan. 3 was made up Jan. 23 and Jan. 4 will be made up on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19.

  • Brunswick County tallies three flu deaths

    Three people have now died in Brunswick County of influenza-related causes.

    Brunswick County Health Services director Cris Harrelson confirmed Monday three of the 140 flu-related deaths statewide occurred in Brunswick County.

    Harrelson cited the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that he said prevents his department from releasing what he deemed “identifying information” requested by the Beacon.

  • New Carolina Shores commissioner takes oath of office

    CAROLINA SHORES — Newly appointed town commissioner Beverly Mayhew took the oath of office and seat on the dais at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Mayhew was named at the board’s monthly workshop Feb. 5 following a unanimous tally of paper ballots submitted by other commissioners. She will fill a seat vacated late last year by former town commissioner Mary Timothy, who resigned last December.

  • Three men charged in drug trafficking cases

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested three men Feb. 8 in two separate drug trafficking cases.

    Logan Matthis McHale, 27, of Northern Trail in Winnabow is charged with trafficking opium or heroin and conspiring to sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance.

    Warrants show McHale had 12 oxycodone tablets Jan. 31.

    McHale was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility Feb. 8 and released the same day on $50,000 bail.

  • Best Restored Beach Award nominations sought

    The American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) invites communities around the country to submit their coasts for consideration for a Best Restored Beach Award as a way both to honor local projects and remind beach users their favorite shoreline has been restored to maintain its recreational and protective value.

  • Bureau seeks average 18.9 percent rate hike for dwelling insurance

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance received a dwelling insurance rate filing from the N.C. Rate Bureau on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

  • Harrell to speak on judicial reform

    The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear will welcome Judge Kent Harrell on Monday, Feb. 26, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the New Hanover County Main Library at 201 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Harrell, who serves as Superior District Court judge for District 5B serving Pender and New Hanover counties, will discuss “The Courts: Judicial Reform and Redistricting.” He will be speaking on courts, judicial reform and redistricting efforts in North Carolina. The public is invited to attend.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session Feb. 21

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s first Southeast Coastal Ambassador Training of 2018 will focus on planned outreach efforts and Cape Fear River conservation work.

    This training will take place at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center on Feb. 21. An orientation for new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.

  • Forte participates in committee meeting

    Brunswick County commissioner Mike Forte and other members of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC) gathered Jan. 31 in Raleigh to participate in a joint meeting of the Public Education and Tax & Finance Steering Committees. Members of the North Carolina School Boards Association and North Carolina Superintendents Association also participated in the meeting to share their insights on the challenges facing public schools, particularly as new class requirements go into effect.