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  • Rising second-graders shining ‘STARS’ this summer

     SUNSET BEACH — Fifteen students who participated in a summer reading program are shining like stars as they prepare for the new school year.

    Seaside United Methodist Church hosted STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students), a six-week summer reading program from the beginning of July through the middle of August.

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Mitchell no longer a trustee at Charter Day School Inc.

     Three weeks after resigning from the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board, Roger Bacon Academy founder Baker Mitchell is no longer listed a member of the board of trustees at Charter Day School (CDS) Inc., according to the company’s website.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said Mitchell’s service on the board ended nearly a year ago, in September 2013.

  • Some county teachers can expect pay raises under state budget

     Some Brunswick County teachers can expect pay raises in the coming years after the North Carolina General Assembly passed its annual budget.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger held a news conference July 29 to announce the details.

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • Calabash approves economic development committee

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved establishing a town economic development committee.

    The board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

    The idea originated with Michael Herring, a member of the Calabash Planning and Zoning Board. Town commissioners subsequently directed town administrator Chuck Nance and town clerk Kelley Southward to meet with Herring in July.

    Herring researched local economic development committees and proposed a couple of purpose or mission statements.

  • Sunset Beach park work stopped

    Work at Sunset Beach Town Park has been halted because of a compliance issue.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker alerted town council last week that work in the new park had been stopped until the issue is resolved.

    A certified letter dated Aug. 8 to Parker from the North Carolina Department of Environmental and Natural Resources stated an inspection Aug. 6 determined a violation occurred because no erosion and sedimentation-control plan had been filed for work exceeding one acre at the park.

  • Fix A Friend marks 4,000th surgery with Aug. 29 party

    Fix A Friend Spay Neuter Clinic in Winnabow recently performed its 4,000th spay/neuter surgery in less than a year.

    It is celebrating this huge milestone at a one-year anniversary party, “Grab and Growl,” at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 29 at the clinic at 6033 Ocean Highway West in Winnabow.

    Thanks to Fix A Friend, which opened Aug. 26, 2013, it’s estimated at least a million fewer unwanted kittens will be born in southeastern North Carolina. And that’s the estimated result from just six weeks of surgeries.

  • Carolina Shores relays improved communications

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is in the process of implementing modes of improving communications with residents.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said those efforts are being conducted by way of the town website, www.carolinashoresnc.com.

  • Late-night fire heavily damages Calabash restaurant

    The Calabash Fire Department and several mutual-aid companies battled a blaze that broke out late Saturday night at a Calabash restaurant.

    Coleman’s Restaurant at 9931 Nance St. sustained heavy damages to its roof and front portion during the fire reported at 11:36 p.m. Aug. 16.

    Arriving units found smoke pouring from the roof of the one-story structure, and flames broke through shortly thereafter, according to fire department spokeswoman Honey Shore. Firefighters battled the blaze for just over an hour before bringing it under control.