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  • Teacher assistant of the year’s passion for students remains strong after years of service

    LELAND—An employee of Brunswick County Schools since 1987, Connie Kennedy says the reason she keeps coming to work is simply because she loves children.

    So much so that the 57-year-old exceptional children (EC) teaching assistant at Leland Middle School is working towards her bachelor’s degree in language arts so she can manage a classroom of her own.

    “I want to help these children learn how to read,” she said.

  • Shallotte Board of Aldermen

    At the start of 2011 several board appointed committee positions within the town of Shallotte expired. The board of aldermen decided at its December meeting to take a closer look at appointments in January.

    During the Jan. 11 regular pre-agenda meeting, the issue was discussed. Alderman Walt Eccard requested additional time concerning appointments to the Downtown Shallotte committee as he felt there may still be a few undecided if they wanted to continue with their service.

  • Brunswick County to have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations

    Brunswick County will have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations and observances from Jan. 13-17.

    While the federal holiday recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. as Monday, Jan. 17, Brunswick County will have several observances leading up to the holiday.

    From Jan. 14-17, the M.L. King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor its 17th annual community celebrations as a tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Insurers seek 20.9-percent increase for non-owner occupied housing

    RALEIGH—More insurance rate hikes have been requested for coastal properties.

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau recently requested a 20.9-percent increase for homeowners’ insurance for some non-owner occupied housing, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.

  • Future administrator still being sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—About half the resumes submitted show candidates for a new town administrator aren’t qualified, a town commissioner says.
    Town commissioner Joyce Dunn, speaking at town commissioners’ monthly meeting Jan. 6, said of 60 to 70 resumes received by the town human resources committee, “30 flat-out are qualified.”
    Soon, she said, the committee will arrange interviews with people who “met the first cut,” then will winnow that down to six or seven people who are “definitely qualified” to succeed retiring town administrator Linda Herncane, who officially leaves the town Feb. 1.

  • Animated signs still a hot topic in Calabash; former commissioner appointment rejected

    CALABASH—After much debate, town commissioners have agreed to have a joint workshop with the town planning and zoning board to discuss what has become a hot-button issue in town—animated signs.
    A majority of board members also rejected the appointment of former town commissioner Emily DiStasio to a vacancy on the planning and zoning board.

  • Holden Beach bridge closed for three hours Tuesday

    HOLDEN BEACH—A 10-minute shower proved to be dangerous Tuesday morning, when rain froze almost instantly on the bridge leading to Holden Beach.

    “When I came across the bridge this morning at 10 minutes to 7 [a.m.], the bridge was fine. From then, until about quarter after nine, the bridge remained fine,” Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told town commissioners at their Tuesday night meeting.

  • Second annual Souper Bowl kicks off Saturday to aid hungry

    The South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club second annual Souper Bowl, an Empty Bowls event to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council food pantry, will take place 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive behind Rourk Public Library on Main Street.
    Area potters have made hand-crafted bowls in preparation for this year’s event, co-sponsored by the North Carolina General Federation of Women’s Clubs, which donated a $250 grant to cover the cost of supplies. The Brunswick Beacon is a media sponsor.

  • Commissioners to consider discontinuing water and sewer hardship program

    A recent University of North Carolina School of Government ruling has prompted Brunswick County Finance Director Ann Hardy to recommend commissioners nix a water and sewer hardship program.

    Hardy said she recently received a legal opinion from the School of Government stating the county’s hardship financing program for low-income water and sewer customers was not in compliance with state statute.

  • Rabon begins first session in state Senate in leadership role

    Days after winning a historic election to the state Senate, Bill Rabon was elected to another role—Republican Freshman Senate Leader.

    “It’s a nice vote of confidence, and I appreciate it,” Rabon said of his election by his fellow “freshman class” in the state Senate.