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  • Iler co-sponsors voter ID bill

    RALEIGH—N.C. Rep. Frank Iler, R-Oak Island, has co-sponsored the Restore Confidence in Government Act, otherwise known as the voter ID bill.

    The bill includes a provision that would require a photo ID for citizens to vote in North Carolina.

    Iler, who serves on the House elections committee, said a public hearing on the bill drew a large crowd, including many people from Brunswick County.

  • Giving Back

    SHALLOTTE—January marked the one-year anniversary of devastating earthquakes in Haiti that sent the already fledgling third world country into a tailspin.

    Thirteen months after the earth shook in Haiti, a team of 13, with 10 members from First Baptist Church of Shallotte, arrived in the country as part of the North Carolina Baptist Men’s disaster relief/recovery mission outreach.

    The group has had teams in place inside Haiti since four weeks after the incident. The team from Shallotte was the 61st team sent by the organization.

  • Wounded Women Warrior Ride set for next week in Brunswick County

    Thirty female veterans wounded in the Middle East will be pedaling through Brunswick County next week as part of the region’s latest Warrior Ride.

    The St. James POA Service Club will be host of a first-day portion of the Wounded Women Warrior Ride in Brunswick County on March 31.

    Service club spokesperson Carol Szot said the Warrior Ride organization in Oak Island recently approached the club about providing a location for the ride.

  • Calabash declines to release closed-session minutes

    CALABASH—The town of Calabash has issued a statement that it is unable to release requested minutes from a March 8 town commissioners’ closed session.

    Last week, The Brunswick Beacon submitted a public records request asking that the town release minutes and details having to do with unspecified property for which the town is seeking an appraisal.

  • Two afternoon fires in Supply

    Firefighters in Brunswick County were busy on Thursday with two fires within two hours.

    Both fires were started by homeowners burning debris in their yard. The first fire broke out shortly are 12 p.m. Firefighters received a call to respond to a house fire at 519 Benton Road, Supply. The call said flames were visible. At least three area fire departments responded to the fire including Supply, Civietown and Bolivia. The fire started accidentally.

  • DSS board to name permanent director by next meeting

    BOLIVIA—Interim Brunswick County Social Services Director Neil Walters says the department is close to hiring a permanent director.

    In fact, board members hope to hire a director and make an announcement at their upcoming meeting at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

    Initially, the N.C. State Office of Personnel identified 21 of the 50 total candidates as eligible. Of those, board members interviewed five candidates in February.

  • Chamber celebrates 35 years of ‘building community and supporting business’

    After 35 years serving the Brunswick County community, the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce has redefined itself as it moves into the next 35 years.

    With the unveiling of a new logo and tagline, the chamber is excited about the future.

    “We wanted to redefine ourselves and get to the heart of what we do, which is ‘building community and supporting business.’ That has become a part of our logo and our tagline,” said Cathy Altman, president/CEO of the chamber. “We are pleased to have this new concept.”

  • Shallotte suffers 23.62 percent tax decrease

    SHALLOTTE—For at least the last six months, the town of Shallotte has been preparing for a 25 percent decrease in 2011 net taxable value.

    Last week, a comparison study between 2007 values and 2011 values was released that caused town officials to choke on their morning coffee.

    The study showed Shallotte with a 1 percent increase in total value.

  • Brunswick County Schools ready to ‘attack’ achievement gaps

    BOLIVIA—Although Brunswick County Schools fares better than the state average when it comes to achievement gaps, superintendent Edward Pruden said administration will work diligently to “attack the gaps” recorded among various student groups.

    Statistics outlining such gaps were presented Tuesday at the Brunswick County Board of Education retreat.

    “Achievement gaps is something we didn’t talk about so much in education,” Pruden said.

  • Brunswick County Schools considers using hospital facility for vocational school

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community Hospital will soon be vacant, and Brunswick County Schools is considering moving in.

    Brunswick Novant Medical Center is slated to open this summer, leaving the current hospital’s 72,000-square-foot facility empty and ownership reverted to the county.

    Brunswick County Board of Education member John Thompson said the empty building, in Supply off U.S. 17, might be the perfect location for a career and technical education (CTE) middle and high school.