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  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members decided airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.

  • Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit makes several arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested a California man after searching an Oak Island home.

    The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the sheriff’s office and Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    Sheriff’s office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said on July 26, agents searched a residence at 6725 West Beach Drive in Oak Island. During the search they seized 83 grams of marijuana, 1 gram of hashish, smoking devices and plastic bags.

  • County, state burn bans lifted

    The county and state burn bans that have been in effect since June 22 have been lifted.

    Officials with the N.C. Forest Service and Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner announced the burn bans were lifted at 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 8.

    “While recent rainfall has reduced fire danger, the state is still facing drought conditions,” N.C. Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler said.

    “If the drought continues and there is an increase in the number of wildfires, the ban on open burning could be reinstated.”

  • Supply man arrested for Holden Beach break-ins

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Supply man for multiple break-ins in the Holden Beach area last month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives took out arrest warrants for Brandon Evans for multiple motor vehicle break-ins as well as attempted residential break-ins during July.

    On Aug. 5, detectives arrested Evans at the Food Lion on Sabbath Home Road near Holden Beach.

  • Tart recognized for 25 years of service on parks and recreation board

    BOLIVIA—Cynthia Tart was recently recognized for 25 years of service on the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

    Tart was recognized at commissioners’ Aug. 1 meeting for her service to the county.

    According to parks and recreation director Jim Pryor, Tart recently completed her final term of service on the advisory committee after 25 years on the board.

  • BCC campus lockdown alert ‘A mistake’

     At 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday an emergency alert text message was sent out by Brunswick Community College. The message read: “CODE RED-CAMPUS WIDE LOCK DOWN-Emergency on campus. Go to a secured area classroom or office away from windows. Remain there until you get an ALL CLEAR message.”

    Local law enforcement were unaware of the message in the minutes immediately following the alert. Students and faculty on the BCC campus continued with activities as usual.

    According to campus police chief J.L. Watson the text message was “a mistake.”

  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members thought airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.

  • Brunswick Beat for Aug. 3, 2011
  • Carolina Shores settlement not yet released

    Details of a settlement between the town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have not yet been released.

    The Beacon has requested the town of Carolina Shores release those details. Town administrator Mike Hargett said last week information would be available after minutes of a July 15 town meeting are compiled by town clerk Nicole Marks.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis signed a confidentiality order regarding portions of the case in May, based on N.C. General Statutes 160A-168 having to do with personnel.

  • A change of pace

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—These days Bazil Geckler spends a lot of time bird watching and taking in the scenery from his porch situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 90 years old, he has had to slow down a bit from his youth. In days gone by Geckler was a man constantly on the go along with his wife, Louise Tripp Geckler.

    Louise was born and raised in the local area and has strong family ties to Brunswick County. Her father built the historic Sunnyside schoolhouse.