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  • Warren investigation costs taxpayers more than $800

    A racial discrimination investigation that found no evidence of discrimination cost Brunswick County taxpayers more than $800.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said the sheriff’s office investigation into claims made by commissioner Charles Warren he was being racially harassed and discriminated against by sheriff’s deputies and fellow commissioners was deemed unfounded, but cost county taxpayers $868.49.

  • Brunswick County students graduate

    Brunswick County high school students celebrated their graduation ceremonies over the weekend.

    Friday night, Brunswick County Academy had its commencement exercises at the school, where 30 students—the most ever in the school’s history—received their diplomas.

    Then on Saturday, graduating seniors with West, North and South Brunswick high schools celebrated their graduation ceremonies at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Supply.

  • Leland resident is starring in two productions in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    LELAND—As a physical education major in college, Leland resident Laura McFayden wanted to combine her athletic nature with her education and became a professional water skier.

    She worked at SeaWorld, Walt Disney World and Cypress Gardens as a water skier performing in a variety of shows. This led to her involvement with theatrical ice-skating shows in which she skated and sang.

  • There are lots of spots appearing at the Shallotte Fire Department

    SHALLOTTE—Late last year, several members of the Shallotte Fire Department decided the department was missing something—a mascot.

    “The chief and I were talking and I asked him what he thought about getting a dog,” said John Pettry. “The chief said to make sure it was a decent dog.”

  • Brunswick Beat for June 15, 2011
  • Brunswick health board names new director

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will have a new director at the helm of the agency beginning June 27.

    David Stanley, director of the county’s environmental health agency, will replace longtime health director Don Yousey, who is retiring from the health department after 14 years.

    Stanley has served as environmental heath director at the county health department for the last 15 years.

    For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon.

  • No charges in fatal officer shooting

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David has ruled a shooting that led to the death of a Sunset Harbor man was justified.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Joe Genda has been cleared of any wrongdoing in the May 13 shooting death of 73-year-old William Gordon Brown, David announced Thursday.

    Around 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 13, sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to Brown’s home at 668 Bayshore Drive in Sunset Harbor.

  • Parking permits on Sunset Beach work session agenda next Tuesday

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council will continue discussion about a proposed parking-permit system during a three-hour workshop scheduled for next Tuesday, June 21, at town hall.

    It's the first of new, extended work sessions approved last month by town council and is scheduled from 9 a.m.-noon.

    The sessions are scheduled during those hours on the third Tuesdays of each month to discuss town business prior to monthly meetings on the first Mondays of each month.

  • Holden Beach sets tax rate

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    Holden Beach Commissioners unanimously approved a $7.2 million total operations budget for fiscal year 2011-2012 during their regular meeting Tuesday night.

    The estimated new tax rate for property owners will be 12.7 cents for every $100 of valuation.

    The main thing commissioners changed from town manager David Hewett’s proposed budget was not approving a cost-of-living raise but rather giving a one-time bonus with $31,000 to be split among the town’s 24 employees.

  • Volunteer for Sunnyside today

    SHALLOTTE—Old Sunnyside School is approaching its 100th birthday.

    The school built in 1915 contains many fond memories for area residents. Over the years a dedicated group of volunteers formed a non-profit organization called Save Old Sunnyside to help save the building and relocate it as close as possible to its original location.