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  • 2012 Photo contest winners

     

    As a thank-you to our readers, this week’s Beacon features a free 2013 calendar.

    The calendar features photographs from this year’s Brunswick Life photo contest, plus lots of great advertisements from area businesses.

    “The calendar has been one of our most rewarding special projects,” Beacon managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We love getting quality photos from children and adults each year. It’s hard to pick the winners and select the few that will make it into the calendar.”

  • Mayors meet with new county commissioners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—On Thursday, Dec. 13, mayors and other elected officials from throughout Brunswick County participated in a mayors’ meeting in Ocean Isle Beach commissioners’ chambers. The topic was getting to know Brunswick County’s newly elected commissioners—Pat Sykes and Frank Williams.

    “The agenda is simple,” said Bob Morrow, mayor of St. James. “We have invited the newly elected commissioners to hear their views and get to know them a little better.”

  • Get a blessing, give a blessing with free meals on Christmas

     

    On Christmas Day, Faith Building Mission will set up three feeding sites in Brunswick County where free Christmas meals may be picked up and delivered.

    “Christmas is a great time for many of us, but also a sad time for many of us. We want to share the love of Jesus,” said Dean Siler, Faith Building Mission project coordinator. “Everybody knows somebody.”

    A free meal of ham or turkey, beans, dressing, potatoes and dessert is available.

  • Beach towns talk about finding, retaining sand

    also plans for an Eagle’s Island project designed expand the area’s capacity for the spring or summer months.

    One of the group’s top concerns is monitoring legislation that affects coastal communities.

    “I had a meeting on Tuesday with some folks in Raleigh and we talked about the upcoming General Legislature…Expect to see an amazing amount of change in finding our way forward,” Simmons said. “I am encouraged and engaged.”

  • Sheriff deputies added at local elementary schools

    Additional security is being added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday.

    Until further notice the county’s elementary schools will have a sheriff’s office deputy on site, school officials said. Area middle and high schools already have school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • Midway Road business owners worry bridge detour is a dead end

    Business owners on Midway Road fear a North Carolina Department of Transportation bridge replacement plan will cut them off from customers.

    NCDOT approved a contract in March for S.T. Wooten Construction to replace nine bridges—seven in Brunswick County, including the bridge over River Swamp and Hog Branch on Midway Road about 4 miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

    Heather Burkert and her husband, Henry, own Greenlands Farmstore about 1.5 miles south of Old Ocean Highway on Midway Road.

  • County keeping employee service recognition simple

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners decided a firm handshake, a certificate of recognition and a longevity bonus are the best ways to thank county employees for their years of service.

    Debbie Barnes brought a proposal to cut the cost of the employee service recognition program by doing away with the expensive pins the county has given employees when they hit milestone years.

    “We had a policy that required pins with diamonds, sapphires, solid gold. We changed that policy to add more flexibility for recognition,” she said.

  • Possible raise on hold for county employees

    BOLIVIA—Commissioner Marty Cooke wants to pump 5 percent more money into Brunswick County employees’ salaries. He brought it up at the Dec. 17 commissioner meeting, but other commissioners weren’t on board.

    Instead the board will wait for results of a salary study commissioned in July.

    The study is a review of compensation, job classifications, performance evaluations and benefits for all county employees. Evergreen Solutions was selected from 11 contractors to perform the survey.

  • BFA Christmas distribution

    The elves with Brunswick Family Assistance have been busy assisting clients with the annual community holiday distribution.

    This year’s event took place at The Brunswick Beacon building on Smith Avenue in Shallotte.

    People started lining up around 7:30 a.m. Thursday to receive toys, frozen turkeys and other food being distributed from the Beacon’s old pressroom at the rear of the building.

    BFA’s distribution for seniors took place Wednesday.

  • Living through the itchy agony of shingles

    Sarah Sue Ingram and Linda Schueller know all too unfortunately the firsthand experience of contracting shingles.

    Shingles, a painful skin rash caused by the same virus that causes chickenpox, is more common in people ages 50 and older. It often erupts when a person’s immune system is weakened by some diseases, steroid drugs or chemotherapy, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control.

    At least 1 million people in the United States get shingles annually.