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  • Association recommends guidelines for parasail operators

    The Professional Association of Parasail Operators (PAPO) requires numerous operational standards and guidelines for its members and strongly urges all parasail operators to join the group.

    A few of PAPO’s Operating Standards and Guidelines are as follows:

  • Insurer has no N.C. license

    The company N.C. Watersports reportedly uses for insurance is not licensed to operate in North Carolina and could face fines from the state.

    N.C. Watersports president Barrett McMullan testified last week the Ocean Isle Beach parasailing company is insured by Marine Specialty Management, an insurer based in Lake Havasu, Ariz.

    According to the N.C. Department of Insurance, however, Marine Specialty Management does not appear to be licensed in the state, meaning there is nothing stopping the company from not paying claims.

  • Recycling centers for landfill-banned plastic bottles

    Brunswick County has several sites where people can recycle items recently banned from the state’s landfills.

    Effective Oct. 1, plastic bottles, oil filters and wooden pallets can no longer go to the state’s solid waste landfills.

    Brunswick County Operations Services Director Stephanie Lewis said plastic bottles could be recycled at the county’s landfill, drop-off recycling centers or convenient sites throughout the county. The county landfill will accept used motor oil, antifreeze and oil filters to recycle for free only from residents.

  • Drug court receives grant funding for its second year

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court has received a grant to help fund its second year of operations.

    Started in July 2008, drug treatment court has graduated three people from, and currently has, 25 people enrolled in the program.

    The $86,666 grant is the primary source of funding for the court’s operations. County commissioners also earmark funds for drug treatment court.

  • High-impact driving offenses court to debut in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—A new court is set to debut this month—this one targeting high-impact driving offenders.

    District attorney Rex Gore said a Governor’s Highway Safety grant has allowed the new court to take shape.

  • Beacon wins spelling bee

    The Brunswick Beacon team spelled “Chihuahua” and “cirrhosis” to win the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Adult Spelling Bee for the second year in a row on Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Laura Lewis and Kathryn Jacewicz was among 13 competing teams in the bee held at Brunswick Community College.

    Rotary of Shallotte team members Court Terhune and George Jacob took second place after vying in the event’s last round that had both teams misspelling words before the final outcome.

  • Day 2: Passengers describe horror of parasail accident

    Three passengers aboard the parasail boat when an accident killed two women on Ocean Isle Beach last month described seeing victims unconscious during the rescue attempt. They talked about what happened Aug. 28 at Thursday’s hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard investigator.

    Robert Shropshire of Eden and Robert Whitman of New Jersey spoke by phone. The friend of the two women killed, who elected not to go up in the parasail, described the scene in person.

  • Planning beach renourishment key in being prepared for hurricane, tropical storm damage

    Towns that already have their permits in place and sand sources lined up fare much better after a hurricane than towns that don’t, two coastal engineers told Holden Beach commissioners at a special meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Towns with permits and plans fare better both in cost and time in restoring their beaches, engineers said.

  • Testimony continues in public hearing on parasailing incident

    Testimony is under way today in the public hearing about the parasailing incident at Ocean Isle Beach that killed two vacationers on Aug. 28.

    Lt. Chester Warren, investigating officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, heard testimony at the New Hanover County Courthouse Wednesday morning from John K. Feuerbach, warrant officer and marine safety inspector; and Barrett McMullan, president of Ocean Isle Beach Watersports.

    Wednesday afternoon, McMullan said the day of the incident there was "a freak, unforeseen weather event that caught the crew by surprise."

  • Students turn cell study into edible art

    BOLIVIA—When studying cell biology, most students look at cell components under a microscope or study drawings in textbooks. But Brunswick County Academy students turned their cell study unit into edible works of art.

    Sarah Herzog, seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies instructor, said Academy students had been studying cells for several weeks when science instructor Mary Evans had the idea for students to create cell cakes and decorate them with different materials representing each part of the cell.