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  • Monday, Tuesday designated make-up days for Brunswick County Schools

    Brunswick County Schools students will make-up missed school days due to weather on Monday, Jan. 24 and Tuesday, Jan. 25 

    Superintendent Edward Pruden made a Connect-Ed call Monday evening and said students will report to school all week next week, with Monday and Tuesday being designated make-up days.

    A non-required teacher workday is scheduled for Jan. 22.

  • Eyes on Brunswick County

    Alarming, absolutely 100 percent alarming. I am referring to Brunswick County’s “Teen Mom,” Jenelle Evans. As America watches her life unravel, her angry tirades, her violence toward her mother and her neglect of her child on television, I can think only one thing—who is reaching out to help this troubled young woman?

    At the age of 19, she is merely a child herself. Instead of gawking at her life, those who know her should be reaching out. The fact that she needs help is glaringly obvious.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Christina Nicole Ward, 18, of 2528 Shell Point Road S.W., was charged with two counts of felony financial credit-card fraud and two counts of misdemeanor larceny of a purse. She was held at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $4,000 bond.

  • McIntyre announces federal funding for fire departments

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre has announced more than $125,000 in federal funding will help two local fire departments purchase equipment for operations and safety improvements.

    According to a press release, the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department will receive $84,778. Firefighter Chris Grace said the funding will allow the department to purchase about 15 self-contained breathing apparatuses, which will replace older ones. Grace said replacing older units is vital.

  • Two arrested, one sought after search warrants lead authorities to more than $15,000 of stolen property

    Two people have been arrested and one remains wanted after the Brunswick County South End Task Force recovered more than $15,000 in stolen property.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Deborah Istvan, 39, of 559 Hughes Trail, Shallotte, has been charged with five counts of felony breaking and entering, two counts of felony larceny, four counts of financial transaction card and four counts of financial identity.

  • BCC awarded $200,000 grant for study of women in STEM disciplines

    LELAND—A near $200,000 grant has been awarded to Brunswick Community College officials who will use the money to study women in the community college system.

    The National Science Foundation (NFS-ADVANCE program) has awarded a $199,928 grant for a “comprehensive study of the status of community college women faculty in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics discipline,” according to a press release.

  • Up in the air

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—For many 16-year-olds, the perfect birthday present is a driver’s license that would allow them to freely cruise the open roads. Sixteen-year-old Drew Holden prefers the open sky.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School student and aspiring pilot took his first solo flight Saturday at the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Airport.

  • Not on our island: Letters bombard Sunset Beach on parking issue

    SUNSET BEACH—Since October, Sunset Beach Town Hall has been deluged with e-mails, including one from an attorney, expressing concerns about a committee’s initial ideas for future parking on the island.

    Last week, upon request from the Beacon, Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin forwarded copies of more than 100 e-mails town hall has received from property owners and others as a town-appointed parking committee fleshes out recommended rules to forward to town council.

  • Parking committee tightens suggestions in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee is narrowing down its recommendations for public parking on the island and hopes to have them ready in time for Sunset Beach Town Council’s next meeting Feb. 7.

    Committee members hope to come up with final recommendations at their next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 27, at town hall.

  • Calabash closed session not improper, town attorney says

    CALABASH—Town commissioners did nothing improper when they voted to hire the county to conduct building inspections following a closed session last month, according to town attorney Mark Lewis.

    The issue arose at the start of the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, when town commissioner Forrest King stated he wanted to correct recorded minutes from the Dec. 14 closed session.