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  • Find fun, rewarding volunteer opportunities at Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo

    BOLIVIA—Are you interested in becoming more involved in your community but aren’t sure how to start? Do you have extra time that could be spent helping others?

    Find out about fun and rewarding volunteer opportunities at the Brunswick County Volunteer Fair & Expo, which will be from 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the Virginia Williamson Events Center in the Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Admission is free, and the event is open to the public.

  • Grand opening for relocated Ocean Isle Beach Dollar General this weekend

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A grand opening for Dollar General, located on Beach Drive, is scheduled for 8 a.m. Saturday, April 9.

    The first 50 shoppers at the store’s grand opening will receive a $10 gift card, and the first 200 will receive a Dollar General tote bag.

    The new, freestanding store located at 6675 Beach Drive SW replaces the Dollar General that was located on Seaside Road. Spokesperson Mike Machak said the store had been in operation since 1999 but is now closed. The new location is about 3 miles away.

  • Find ‘The Champion Within’ with Bruce Jenner at BCC

    BOLIVIA—Are you a champion?

    Learn to find “The Champion Within” with Olympic gold medalist Bruce Jenner, who will speak Tuesday, April 12, at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the Brunswick Community College Campus.

  • County settles with longtime former DSS director for $190,000

    BOLIVIA—He was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, but former DSS director Jamie Orrock will now be allowed to have resigned or retired rather than been fired.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s Department of Social Services for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.

  • NEW VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for March 30, 2011

     Brunswick Beat is a video newscast created by the news team of The Brunswick Beacon in a partnership with ATMC-TV Cable Channel 3.

    This is the premiere episode for March 30, 2011.

    You can also watch this on ATMC-TV Cable Channel 3 each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30 p.m.  

  • Too good to be true

    Don’t let a thief steal your identity or scam you out of money.

    During the Brunswick County Community Watch’s March meeting on Monday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Bert Reaves with the crime prevention unit spoke about ways to prevent identity theft and scams as well as the importance of serial numbers.

  • Do you have money waiting for you?

    Do you have money that you don’t know about?

    It could be like winning the lottery, only without purchasing a lottery ticket.

    The state of North Carolina Department of the State Treasurer is holding nearly $400 million in unclaimed money. Some of it could be yours.

    As of March 29, 2011, there were 1,746,697 unclaimed properties in the state. A full listing of unclaimed properties is available online at www.nctreasurer.com.

  • New traffic pattern in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTTE—The Smith Avenue extension project, now at least three months past its projected completion date of December 2010, is reportedly 72 percent complete, according to a progress report published on the N.C. Department of Transportation’s (NCDOT) website.

    This weekend a new traffic pattern emerged in Shallotte.

  • Mandatory direct deposit could save enough for one teacher position

    BOVLIA—If Brunswick County Commissioners adopt a less than revenue-neutral tax rate, Brunswick County Schools could receive less county funds than expected.

    According to figures provided by Brunswick County school officials, an estimated $1.5 million less in county dollars brings the school system’s estimated shortfall to about $7 million for the 2011-2012 fiscal year. 

  • Technology increasing too quickly for school infrastructure

    BOLIVIA—As more technology becomes available to Brunswick County Schools, the closer the school system is to reaching its power limit.

    During the Brunswick County Board of Education operations committee meeting Tuesday, Leonard Jenkins, technology director, said 75 to 80 percent of classrooms are equipped with 21st Century technology equipment—laptops, document cameras, LCD projectors and interactive writing tablets.