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  • Bernest Hewett appointed to second three-year term on DSS board

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services reappointed board member Bernest Hewett to another term last Friday, April 27.

    The manner in which DSS boards are established in North Carolina is outlined by statute and requires two board members be appointed by county commissioners, while two board members be appointed by the state social services board.

    Together, those four board members vote to appoint the fifth member—currently Hewett.

  • Looking back: Beacon headlines from 1976, 1977 and 1978

    Editor’s Note: This is the next in a yearlong series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon. Each month we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    It was the bicentennial.

    Milk was 69 cents for a half-gallon and bananas cost 15 cents per pound. The Beacon was also 15 cents for an issue.

    The year was 1976.

  • Keep moving: Relay for Life set for this weekend

    SHALLOTTE—There’s no sleeping at Relay for Life.

    While people can bring tents for the 24-hour annual American Cancer Society fundraiser, event organizers say participants cannot sleep.

    They’ve even planned around-the-clock events, including an early-morning rooster-crowing contest, to make sure no one sneaks in a nap.

  • Brunswick veterans’ office to host health fair

    Brunswick County Veterans’ Service Office Director Anita Hartsell has invited all veterans to attend an upcoming health fair.

    The Brunswick County Veterans Service Office will host a health fair from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 8866. The Post is at 573 Sabbath Home Road SW, Supply.  

    Veterans will be able to enroll in VA healthcare, obtain information and discuss health issues with nurses and pharmacists, and talk with their county veterans service officer.

  • Three people bitten by rabid fox

    On Sunday, April 29, a male resident of Oak Island was working in his yard and felt something brush up against him and bite him. He looked down and saw it was a fox. The fox then ran to his neighbor’s garage where a husband and wife were working.

    The fox attacked the wife and bit her three times then bit the husband one time. The first man heard the couple screaming in their garage, got his gun, ran to them and shot the fox.

    No pets were involved in the incident.

  • BCC employee fired after being accused of relationship with high school student

    BCC employee fired for having relationship with student

    By Caroline Curran and Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writers

    A Brunswick Community College employee has been fired after being accused of having an improper relationship with a high school student.

    In response to a report received April 26, Dr. Susanne Adams, president of Brunswick Community College, fired 30-year-old IT Technician Josue Juarez, who was hired Sept. 1, 2007. 

  • Brunswick County unemployment continues decline; still in double digits

    RALEIGH—Unemployment is down in Brunswick County for the third consecutive month.

    But at 10.9 percent, Brunswick County’s March unemployment rate is above the state average of 9.6 percent, according to information released last week by the Employment Security Commission of North Carolina.

    Brunswick County’s 10.9 percent unemployment rate is down from February’s 12.1 percent unemployment rate, which was down from January’s 13 percent unemployment rate.

  • Ex-husband says wife shot herself in 911 call

    The ex-husband of slain Sunset Beach woman Megan Tysinger told a 911 dispatcher she killed herself.

    “Megan shot herself. She’s gone,” Brandon Tysinger told a dispatcher during the 911 call placed by Megan Tysinger’s next-door neighbor around 11 a.m. Monday.

    Brandon Tysinger told the dispatcher he arrived Monday at his ex-wife’s house at 9063 Sea Lane to drop off their 4-year-old daughter.

  • N.C. Bar Association ranks judicial candidates

    CARY—The North Carolina Bar Association recently released its review of non-incumbent judicial candidates.

    Included in the report are reviews for the four candidates running for district court judge in District 13, which includes Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties. Longtime District Judge Napolean Barefoot is not seeking re-election to the bench, and four local attorneys are running for his seat.

    Though the race is nonpartisan, the judicial race will be on the May 8 primary ballot.

  • 2011 county home sales price was ahead of national average

    SUPPLY—Brunswick County’s average home sales price last year remained above the state average, but dropped from the previous year.

    An update on the housing market was given last week as Realtors, elected officials and candidates mingled at the Brunswick County Association of Realtors’ legislative luncheon. Realtors announced legislative goals.