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  • SUNSHINE WEEK: What it takes to be a poll worker

    With 23 precincts in Brunswick County, many poll workers are needed each election season to help voters with their voting experience.

    Greg Bellamy, elections director, said the number of poll workers needed in Brunswick County varies depending on the type of election and the candidates running. Compared to a similar primary election season in 2006, Bellamy anticipates needing 165-170 poll workers for this May’s primary election.

    “It’s based on a projection of how many voters that we think will come to the polls,” Bellamy said.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Home and Garden Show brings out shoppers, browsers

    The weather couldn’t have been more fitting for a show about sprucing up homes and gardens Saturday and Sunday.

    West Brunswick High School was the site of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show last weekend, where a variety of vendors ranging from gardeners and landscapers to roofers and builders displayed their wares and made business connections.

    Chamber president Cathy Altman didn’t have a final number but said the chamber was “very happy with the turnout Saturday and Sunday.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Family Tree Nursery emphasizes local products, hometown feeling

    WINNABOW—It took some help from family members, hard work, faith and a lot of loan-shopping, but Bob and Christina Cappiello finally opened their dream business here in December.

    Family Tree Nursery on Old Ocean Highway isn’t a typical garden center. With its spacious, colorful interior combined with its collection of plants, flowers, seeds, fertilizer as well as local arts, crafts and wine, it attracts attention of hard-core gardeners and shoppers looking to support the local economy and find unique products.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars

    Last week at West Brunswick High School, teachers were the ones taking notes from their students.

    West Brunswick High School Dance Team members choreographed and taught routines to teachers and administrators for Dancing With the West Brunswick Stars, a fundraiser to benefit the dance team.

    Spanish teacher Millie Venegas and student Sarah Naylor won the judges’ choice award with their performance to Shakira’s “Hips Don’t Lie.”

  • Unaffiliated voters will have to select a political party for May primary

    The fastest-growing group of voters in Brunswick is not Democrat, Republican or Libertarian.

    It’s unaffiliated.

    According to Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, the number of unaffiliated voters in Brunswick County has been climbing for several years. Brunswick County has 75,580 total voters, with 19,628 of those being unaffiliated. Statewide there are 1,398,585 unaffiliated voters. But according to Bellamy, these numbers are always changing.

  • School board members approve first phase of capital outlay project

    At a finance committee meeting Tuesday night, members of the Brunswick County Board of Education voted unanimously to approve Phase I of the district’s capital outlay projects for the 2010-2011 fiscal year. The projects total $1,108,600.

    Because of uncertainties in funding sources, the project list was divided into two parts, Freyja Cahill, executive financial officer, said. School officials ask money for Phase I be appropriated during the 2009-2010 school year so work can begin when school is not in session.

  • Spring into fitness during spring break

    BOLIVIA—Students not leaving town on spring break can spend the week swimming, playing sports and games and making arts and crafts at Spring Into Fitness at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    Targeted for children ages 5-12, the camp will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5-8. Rhonda Schilawski, center director, said it would resemble the Fitness for Fun summer camp and give students a chance to try a variety of activities.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Thirty-seven voters booted from county's voter registration rolls

    BOLIVIA—Thirty-seven registered voters on Bald Head Island won’t be casting their ballots this May, or anytime soon in Brunswick County, after the Brunswick County Board of Elections voted to remove them from the county’s voter registration rolls.

    The eligibility of two more voters will be heard at the board’s next meeting, at 3 p.m. April 20 at the county board of elections.

  • Voter registration: What you need to know

    Voting is a way to express your rights as an American, and the first step toward choosing your leaders in the voting booth is registering to vote.

    To register in Brunswick County, a person must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident “domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina” for 30 days by the date of the next general election day, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • What you would have missed

    It’s been a busy year for Beacon reporters.

    From a small-town commissioner saying the town got “snookered” over the town administrator’s fictitious resume, to the board of education getting schooled on e-mail as a public record, there has been no shortage of compelling stories brought to our readers by the N.C. Public Records Law, and the First Amendment.

    This week, March 14-20, is Sunshine Week. Organized by the National Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week focuses freedom of information, open government and access to public records.