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  • Emergency responders battle large brush fire Saturday afternoon

    Several area fire departments are on the scene of a fast moving, large brush fire near Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904 Saturday afternoon.

    The video below, taken from a mobile phone, shows the smoke moving across portions of Old Georgetown Road, which was shut down for some time Saturday.

    Check back for more details later.

  • 'Showtime at the Apollo' takes stage next weekend at WBHS

    It’s “Showtime at the Apollo” at West Brunswick High School.

    The theater department’s third annual Black History month production showcases a performance timeline of headlining acts of the Apollo Theater in Harlem, N.Y. The production includes singing, comedy, dancing and visual history of the theater and popular events in American history throughout the decades.

    “We like to do different things every year,” Jennifer Negron, theater arts instructor, said.

  • Woman charged in wreck involving state trooper

    SUPPLY—A Sunset Beach woman has been charged with failure to yield in a wreck that closed portions of U.S. 17 last Friday morning.

    According to N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. T.W. Pope, around 7:49 a.m. Friday, Feb. 18, Virginia Coats, 65, of Sunset Beach, was entering U.S. 17 from Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Pope said Coats, who was driving a 2005 GMC pickup truck, failed to yield to highway patrol trooper J.M. King, who was traveling north in a 2010 Dodge Charger patrol vehicle.

  • Five-year-old dialysis patient dies of cardiac arrest

    Last Tuesday night, Billy Joe Lawson Jr. made a promise to his mother.

    “That night, I said, ‘Bill Bill, you promise me you won’t ever leave home. You promise you never leave me,’” Myra Lawson said. “He said, ‘I promise.’”

    That night, the 5-year-old who was diagnosed with Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis (FSGS) several months ago when his kidneys failed, unexpectedly passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopt ABC law enforcement contract

    Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners adopted a contract for ABC law enforcement during their monthly meeting last Tuesday.

    “Due to recent legislative changes in the local ABC laws, one of the things they must do is contract with either a county or municipal law enforcement agency to provide ABC law enforcement within the jurisdiction,” town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

    Law also requires the ABC board to spend at least 5 percent of annual profits on the hired law enforcement service.

  • Law enforcement to be immediately notified of weapons on school grounds

    If weapons are found on any Brunswick County Schools campus, law enforcement will be the first to be notified.

    To reiterate the point, Charlie Miller, vice-chairperson of the Brunswick County Board of Education, requested the school system’s policy on prohibited weapons and explosives state at the beginning of such notification.

    “The first sentence in the policy needs to be reporting to law enforcement officials,” he said during a safe schools committee meeting Tuesday morning.

  • School assignment policy updated before process begins

    BOLIVIA—Administrators of Brunswick County Schools are already beginning to talk about the 2011-2012 school year.

    At a policy committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Faye Nelson, executive director of elementary education, reviewed the school assignment policy with Shirley Babson, board of Education chairperson, and board member John Thompson.

    The number of students who attend different schools than assigned, “is a major issue in some of our schools,” Nelson said.

  • School officials plan to use lottery funds for new sanitary station

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are hoping to use funds from the North Carolina Education Lottery to design and construct a new sanitary lift station at West Brunswick High School.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the school system has paid about $30,000 during the past two years to keep the station operating.

  • 2011 Best of Brunswick winners in this week’s Beacon

    Think you know the Best of Brunswick?

    Votes from the Best of Brunswick 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards have been tabulated, and winners have been named. They appear in a special section inserted in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fourth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has tripled in participation since its inception.

    “The main point is for Brunswick County residents to vote for who they think is the best,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

  • County health board rejects privatizing shelter

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health voted Monday to keep the county animal shelter under government domain rather than have an animal rescue group take over management.

    The 8-2 vote by the board came after Cheri McLain, founder and organizer of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), spoke of her group’s proposed plans to privatize the shelter.

    Ray Casteen, representing the Brunswick County Sporting Dog Association, spoke out against doing so.