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  • Commissioners respond to what they think salaries include

    The personal sacrifices he makes for county business are why commissioner Scott Phillips says he earns his county commissioners’ salary. 

    “The phone calls, the phone messages, the individuals asking me and discussing county business when I’m out with my family, whether it be a ballgame or a movie, or a restaurant—that’s what I consider my base salary,” Phillips said.

  • Brunswick County Schools to air president's back-to-school speech

    President Barack Obama will give his second annual back-to-school speech at 1 p.m. today, but it will be the first time it will air live in Brunswick County classrooms.

    Superintendent Edward Pruden sent a letter to his staff Thursday, Sept. 9, stating the president's speech would be shown live in the classrooms but recognized there would be people opposed to whatever decision was made.

  • Shallotte Middle remembers 9/11

    SHALLOTTE—A larger than life American flag stood raised over the Shallotte Middle School lawn Friday morning as a 9/11 memorial service took place.

    Although Shallotte Middle School students were only a few years old on Sept. 11, 2001, they gathered with teachers, administrators and community members to honor those lost and make sure America never forgets what happened that fateful day.

  • Shallotte men arrested for breaking into vacation homes

    Two men have been arrested in connection with a string of break-ins to vacation homes in the Supply area.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley, detectives arrested the two men—Daniel Hugh Hargrove and Max Ray Pinion—on Thursday, Sept. 9.

  • Hospital to revert to county when Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens next summer

    When Brunswick Novant Medical Center opens the doors to its 74-bed, $107 million hospital in summer 2011, ownership of Brunswick Community Hospital will revert to the county.

    At their meeting Wednesday evening, members of the Brunswick County Hospital Authority approved a resolution to revert the hospital and the hospital property to county commissioners.

    The resolution states the hospital is to be transferred to the county “as is.”

  • Town officials in support of proposed veterans park

    SHALLOTTE—Shallotte aldermen are in support of a local effort to build a veterans memorial park.

    Bob Janovic of the Shallotte Elks publicly asked aldermen for support of a park Tuesday night. The Elks along with representatives from the Shallotte National Guard Armory have been planning the construction of a veterans park to be build in a yet to be disclosed location in Shallotte. Janovic showed aldermen a photo of a park in Wentworth local supporters hope to model the local park after.

  • Commissioners discuss definition of official meeting; revisit per diem reimbursements

    BOLIVIA—What is a meeting?

    After a recent newspaper article outlining county commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursement, which was followed by radio talk-show criticism and public criticism at Tuesday night’s meeting, commissioners decided to revisit the definition of a meeting, and how they’re compensated for it.

    County commissioners chairman Bill Sue, who was first elected commissioner in 1994, said commissioners were reimbursed $35 from 1991 until 2001, when the county finance director recommended it increase to $50.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Lost computer on Faith Drive in Southport; victim’s laptop computer fell off roof of victim’s vehicle.

    •Assault on Red Bug and Gray Bridge roads in Supply; suspect hit victim with a metal pole.

    •Property damage on Squire Court in Leland; suspects threw eggs at victim’s vehicle.

  • Coastal Communities, others file motions to dismiss case in N.C. Business Court

    A North Carolina Business Court Judge has granted plaintiffs until October to respond to the Coastal Communities’ and co-defendants’ motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of owners of 167 lots.

    Judge John Jolly Jr. ordered on Aug. 17 that the plaintiffs have until Oct. 6 to respond to the motions to dismiss—giving Coastal Communities and co-defendants until Nov. 15 until they have to respond to the plaintiff’s response, according to the order filed in N.C. Business Court.

  • Brunswick 365 – 2010 Photo Contest

    Show us what’s happening throughout the year in Brunswick County in the Brunswick 365 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon. Enter your best photos. They may appear in future Beacon publications.

    Enter one of the three divisions: Kids (Ages 12 and younger)  •  Teenagers (Ages 13-18)  • Adults (Ages 19 and older)

    There is an entry fee of $5 per photo in the adult division.  The kids and teenagers divisions are  free. Participants may enter as many photos as they wish.