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  • Decision on Obama's education speech reached through e-mail, phone calls

    The decision about whether Brunswick County students would be allowed to watch President Barack Obama’s education speech on Tuesday, Sept. 8, was reached after board members discussed the issue through e-mail and phone calls. The board did not have a meeting about it based on advice from its legal counsel, according to board chairwoman Shirley Babson.

  • Community takes to e-mail in response to board's decision

    Prior to making a decision about airing President Barack Obama’s educational message to students, the Brunswick County Board of Education received minimal input from parents and community members.

    But after the decision was made they heard from both sides.

    E-mails obtained by the Beacon contained requests from two people asking the board to now show the speech. No e-mails prior to the board’s decision requested the speech be shown.

  • Principals voice opinions regarding delay in presidential address

    The decision to delay the airing of President Barack Obama’s presidential speech did not sit well with some Brunswick County Schools principals.

    Among e-mails released to The Brunswick Beacon was correspondence from several principals who opposed the board’s decision to not show Obama’s address live.

  • Inmate, convicted sex offender dies in jail of heart attack

    BOLIVIA—Seventy-seven year old Collis Hewett, the former South Brunswick custodian who was convicted in 2007 of sexually abusing a student, was found dead in his jail cell at Brunswick County Detention Center Tuesday night.

    Hewett died of a heart attack, chief deputy Charlie Miller said.

  • Two teens injured in Easy Street shooting

    Two teens were injured last week after investigators say they were shot at while sitting in a vehicle on Easy Street in Bolivia.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, on Tuesday, Sept. 22, Anthony Johnson, 17, of 22 Sharrow Estates, Supply, and Bradley Williams, 16, of 1174 Easy St., Bolivia, were sitting in a vehicle parked in front of 1174 Easy St. when Jaquan Lamont Holland, 21, and Brittany Leann Smith, 17, drove past them.

  • Leland man arrested for rape, kidnapping

    A Leland man was arrested Sunday and charged with kidnapping and rape.

    Christopher Ryan Dayton, 23, of 3240 Mount Misery Road, Leland, was arrested around 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, and charged with first-degree kidnapping, second-degree rape and crimes against nature, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Carter said.

  • Wrong inmate accidentally released from detention center

    A case of alleged stolen identity led to the wrong inmate being released from the Brunswick County Detention Center on Sunday night.

    Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, was released from the detention center around 8:15 p.m. Sunday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    But Rodriquez-Aguilar, who was arrested for failure to appear Sept. 17, was not supposed to be released, Miller said. Rodriquez-Aguilar allegedly used another inmate’s identification to be released, which he had been planning for about two weeks, Miller said.

  • Calabash Board of Adjustment OKs variance for new restaurant

    CALABASH—The town board of adjustment cleared the path Monday for a new eatery to open at the site of the former Mo Better Burgers.

    The operators of the new Heavenly Wings and Things at 10009 Beach Drive didn’t waste any time.

    After securing approval for nonconforming variances and stipulations allowing a temporary certificate of occupancy, managers and employees readied the short-order restaurant to open for lunch Tuesday.

  • Sunset Beach council to consider rezoning at Monday meeting

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a public hearing at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at Sunset Beach Town Hall to consider the following matter:

    •To rezone 1.6 acres, parcel 227003901 on Old Georgetown Road, belonging to the town of Sunset Beach from County R-7500 to Mainland Business-1.

    More information is available during normal business hours at Sunset Beach Town Hall. All interested citizens are encouraged to attend and be heard.

     

  • $1.49 million grant secured for Sunset Beach Fire Department's second station

    SUNSET BEACH—The Sunset Beach Fire Department has been awarded a $1,494,103 grant to build its second fire station.

    Sunset Beach is among six communities in North Carolina to receive American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants totaling $8,366,609 for fire station construction.

    Announcement came Tuesday from the office U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C.

    Among awardees is the Navassa Volunteer Fire Department in northern Brunswick County, which will receive $1,607,950 to build a new station.