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  • County commissioners call special meeting

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have called a special meeting for 10 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 2.

    The meeting will be in the county commissioners’ chambers, 30 Government Center Drive SE, Bolivia.

    Commissioners will discuss the following items:

    •Approval of a bond order authorizing the issuance to a taxable enterprise systems revenue bond, known as a Build America Bond.

  • Health department, schools prepare for H1N1

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools are preparing for a possible H1N1 influenza outbreak in the schools.

    While people ages 65 and older are more susceptible to the seasonal flu than younger people, H1N1 is different, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director for the Brunswick County Health Department said. The median age of people who have contracted the H1N1 flu is 17 years old.

  • Shallotte sets public hearing on sweepstakes business regulations

    Shallotte aldermen have scheduled a public hearing on new regulations for Internet sweepstakes businesses for 7 p.m. Oct. 6, the board’s next regular meeting.

    The town planning board has recommended the board adopt an ordinance after learning from town staff they have received an increase in zoning applications to establish electronic gaming/sweepstakes businesses.

  • Commissioners to review resumes for Calabash administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners are slated to convene in closed session Thursday to review resumes received for Calabash’s vacant town administrator position.

    As of Monday, the deadline day for applications to be submitted, the town had received 122 resumes, according to interim town administrator Kelley Southward.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who called the special meeting slated for 2 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 3, at Calabash Town Hall, said commissioners have informally begun reviewing applicants’ resumes individually and marking the ones they like.

  • Two killed in parasailing incident

    A parasailing incident Friday afternoon left two visiting women dead. They have been identified as Cynthia Collins Woodcock, 60, of Kernersville, and Lorrie D. Shoup, 56, of Granby, Colo.

    According to the U.S. Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit, the two women died near the Ocean Isle Beach Pier. The initial report indicated the rope connecting the parasailors and the boat parted. Coast Guard investigators are conducting interviews with eyewitnesses and the master and crew of the vessel Tied High.

  • Superintendent's future in Brunswick County 'unknown'

    With less than a year left on her contract, Superintendent Katie McGee does not know her fate with Brunswick County school district.

    “My future is unknown at this time as far as Brunswick County Schools,” she told a Beacon reporter last Wednesday. “I’m starting my 10th year in the county, half of that being the superintendent. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. I’m very pleased with the progress that we’ve made and the student performance. And every one of our schools is better than it’s ever been.”

  • Dangerous rip currents, high surf likely from Tropical Storm Danny

    Brunswick County Emergency Services urges caution on the water this weekend as Tropical Storm Danny brings high surf and dangerous rip currents to the area.

    The storm has sustained winds of about 40 mph. Friday afternoon it was about 300 miles southeast of Southport and if it maintains its current course as expected, it will pass within about 200 miles east of Brunswick County Friday night.

    The county is expected to have rough surf and increased currents along all of Brunswick's coastline.

  • Recent employee transfer sparks lawsuit

    First reported Friday, Aug. 28, at 4:20 p.m.

    A lawsuit has been filed against the Brunswick County Board of Education three days after board members voted to transfer the employee who filed a grievance earlier this year against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    The attorney for Sherry Dove filed a lawsuit against the board Friday morning. The lawsuit comes three days after the board of education voted to transfer Dove from her position as executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education to a secretary at Leland Middle School.

  • Leland community the site of unique Internet contest

    To get the word out about the new Compass Pointe community off U.S. 74-76 in Leland, the developers have sponsored something unique—an Internet reality show contest pitting designers against each other for $25,000 as they design the main living areas of seven model homes.

    The designing for “The Nation’s Next Top Model Home” will be complete this week, and beginning Saturday, the public can tour the homes in person and vote for their favorite or see the rooms on the Internet and vote via the Web.

    The designers are definitely a unique bunch.

  • SBI investigating shooting at senator's home

    TABOR CITY—A decision on criminal charges in a shooting incident at the home of state Sen. R.C. Soles Jr. is at least a week away, possibly longer, District Attorney Rex Gore said Tuesday.

    Soles, who is 74. shot and wounded one of two young men he said were trying to force their way into his home late Sunday afternoon. The incident drew a swift and intense response from the State Bureau of Investigation, which has taken the lead in the investigation, Gore said.