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  • U.S. census-gathering has begun

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    Ten minutes to answer 10 questions.

    That’s how long North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue estimates it takes to fill out U.S. Census 2010 forms, which started arriving in mailboxes last week.

    It’s described as one of the shortest census questionnaires in U.S. history.

    About 120 million U.S. households are expected to receive a form by this week.

    “The 2010 Census is more than just a survey,” Perdue wrote in a letter e-mailed last week to newspapers statewide.

  • Liberty Tax to host fundraising 'party' Saturday at Shallotte Crossing

    Liberty Tax Service of Shallotte will host a “roadside party” to give the community a chance to donate to three worthy causes: Cell Phones for Soldiers, Brunswick County Family Assistance, Relay for Life and The Gathering Of Eagles.

    “We want to get the whole community involved with it,” Liberty’s marketing manager

    Alana Brown said this week.

    The event, set from 1-4 p.m. at Liberty Tax, will provide free food, refreshments, a deejay, a bounce house as well as free tax advice.

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Second Amy Frink killer to be released on parole

    Four years to the day after 18-year-old Amy Frink was murdered, her killers were arrested.

    John Paul Counts and John Gamble pleaded guilty to their roles in the 1994 murder, and they were both sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in July 2008, Counts was released on parole after serving less than nine years.

    Now Gamble is projected to be released on parole on June 27, 2010, after serving less than one-third of his sentence, according to N.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) records.

  • VA official to visit Brunswick County in April

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says an official with the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will visit Brunswick Community Hospital, a site McIntyre supports as a future VA facility.

    Last week, McIntyre announced the VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Shoenhard will join him at Brunswick Community Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.

    After the hospital tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Shoenhard and McIntyre will host a community roundtable discussion for facility needs of Brunswick County veterans.

  • House, Senate pass healthcare overhaul; Obama signs bill Tuesday

    After what President Barack Obama called “a century of striving,” Congress passed sweeping healthcare legislation, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    On Sunday evening, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic measure 219 votes to 212 votes, with all 178 House Republicans voting against it.

    Thirty-four Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., crossed the aisle and also voted against the bill.

  • School works to eliminate 'high risk' safety, security concerns

    According to data released by Brunswick County Schools officials, most safety and security features at each of the county schools are operating at a moderate to low risk.

    Data released at an operations/safe schools committee meeting last Thursday details all security features that were of prior concern along with current status and any ongoing activities.

    Most of the items listed as moderate security risks have been budgeted for in the upcoming 2010-2011 capital outlay budget funding request, which was approved by board members last week.

  • Gang awareness presentation teaches warning signs, prevention

    A Brunswick County student drew a six-pointed star on his bookmark as part of a classroom assignment. The teacher, thinking it was the Star of David, asked the student if he was Jewish.

    “He looked at her like she was Greek,” Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said.

    But the star was representation of the Crips gang. The sixth-grade student, Fennell said, was a validated gang member.

  • Beacon news team wins state press awards

    The North Carolina Press Association has honored the news team of The Brunswick Beacon with community journalism awards.

    The Beacon was among the top award-getters in its division for community newspapers with a circulation of more than 10,000 at the press association’s winter convention on March 18.

    In its division, the Beacon won second place in general excellence.

  • 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.