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  • House explosion rocks area

    The cause of a house explosion is undetermined after it occurred Wednesday night on Shingletree Road. Residents in the Farm at Brunswick and Brunswick Plantation reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An occupant of the home at 500 Shingletree Road was transported to a South Carolina hospital, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    “There was heavy fire and damage when the fire department arrived,” he said.

  • Donations bring hospice facility one-step closer to home

    SUPPLY—Fundraising efforts for the construction of a Brunswick County Hospice Care Center have brought the project closer to its goal.

    Last Friday morning more than 100 donors and supporters of the Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCare Center were honored for their support of the Closer to Home capital campaign with a celebration breakfast.

    The goal is to raise $3.5 million to construct a seven-bed hospice inpatient care center to serve patients and families in Brunswick County. Currently the closest inpatient facilities are in Wilmington and Whiteville.

  • Parents speak out about proposed staggered school start times

    BOLIVIA—More than 60 parents, teachers and students voiced their opinions about potential changes to education in Brunswick County.

    The Brunswick County Schools Board of Education joined the Parent Advisory Council to hear from the public on proposed budget reductions. The major topic of concern was the potential of staggered start times.

  • School board members say they face tough challenges

    Bolivia—“This is a good case of there are no easy answers,” said Brunswick County Schools Board of Education member John Thompson as Tuesday evening’s budget work session drew to a close.

    The decisions before the board are not easy and have serious impacts on the future of education in Brunswick County, school board members contend.

    Immediately following the budget session, the board participated in an public comment session regarding proposed budget cuts.

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  • Celebrate Easter with free meal

     SHALLOTTE—This year, start a new Easter tradition by joining two local organizations as they help feed those in need.

    From noon until 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23, Faith Building Missions (FBM) is partnering with Brunswick Christian Recovery Center for an Easter fish fry. The two groups will deliver meals to those in need throughout the county and host a fish fry at Rourke Gardens on Main Street that is open to the entire community.

  • Golf course, clubhouse and equipment set to be auctioned

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The fate of Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course and clubhouse will be decided Tuesday evening.

    The Carolina Bank-owned Ocean Isle Beach property will be sold at a public auction at 4 p.m. April 26 by Iron Horse Auction Company. The auction is a no-reserve auction, meaning there is no minimum bid. However, bidders must be prepared to put 20 percent down if they are the highest bidder.

  • Send a local band to London

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Five young men from Ocean Isle Beach have the opportunity of a lifetime, but they need the community to help them achieve their dream.

    Aunt Polly’s Glass Eye wants to share their talents with the world. If they rally enough support, they can share a little piece of Brunswick County by opening for Bon Jovi in London’s famed Hyde Park during Hard Rock Calling music festival June 24-26.

    “We will rock them out in Hyde Park when we get there,” said Joey (JoJo) Howard, drummer.

  • Six honored with Governor’s Awards at Volunteer Fair

    BOLIVIA—Odell Williamson Auditorium and the attached Virginia Williamson Events Center were overflowing with the spirit of volunteerism Tuesday afternoon.

    In the auditorium, six Brunswick County volunteers were honored with the 2011 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

    In the events center, about 45 nonprofit and community organizations were on hand to discuss their organizations with eventgoers and recruit new volunteers.

  • Additional travel costs for Brunswick County Schools employees

    Several Brunswick County Schools’ employees travel and training expenses were inadvertently omitted from last week’s article—The true cost of government: Brunswick County Schools.

    On Feb. 28, the Beacon requested travel and training expenses, vehicle/mileage stipends or reimbursements from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

    Information was requested for all five board of education members, the superintendent, members of the senior staff, many department directors and several members of the administrative staff.