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  • More than 50 percent of registered voters go to the polls Tuesday

    Polling locations across Brunswick County reported a steady influx of voters throughout the day Tuesday. Polls were open from 6:30 a.m. until 7:30 p.m.

    Unofficial results reported by the Brunswick County Board of Elections website show that voter turnout on Tuesday was 51.83 percent with 40,196 ballots cast in the county.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, noted Tuesday’s voter turnout in Brunswick County.

  • Unofficial Brunswick County election results

    With 25 of 25 precincts reporting, unofficial Brunswick County race winners:

    RACE                       CANDIDATE            PERCENT OF VOTES

    US SENATE              Richard Burr            64.73

    US HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 7 Ilario Gregory Pantano            55.02

  • The founder of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated

    Laughter and tears were shared at a celebration of life for the founder of Ocean Isle Beach.

    On Saturday, Oct. 30, family and friends of the late Odell Williamson gathered on Ocean Isle Beach in a celebration of his life and his life’s work. Williamson died on Sunday, Oct. 3.

    Often called “the father of Brunswick County,” Williamson died at the age of 90. He was born in Brunswick County on Nov. 19, 1919, to the late John Bunn and Love Bennett Williamson.

  • ELECTION DAY: Voter turnout steady across Brunswick County

    Polling locations across Brunswick County reported seeing a study influx of voters throughout the day on Tuesday. The polls opened this morning at 6:30 a.m., and will close at 7:30 p.m.

    By 3 p.m. Tuesday, the Shallotte precinct at the Shallotte Fire Department reported there had already been more than 300 voters through their doors, and they anticipated an evening rush with polls closing at 7:30 p.m.

  • Shallotte Main Street intersection to close temporarily

    The intersection of Main Street and Smith Avenue in Shallotte will be closed beginning at 7 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 6, through 7 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 7, for work associated with the widening and extension of Smith Avenue.

    Traffic will be detoured around the closure via U.S. 17 Bypass.

    NCDOT encourages driver to stay alert and use caution when traveling through the work zone and detour.

  • Sunset Beach bridge walk draws hundreds

    SUNSET BEACH—Hundreds of walkers, bicyclists, baby stroller-pushers and dog-walkers converged to cross the new Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge Monday afternoon.

    Participants met at the base of the new bridge on the mainland side to walk up the new $32 million Intracoastal Waterway span during the four-hour period the bridge was open to foot and bicycle traffic.

    The walk was limited to the new bridge area only. 

    Participants were invited to bring cameras and recorders to snap views from atop the 65-foot span. 

  • BCC men's basketball team visits Cedar Grove Middle in support of Red Ribbon Week

    SUPPLY—Walter Shaw stressed the importance of being drug free Friday morning at Cedar Grove Middle School.

    The Brunswick Community College (BCC) men's basketball coach told students drugs prohibit people from pursuing their dreams. Dreams of becoming a doctor, a teacher, or even an athlete can be taken away by illegal drug activity.

    "If you don't have a solid mind, these things cannot happen," Shaw told the students. "Illegal drugs will not get you where you would like to go."

  • Five students arrested in connection with Thursday's bomb threat at Brunswick County Academy

    BOLIVIA—Five students have been arrested in connection with a bomb threat made Thursday morning at Brunswick County Academy in Bolivia.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, five students were arrested after an investigation and information from surveillance cameras. Each was charged with one misdemeanor count of disrupt/disturb/interfere with students and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy.

  • DSS director fired for workplace sexual harassment TERMINATION LETTER INCLUDED

    Longtime Brunswick County Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired from his post for workplace sexual harassment, according to his termination letter.

    Orrock’s termination letter, filed with the county’s human resources department Oct. 12, and furnished to the Beacon through a new provision of the North Carolina Public Records Law, outlines the board’s decision to fire Orrock.

    DSS Board Chairman Charles Warren said board members gave Orrock “due consideration” before they unanimously decided to fire him.

  • Community reaches out to support a local family

    On Monday, Aug. 23, Michael “Lynn” Gause suffered traumatic brain injuries after falling from the top of a gasoline tanker at R.D. White & Sons in Shallotte where he has been employed for more than 25 years.

    According to family, Gause landed head-first after falling from a height of approximately 15 feet. He was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply by county Emergency Medical Services, who were first responders on the scene along with the Shallotte fire and police departments.