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  • Correction: Free dump week at Brunswick County landfill

    Incorrect information about free dump week at the county landfill ran in last week’s Beacon.

    The information should have stated Brunswick County residents may bring items, except for household trash, land-clearing debris and new construction debris, to the landfill in Bolivia free of charge. 

    Commercial vehicles will be charged normal tipping fees. Please be prepared to show proof of residency. For more information contact Kimberley Thompson at (910) 253-2524.

    Free dump week is Sept. 12-17.

  • Brunswick County drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte and Oak Island police departments.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •David Ray Johnson, 53, of 2041 Waterloo St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with nine counts of trafficking opium or heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia. Johnson was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $500,000 secured bond.

  • Brown recognized by county, state for mosquito-control program work

    Jeff Brown, a project coordinator with the county’s mosquito-control program, was recently honored by the North Carolina Association of Counties and by Brunswick County Commissioners.

    At their Sept. 6 meeting, commissioners adopted a resolution honoring Brown, who has worked with Brunswick County Operations Services Department since 2003.

  • Brunswick County Schools to review procedures after bus incident

    Brunswick County Schools officials are reviewing procedures after a kindergarten student boarded the wrong bus and was later dropped off at a bus stop near her parent’s work.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said on Monday, Sept. 12, the kindergartner boarded the wrong bus at Town Creek Elementary School, and later got off the bus at a stop near where he parent works.

  • Commissioners approve resolution supporting ‘Project Soccer’

    BOLIVIA—It goes by the code name “Project Soccer,” and while little information is known about the potential Brunswick County employer, a recent resolution sheds some light on the venture.

    At their last meeting Tuesday, Sept. 6, Brunswick County Commissioners approved a resolution supporting the project, described as a manufacturing facility in Brunswick County.

    According to the approved resolution, “Project Soccer is considering locating a manufacturing facility at Brunswick County.”

  • Traffic court under way again in district court

    BOLIVIA—Traffic court is up and running again in Brunswick County.

    The fledgling traffic court program had been on hold since mid-April, when Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order halting the program created by District Attorney Jon David.

  • Brunswick County remembers Sept. 11

    On the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Brunswick County had several memorial services to remember the attacks.

    On Friday, Shallotte Middle School had its second annual memorial service. Then on Sunday, Sept. 11, members of the FDNY Carolina Retirees’ Association hosted its annual memorial service at Brunswick Community College.

    To see photos from both events, pick up the Sept. 15 issue of the Beacon.

  • DSS appointments draw confusion

    RALEIGH—Members of the N.C. Social Services Commission have appointed two members to the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, and not the two members endorsed by county commissioners.

    At their Sept. 6 meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners endorsed two candidates—Dean Walters and Sue Carroll—for the two vacant positions on the board.

    The vote was four votes to one, as Charles Warren, county commissioner who also serves as chairman of the DSS board, opposed the measure.

  • Sept. 11 events

    FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again conduct its annual Sept. 11 ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County.

    The day will begin with traditional Sept. 11 services at 8 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will follow in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

    Once again, local Lions Club, American Legion and VFW members will be on the Whiteville Road/N.C. 130 overpass from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., waving flags at traffic passing below on U.S. 17.

  • Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association still alive and kicking

    SUNSET BEACH—They converged at 10 a.m., if not by car then by bicycle.

    By business meeting time at 10:30 a.m., a phalanx of bicycles filled the yard of a marshfront residence on the island where the latest meeting of the Sunset Beach Taxpayers Association took place Sept. 3.

    Close to 50 residents gathered to listen to issues that particularly concern them as residents of the island—terminal groins, parking, garbage-can rollback rules and a sewer installation update.