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  • Students, faculty re-enter school after morning bomb threat at Brunswick County Academy

    Brunswick County Academy has been cleared for re-entry after an early morning bomb threat.

    According to Sgt. April Stanley of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, a bomb threat was reported at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. The school was evacuated, and the campus was search. Nothing threatening was found, Stanley said, and students and staff were allowed back into the building.

    The source of the threat is under investigation, Stanley confirmed.

    Check back for additional updates.

  • Festival by the Sea this weekend at Holden Beach

    The folks organizing this year’s Festival By The Sea on Holden Beach repeatedly used two phrases: “biggest ever” and “free admission.”

    “The festival is free, and it’s run by volunteers,” said Chris Politis, longtime chairman of Festival By The Sea.

    The two-day festival is Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, under the high-rise bridge on the island.

    The event was sold out to vendors more than a week before the festival.

  • Taste of Home Cooking School this weekend

    The Taste of Home Cooking School is Saturday, Nov. 6, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event opens for VIP ticket holders at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for general admission ticket holders. The day begins with a vendor show, where 20 local vendors will display products and provide information about their businesses and services.

    “We have just a really large variety,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

  • Partnership between BCC and UNCW to offer four-year degree at Leland Center

    Students seeking degrees in elementary education no longer have to leave Brunswick County in order to get diplomas.

    Local college officials announced an expanded partnership during a press conference Monday that now enables students in the University of North Carolina/Brunswick Community College two-by-two program to finish the final two years of their educational studies at Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center rather than traveling to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a press release sent by UNCW.

  • Local beach towns to ask General Assembly to include now-exempt clubhouses in tax systems

    HOLDEN BEACH—Local beach officials plan to once again ask representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly to introduce legislation that would make nonprofit homeowner association clubhouses subject to tax by local jurisdictions.

    During last week’s Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting, Holden Beach town officials proposed what they call a “fix for tax loophole” that concerns clubhouses built in a different jurisdiction than the development.

  • More than 13,000 votes cast in early voting in Brunswick

    More than 13,000 Brunswick County voters have already cast their ballots in this year’s midterm elections.

    As of Tuesday afternoon, 13,096 votes had been cast in Brunswick County since Thursday, Oct. 14, when early voting began. Statewide, more than 449,800 ballots had been cast.

    Brunswick County has 77,393 registered voters.

    Brunswick County Deputy Elections Director Sarah Ashcraft said early voting was “going smooth” at all the early voting locations, with no major problems being reported to the board of elections.

  • Campaign contributions for federal, state and local races

    With just days remaining before the Nov. 2 midterm election, most candidates have filed their third-quarter campaign finance reports with their respective elections boards.

    Federal candidates were required to report their third-quarter contributions, which ended Sept. 30, to the Federal Election Commission by Oct. 15, and they were also required to file pre-election reports, Oct. 1-13, with the FEC.

  • Charges dismissed against deputy involved in 100-mph wreck

    Charges have been dismissed against a Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy who was involved in a high-speed wreck earlier this year.

    Assistant District Attorney Cathi Radford said she dismissed a careless and reckless driving charge against Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy Samantha Lewis in mid-September.

    Radford said the case was dismissed for several reasons—none of which were that Lewis worked for the sheriff’s office.

  • Sunset Beach talks at stalemate, could resume later

    SUNSET BEACH—Recent negotiations by town council regarding possible purchase of a multi-million-dollar waterway site for a future park have been unsuccessful, according to town administrator Gary Parker.

    Parker wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon last week the town and Tidal Ventures, owner of the 5.22-acre Intracoastal Waterway site with a previous price tag of $3.75 million, “have been unable to reach an agreement on the purchase of the property.

    “I believe the owners are moving ahead with plans of their own,” Parker wrote.

  • Carolina Shores mayor says he won't seek re-election in 2011

    CAROLINA SHORES—A year before the November 2011 election, first-term Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby is already saying he won’t be seeking re-election.

    Selby, speaking to a reporter at a first-anniversary gathering of the Concerned Citizens of Carolina Shores, said last Friday he has no plans to serve another term.

    “I didn’t come here to become a career politician,” said Selby, who was elected mayor as a write-in candidate in November 2007.

    Instead, Selby said he plans to devote more time to his ministry.