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  • Board names Grimes assistant superintendent of Brunswick County Schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members have selected Bob Grimes as the district's new assistant superintendent.

    The position change was listed in a six-page personnel list approved by the board after a near two-hour closed session Tuesday night. Grimes, who was serving as the director of secondary education, will now be next in command after Superintendent Ed Pruden.

  • Commissioner calls attorney’s actions ‘inappropriate’

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren claims some of county attorney Huey Marshall’s actions are “inappropriate.”

    Warren, who serves as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter about Marshall and sent it to commissioners chairman Bill Sue on Nov. 12. He forwarded that same letter to members of the press, at the advice of DSS attorney Gary Shipman, he said.

  • Beacon requests closed session meeting minutes

    In September, the Beacon first requested closed session meeting minutes from all Brunswick County Commissioners meetings and all Brunswick County Board of Social Services meetings between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 24, 2010.

    At their September board meeting, DSS board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • Lower island speed recommendation approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to lower speed limits year-round on two key corridors on the Sunset Beach island.

    The unanimous vote Monday night is to request lowering the speed limit on Main Street, as well as Sunset Boulevard between North Shore Drive and Main Street, from 35mph to 25mph.

    Town council member Carol Scott, who proposed the measure, thinks it will help enforcement and safety issues.

  • Commissioners mull reimbursement agreement with hospital for super streets

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners could decide at their next meeting whether to enter into a reimbursement agreement with Brunswick Community Hospital.

    If approved, the reimbursement agreement would be for the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Supply, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the super street intersections would be at the entrance of the new hospital on U.S. 17 and at the intersection of Galloway Road and U.S. 17, just north of the hospital site.

  • Stone Chimney Road closure expanded through February 2011

    Stone Chimney road in Supply will remain closed until next year.

    According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road will remain closed until Feb. 16, 2011.

    The road was closed for bridge repair work to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29.

    But this week officials announced the road would remain closed for a total of 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.

  • Still in business: Some sweepstakes sites gambling on new software

    Promptly at midnight Dec. 1, Internet sweepstakes games at most area establishments were officially stopped in accordance with a new state law that took effect banning the games.

    But by this past Monday, some of the businesses are already back in operation after proprietors said they had upgraded their software.

    Signs posted on doors of other establishments indicate the closures are just temporary.

  • Employee bonuses on Carolina Shores agenda Thursday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are reconsidering giving Christmas bonuses to town employees this year.

    They informally agreed at a town workshop Monday to have the issue placed on the agenda for discussion at their upcoming meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, after the matter was voted down last month.

    The idea transpired after town maintenance head Tom Donlon said employees in his department aren’t interested in having a holiday dinner this year for various reasons, including morale.

  • Future parking draws more public comments in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Eleven more residents voiced concerns about future parking on the Sunset Beach island at a second public meeting Dec. 2.

    Sam Gibbs, who has a duplex on East Main Street, said he’s concerned about “turning Main Street into a parking lot.”

    When he thinks of the term “right-of-way,” Gibbs said he thinks of utility services like hydrants, lights and stop signs.

  • Communication problems cited at Calabash fire

    Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork says Brunswick County's emergency radio system did not work properly during the Nov. 30 fire at Capt. John's Seafood House and caused communication problems among firefighters at the scene.

    He said failure of a communication tower in Sunset Beach contributed to the problem and that his department had to switch to the emergency system of adjacent Horry County, S.C., which provided mutual aid at the scene.