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  • Cell phone usage prompts recommendation for bus drivers’ dismissals

    Confusion over cell phone usage policy for bus drivers has The North Carolina Association of Educators (NCAE) trying to figure out why several bus drivers have been “recommended for dismissal.”

    Sandy Younce of the NCAE, who represents Brunswick County NCAE members, wrote an e-mail to then-board chairperson Shirley Babson on Oct. 30 to discuss confusion the policy has caused among bus drivers and school officials.

  • BOMB SQUAD explodes with first praise dance performance

    When a bomb explodes, it affects people in close proximity, and also communities, countries and people around the world.

    That’s what the BOMB SQUAD hopes to do by spreading the message of Jesus.

    BOMB SQUAD——Breaking Out My Box, Stepping Quickly Under Anointed Dancing—is a group of 12 children who perform praise dancing.

    Director Angie King said the group is a way for children to serve the Lord, share the message and reach out to those who may be disconnected.

  • Restaurants combine, form partnerships to meet customer needs in difficult economy

    In a laidback environment like Brunswick County, people enjoy gathering for informal chats over home-cooked breakfasts at friendly restaurants.

    A couple of Shallotte eateries, previously open only in the evenings, have realized the potential for breakfast and lunch crowds and reached out to other restaurateurs in need of places to operate.

    The arrangements have worked well, the owners say, providing some bright spots in an otherwise bleak economy.

  • Burr to block U.S. Attorney nominee

    U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said he supports President Barack Obama’s nomination of Thomas Walker for U.S. Attorney for North Carolina’s Eastern District.

    It’s the timing Burr has a problem with.

    On Thursday, Dec. 10, Burr announced he planned to block Walker’s nomination by withholding Walker’s blue slip—a Senate tool used to move the confirmation process forward—until the investigations of former Gov. Mike Easley and former U.S. Senator and Democratic vice-presidential nominee John Edwards are complete.

  • Tracking H1N1: CDC restrictions lifted for vaccine

    With health officials anticipating a possible third wave of H1N1 influenza in January, local officials are urging people to receive an H1N1 vaccine.

    “Reports of the decline in the number of H1N1 flu cases is good news, but some officials are worried people will think the outbreak is over, so there is no need to get an H1N1 vaccination,” Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said.

    “A third wave of the flu may follow the second, probably in January, but no one can predict that with any certainty.”

  • Bolivia man arrested for multiple drug charges

    BOLIVIA—A Bolivia man has been arrested for multiple drug charges, including manufacturing and trafficking cocaine.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested Norman Laquinn Hewett Jr., 28, of 2566 Autumn Lane in Bolivia, after a two-month investigation, according to a sheriff’s office press release.

    Following the investigation, drug agents executed a search warrant Dec. 11 at Hewett’s Autumn Lane home, where they seized more than $20,000 worth of cocaine, marijuana and pills.

  • Wanted: Sheriff's detectives still searching for statutory rape suspect

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for a Hispanic male suspected of raping an underage female victim.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Sam Davis said deputies are searching for Noel Velasquez, 17.

    Velasquez is wanted for one count of statutory rape and two counts of second-degree kidnapping. Velasquez has been wanted since November.

    According to Davis, Velasquez was charged with statutory rape of a victim more than four years, but less than six years younger than he is.

  • Two Republicans announce candidacy for 2010 primary elections

    Editor’s note: With candidate filing more than two months away, the Beacon will follow candidates as they publicly announce candidacy and open campaign finance reports with the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

    Candidate filing for the 2010 elections doesn’t begin until Feb. 8, 2010, but candidates have begun to publicly announce intentions to run in primary elections.

  • Boys and Girls Homes benefit from Coastal Living Idea House tours

    SUNSET HARBOR—During three weeks of home tours, thousands of people toured the 6,000-plus-square-foot Coastal Living Idea House in Seawatch at Sunset Harbor.

    Last week, Seawatch at Sunset Harbor LLC donated more than $25,000 in proceeds from the home’s tours to the Boys and Girls Homes of North Carolina Inc.

  • Carolina Shores closed meetings

    Following are excerpts from the town board of commissioners’ closed meetings starting with this past Oct. 8 and dating back to March 2, 1999, after the town incorporated on its own after previously being united with Calabash. Copies of closed-session minutes are available at town hall.

    Oct. 8, 2009

    •The board discussed correspondence from CNA Surety, bond company for Portrait Homes (developer of Calabash Lakes). The board discussed legal strategies and how to proceed with Holt Moore, town attorney.