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  • FOIA: Shining the light on (part of) the federal government

    Most elementary school students can recite the three branches of the federal government—executive, judicial and legislative.

    But do you know to what branch the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies?

    The FOIA applies only to the executive branch, unless it’s the president or his immediate staff, in which case it does not apply at all.

    Members of Congress, both the House and the Senate, are exempt, as are Supreme Court Justices.

  • Leland man sentenced to 12-15 years in prison

    A Leland man has been sentenced to 12-15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree sex offense of a child and indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, David Alexander Sylvia pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual offense with a child and one count of indecent liberties with a child on Thursday, March 11, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sylvia to 144-182 months, or 12-15 years in prison.

  • Campaign finance disclosure for federal, state and local elections

    We’ve all the seen the ads. As Election Day draws near, candidates bombard TV and radio airwaves with political commercials, all of which end the same way—with the disclosure of who footed the bill for the ad.

    Candidates’ campaign committees are usually the ones picking up the tab. Sometimes it’s a Political Action Committee (PAC); sometimes it’s the candidates’ political party, but it’s always disclosed—because the law requires it.

  • Former BHI mayor challenges voters' eligibility, and wins

    Three votes.

    That’s all it took for former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert to lose the 2009 municipal election.

    That’s also all it took to motivate Lammert to investigate the eligibility of registered voters on Bald Head Island, four of whom were deceased but still listed as registered voters.

    On Monday, the Brunswick County Board of Elections upheld Lammert’s voter residency challenge and removed 37 voters from the county’s voter registration rolls— another two will be heard April 20.

  • Beacon Investigates: A closer look at voter registration

    Editor’s note: March 14-20 is Sunshine Week. Led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week is an initiative focused on open government and freedom of information. For the third consecutive year, the Beacon is participating in Sunshine Week.

    For our Sunshine Week project, we audited more than 1,000 voter registrations in Brunswick County, including the entire voting population of the town of Holden Beach. Here is what we found.

  • Early College High School to host Parent Information Meetings

    Brunswick County Early College High School will host two Parent Information Meetings in order to share information and answer questions about the school. Parents of interested students must attend one of the meetings. The meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. March 16 and March 18 at the Odell Williamson Event Center, on the BCC campus.

  • Bridge dedication could tie in with Sunset at Sunset, organizers propose



    SUNSET BEACH—A bridge dedication in conjunction with the next Sunset at Sunset event in October is being considered by the town.

    At a special meeting March 4, the Sunset at Sunset committee outlined an idea to have a dedication ceremony of the new Sunset Beach high-rise bridge if details work out.

    The tentative proposal would be to have a sunset ceremony to launch a weekend celebration that could include a gala, 5K run, bike ride and fourth annual Sunset at Sunset festivities on Saturday, Oct. 2.

  • Former alderman Roach dies, leaves legacy of service

    Former Shallotte alderman and longtime community volunteer Jim Roach died last Thursday morning after collapsing during softball practice.

    According to Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor, Roach, 75, was practicing with the county’s senior softball league at Lockwood Folly Township District Park when he collapsed. He was taken to Brunswick Community Hospital, where he later died.

    Those who knew and worked with Roach say his service to the town as well as his friends and family will not be forgotten.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Hagan in Wilmington; greeted by a Tea Party

    WILMINGTON—Saying she has continually ignored their requests for a town hall meeting to voice concerns, members of the Cape Fear Tea Party Patriots, We the People of Brunswick County, N.C., and various other grassroots organizations gathered outside the Wilmington Hilton hoping to get the attention of U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan.

  • Wastewater connection outlined in Calabash



    CALABASH—Future sewer is in the works as Mayor Anthony Clemmons gave a construction update and outlined steps for connecting at Tuesday night’s commission meeting.

    In Clemmons’ monthly wastewater report, it was noted a Brunswick County representative would meet property owners on-site to discuss and determine an appropriate location for a grinder pump.