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  • Brunswick County’s unemployment rate up in August

    RALEIGH—Unemployment in Brunswick County in August is up from last month and from last year.

    Statewide unemployment in August was 10.4 percent, while figures recently released by the Employment Security Commission (ESC) of North Carolina show that Brunswick County’s August unemployment increased to 10.7 percent.

    Brunswick County’s August rate is an increase compared to the July rate of 10.3 percent. Brunswick County’s unemployment rate for August is also half a percent higher than the August 2010 rate of 10.2 percent.

  • Board of education meetings to air on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—ATMC-TV and the Brunswick County Board of Education have teamed up to bring monthly board meetings to viewers on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

    The first meeting aired on Tuesday, Sept. 20, and board meetings will continue to be aired 8-9 p.m. every Tuesday and Friday night.

    A new meeting will be available for viewing the second Tuesday of each month.

  • Board of education seeks dismissal in charter school funding lawsuit

    BOLIVIA—Attorneys for the Brunswick County Board of Education have filed a response to a lawsuit in which the school system is accused of not properly funding the county’s charter school.

    In the response, filed Sept. 1 in Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court, attorneys are seeking a dismissal to the lawsuit, filed in June by Charter Day School Inc., a nonprofit charter school in northern Brunswick County, for claims the school board withheld state-required student funding.

  • Ocean Isle Beach man dies in car wreck

     SHALLOTTE—An Ocean Isle Beach man was killed Wednesday, September 21.

    Gerald (Jerry) Oakley, 83, was fatally wounded during a two car wreck on N.C.179 in Shallotte.

    According to the Shallotte Police Department investigation report, the wreck occurred around 9:12 p.m. Oakley attempted to turn left onto N.C. 179 from Brierwood Drive when his vehicle struck an oncoming car.

    “Vehicle one failed to yield right of way for vehicle two, causing collision,” reads the report.

  • 2016 Brunswick Beacon Photo Contest ‘Brunswick Life’

    Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in the Brunswick Beacon’s 2016 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications.

    There are three divisions to include all ages. The kids’ division is for 12 and younger. The teen division is for 13- to 18-year-olds, and the adult division is for photographers 19 and older. 

    Pick up your camera and show us what makes life in Brunswick County unique.

  • 2011 Oyster Festival artwork unveiled

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The table is set against the backdrop of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Pepsi is chilled, the oysters are roasted, and the guitar is waiting.

    This year’s 2011 Oyster Festival artwork was unveiled last Wednesday by the Oyster Festival committee and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce. This year’s artwork created by artist Keith White portrays a down-home oyster roast. White has been named the official artist of the 2011 Oyster Festival.

  • Hard work pays off for Shallotte Fire Department

    SHALLOTTE—Achievement is accomplishment by superior ability, special effort or heroic action.

    Last Wednesday, the Shallotte Fire Department recognized individual achievements and celebrated each fireman in the department.

  • Brunswick Beat for Sept. 21, 2011
  • Suspect wanted for Supply drive-by shooting in mobile home park

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have identified a suspect in Wednesday night’s drive-by shooting at Stevenson Mobile Home Park in Supply.

    Justin Antwain Garvin is wanted in connection with the shooting.

    Garvin, 19, of 379 Little Macedonia Road, Supply, is wanted for assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling.

  • Begin the conversation before it's too late

     SUPPLY—The statistics are overwhelming—one in one person will die.

    The reality of death isn’t one most Americans want to face, but it is a reality everyone must confront at some point.

    The Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter wants to help get the conversation started.

    “Its something most of us really don’t want to deal with and talk about,” said Jason Clamme, director of community outreach. “But end of life is going to be a part of every life.”