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  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Public computer quiet as a mouse in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—It was set up as a way for the town to reach out to citizens and keep them informed. But a simple computer terminal in the lobby at Sunset Beach Town Hall has drawn little to no interest.

    In fact, town receptionist Judy Presnell says not one person has stopped by town hall to use the computer since it was installed last August.

    Most people already have computer access, says Presnell, who is responsible for logging people in at the front desk.

    And out-of-towners tend to bring their own laptops as well, she said.

  • County and BOE emails: Yours for the reading

    At the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia public access to emails, which are public record, is available through email terminals.

    Both the county and the board of education have email terminals.

    The county set up its email terminal in spring 2009 in response to a suggestion by local media outlets.

    “Prior to the email terminal, if there were any requests we made them available,” said Steve Stone, assistant county manager. “We discussed the best way and decided on a public terminal.”

  • A keeper of public records who gets it right

    Editor’s note: The Beacon recognizes Brenda Clemmons, Brunswick County Register of Deeds, as a public official who does it right. Each month without a request, Clemmons mails the Beacon an income and expense report. She said the report is mailed to several media outlets, the county finance office, the county manager and county commissioners.

     

    A keeper of public records who gets it right

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

  • Ocean Isle residents oppose stormwater changes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—After hearing opposition from residents during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s board of commissioner’s meeting about proposed stormwater modifications along Scotland Street, commissioners decided to set a special meeting.

  • Rally for a Cure at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School is rallying for a cure.

    Two weeks ago, WBHS students and staff kicked off Relay for Life season with an educational assembly where students heard personal stories from families who have lost loved ones to cancer.

    The event was the result of a student’s senior project that revealed many students were unaware of what Relay is all about.

    “We really wanted to educate the kids as to what Relay is,” said Chellie McDowell, WBHS secretary. “I think we got their attention.”

  • SUNSHINE WEEK What you would have missed: Five years of celebrating Sunshine Week

    For more than a year, the Beacon has been challenging county commissioner Charles Warren on various open meetings and public records violations as his role as former chairman of the DSS board.

    Warren has since been removed from the DSS board, for, among other things, violating the state’s open meetings law.

    But the Beacon has been challenging government agencies long before Warren was kicking reporters out of meetings.

    Here’s a look back at the Beacon shining the light on public records and open meetings.

  • Holden Beach residents upset about cable service

    One woman complained that the new exercise equipment next to the sidewalk on Ocean Boulevard destroys the beauty of the view of the marsh, while a slew of other Holden Beach residents listed a littany of complaints about TimeWarner Cable for the third straight year.

    Those were the highlights of the first 90 minutes of the Holden Beach Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night in town hall.

  • Beacon advertising, graphics team brings home seven state ad awards

    “Great artwork!”

    “Eye-catching!”

    “Great design, enticing to read!”

    “…this ad all work(s) to say, ‘See me. Shop me!”

    These are the things judges had to say about the quality advertising and graphics produced by The Brunswick Beacon and recently submitted to the North Carolina Press Association’s Best Ad Contest for 2011.

    In the state competition, the Beacon’s advertising and graphics department brought home seven honors.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County records requests are individual and assorted

    Public records requests are a mixed bag at the county level.

    “None of them are routine,” says county attorney Huey Marshall, who strives to point people making requests in the right direction.

    He also doesn’t keep a record of records requests by citizens.

    “It’s none of our business what they’re asking, why they’re asking,” Marshall says. “If you start keeping a log, it looks like you’re riding herd on them.”

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Obtaining public records from area town governments

    Ever wanted to know where you needed to go to get public information from the town where you live?

    Town halls in our area have resources available to assist you with your requests. Many town hall officials in Brunswick County request a form be completed before records are distributed, however, state public records law does not require these forms to be filled out, nor does a requester have to state a reason for making a public records request.

     

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