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  • Five students arrested in connection with Thursday's bomb threat at Brunswick County Academy

    BOLIVIA—Five students have been arrested in connection with a bomb threat made Thursday morning at Brunswick County Academy in Bolivia.

    According to a press release from the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, five students were arrested after an investigation and information from surveillance cameras. Each was charged with one misdemeanor count of disrupt/disturb/interfere with students and one misdemeanor count of conspiracy.

  • DSS director fired for workplace sexual harassment TERMINATION LETTER INCLUDED

    Longtime Brunswick County Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired from his post for workplace sexual harassment, according to his termination letter.

    Orrock’s termination letter, filed with the county’s human resources department Oct. 12, and furnished to the Beacon through a new provision of the North Carolina Public Records Law, outlines the board’s decision to fire Orrock.

    DSS Board Chairman Charles Warren said board members gave Orrock “due consideration” before they unanimously decided to fire him.

  • Community reaches out to support a local family

    On Monday, Aug. 23, Michael “Lynn” Gause suffered traumatic brain injuries after falling from the top of a gasoline tanker at R.D. White & Sons in Shallotte where he has been employed for more than 25 years.

    According to family, Gause landed head-first after falling from a height of approximately 15 feet. He was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply by county Emergency Medical Services, who were first responders on the scene along with the Shallotte fire and police departments.

  • Community reaches out to support a local family

    On Monday, Aug. 23, Michael “Lynn” Gause suffered traumatic brain injuries after falling from the top of a gasoline tanker at R.D. White & Sons in Shallotte where he has been employed for more than 25 years.

    According to family, Gause landed head-first after falling from a height of approximately 15 feet. He was transported to Brunswick Community Hospital in Supply by county Emergency Medical Services, who were first responders on the scene along with the Shallotte fire and police departments.

  • BCC president interviews for president position at New Jersey college

    Brunswick Community College President Stephen Greiner is interviewing for the president position at Sussex County Community College, according to its college's website.

    In a memo dated Oct. 20 from The Sussex County Community College Community to Jacob J. Smith, chairman of the board of trustees, Greiner is one of the three finalists for the president position.

    "We are pleased to report that we have three exemplary finalist candidates," the memo states.

  • Students, faculty re-enter school after morning bomb threat at Brunswick County Academy

    Brunswick County Academy has been cleared for re-entry after an early morning bomb threat.

    According to Sgt. April Stanley of the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, a bomb threat was reported at about 10:40 a.m. Wednesday morning. The school was evacuated, and the campus was search. Nothing threatening was found, Stanley said, and students and staff were allowed back into the building.

    The source of the threat is under investigation, Stanley confirmed.

    Check back for additional updates.

  • Festival by the Sea this weekend at Holden Beach

    The folks organizing this year’s Festival By The Sea on Holden Beach repeatedly used two phrases: “biggest ever” and “free admission.”

    “The festival is free, and it’s run by volunteers,” said Chris Politis, longtime chairman of Festival By The Sea.

    The two-day festival is Saturday, Oct. 30, and Sunday, Oct. 31, under the high-rise bridge on the island.

    The event was sold out to vendors more than a week before the festival.

  • Taste of Home Cooking School this weekend

    The Taste of Home Cooking School is Saturday, Nov. 6, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the event opens for VIP ticket holders at 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. for general admission ticket holders. The day begins with a vendor show, where 20 local vendors will display products and provide information about their businesses and services.

    “We have just a really large variety,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

  • Partnership between BCC and UNCW to offer four-year degree at Leland Center

    Students seeking degrees in elementary education no longer have to leave Brunswick County in order to get diplomas.

    Local college officials announced an expanded partnership during a press conference Monday that now enables students in the University of North Carolina/Brunswick Community College two-by-two program to finish the final two years of their educational studies at Brunswick Community College’s Leland Center rather than traveling to the University of North Carolina Wilmington, according to a press release sent by UNCW.

  • Local beach towns to ask General Assembly to include now-exempt clubhouses in tax systems

    HOLDEN BEACH—Local beach officials plan to once again ask representatives of the North Carolina General Assembly to introduce legislation that would make nonprofit homeowner association clubhouses subject to tax by local jurisdictions.

    During last week’s Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting, Holden Beach town officials proposed what they call a “fix for tax loophole” that concerns clubhouses built in a different jurisdiction than the development.