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  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County applies open-meetings rules for nonprofits that get funding

    Nonprofit groups applying for funding from Brunswick County this year may notice something different.

    At their budget retreat this past February, county commissioners approved implementing new open-meetings regulations and expectations for nonprofits that receive county money.

    It was an idea posed by Brunswick County assistant administrator Steve Stone.

    “I made a suggestion to commissioners at the retreat just generally in regard to transparency,” Stone said.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach patrol for another season

    SUNSET BEACH—Town beach patrol officers will still be on duty this next season, perhaps with a few tweaks to their duties.

    At their monthly meeting March 5, town council members unanimously approved not switching from beach patrol to reserve police officers.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott, who made the motion, added a caveat that council take a closer look at the officers’ hours and that program’s organization. Fellow councilwoman Karen Joseph suggested that include employee interviews based on new needs by the town.

  • Arbor Day Celebration Friday in Carolina Shores

    Carolina Shores will have its fourth annual Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The celebration will include a tree planting and a short ceremony with Mrs. Parton’s second-grade class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The event will begin with a welcome by Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough, followed by the tree-planting ceremony with the class and town tree committee.

  • Brunswick health board tables nonprofit's animal shelter proposal

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health has tabled a second proposal by a nonprofit rescue group to take over management of the local animal shelter.

    The decision came Monday night after the board discussed for about an hour the proposal by Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE). It is tabled for the next 60 days. Board member and county commissioner Marty Cooke said RACE needs to come up with guidelines.

    Board chairman Flint King said he wants to know RACE can do what it says it can.

  • UPDATE: Calabash teen charged with attempted robbery, break-in

    A Calabash man has been charged with an attempted armed robbery of a Calabash restaurant and an attempted break-in at a gas station.

    Rhyan Lynn Inman, 18, of 1188 Riverview Drive, Calabash, was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.

    He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    The incident occurred around 6 a.m. Monday at George’s Pancake House on Beach Drive.

  • Still no arrests in death of 3-year-old boy

    SHALLOTTE —What happened to 3-year-old Jaronn Ladale McAllister?

    The little boy from Shallotte was pronounced dead at Brunswick Novant Medical Center around 9 a.m. March 1, shortly after being dropped off by a man who was reportedly babysitting him.

    That man, Montey Andrea Murray, ultimately fled from the hospital, sparking a multi-agency, high-speed police chase from a Shallotte neighborhood north on U.S. 17.

    Today, Murray, 26, and Jessie Lamont Holt, 34, are in jail but neither have been charged with Jaronn’s death.

  • Sex offender wanted for stealing dog

    A registered sex offender is wanted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte Police Department. On Tuesday investigators with Shallotte obtained a warrant for the arrest of Johnny Ray Longworth, 48, address unknown, Shallotte.

    He is a suspect in a breaking and entering and larceny on Shallotte Avenue on March 9. During the incident a 46-inch LCD television and a Jack Russell terrier were stolen from the residence.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK Judicial sunshine: Access to courts and court documents in North Carolina

    For docket and calendar information for district and superior courts in North Carolina, visit www.nccourts.org. Select Brunswick County on the drop-down menu. District court dockets as well as criminal and civil superior court calendars are available online.

    For information, cases, calendars or opinions for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, visit www.ncappellatecourts.org.

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

    The Freedom of Information Act: It sounds so powerful, as if muttering the term will grant you immediate access.

    Unfortunately, that is not always the case with Freedom of Information Act, more commonly referred to as FOIA.

    FOIA is to the federal government what the state’s public records law is to North Carolina, with several exceptions, that is.

    The president, most notably, is exempt from FOIA. So are his cabinet and immediate staff.

    So is Congress, both House and Senate. Even the Supreme Court is exempt from FOIA.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK Ocean Isle Beach woman fights for First Amendment

    Editor’s note: Ginny Quaglia is the first recipient of The Brunswick Beacon’s Citizens’ First Amendment Award. Quaglia was selected for the inaugural award from nominations the Beacon received from community members for her commitment to the First Amendment, freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

    Four years ago Ginny and Joe Quaglia retired from Pittsburgh and built their retirement home in Brunswick County.