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  • Black history highlighted with ‘Voices of Freedom’

    SHALLOTTE—The West Brunswick High School Theatre Department and Drama Club showcased “Voices of Freedom,” a Black History Month celebration, last weekend.

    Bill Negron, the show’s director, said directing the play was a “dream come true,” as it was the first Black History show of its kind to be produced at West Brunswick. Sponsored by a grant from the Brunswick Arts Council Multicultural division, Bill Negron created the play’s script by incorporating famous people, places and speeches in history.

  • Schools lose more money as lottery funds reduced

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education was asked to send back about $470,000 to the state in a reversion earlier this year. While the state has not asked for another reversion, schools will be taking another hit to their budgets, as state lottery funds will be reduced.

    Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, said Gov. Bev Perdue reduced the district’s lottery funds to $340,000—25 percent of what was originally allotted.

  • Calabash town administrator Vincent Long resigns

    CALABASH—Town administrator Vincent Long resigned abruptly Tuesday after just eight months on the job, stating it was mainly for personal reasons.

    In a handwritten memo to Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Long stated his resignation is effective at 5 p.m. this Thursday, March 5.

    “He was doomed from the start,” mayor pro tem Forrest King said following a 40-minute closed session Tuesday for town commissioners to discuss ongoing “personnel matters.”

  • WebQuery online for new schools' district lines

    WebQuery, an online program to help determine what school students are eligible to attend, is updated with Town Creek Elementary School and Cedar Grove Middle Schools' newly approved district lines and live on the Brunswick County Schools' Web site.

  • Some 40,000 BEMC customers lose power Thursday morning

    The southern half of Brunswick County experienced a power outage Thursday morning. About 40,000 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation customers were without power for about two hours.

    According to BEMC, the outage spanned from N.C. 211 south to Calabash. It started around 6:30 a.m., and most power was restored by around 8:30 a.m.

    The outage originated at the Prospect Transmission Substation in Supply and affected about eleven distribution substations.

  • South Brunswick High School employee terminated after board meeting

    BOLIVIA—Frederick M. Freeman, II, a South Brunswick High School employee, was terminated Tuesday evening following the Board of Education’s approval of the personnel list.

    Terry Chestnutt, assistant superintendent of human resources, said Freeman worked as a Choices Assistant (In School Suspension coordinator), and an assistant athletics coach at South Brunswick since Aug. 18, 2005. Freeman was a classified employee, and earned an annual salary of $23,140.

  • Board approves redistricting plans despite AYP concerns

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Education approved redistricting lines for Town Creek Elementary and Cedar Grove Middle schools Tuesday night after hearing strong opposition from representatives of Lincoln Elementary School.

    Rita Todd, second-grade teacher at Lincoln, spoke on behalf of a group of teachers and parents that stood before the board in opposition to all the proposed scenarios for Town Creek so far.

  • Sheriff's detectives searching for Ocean Isle Beach man wanted for burglary

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s detectives arrested two suspects for a Supply burglary last week, but one suspect is still wanted.

    Ray Stanley Waters, 47, of 1776 West Long Acres, Ocean Isle Beach, has been charged with second-degree burglary, breaking and entering and larceny. Waters is wanted for allegedly breaking into a Hewett Road storage facility and stealing an air compressor.

    Two other suspects were also charged, and arrested in connection with the break-in.

  • Retired Brunswick County K-9 Ziras succumbs to cancer

    Ziras, a former Brunswick County K-9, devoted most of his life training and assisting with efforts to keep drugs off local streets.

    When the retired K-9 died last week following a seven-month-long battle with lymphoma, his adoptive family was with him until the end.

    “There was no hope for him, and we couldn't allow him to continue suffering,” Ziras’ owner, Mariah Brazil, wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon after Ziras was humanely euthanized Thursday at Oak Island Animal Hospital.

  • Bearduary raises $868 for Relay

    BOLIVIA—The first-ever Bearduary, sponsored by the Brunswick County Schools’ Relay for Life team, raised a total of $868.

    “We were thinking if we raised $500, it would be a success,” Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director and the team’s organizer, said.

    The concept for the fundraiser “just came to me one day,” Cheers said, as he was thinking of a fundraiser that would not cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time.