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  • Commissioners throw support behind DSS, health boards consolidation bill

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners threw their support behind Senate Bill 433, which would allow counties to consolidate human services boards, such as health and social services, to one board.

    Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the measure four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting. Warren also serves as chairman of the county’s social services board.

    Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill, was introduced March 29 by state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., R-Concord.

  • Your right to know: A look back at five weeks of sunshine

    For the past five weeks, The Brunswick Beacon has brought you stories and information about public records and open meetings laws in North Carolina.

    We focused on the public’s right to know, and what you’re entitled to at every level of government, from Town Hall to halls of the Capitol.

    We also told you how various local agencies responded to our requests for public information.

  • VA awards contract for Wilmington super clinic

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a lease contract for Wilmington’s proposed “super clinic,” bringing state-of-the-art care to Southeastern North Carolina’s veterans.

    The 80,000-square-foot-plus super clinic will replace the existing 9,500-square-foot Wilmington clinic when it opens in 2013.

    The clinic will offer primary care, mental health services, optometry, audiology, podiatry and neurology.

  • Audio, memo revealing in Calabash

    CALABASH—A 13-minute audio version of a property discussion from town commissioners’ March 8 closed meeting provides more details than a print version released last week.

    A compact disk recording of the meeting provided to The Brunswick Beacon by interim town administrator/town clerk Kelley Southward, along with a March 4 memo issued to commissioners prior to the meeting, indicates the board was more aware of the discussion at hand than official statements claim.

  • Bidding under way to get Brunswick's goats

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The days may be numbered for wild goats roaming three spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The state has begun accepting bids “to dispose of feral and domestic goats and livestock” by June 17 on Andrew, Alexander and Abigail Grace islands, which are on the seaward side of the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Judge terminates DA’s traffic court program benefiting campaign contributor

    BOLIVIA—As one local judge aptly proclaimed, politics in the 13th district is a blood sport.

    And for Jon David, the Republican freshman district attorney who campaigned on taking the politics out of the courtroom, he now finds himself in the middle of it.

    Last Friday, April 15, Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued an administrative order blasting a fledging traffic court program recently implemented by David, who was sworn in as DA in January.

  • Ocean Isle Beach woman killed in afternoon wreck

    On Friday, April 15, 83-year old Betty Grace Grabb—wife, mother, grandmother, avid golfer and skydiver—was killed in a two-car wreck.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol Sgt. T.T. Daniels said Grabb was killed around noon on N.C. 179 near Ocean Isle Beach.

    Grabb was a passenger in a Lincoln passenger vehicle driven by her husband, Robert Grabb, 82, that collided with a BMW passenger vehicle driven by Brenda Chapman Tew.

  • School board members want public input on staggered start times, other potential budget reductions

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education are facing many decisions when it comes to balancing a budget with a $5.7 million defecit.

    While they have been presented with a list of proposed reductions, board members will not vote on the final budget for several weeks. They will entertain public comments at a public forum at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 19, at the staff development center, which is adjacent to the school system's central office, located at 35 Referendum Drive at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Brunswick Beat for April 13, 2011
  • Homeowners get money-saving insurance tips

    HOLDEN BEACH—Making approved home improvements can significantly lower wind insurance rates for homeowners, Spencer Rogers from N.C. Sea Grant told Holden Beach commissioners at their meeting in town hall Tuesday night.