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  • DSS board: Three emergency meetings and questionable closed sessions

    Has the Brunswick County Board of Social Services been following the law?

    An attorney for the North Carolina Press Association says it appears the board has not been complying with the law.

    Meetings of all public bodies in North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Open Meetings Laws, and the DSS board appears to have violated the open meetings laws, Mike Tadych, attorney for the North Carolina Press Association, said.

    The board has called three emergency meetings in less than one month.

  • Board directs attorney to comply with Beacon’s closed session meeting minutes request

    BOLVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services directed the board attorney to comply with a Brunswick Beacon public records request.

    Last week, the Beacon requested minutes of all closed sessions from Jan. 1, 2010, until Sept. 23, 2010, provided disclosure of the meeting minutes would not “frustrate the purpose of the closed session.”

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • DOCUMENTS INCLUDED The true cost to be governed: A look at commissioners’ discretionary spending

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    The current fiscal year will be the last year for county commissioners’ discretionary spending allowances, which have come to be known as their “slush funds.”

  • Weather watch: 10 inches of rain floods, closes roads

    A storm system that dumped 10 inches of rain on Brunswick County and closed down many of the county’s roadways has left Brunswick County in a state of emergency.

    A state of emergency was declared late Monday afternoon, as most of the county’s roadways were under water.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the emergency declaration remained in effect for an impending storm system expected to hit the county Wednesday, Sept. 29, as well as a possible tropical event Thursday, Sept. 30.

  • Bomb threat causes morning evacuation at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—It was a conversation overheard by a West Brunswick High School student that prompted a lockdown and evacuation of the school’s campus last Wednesday.

    Superintendent Ed Pruden said at about 11 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22, a student overheard the word “bomb” during a nearby conversation among classmates and immediately reported the incident to the principals.

    “They did just a brief lockdown and then went into evacuation after getting everybody in place,” Pruden said.

  • Brunswick 365 Photo Contest deadline Friday

    Entries are due Friday for Brunswick 365, the third annual Brunswick Beacon photo contest.

    This year's theme asks for photos that represent Brunswick County throughout the year. Selected photos may appear in future Beacon publications.

    To enter, find an entry form in the Beacon or download a form from the link attached at the bottom of this page. A completed entry form must accompany all photo submissions.

  • New CIS board chair attests to program’s success

    Sherrie Stevens knows firsthand how Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. can impact a child’s life.

    Her daughter was involved in the After-School Program at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School several years ago, and Stevens said she loved going there every day.

    “I knew she was in a safe environment that prompted her to do her homework and made her very self-motivated,” Stevens said.

    Stevens also reaped in the benefits.

    “Me as a single parent, I knew she was safe,” she said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach floods after heavy rain

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Mayor Debbie Smith estimates about 10 inches of rain fell on Ocean Isle Beach’s island during Monday’s massive storm.

    “We did have some flooding,” she said Tuesday morning, noting the water was dissipating. “It’s looking better this morning than it looked last night.”

    Goldsboro Street resident Fred David said the rain damaged the last 30 feet of his street, leaving a large sinkhole bordering the seawall that separates the road from the concrete canal.

  • Weighing odds, woman opts for second mastectomy

    Nearly two years ago, Angie Sutton learned that, at just age 37, she had breast cancer.

    In January 2009, Sutton underwent a mastectomy to remove her left breast where Stage 0 ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), a “non-invasive” cancer of breast milk ducts that does not spread to surrounding tissue, was diagnosed.

    Last week, the now 39-year-old elected to have her second breast removed after a routine exam months ago showed calcifications—deposits of calcium that are usually benign, as were hers.

  • First sewer hookups completed in Calabash

    CALABASH—The first customers have tapped onto newly installed sewer service in Calabash.

    The tap-ons were completed last week at three addresses on Harbor Drive off Thomasboro Road and at another address on Village Green Drive, according to Buddy Hodges with DTM Construction, which conducted the sewer hookups.

    As of Friday, Hodges said they were working on a fifth tap-on.

    Archie and Ruth Farr are among Harbor Drive residents who now have sewer.