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  • Best of Brunswick winners named

     

    Your votes have been cast and the ballots have been tallied.

    The 2012 Readers’ Choice Best of Brunswick award winners have been named. Make sure you don’t miss them; they appear in a special section in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fifth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has more than tripled in responses since its inception.

  • Lifelong educator remembered by peers, students

    Editor’s note: This is a first is a series of stories about Barbara Brunson, who was killed last month in a wreck by a suspected impaired driver.

    For half a century, Barbara Brunson was in a classroom teaching the next generation (and the next) the importance of education.

    Brunson retired last year at 72 with 50 years of teaching under her belt.

    But for Carl Brunson—Barbara’s loving husband turned grieving widower—he wished she hadn’t retired, even if he knew it was incredibly well deserved.

  • Wedded at the Walmart

    SHALLOTTE— Susan Ludlum and Wayne Brandenburg knew they wanted to get married and they knew the perfect place—right where they met.

    Walmart of Shallotte.

    At 2 p.m. on Feb. 14, Ludlum and Brandenburg were married in Walmart’s Site to Store section. The wedding was a first for the local store, but not a first for the chain.

    For the couple, it made sense to get married where they met. Five years ago, Ludlum worked as a cashier there where she met Brandenburg.

  • Hearing on landfill expansion continued until March

    BOLIVIA—A hearing to consider whether to allow county officials to expand its existing construction and demolition landfill will continue once again next month.

    After eight hours of continuing testimony Monday, members of the Brunswick County Planning Board have recessed the hearing until 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14.

    The March hearing will be the fifth time planning board members will meet to hear testimony to determine if they will grant the county the special exception permit needed to move forward with the landfill expansion.

  • Sex offender registry application available for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch

    RALEIGH—A new iTunes application allows anyone to track and view registered sex offenders in North Carolina by using a mobile device.

    The North Carolina Department of Justice recently unveiled an application, or app, to view the North Carolina Sex Offenders Registry on an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch.

    Users can also track registered sex offenders with the same app.

    North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper said the sex offender registry app has been downloaded by more than 18,000 people since it went live Jan. 31.

  • Commissioners to have annual budget retreat this week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners will have their annual budget retreat this week.

    Commissioners have scheduled the two-day workshop for 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, and from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16. Both budget sessions will be in the second-floor conference room in the David R. Sandifer County Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

  • Sheriff’s sergeant cleared in shooting; returns to work

    BOLIVIA—District Attorney Jon David said a sheriff’s deputy who used deadly force during a domestic dispute last December was justified in the shooting.

    On Monday, David released his opinion following a State Bureau of Investigation (SBI) investigation into Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Tully.

    David cleared Tully in a Dec. 26 shooting, saying, “Tully’s actions were justified and the need for deadly force was authorized.”

  • Candidate filing open for 2012 election

    BOLIVIA—And they’re off.

    Candidate filing for the 2012 election is under way. Filing began at noon Monday, Feb. 13, and runs until noon Wednesday, Feb. 29.

    The 2012 primary election will be Tuesday, May 8, and the General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 6. 

    Several candidates arrived at the Brunswick County Board of Elections on Monday to file for their respective offices.

    County contests are already proving to be crowded fields.

    County commissioners

  • Holden Beach to receive federal, state funding for beach nourishment

    Holden Beach will receive $637,383 in federal and state funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Public Assistance Program.

    Of the amount allotted, $447,960 will be directed to beach renourishment and $189,423 will be directed to beach grass and sand fencing.

    Holden Beach was hit hard by Hurricane Irene, and these funds will be used to help the community make repairs to the damages that were incurred by the storm.

  • BCC: Teaching the world to farm fish

    Every day the water splashes as thousands of mouths are fed.

    Students at Brunswick Community College aren’t just sitting at their desks—they are getting their hands wet as they learn the skills to become fish farmers.

    The hands-on aquaculture program has garnered so much interest during the last few years, educators decided to open the course this spring semester to continuing education students—and its gone global.