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  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government charts

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

     

    Town of Ocean Isle Beach mayor/commissioner salaries and benefits

    •Salaries reflect 12 months

    •Travel/Training expenses are from July 1, 2010-March 1, 2011

    •All salary numbers include 7.65% FICA contributions

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans

     

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government

     

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Beacon to launch TV newscast on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will soon be on air.

    “Brunswick Beat,” a 15-minute news program highlighting news and events from each week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

  • South Brunswick Middle School bus driver suspended following DWI charge

    OAK ISLAND—A South Brunswick Middle School bus driver has been suspended from driving duties after being charged with driving while impaired.

    According to the arrest report provided by the Oak Island Police Department, Penny F. Whitlock, 47, of 219 NE 42nd St., Oak Island, was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center after an officer witnessed her green minivan drifting left of center on East Oak Island Drive at about 3:45 a.m. last Sunday, March 13.

  • Habitat hires new executive director

    Brunswick County Habitat For Humanity has a new executive director.

    Deanna Antonio was selected for the job earlier this month. She succeeds outgoing director Gary Knapp.

    Antonio started working with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in September 2007 following her retirement from a career in education and moving to Southport in October 2006.

    She was hired as a part-time administration associate, working three days a week, and also became secretary to the board of directors at Habitat.

  • Carolina Shores focuses on budgetary belt-tightening

    SUPPLY—Carolina Shores may soon be adjusting for some budgetary belt-tightening in the coming fiscal year.

    Town finance director Julie Munday, speaking at town commissioners’ annual retreat Monday, said staff has been told to prepare for an estimated 30 percent reduction in revenues.

    Munday presented preliminary overview figures showing if the town leaves the tax rate where it is, a budgetary shortfall of about $339,000 is predicted due to falling property revaluations and other revenues.

  • New full-time police officer in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—What do a real estate agent, mother of three and police officer have in common?

    Tammy Monteforte has worn many different hats and now she is pursuing her dreams. Monteforte joined the Shallotte Police Department in August 2010 as a part-time employee. Two weeks ago she received news she had hoped for—she was offered a full-time position as a patrol officer.

    “I was very excited,” Monteforte said. “It was one of my goals and I was able to meet it. I am looking forward to reaching the next goal.”

  • Shallotte Crime Report

     The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Jessica Lee Barnes, 30, of 2378 Milligan Road, Ash, was arrested for drug paraphernalia; suspect was stopped for not displaying a license plate.

    •Edwardo Santibanes, 31, of 12993 Highway 701, Tabor City, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

    •Maria Osorio-Hernandez, 27, of 5672 Diamond Loop, Ash, was arrested for larceny from Belk.

  • Brunswick County Schools plans uses for Race to the Top federal money

    BOLIVIA—Of the $440 million in Race to the Top federal education reform funding allotted to school systems in North Carolina, Brunswick County Schools received $1.6 million to be used during the next four years.

    “It’s a lot of work for a little bit of money, that’s what everybody around the country who won it is saying,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said of securing the federal funds.

    School systems around the country competed to secure Race to the Top funds, which were introduced by President Barack Obama in 2009.

  • Board chair voices concerns over charter school bill on House floor

    Brunswick County Board of Education Chairperson Shirley Babson did not want to sign her name to a generic resolution opposing Senate Bill 8, which would lift the cap on charter schools.

    Instead, she went to Raleigh and expressed her concerns in person to members of the house and education committee on the floor of the General Assembly.

    “I wanted them to know how the bill would affect my school system, how much money it was going to take, and my concerns of taking funds out of the current expense,” Babson said.