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  • Beacon investigates: A look at DSS open meetings, public records violations

    Brunswick County commissioners on Monday scheduled a hearing on Jan. 17 to determine whether there is just cause to remove commissioner Charles Warren from his role on the county’s social services board.

    Warren claims the hearing was scheduled because commissioners are “racists.” Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue said it was because of Warren’s actions while serving as DSS chairman.

  • Several arrested in drug operation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested several suspects in a Southport drug operation last week.

    The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    Agents investigated several complaints of narcotic sales in Southport and Leland.

  • Narcotics unit makes arrests

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The unit is made up of drug and vice agents from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department.

    •Dustin McCorkel, of 206 Sand Pebble Drive, Leland, was charged with maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a controlled substance.

  • Holiday closings and schedules

    Local governments will be on the following schedules during the upcoming holidays.

    Brunswick County government complex

    Brunswick County government offices in Bolivia are closed Friday, Dec. 23, Monday, Dec. 26, and Tuesday, Dec. 27. Offices will be closed for the New Year’s holiday Jan. 2, and reopen Jan. 3.

    Brunswick County Schools and central office

  • Special meeting Wednesday to review Sunset Beach mayor, council 'authority'

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach Town Council has called a special meeting for noon this Wednesday, Dec. 21, at town hall council chambers to review council and mayor “authority.”

    The town issued a notice about the meeting Monday morning, as it is required to do 48 hours in advance of scheduling a special meeting.

    Newly installed Mayor Richard Cerrato said Monday he did not know about the meeting until the notice was issued.

  • VIDEOS INCLUDED: Commissioners set hearing to remove Warren from DSS board

    BOLIVIA—During a tirade at Monday’s county commissioners’ meeting, embattled county commissioner Charles Warren asked people to treat others with respect—to treat others as they’d like to be treated.

    Warren made this plea for respect and civility almost immediately after yelling at fellow commissioners, DSS board member Pat Sykes and local activist Ginny Quaglia, calling them all racists.

  • Calabash commissioner rescinds resignation

    CALABASH--Town commissioner Jody Nance has rescinded his board resignation he made during a monthly board meeting last week. Nance said Monday he has decided he will not be resigning from the board after all following a meeting Monday morning with Calabash Mayor Mary Knight to discuss his resignation and their issues and differences. After the meeting, the two agreed to jointly send out a press release from town hall.

  • SBI to investigate Holden Beach fire at request of police chief

    Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne has asked the State Bureau of Investigation to help determine the cause of last week’s fire that destroyed two beach houses and boats on Starfish Drive.

    Layne made that announcement during the Holden Beach commissioners’ meeting in town hall Tuesday night after Tri-Beach Fire Department Chief Doug Todd said his department ruled the cause undetermined and turned over the formal investigation to the local police department.

  • SBI investigation into former DA complete; forwarded to AG’s office

    The nearly yearlong investigation into a former political official in Brunswick County is over.

    The investigation, launched last January by the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation into former district attorney Rex Gore, is complete, SBI spokeswoman Jennifer Canada said.

    The findings of the investigation have been forwarded to special prosecutors in N.C. Attorney General Roy Cooper’s office, Canada said, declining to comment further on the investigation, the process or if any charges will be filed.

  • Commissioners OK master plan for Town Creek Park

    WINNABOW—Town Creek Park is a well-liked, often used community park.

    In fact, it’s been “loved to death,” Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Director Jim Pryor recently told commissioners.

    “The park has been well used. Actually, in the business, we like to call it ‘loved to death.’ I would estimate it’s probably the second most used park in the county behind the Shallotte Park,” Pryor said.

    As such, the park is due for an upgrade, Pryor said.