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  • Retired Brunswick County K-9 Ziras succumbs to cancer

    Ziras, a former Brunswick County K-9, devoted most of his life training and assisting with efforts to keep drugs off local streets.

    When the retired K-9 died last week following a seven-month-long battle with lymphoma, his adoptive family was with him until the end.

    “There was no hope for him, and we couldn't allow him to continue suffering,” Ziras’ owner, Mariah Brazil, wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon after Ziras was humanely euthanized Thursday at Oak Island Animal Hospital.

  • Bearduary raises $868 for Relay

    BOLIVIA—The first-ever Bearduary, sponsored by the Brunswick County Schools’ Relay for Life team, raised a total of $868.

    “We were thinking if we raised $500, it would be a success,” Darrell Cheers, testing and assessments director and the team’s organizer, said.

    The concept for the fundraiser “just came to me one day,” Cheers said, as he was thinking of a fundraiser that would not cost a lot of money or take up a lot of time.

  • Local mission group to head to Nicaragua in April

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Breaking the cycle of poverty one area at a time is what Dane Neves, founder of Divine Faith Missions, hopes will help change impoverished areas of South America.

    “You take one little area and you try to break that cycle of poverty,” Neves said, “and that’s what we’re trying to do.”

  • More than 50 local positions in jeopardy as state prepares for education budget reduction

    A likely state reduction in the public schools budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year may cost more than 50 Brunswick County Schools employees their jobs.

    Paul LeSieur, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction business services director, said the Office of State Budget and Management requested an education budget that includes a 3, 5, and 7 percent reduction in a variety of areas, including classroom teachers, teacher assistants, instructional support and literacy coaches.

  • Beacon Health Expo a success

    The third annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo this past weekend at West Brunswick High School, was a success, Christy Williamson, event coordinator, said.

    A steady stream of people all day long attended health lectures, visited vendors and got the chance to have their health questions answered by local professionals.

  • Holden Beach terminates inspector’s employment

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett has fired planning and inspections director Jason Walker.

    Walker had been in the position since Nov. 20, 2002. Hewett terminated his employment Feb. 23, according to information from Hewett’s office.

    Walker was earning $74,366.24 a year in the position.

    Hewett did not respond to messages seeking comment on the matter, and Walker said he didn’t want to make any public comments at this time.

  • Dredge work continues for Holden Beach canals

    Dredgers have three canals left to do in Holden Beach Harbor, their second dredge is now at the entrance to Heritage Harbor ready to begin work, and the entrance to Harbor Acres from the Intracoastal Waterway was finished last week.

    That’s the status of the dredging projects in the three sets of canals on Holden Beach.

  • Lightning damages three Holden Beach homes

    HOLDEN BEACH—Two beach homes were no match for lightning Sunday morning, when a lightning strike severely damaged one home and set a second home on fire.

    A third home received minor damage from the lightning strike, town manager David Hewett said.

    Tri-Beach Fire Chief Doug Todd said firefighters received a call at 10:38 a.m. Sunday.

    Firefighters from Tri-Beach, Shallotte, Civietown and Supply fire departments responded to the house fire at 995 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Poverty symposium set for Saturday

    Want to make your voice heard on poverty and how the needs of the poor can be met in Brunswick County? Now’s your chance.

    Sacred Heart and St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic churches are hosting the first Symposium on Poverty in Brunswick County from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at Sacred Heart Church in Southport.

    Speakers from UNC Wilmington, local nonprofit organizations, churches and government will talk about the extent of poverty in Brunswick County as well as programs and services to help those in poverty.

  • Holden Beach gets $1.6 in FEMA funds for beach restoration

    Holden Beach will receive $1.6 million in FEMA grant funds to restore sand and dune vegetation lost during Tropical Storm Hanna last September.