Local News

  • Budget cuts force CIS to cut programs, services

    Due to budget cuts and lack of funding, Communities in Schools (CIS) of Brunswick County Inc. will close its Family Literacy Center in Leland and end the 21st Century Community Learning Center (21CCLC) After School programs at Belville, Lincoln and Supply elementary schools at the end of the school year.

    “Our budget is down 32 percent from last year and 44 percent cumulatively over the last two,” Bob Benedict, CIS finance officer, said in a press release.

  • School employee’s lawsuit voluntarily dismissed, reserves right to refile

    The Brunswick County Schools’ employee who filed a lawsuit against the board of education claiming an “unlawful retaliatory transfer and reassignment” has filed to dismiss the suit due to health reasons.

    According to court documents, the attorney representing Sherry Dove filed notice of voluntary dismissal without prejudice was filed May 18 in Brunswick County Superior Court. The notice said the dismissal is due to health reasons and Dove “has not rested her case.”

  • Carolina Shores acted properly firing assistant, attorney says

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board of commissioners followed proper procedure when assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut was fired in a letter approved May 3, town attorney Holt Moore says.

    But he added the board would have the matter on its next meeting agenda at 3 p.m. next Thursday, June 10, “just to reiterate and make doubly clear what was taking place.”

    Moore left a voice mail message on a Beacon reporter’s phone Tuesday in response to recent queries by the Beacon for comment.

  • Man arrested in Sunset Beach for shoplifting

    SUNSET BEACH—Police arrested a 39-year-old man for shoplifting and trespassing Saturday, May 29.

    Hilario Trejo Flores, address not available, was charged in connection with the incident at Food Lion, Sunset Beach Police Chief Lisa Massey said.

  • Sunset Beach meeting Monday

    A fence amendment is on the agenda of Sunset Beach Town Council’s monthly meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday, June 7.

    A 6:45 work session is set prior to the meeting.

    The proposed amendment addresses fences allowed in side yards on corner lots abutting street rights-of-way.

    More information is available during normal business hours at Sunset Beach Town Hall, or call chief building inspector Jeff Curtis at 579-0068.

  • Welcome back WWII Honor Flight vets

    The second Honor Flight of Southeastern North Carolina took 102 World War II veterans on an all-expenses-paid day trip last Wednesday, May 26, to see their memorial in Washington, D.C.

    The veterans, including 25 from Brunswick County, and their accompanying entourage of guardians left that morning on a chartered US Air flight and returned that evening to much fanfare at Wilmington International Airport.

  • Budget on Carolina Shores agenda

    The Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners’ monthly workshop is at 10 a.m. next Monday, June 7.

    The town budget for fiscal year 2010-2011 will be discussed at a public workshop prior to the board’s monthly meeting at 3 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

  • Former Carolina Shores commissioner secures subpoena against administrator

    CAROLINA SHORES—A subpoena charging town administrator Linda Herncane with destruction of public record has been filed with the Brunswick County Magistrate’s Office.

    The subpoena was issued May 21 after former town commissioner Gere Dale filed a complaint with Chief Magistrate Martha Bryant about Herncane deleting town e-mail.

    A hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. June 30 in Brunswick County District Court. The subpoena states Herncane must appear and testify at that time.

  • Calabash meeting set for Tuesday

    The Calabash Board of Commissioners will meet in regular monthly session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 8, at town hall, 882 Persimmon Road.

    A public hearing for the town’s proposed 2010-2011 budget is scheduled.

    The board also has scheduled a public hearing for the May 24 draft of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 22, town hall.

    The May 24 UDO draft is available for public inspection at town hall and will also be available online the first week of June.

  • Memorial Day services draw crowds in Calabash

    CALABASH—Crowds turned out to remember those who died defending America at four Memorial Day ceremonies.

    The first one took place Sunday at Nocha White American Legion 503 on what is traditionally the date of the original Memorial Day, post Chaplain Ben Lee said.

    The post had another ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, the official Memorial Day, as did Calabash VFW Post 7288. A third, joint ceremony organized by the town, with participants FDNY and Marine Corps League, also took place at Calabash Fire Department.