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  • Section 1 work 'complete' in Jaguar's Lair

    SUNSET BEACH — Section 1 work in Jaguar’s Lair is complete, a Sunset Beach town councilman says.

    The work has been done in accordance with the subdivision improvement agreement (SIA) for the unfinished Ocean Ridge Phase VI development off Old Georgetown Road, Sunset Beach Town Councilman Wilson Sherrill said.

    That work includes a rock base, curbing, stormwater, water and sewer.

  • BFA launches financial literacy program for clients

    SHALLOTTE — When it comes to helping others learn to help themselves, money management is key.

    That’s the basis for Brunswick Family Assistance’s upcoming financial literacy program, which is scheduled to launch in September for clients of the 33-year-old private nonprofit that provides emergency assistance and other aid to low-income residents through donated money, food and clothing and a dedicated team of volunteers.

  • BCC trustees swear in two newest members

     SUPPLY — The two newest members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in Thursday, Aug. 21, at the group’s monthly meeting.

    Former trustee, state Sen. Bill Rabon, swore in community leaders Dwight Flanagan and Doug Terhune inside the board room at Brunswick Community College.

  • District offers free breakfast and lunch to all K-8 students

     For the first time in the history of Brunswick County Schools, all students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    As a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is available nationwide for the first time.

    Brunswick County Schools Nutrition Director Tina Ward said the U.S. Department of Agriculture piloted the program in 10 states before and decided to offer the program to all 50 states for the first time this school year.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.

  • Back to school: students return for another year

     SHALLOTTE — There was a common theme among students at Shallotte Middle School who returned to school for the first time since June: They were glad to be back so they could see all their friends, but they weren’t looking forward to the homework.

    On Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of students filed through the doors of 18 Brunswick County schools for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    Shallotte Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Nate Westmoreland said the first day was one to remember.

  • Woman accused in infant son’s death a former Oak Island resident

     A Mecklenburg County woman charged in death of her infant son in December 2013 was an Oak Island resident at the time of the alleged crime.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte on Aug. 18 and turned her over to Oak Island police detectives, Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Historically large number of teachers leave county schools

     As Brunswick County Schools prepares to welcome students back through the doors of schools next week, county officials are searching for solutions to a major problem:  teacher retention.

    The district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year — about one out of every five teachers.

    The average amounts to 10 teachers leaving the system every month school is in session, Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Pasier wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse presents social, economic challenges

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Former officer convicted of sex crime, sentencing set aside

     A Brunswick County jury found a former Northwest police officer guilty of participating in prostitution of a minor and filing a false police report in Superior Court on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Hayes surrendered to police May 15, 2013, on the charges stemming from an incident where he was the victim of an armed robbery after meeting a 17-year-old girl in Boiling Spring Lakes to exchange money for sex acts. Ann eight-year veteran of the Northwest force, he resigned May 14, 2013.