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  • Dosher hospital announces early retirement, layoff plan

    Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees announced plans Thursday, Aug. 28, to offer early retirement options and reduce staff to deal with financial issues.

    Trustees had a special meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, to consider addressing the hospital’s continued financial shortfall. Hospital employees were informed of the board’s decision Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning.

  • Belville plans to reopen Riverwalk Park observation deck before Rice Festival

    The observation deck at Riverwalk Park at Belville on N.C. 133 has been closed for six months, but Belville officials anticipate repairs will be complete before the end of September.

    Brunswick County officials voted in January to turn over Brunswick River Park to the town of Belville, at the town’s request, as part of the town’s Riverwalk site proposal.

    Town administrator Athina Williams said the town performed a site inspection after taking over the park and found the deck was unsafe.

  • Cemeteries, grave markers among county’s ‘Most Threatened Historic Places'

    SUPPLY — People are less likely now to stumble across historic sites here than they were in the not-so-distant past, partly because they are documented better and partly because some have disappeared from record.

    The Historic Wilmington Foundation is working to prevent the latter from happening through its annual Most Threatened Historic Places List, which covers Brunswick County as well as neighboring New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Recycle center policy draws scolding in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A former commissioner has taken the town board of commissioners to task for disregarding citizen support of the town recycle center as well as an employee there who has been transferred to a custodial position.

  • Autopsy: Oak Island infant died of suffocation

     The autopsy of an 8-month-old boy whose mother is charged with killing him in Oak Island in December shows he died of suffocation, according to an autopsy report from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

    Katherine Ann Jennings, 33, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Luke Steven Phillips.

    The infant died from asphyxia because of suffocation, according to the autopsy report, which noted no evidence of significant trauma to the child’s body.

  • Five Bald Head Island public safety officers fired

     Five public safety officers with the village of Bald Head Island were fired Thursday, Aug. 28, according to termination letters sent to the Beacon from village director of communications Karen Williams.

    Herbert Bryant, Thomas Cannon, Jesse Conner, Donald Koons and Nick Terrell were terminated last week after violating several village policies, village manager Calvin Peck wrote in his termination letters to the officers.

  • One Leland detective fired, two more resign during investigations

     A Leland Police Department detective has been fired and two more have resigned amid state and internal affairs investigations.

    Cpl. Richard Christopher was terminated, effective Aug. 25, and two others, Sgt. Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor, submitted letters of resignation last week, town manager David Hollis said in a telephone interview with the Beacon.

  • Board of education adopts 2015 budget

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools employees and Board of Education members can expect a pay raise in the coming fiscal year.

    At a special called meeting at the district’s administrative office in Bolivia on Thursday, Aug. 28, the board approved an additional $200 annual salary increase for teachers and $500 from administrators and central office staff.

    Teachers received an average 7 percent salary increase from the General Assembly when it passed legislation approving the increase last month.

  • Commissioners approve contracts, funding to build new 911 call center

    BOLIVIA – After reassignment and relocation delayed building a new 911 call center, Brunswick County commissioners approved construction contract for the new building.

    At the Aug. 18 county meeting, Director of Engineering William Pinnix said it will be a total 12 month building project, starting in mid-October.

    “We plan to build in 10 months then get certificate of occupancy, get power and water and sewer,” Pinnix said.

    “Then turn it over to MTS for two months for electronics.”

  • Leland denies H2GO water plant site rezoning in second split vote

    LELAND – Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s plans for a water treatment plant are in limbo after Leland officials denied a request to rezone their intended plant site.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.