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  • 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.

  • Leland live oaks could be costly to cut down

    If money grew on trees, Leland’s problem with Live oaks would take care of itself.

    But an update on nuisance trees in the Magnolia Green development indicates a real solution will be expensive for the town.

    Leland Public Works Director Steven Spruill first reviewed the tree issue in October 2013 after receiving complaints about the trees becoming a nuisance in the right of way of the residential streets like, Grandiflora Drive.

  • Belville hires new Public Works/ Parks and Recreation technician

    BELVILLE – Belville filled one open position during the Aug. 25 town meeting, with one more still open.

    That’s 33 percent of the administration in a town with only three full time employees.

    Mayor Mike Allen said Pat Walsh resigned from the Public Works/ Parks and Recreation technician roles earlier in the summer.

    But the vacancy attracted 52 applications from as far away as Pennsylvania.

    “Some applications you would call way overqualified and other were not very realistic,” Allen said.

  • Recognize Emergency Preparedness Month by getting disaster ready

    BOLIVIA — As peak hurricane season nears, Brunswick County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that now is the time to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters.

  • Alternating daily lane closures on River Road SE begin Wednesday

    North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are widening River Road from Jabbertown Road to Old Baker Avenue to provide turn lanes onto Rob Gandy Boulevard, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3. Alternating lane closures will be in place on River Road SE from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 19.

    The recommended detour route is Dosher Cutoff SE to Southport Supply Road and back to River Road.

    The work is being done to improve safety on River Road SE.