Local News

  • Community says ensuring safe schools most important for new superintendent

    BOLIVIA—According to the Brunswick County community, providing a safe environment for students and staff is the most important quality the next superintendent of Brunswick County Schools must possess.

    A survey facilitated by the North Carolina School Boards Association garnered 651 responses—355 from the community and 296 from staff members.

    “You had excellent response to your surveys,” Kathy Boyd, senior staff attorney with the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) told the board of education Tuesday afternoon.

  • Board of education settles lawsuit for $80,000

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has settled a lawsuit filed by the family who claim their child was molested by a former custodian.

    Board attorney Kathleen Tanner Kennedy announced the board settled the lawsuit filed by David and Melinda Cooper for $80,000—$75,000 from board of education funds and $5,000 from the North Carolina School Boards Trust (NCSBT).

  • R.C. Soles Jr. won't seek re-election


    Tabor-Loris Tribune

    TABOR CITY—It’s over.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., North Carolina’s longest serving lawmaker ever, will not seek re-election in 2010.

    His decision, announced today, ends an unprecedented era in North Carolina politics. First elected to the N.C. House in 1968, Soles will have served in the legislature for 42 years when the next session of the General Assembly ends, a little less than a year from now.

  • Shallotte police arrest more suspects in connection with Hardee's robbery

    Police have charged four more suspects in the Dec. 12 armed robbery of Hardee’s on Main Street.

    On Dec. 23, police arrested Gettie Levon Bellamy III, 19, of 3266 Brinkley Road, Longs, S.C., the suspected gunman, and charged him with robbery with a dangerous weapon and conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, both felonies. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Grievance justified closed meeting, Carolina Shores mayor says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Mayor Stephen Selby said a closed commissioners’ meeting to discuss town personnel policy Dec. 10 was justified because it related to an EEOC grievance filed by a town employee.

    Selby, town administrator Linda Herncane and town clerk Lisa Anglin said at a Dec. 30 interview with the Beacon they were not at liberty to discuss the grievance or who filed it.

  • Stormwater, more workers on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—2010 may be the year for the town to address at length its stormwater issues.

    At their first monthly meeting of the year this Thursday, town commissioners are to discuss hiring professionals to help solve stormwater problems.

    The town’s stormwater system and its accompanying issues also dominate the list of a proposed board retreat for March 9 and 10, in addition to paving projects.

  • Driver of fatal WBHS wreck indicted by grand jury

    The driver of the fatal wreck that killed two West Brunswick High School students last spring has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Joseph Moreno, 17, of Supply, was indicted Dec. 14 on two counts of felony involuntary manslaughter.

    Moreno was initially charged in June after being served with a warrant, which was taken out by the Highway Patrol, Sarah Garner, assistant district attorney, said.

    All felony charges are handled in Superior Court and have to go through the grand jury first.

  • Bobby Collins comes to OWA

    Comedian Bobby Collins entertains a crowd at Odell Williamson Auditorium Saturday night during the second annual Stand Up for Charity event, sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club. Collins, a Grammy-nominated comedian, has starred in his own special on Showtime, as well as opening for Cher, Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias.


  • Grand jury indicts two on second-degree murder, impaired driving charges

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted two drivers involved in two separate wrecks with second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    On Dec. 14, a grand jury returned true bills of indictment on David Kent Beasley, 32, of 1902 Perry Ave., Wilmington, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    True bills were also returned Dec. 14 on Joshua Donald Wilson, 24, of 2530 Big Neck Road, Ash, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

  • Cold weather to continue into next week; protect yourself, plants, pets

    Brunswick County residents aren’t used to bundling up every morning, scraping their car windshields or covering their plants at night, but that’s what they’re going to be doing for the next week or 10 days.

    An Arctic high-pressure system centered in the Great Plains doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon and is resulting in well-below-average temperatures here in the Southeast. Forecasters are predicting snow or rain/snow mix Thursday night or Friday morning, but no accumulation is expected.