Local News

  • Theft may have led to house explosion

    While the cause of an April 20 house explosion on Shingletree Road is officially undetermined, the homeowner said she was told someone had been removing items from the century-old house when the blast occurred.

    Residents in the Farm at Brunswick, Brunswick Plantation and other communities reported hearing the blast and said it shook houses in the area.

    An individual at the site of the home at 500 Shingletree Road went to a South Carolina hospital and possibly a burn center, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

  • Strawberry fields ripe for picking

    Here’s the latest juicy news—it’s strawberry time.

    Just check out the pickings at Indigo Farms and Holden Brothers Produce.

    From now through May and into early June, their strawberry fields are open for pick-your-own gatherings at both popular markets located at the state line on Hickman Road and U.S. 17 south of Shallotte, respectively.

  • Bidders won't be getting local goats just yet

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Wild goats that roam three spoil islands have been granted a reprieve.

    A state plan to have bidders bid next month on how much they’re willing to pay to fetch feral goats on the islands on the seaward side of the Intracoastal Waterway has been cancelled, according to the North Carolina Department of Administration.

  • Board of Education meeting next Tuesday

    Members of The Brunswick County Board of Education will meet for their next regularly scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, in the commissioners chambers at the David R. Sandifer Administration Building at the county complex in Bolivia.

    Those wishing to speak during the public comments portion of the meeting need to call ahead to reserve a spot on the schedule. Arrangements can be made through the central office at 253-2900.

  • Survey shows dropout-prevention success of Communities in Schools

    A five-year independent evaluation conducted by ICF International concludes that Communities in Schools (CIS) is the best dropout-prevention program around.

    “Compared with large-scale or well-known dropout-prevention programs reviewed by

    the [U.S. Department of Education’s What Works Clearinghouse], Communities In Schools had the strongest effect on students’ on-time graduation rates,” according to the study.

  • BCC presidential interviews to be completed today; trustees to meet Monday

    UPDATE: Interviews for the president position at Brunswick Community College are scheduled to be completed today, Friday, April 29.

    Dr. Rick L. Garrett, the final candidate, will visit on Friday and meet with the public from 12-1:15 p.m., at the Virginia Williamson Events Center. Garrett is the dean of the Avery Campus at Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine.

  • Law enforcement, GOP leaders back David

    BOLIVIA—Local police chiefs and Brunswick County GOP leaders are throwing their support behind district attorney Jon David in what has become a very public battle with Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly.

    On Friday, April 15, Jolly issued a scathing administrative order, accusing David of financially benefiting a campaign contributor in a pilot traffic court program Jolly called a “scheme.”

    David has called the claims “wildly inaccurate” and asked that the traffic court program be immediately re-instated.

  • South Brunswick High teacher named Teacher of the Year

    Melissa Warren, a ninth-grade English teacher at South Brunswick High School, has been named the Teacher of the Year for Brunswick County Schools.

    Warren has been employed with the school system since 2002, after graduating as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow with a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington. In 2007, Warren earned her master’s degree and studied secondary education/English. She received her National Board certification in 2009.

  • Easter church services in Brunswick County

    For more information about local services, please see the religion pages in the Tidelines section of this week’s Beacon.

    Saint Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, Shallotte

    Easter Sunday Mass will be at 8 a.m., 9:30 a.m. (bilingual) and 11:15 a.m.

    Saint Brendan the Navigator is at 5101 Ocean Highway West, Shallotte. For more information, call 754-8544, or visit http://www.saintbrendan-shallotte.org.

  • WATCH VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for April 20, 2011