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  • First Early College High School class graduates

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Early High School class of 2010 has left its legacy.

    Members of the school’s first graduating class, known as the “legacy class,” accepted their diplomas during a commencement ceremony Thursday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Of the 21 graduates, nine graduated with associate degrees from Brunswick Community College. Kiley Brandt, Heather Carlyle and Adela Hernandez each graduated with two associate degrees.

  • County Democrats resolve to oppose Soles' bills

    The executive committee of the Brunswick County Democratic Party has unanimously adopted a resolution opposing a bill Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus,  introduced in the General Assembly's short session splitting the 13th prosecutorial district in two—separating Brunswick from Columbus and Bladen counties.

  • Family Fun Day set for Sunday

    Highest Praise Worship Center and Southeaster Christian Academy will host Family Fun Day starting at noon Sunday, May 30, in Shallotte Park.

    Activities will include a softball tournament, inflatable rides, water rides, a lunch buffet and more.

    Everyone is invited to attend and are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets.

    The event is free and is open to people of all ages.

    For more information, call 754-4809 or visit www.hpwc.org.

  • Proposed Holden Beach budget has no tax or fee increases

    Holden Beach commissioners seemed pleased town manager David Hewett’s proposed $11.9 million budget for the next fiscal year has no tax increases and no fee increases.

    But they spent the most time at Tuesday’s budget workshop arguing whether the town should add a full-time recreation director.

    Commissioners Don Glander, Sandy Miller and Sheila Young voiced opposition to adding a position, citing it’s a bad time because of the economy.

  • Soles introduces bill to split 13th Prosecutorial District

    Lame duck state Sen. R.C. Soles, D-Columbus, isn’t letting his waning months in the state Senate prevent him from introducing controversial legislation in the Senate—even if it’s a “non-controversial” short session.

    On Thursday, May 20, Soles introduced Senate Bill 1340, which divides the 13th Prosecutorial District into District 13A—Bladen and Columbus counties—and 13B—Brunswick County.

  • Soles, Gore sound off on bill to amend DA’s pension

    Outgoing district attorney Rex Gore said he asked State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr., D-Columbus, to amend the effective date of a bill Soles introduced in the state Senate, which, in its original language, would allow Gore to retire with full benefits.

    Senate Bill 1341, introduced by Soles last week, and amended May 24, aims to amend the judicial retirement system.

    Soles said it was Gore that brought to his attention the need to amend the judicial retirement system but said he did not introduce the bill to benefit Gore or anyone else.

  • Kitten trapped? It's Carolina Shores mayor to the rescue

    CAROLINA SHORES—When Edie Turner returned home one recent Sunday night, she heard a strange sound coming from her car.

    It sounded just like a kitten mewing.

    She thought she’d heard it earlier that evening when she was in the parking lot at a restaurant in Little River, S.C., then another meow while she was driving back.

  • More fines imposed on Ash mom trying to get custody of sons

    Amy Smith’s optimism she will soon get her sons back soured last week after a Canadian judge imposed more fines against her.

    Even though the case is scheduled to be heard June 18 under the Hague Treaty, an international child-abduction law, an Ontario judge last week fined Smith $8,528.63 in “full in indemnity costs.”

  • Calabash artist wins 'best of show' for shrimp boat painting


    Artist Marie Kasper’s painting of Calabash shrimp boats is “best of show” winner in the Waterway Art Association’s 19th Annual Art Exhibition now under way through Memorial Day.

    This past Monday, Kasper’s acrylic painting, “Calabash Village Shrimp Boats,” also became a purchase award when it was bought by Carolina Bluewater Construction.

  • Carolina Shores assistant's firing not valid, attorney says

    CAROLINA SHORES—Based on information board members have given a Beacon reporter, a North Carolina press attorney believes the town violated open meetings law when it fired its assistant town administrator.

    By failing to approve the termination of Amanda Chestnut in open session, commissioners took illegal and improper action, and therefore it’s not valid, said NCPA attorney Amanda Martin.