Local News

  • Drug court receives grant funding for its second year

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Drug Treatment Court has received a grant to help fund its second year of operations.

    Started in July 2008, drug treatment court has graduated three people from, and currently has, 25 people enrolled in the program.

    The $86,666 grant is the primary source of funding for the court’s operations. County commissioners also earmark funds for drug treatment court.

  • High-impact driving offenses court to debut in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—A new court is set to debut this month—this one targeting high-impact driving offenders.

    District attorney Rex Gore said a Governor’s Highway Safety grant has allowed the new court to take shape.

  • Beacon wins spelling bee

    The Brunswick Beacon team spelled “Chihuahua” and “cirrhosis” to win the Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 20th Annual Adult Spelling Bee for the second year in a row on Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Laura Lewis and Kathryn Jacewicz was among 13 competing teams in the bee held at Brunswick Community College.

    Rotary of Shallotte team members Court Terhune and George Jacob took second place after vying in the event’s last round that had both teams misspelling words before the final outcome.

  • Day 2: Passengers describe horror of parasail accident

    Three passengers aboard the parasail boat when an accident killed two women on Ocean Isle Beach last month described seeing victims unconscious during the rescue attempt. They talked about what happened Aug. 28 at Thursday’s hearing before a U.S. Coast Guard investigator.

    Robert Shropshire of Eden and Robert Whitman of New Jersey spoke by phone. The friend of the two women killed, who elected not to go up in the parasail, described the scene in person.

  • Planning beach renourishment key in being prepared for hurricane, tropical storm damage

    Towns that already have their permits in place and sand sources lined up fare much better after a hurricane than towns that don’t, two coastal engineers told Holden Beach commissioners at a special meeting in town hall Tuesday night.

    Towns with permits and plans fare better both in cost and time in restoring their beaches, engineers said.

  • Testimony continues in public hearing on parasailing incident

    Testimony is under way today in the public hearing about the parasailing incident at Ocean Isle Beach that killed two vacationers on Aug. 28.

    Lt. Chester Warren, investigating officer from the U.S. Coast Guard, heard testimony at the New Hanover County Courthouse Wednesday morning from John K. Feuerbach, warrant officer and marine safety inspector; and Barrett McMullan, president of Ocean Isle Beach Watersports.

    Wednesday afternoon, McMullan said the day of the incident there was "a freak, unforeseen weather event that caught the crew by surprise."

  • Students turn cell study into edible art

    BOLIVIA—When studying cell biology, most students look at cell components under a microscope or study drawings in textbooks. But Brunswick County Academy students turned their cell study unit into edible works of art.

    Sarah Herzog, seventh- and eighth-grade science and social studies instructor, said Academy students had been studying cells for several weeks when science instructor Mary Evans had the idea for students to create cell cakes and decorate them with different materials representing each part of the cell.

  • CIS releases annual report for 2008-2009

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has released its annual data and information report for 2008-2009.

    CIS aims to address dropout prevention and offers educational resources for students and families throughout the county.

    Despite operating with a 16 percent budget cut, CIS reported 43,727 volunteer hours and more than $130,000 in donations during 2008-2009.

  • State Board votes to allow undocumented immigrants into community colleges

    Community colleges throughout North Carolina may soon be able to admit undocumented immigrants, the State Board of Community Colleges has announced.

    The board recently voted 16 to 1 to adopt a policy that would allow undocumented immigrants to apply for and attend community colleges. Applicants must have graduated from a United States high school and will be required to pay out-of-state tuition, which equals $7,700 per academic year.

    The ruling also states no undocumented immigrant may displace a North Carolina or United States resident from any class or program.

  • Entertainment will be plenty at this year’s Intercultural Festival

    Performers representing countries and cultures around the world will share their talents at this year’s Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, which will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, at Brunswick Community College.

    Lydia Moore Coyner, the performing arts chairperson and the event’s mistress of ceremonies, has been in charge of bringing acts to the festival since 2004. Starting with basic Internet searches, the performance lineup has evolved into a variety of favorites from years past as well as local groups.