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  • Museum names Learning Center after longtime contributor

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Hayden O’Neil, a longtime contributor to the Museum of Coastal Carolina, was honored by the museum foundation Saturday as they renamed the museum’s lecture hall in his honor.

    The Hayden O’Neil Learning Center was unveiled in at a recognition ceremony this past weekend.

    “I think it’s great,” O’Neil said. “I am honored and very pleased.”

  • West Brunswick Marching Band wins top honors at recent competition

    LORIS, S.C.—It’s the competition they look forward to all year. It’s the one they all want to win, and this year, they did.

    West Brunswick High School Marching Band won the day’s top honor of Grand Champion at Saturday’s 19th Annual Loris Band Day competition. With a score of 93.3 points, the band took home six more awards, including first-place band, first-place percussion, second-place auxiliary, second-place drum major, the W.W. Jacobus Music Award and Class AAAA Superior.

  • Collision on Stone Chimney Road leaves one dead

    An early morning collision on Stone Chimney Road in Supply on Oct. 25 left one man dead and four others injured.

    According to Sgt. C.C. Albritton of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, James Walter Wilkins, 28, of Bladenboro was driving south on Stone Chimney Road toward N.C. 211 when he crossed the center lane and collided with an on-coming vehicle.

  • Commissioners approve low impact development manual

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved a resolution supporting the state’s first low impact development design manual.

    According to planning director Leslie Bell, “Brunswick County, in conjunction with New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington, has completed a guidance document as part of an ongoing effort to encourage and allow for Low Impact Development Technologies (LID) as an alternative and voluntary option for developers to satisfy stormwater requirements and watershed goals.”

  • State begins electronic vehicle inspections



    The N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles began its electronic inspection program Nov. 1, and vehicles that undergo emissions or safety inspections after that date will no longer receive windshield stickers.

    Instead, each inspection will be due the same month as the vehicle’s registration renewal each year.

    Synchronizing each vehicle’s inspection and registration dates is expected to increase compliance with the state’s inspection program and help benefit air quality and highway safety, according the N.C. DMV.

  • Early voting closed, election day Tuesday

    Early voting in Brunswick County is now closed. Election Day begins Tuesday, Nov. 4, and polls are open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Visit www.brunsco.net to find your assigned voting precinct.

  • Unemployment remains high; residents still seeking assistance



    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remained at 6.9 in September, while 77 other counties saw decreases between August and September, according to statistics from the N.C. Employment Security Commission.

    Some 3,341 Brunswick County people were unemployed in September, out of a labor force of 48,559.

    Eli Smith, manager of the Brunswick County ESC office, said he saw more claimants in October, which is partially due to tourism-based jobs scaling back during the off-season.

  • Seven vie for three Board of Education seats

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    They’re responsible for selecting qualified individuals to teach children. They’re responsible for spending tax dollars efficiently. They’re responsible for all 18 schools in the Brunswick County School District.

    The Brunswick County Board of Education is also responsible for nearly every decision made regarding Brunswick County Schools. And it’s the voters’ responsibility to choose the best candidates for the job.

  • Mother remembers daughter who died in Ocean Isle fire one year ago

    By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    It’s been a year since a house fire at 1 Scotland St. in Ocean Isle Beach claimed the lives of seven college students. Among the victims was Allison Walden, a 19-year-old from Chagrin Falls, Ohio.

    Diane Walden, Allison’s mother, says dealing with the loss of her daughter is just as hard today as it was last year.

    “It’s been very difficult,” Diane Walden, said in a phone interview Monday from her Chagrin Falls home. “It’s difficult every day.”

  • Holden Beach agrees to dredging-dispute settlement

    By Sarah Sue Ingram

    Beacon correspondent

    The Town of Holden Beach will get $100,000 back from a bonding company after agreeing to a dredging-dispute settlement Tuesday night during the Holden Beach Commissioners’ regular meeting.