Local News

  • Economic impact of domestic visitors increases .2 percent in 2008

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has announced that visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $392.83 million in 2008, an increase of .2 percent over 2007.

    Brunswick County continues to rank ninth in North Carolina in travel and tourism economic impact.

    The statistics are from the “2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.

  • Shallotte's stimulus-funded road project in first stages of construction phase

    SHALLOTTE—Braving the afternoon heat and searing humidity Monday, two North Carolina Department of Transportation employees were at work outside, raising a sign on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte.

    The sign reads, “Putting America Back to Work. Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” It was the second sign erected that day.

  • No 911 logs, incident reports in shooting at senator's home

    TABOR CITY—When Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless answered his cell phone around 5 p.m. Sunday, he says state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr.  was on the other end requesting police at his Canal Street home.

    It was around 5 p.m. Sunday, District Attorney Rex Gore said, that Soles allegedly shot one of two men who were on his property.

  • CDC recommendations for H1N1 prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself from the H1N1 flu:

    •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    •Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

    •Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

    •Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Health Department to begin seasonal flu vaccines Sept. 1

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will begin administering vaccines for the regular seasonal flu offered each year on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people from the H1N1 flu, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director at the Brunswick County Health Department, said.

    There are no restrictions from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention for seasonal flu vaccines, and anyone can receive the shot.

  • County implements preparedness procedures for possible H1N1 pandemic

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is getting ready for H1N1.

    Assembled in the county’s emergency operations center last week, representatives from the emergency services, healthcare, public schools and private industry fields discussed the county’s influenza pandemic preparedness plan.

    Randy Thompson, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said the county has assembled a preparedness subcommittee within the county’s Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, which includes representatives from various fields within the county.

  • CDC to distribute H1N1 vaccines to health departments in October

    BOLIVIA—When the H1N1 flu vaccines arrive at the county health department in mid-October, it will require a police officer to be there to receive the shipment.

    The vaccine, distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will not be available for private sale. Instead, the vaccine will be distributed through local health departments, and only certain people will be eligible for the vaccine.

  • Soles' shooting: Peeling back the layers of self-defense

    The facts made public in the Aug. 23 shooting incident at the home at state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. are scarce—two men were on Soles’ Tabor City property, one kicked the door and one was shot.

    District Attorney Rex Gore, who provided the Beacon with the information, wouldn’t comment on the facts of the case further, only saying Soles “fired his weapon—it appeared to be twice. The final time it appeared to have hit Kyle Blackburn.”

    Blackburn was taken to Loris (S.C.) Community Hospital.

  • Sweepstakes owner says he welcomes regulations, doesn't see need for separations

    The owner of three Internet sweepstakes gaming storefronts in Shallotte told town aldermen they should adopt an ordinance regulating the businesses in town.

    Alderman John Kinlaw asked representatives from the sweepstakes business to speak to the board about the issue now that town staff, aldermen and the town planning board are working on a possible gaming ordinance.

    “We are firm believers in regulation,” store owner Richard Watts said. “We’re in favor limiting the number of machines in the businesses.”

  • Longevity issues plague superintendent position

    In the past 25 years, eight superintendents have tried their hands at leading Brunswick County Schools.

    Current Superintendent Katie McGee has served as superintendent for the past five years. She is the second longest-serving superintendent since 1984. She has served one year less than Marion Wise, the district’s longest serving superintendent in the past quarter century.

    “You can find a school superintendent, but you don’t find many that have longevity,” McGee said.