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  • SUNSHINE WEEK What you would have missed: Five years of celebrating Sunshine Week

    For more than a year, the Beacon has been challenging county commissioner Charles Warren on various open meetings and public records violations as his role as former chairman of the DSS board.

    Warren has since been removed from the DSS board, for, among other things, violating the state’s open meetings law.

    But the Beacon has been challenging government agencies long before Warren was kicking reporters out of meetings.

    Here’s a look back at the Beacon shining the light on public records and open meetings.

  • Holden Beach residents upset about cable service

    One woman complained that the new exercise equipment next to the sidewalk on Ocean Boulevard destroys the beauty of the view of the marsh, while a slew of other Holden Beach residents listed a littany of complaints about TimeWarner Cable for the third straight year.

    Those were the highlights of the first 90 minutes of the Holden Beach Commissioners’ meeting Tuesday night in town hall.

  • Beacon advertising, graphics team brings home seven state ad awards

    “Great artwork!”


    “Great design, enticing to read!”

    “…this ad all work(s) to say, ‘See me. Shop me!”

    These are the things judges had to say about the quality advertising and graphics produced by The Brunswick Beacon and recently submitted to the North Carolina Press Association’s Best Ad Contest for 2011.

    In the state competition, the Beacon’s advertising and graphics department brought home seven honors.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County records requests are individual and assorted

    Public records requests are a mixed bag at the county level.

    “None of them are routine,” says county attorney Huey Marshall, who strives to point people making requests in the right direction.

    He also doesn’t keep a record of records requests by citizens.

    “It’s none of our business what they’re asking, why they’re asking,” Marshall says. “If you start keeping a log, it looks like you’re riding herd on them.”

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Obtaining public records from area town governments

    Ever wanted to know where you needed to go to get public information from the town where you live?

    Town halls in our area have resources available to assist you with your requests. Many town hall officials in Brunswick County request a form be completed before records are distributed, however, state public records law does not require these forms to be filled out, nor does a requester have to state a reason for making a public records request.



  • SUNSHINE WEEK: County applies open-meetings rules for nonprofits that get funding

    Nonprofit groups applying for funding from Brunswick County this year may notice something different.

    At their budget retreat this past February, county commissioners approved implementing new open-meetings regulations and expectations for nonprofits that receive county money.

    It was an idea posed by Brunswick County assistant administrator Steve Stone.

    “I made a suggestion to commissioners at the retreat just generally in regard to transparency,” Stone said.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beach patrol for another season

    SUNSET BEACH—Town beach patrol officers will still be on duty this next season, perhaps with a few tweaks to their duties.

    At their monthly meeting March 5, town council members unanimously approved not switching from beach patrol to reserve police officers.

    Town councilwoman Carol Scott, who made the motion, added a caveat that council take a closer look at the officers’ hours and that program’s organization. Fellow councilwoman Karen Joseph suggested that include employee interviews based on new needs by the town.

  • Arbor Day Celebration Friday in Carolina Shores

    Carolina Shores will have its fourth annual Arbor Day Celebration at 9 a.m. Friday, March 16, at town hall, 200 Persimmon Road.

    The celebration will include a tree planting and a short ceremony with Mrs. Parton’s second-grade class from Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School.

    The event will begin with a welcome by Carolina Shores Mayor Walter Goodenough, followed by the tree-planting ceremony with the class and town tree committee.

  • Brunswick health board tables nonprofit's animal shelter proposal

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health has tabled a second proposal by a nonprofit rescue group to take over management of the local animal shelter.

    The decision came Monday night after the board discussed for about an hour the proposal by Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE). It is tabled for the next 60 days. Board member and county commissioner Marty Cooke said RACE needs to come up with guidelines.

    Board chairman Flint King said he wants to know RACE can do what it says it can.

  • UPDATE: Calabash teen charged with attempted robbery, break-in

    A Calabash man has been charged with an attempted armed robbery of a Calabash restaurant and an attempted break-in at a gas station.

    Rhyan Lynn Inman, 18, of 1188 Riverview Drive, Calabash, was arrested at approximately 1:30 a.m. Wednesday by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Detective Division.

    He is charged with attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon.

    The incident occurred around 6 a.m. Monday at George’s Pancake House on Beach Drive.