Local News

  • Board of education adopts $109 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday

    approved a $109 million budget for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members OK’d the budget adopted four votes to one vote, with board member Bud Thorsen voting against the budget.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said the budget was in better shape than originally expected. State funding reductions were $2.1 million, far better than the $5.2 million reduction board members expected, Swencki said.

  • Candidate filing closed for 17 of 19 Brunswick municipalities

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for November’s municipal elections has closed for 17 of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and ended noon Friday, July 15, for most municipal races.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • New maps splits Brunswick County

    Editor’s note: The General Assembly released new state House and Senate maps last Tuesday evening, after the Beacon went to press.

    WILMINGTON—It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps last Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19.

    In the most recent maps released to the public, Brunswick County state House lines are much different than they currently are, or were first proposed.

  • Tourism on the up in the county


    BRUNSWICK COUNTY—By all accounts the steady lines of traffic visiting the county’s beach towns are an increase over the past two years.

    With the economy struggling to recover, predicting the tourism season in Brunswick County at the start of 2011 was a bit difficult but it is well under way and business is booming.

  • BCC could become a satellite campus of CFCC if proposal is accepted by the General Assembly

    SUPPLY—She may have only been on the job a week, but Dr. Susanne Adams knew she had to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh last week.

    “I hadn’t been on campus long, but I felt Brunswick needed to be represented there,” Adams said.

    On Wednesday, July 13, Adams joined approximately 40 other community college presidents and trustees in Raleigh to speak and hear discussion related to a recent study that outlines the advantages of merging or consolidating community colleges.

  • My bump in the road

    Last week I had the fortune of meeting and talking with members of Cowboy Chrome, a country band based out of Ocean Isle Beach. Their story so moved and inspired me and struck closer to home than I ever would have preferred.

    Cowboy Chrome wrote a song for Nick Patrick, a 15-year-old battling a rare form of brain cancer. The song called “Bump in the Road” chronicles the thoughts of his mother, sister and himself.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

  • Sheriff’s office memorializes K-9 killed in the line of duty

    On Saturday, July 16, deputy Jared Zeller lost his partner.

    He lost his best friend. He lost a family member.

    So did the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Zeller, a sheriff’s office K-9 handler, lost his K-9 Viper after Viper was exposed to toxins in cocaine while performing a search in a cornfield in Ash.

  • Work sessions questioned at Sunset Beach work session

    SUNSET BEACH—With a list of agenda items before them, Sunset Beach Councilwoman Carol Scott wonders why town business is now being discussed at town council’s new monthly work sessions.

    “I don’t understand why these work sessions are now taking the place of council meetings,” she said, speaking at council’s second work session Tuesday morning.

  • Mayors opt out of re-election bids in Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach

    The most notable names for upcoming municipal elections are those who didn’t file.

    That includes all three mayors in Calabash, Carolina Shores and Sunset Beach.

    When the two-week filing period for the November elections ended last Friday, the names of Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Carolina Shores Mayor Stephen Selby and Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein were noticeably absent.

    In Calabash, the only person filing for the mayoral race is Calabash town commissioner Mary Knight.