Local News

  • Minutes included: Calabash commissioner owns closed-meeting property

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Bill Dixon is the owner of property discussed in closed session March 8, it was confirmed at Tuesday night’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    Upon a motion from the board instructing town clerk/interim administrator Kelley Southward to publicly identify the owner and location, Southward said the property is at 800 Persimmon Road and is owned by William and Brenda Dixon.

  • The true cost of government: Brunswick County Schools

    The final installment of the Beacon’s Sunshine Week takes a look at how much the people who run our public schools are paid.

    On Feb. 28, the Beacon requested base salaries, merit and cost-of-living increases, bonuses, health insurance, FICA contributions paid by each town, sick pay, vacation and/or personal time, life/disability insurance, travel and training expenses, vehicle/mileage stipends or reimbursements and communication stipends or reimbursements paid from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

  • School positions on chopping block - Proposed reductions included

    BOLIVIA—The list of potential reductions for fiscal year 2011-2012 includes a reduction of 84 positions in the Brunswick County school system, but it doesn’t mean 84 people will lose their jobs.

    “We would like to see enough retirements and resignations that it would equal 84 and we wouldn’t have to deny a contract to anyone who wishes to work for us. That’s a stretch,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said at a board of education budget meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • BCC presidential candidate finalists to visit campus, meet with community

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Community College presidential candidates have been narrowed to six finalists who will be in town this month for campus visits and community meet and greets.

    According to information provided by the college, all candidates will meet with the community from 1-2:15 p.m. the day of their visit. They will also meet with faculty and staff members from 2-3 p.m.

  • Pending bill could consolidate health, DSS boards in North Carolina

    RALEIGH—A bill pending in the North Carolina General Assembly would allow counties to consolidate their human services boards, such as health and social services, to one board.

    Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill, was introduced March 29 by state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., R-Concord.

    The bill would allow for the consolidation of counties’ boards of health, social services, mental health, developmental disabilities and substance abuse into one human services board.

  • Charter school bill passes in house

    RALEIGH—Eliminating the 100-school cap on charter schools was one of the battle cries of the Republican majority at the start of the 2011 legislative session in the North Carolina General Assembly.

    But not all charter school supporters are pleased with the version of the bill that passed in the State House in a 68-51 vote.

    The 22-page bill underwent multiple revisions and amendments before the House voted to adopt the bill around 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 11.

  • County’s unemployment dips slightly in February

    Unemployment dipped to 10.1 percent statewide, but Brunswick County’s unemployment rate remains at 11.9 percent for February.

    According to February numbers recently released by state’s employment security commission, unemployment rates across North Carolina dipped .3 percent from 10.4 percent in January to 10.1 percent in February.

    Brunswick County also experienced a .3-percent drop in unemployment—from 12.2 percent in January to 11.9 percent in February.

  • T-shirts will be plentiful in Ocean Isle

    Ocean Isle Beach will not be lacking in T-shirt shops this summer season.

    According to Justin Whiteside, town planner, Xtreme Surf and Sport is currently preparing to open its doors in an outparcel adjacent to the Lowes Foods, Eagles is renovating the old IGA and Waves plans an upcoming expansion at its current location.

    Ocean Isle commissioners chuckled as someone said, “I think we are in the wrong business.”

  • Golden Corral on hold, Smith Avenue extension project extended

    SHALLOTTE—Plans for Golden Corral are on hold until further notice. According to Allen Serkin, planning director, the applicant asked in March for the issues to be placed on hold for consideration by the board of aldermen until the April meeting.

    Prior to this month’s meeting, the applicant requested the items be withdrawn from consideration from the board’s agenda until further notice.

  • Retiring after 25 years with Black's Tire

    SHALLOTTE—Fifteen years ago a man drove from Tabor City to Shallotte to help a company store for the day.

    Fifteen years later, Arnold Ward celebrated his last day of work at Shallotte Black’s Tire and Auto Service. Ward, the store manager for 14 years, retired after 25 years with the company. At the time he came to Shallotte, he was employed at the company’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., store.