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  • BCC awarded $200,000 grant for study of women in STEM disciplines

    LELAND—A near $200,000 grant has been awarded to Brunswick Community College officials who will use the money to study women in the community college system.

    The National Science Foundation (NFS-ADVANCE program) has awarded a $199,928 grant for a “comprehensive study of the status of community college women faculty in STEM—science, technology, engineering and mathematics discipline,” according to a press release.

  • Up in the air

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—For many 16-year-olds, the perfect birthday present is a driver’s license that would allow them to freely cruise the open roads. Sixteen-year-old Drew Holden prefers the open sky.

    The Brunswick County Early College High School student and aspiring pilot took his first solo flight Saturday at the Ocean Isle Beach Municipal Airport.

  • Not on our island: Letters bombard Sunset Beach on parking issue

    SUNSET BEACH—Since October, Sunset Beach Town Hall has been deluged with e-mails, including one from an attorney, expressing concerns about a committee’s initial ideas for future parking on the island.

    Last week, upon request from the Beacon, Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin forwarded copies of more than 100 e-mails town hall has received from property owners and others as a town-appointed parking committee fleshes out recommended rules to forward to town council.

  • Parking committee tightens suggestions in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—The town parking committee is narrowing down its recommendations for public parking on the island and hopes to have them ready in time for Sunset Beach Town Council’s next meeting Feb. 7.

    Committee members hope to come up with final recommendations at their next meeting scheduled for 9 a.m. next Thursday, Jan. 27, at town hall.

  • Calabash closed session not improper, town attorney says

    CALABASH—Town commissioners did nothing improper when they voted to hire the county to conduct building inspections following a closed session last month, according to town attorney Mark Lewis.

    The issue arose at the start of the board’s Jan. 11 meeting, when town commissioner Forrest King stated he wanted to correct recorded minutes from the Dec. 14 closed session.

  • Jenkins looks to give Brunswick Democrats a boost after November losses

    Leonard Jenkins likes a challenge.

    Elected as chairman of the Brunswick County Democrats in December, Jenkins said his newest challenge will be restoring the Brunswick County Democratic party.

    After being shut out in the November elections by Republicans who won every race on the ballot at the county level, Jenkins is up for the challenge.

  • Teacher assistant of the year’s passion for students remains strong after years of service

    LELAND—An employee of Brunswick County Schools since 1987, Connie Kennedy says the reason she keeps coming to work is simply because she loves children.

    So much so that the 57-year-old exceptional children (EC) teaching assistant at Leland Middle School is working towards her bachelor’s degree in language arts so she can manage a classroom of her own.

    “I want to help these children learn how to read,” she said.

  • Shallotte Board of Aldermen

    At the start of 2011 several board appointed committee positions within the town of Shallotte expired. The board of aldermen decided at its December meeting to take a closer look at appointments in January.

    During the Jan. 11 regular pre-agenda meeting, the issue was discussed. Alderman Walt Eccard requested additional time concerning appointments to the Downtown Shallotte committee as he felt there may still be a few undecided if they wanted to continue with their service.

  • Brunswick County to have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations

    Brunswick County will have several Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations and observances from Jan. 13-17.

    While the federal holiday recognizes Martin Luther King Jr. as Monday, Jan. 17, Brunswick County will have several observances leading up to the holiday.

    From Jan. 14-17, the M.L. King Celebration Committee of Southport will sponsor its 17th annual community celebrations as a tribute to the life, legacy and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

  • Insurers seek 20.9-percent increase for non-owner occupied housing

    RALEIGH—More insurance rate hikes have been requested for coastal properties.

    The North Carolina Rate Bureau recently requested a 20.9-percent increase for homeowners’ insurance for some non-owner occupied housing, according to North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin.