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  • Supply man arrested for Holden Beach break-ins

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office have arrested a Supply man for multiple break-ins in the Holden Beach area last month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said detectives took out arrest warrants for Brandon Evans for multiple motor vehicle break-ins as well as attempted residential break-ins during July.

    On Aug. 5, detectives arrested Evans at the Food Lion on Sabbath Home Road near Holden Beach.

  • Tart recognized for 25 years of service on parks and recreation board

    BOLIVIA—Cynthia Tart was recently recognized for 25 years of service on the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.

    Tart was recognized at commissioners’ Aug. 1 meeting for her service to the county.

    According to parks and recreation director Jim Pryor, Tart recently completed her final term of service on the advisory committee after 25 years on the board.

  • BCC campus lockdown alert ‘A mistake’

     At 10:10 a.m. on Tuesday an emergency alert text message was sent out by Brunswick Community College. The message read: “CODE RED-CAMPUS WIDE LOCK DOWN-Emergency on campus. Go to a secured area classroom or office away from windows. Remain there until you get an ALL CLEAR message.”

    Local law enforcement were unaware of the message in the minutes immediately following the alert. Students and faculty on the BCC campus continued with activities as usual.

    According to campus police chief J.L. Watson the text message was “a mistake.”

  • Board of education meetings to be aired online

    BOLIVIA—By next month, parents, students and members of the public will be able to watch board of education meetings online.

    With attendance at the monthly meetings historically low, board members thought airing meetings online would allow more people to watch meetings, school system spokesperson Jessica Swencki said.

    Cameras were rolling at the board’s regular August meeting last week, but Swencki said that was a trial run.

  • Brunswick Beat for Aug. 3, 2011
  • Carolina Shores settlement not yet released

    Details of a settlement between the town of Carolina Shores and former assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut have not yet been released.

    The Beacon has requested the town of Carolina Shores release those details. Town administrator Mike Hargett said last week information would be available after minutes of a July 15 town meeting are compiled by town clerk Nicole Marks.

    Superior Court Judge Ola M. Lewis signed a confidentiality order regarding portions of the case in May, based on N.C. General Statutes 160A-168 having to do with personnel.

  • A change of pace

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH—These days Bazil Geckler spends a lot of time bird watching and taking in the scenery from his porch situated on the Intracoastal Waterway in Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 90 years old, he has had to slow down a bit from his youth. In days gone by Geckler was a man constantly on the go along with his wife, Louise Tripp Geckler.

    Louise was born and raised in the local area and has strong family ties to Brunswick County. Her father built the historic Sunnyside schoolhouse.

  • Tax-less savings

     Summer is drawing to a close. With Brunswick County Schools resuming classes on Thursday, Aug. 25, teachers and parents are preparing for the return of the school year by stocking up on back-to-school items.

    This weekend is the perfect time to ring up the savings as North Carolina celebrates its annual sales tax holiday. This 2011 holiday will last three days beginning at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Aug. 5, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7.

    The sales tax holiday applies to many necessary back-to-school items and offers all shoppers a chance to save.

  • Unsightly’ fence takes board by surprise

     SHALLOTTE—No one seemed to know NCDOT planned to install a chain link fence along Main Street and Smith Avenue until it was already in place. There was a definite air of frustration about it at Tuesday’s board of aldermen meeting.

    The board and town staff received a copy of a letter from the North Carolina Department of Transportation outlining the policy and guidelines for control of access fence. The letter states, “when the Department acquires control of access, of any type, that control of access shall be fenced.”

  • Independent film opens in Shallotte

     SHALLOTTE—Moviegoers in Shallotte have the opportunity to support two local independent filmmakers as “Pendulum Swings” debuts at Frank Theatres in Shallotte.

    Ocean Isle Beach residents Adam Melton and John Keogh teamed up with Tri-Rahn Pictures and Vela Films to create the feature film “Pendulum Swings.”

    Melton, a partner in Vela Films, served as both the lead actor in the film and the producer and is now working as the film’s promoter. Keogh utilized his extensive writing background to bring life to the script.