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  • Volunteers honored for service

    BOLIVIA—Volunteering is more than one hour here and another hour there. It’s a full-time occupation.

    That’s how Jayne Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, described the dedication of volunteers who were honored Monday afternoon for their service to the county.

  • Eagle Scout project focuses on cleaning up cigarette butts

    Ocean Isle Beach resident Joshua Cappa is helping make his community a cleaner and healthier place for people and animals.

    While working toward his Eagle Scout rank, Cappa is performing a service project that must benefit the community.

    “I determined that making people aware of the damage cigarette butts have would have a lasting impact on our environment,” he said.

  • 11 schools fail to meet AYP

    Eleven of 17 Brunswick County Schools failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as shown by the 2007-2008 performance results released last week by the North Carolina Department of Education.

    Brunswick County Academy, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary, Leland Middle, Lincoln Elementary, North Brunswick High, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle, Supply Elementary, Union Elementary, Waccamaw and West Brunswick High did not make AYP.

  • County revisits dangerous dog ordinance



    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is taking another look at its dangerous dog ordinance.

  • Third annual ‘Senior Follies’ deemed a success

    Singers, dancers, comedians and other talents may have been the headliners of last weekend’s “Senior Follies,” but it’s the Randolph family who will benefit from the third annual event.

    About 1,400 people attended Habitat’s two-day, two-act production—proceeds from which will help fund the Randolphs’ new Habitat home.

  • Local businesswomen win awards at competition

    Business growth program, Make Mine A Million $ Business, has selected Carrie D. Partello of East Coast Moving LLC and Elizabeth Casazza of AquaVida USA LLC as two of the 10 awardees from the Charlotte event on Oct. 7 at the Blake Hotel.

    Partello was featured in a previous edition of The Beacon.

  • Business briefs

    Ron and Adrienne Watts, owners of Sunset Properties, have announced Steve Sharman has joined the company as general manager of its Ocean Isle Beach rental operations.

    Sharman, with over 25 years experience in both commercial and vacation rental property management, recently served as property manager at Ocean Isle Beach Realty and was a property manager at Prudential Resort Realty at the Outer Banks for five years prior to that. He is a graduate of Georgia State University.

  • Former town, county leader Jerry Jones dies

    Former Shallotte alderman and mayor and former county commissioners chairman Jerry Jones, 63, died Thursday at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) on May 31, 2007.

    “His battle with this disease was a long rough road and his great strength was tested in many times,” his obituary states.

    He was born in Conway, S.C., on May 11, 1945, a son of Allene Rowell Jones and the late Windle Wilson Jones.

    He moved to Shallotte in 1968 to work at Shallotte Lumber Company and worked there for 33 years.

  • Fence talk stretches on in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Ongoing discussion about fences—the kind that makes good neighbors—was deferred last week by the Sunset Beach Planning Board to a Nov. 20 work session.

    The board is revisiting a proposed amendment to the fence-height ordinance after it was sent back by town council last month for language clarification.

    Board members also indicated at the Nov. 6 workshop they favor eliminating front-yard fences altogether in Sunset Beach, though existing ones would be grandfathered.

  • Parent who suggested creationism studies returns to board

    BOLIVIA—The parent who sparked a creationism debate among parents, teachers and community members returned to the Brunswick County Board of Education last week with another request.

    “I’m asking that the board develop a curriculum that is focused on presenting information to the students that is factual and not for indoctrination,” Joel Fanti said during the board’s monthly meeting last Thursday.

    “We need to be talking about empirical evidence to verify a point that is stated.”