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  • Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association, NAACP back principal

    The Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association and members of the Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organized a press conference Monday in support of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary Principal Patricia Rourk.

    Led by spokesperson the Rev. Lorenza Jackson, the group expressed its dissatisfaction with the board of education in its handling of the incident and charges filed against Rourk.

  • New parks director already at home in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Jim Pryor has found his calling.

    Pryor, who was named the county’s parks and recreation director one month ago this week, said he originally planned to use his master’s degree in sports management to work with professional or college athletics.

    After a brief stint working with both, Pryor tried his hand in the world of parks and recreation, first working as a recreation program manager with the town of Salisbury.

  • Brunswick County Animal Services director resigns

    Brunswick County Animal Services Director Richard Cooper resigned last week, giving little notice as he departed the department Sept. 15.

    Animal services assistant director Dennis Huckster is acting as temporary director over the department consisting of 11 employees. It is headquartered at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Huckster said Friday the department is proceeding as usual except for the fact Cooper is no longer there.

    Cooper, contacted at his home in Brunswick County, said he had no comment.

  • Former POW talks freedom, service and teamwork

    Col. Quincy Collins knows something about freedom.

    Like most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live with it. But unlike most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live without it.

    After being shot down over North Vietnam, the Air Force pilot spent the next seven and a half years of his life in prison cells in and around Hanoi.

    Devoid of any freedoms, tortured and deprived, Collins said his time in Vietnamese prisons molded his future.

  • Beacon, ABCPOA join to sponsor candidates' forum on Oct. 7

    SUPPLY—The November election is important for choosing national leaders and also local government officials. Meet the Candidate Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Odell Williamson Auditorium, where Brunswick County residents can get to know their local candidates.

  • Group gathers for prayer vigil supporting Rourk

    A small group gathered outside Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Tuesday night for a prayer vigil in light of recent charges filed against the school’s principal, Patricia Rourk.

    The Rev. Lorenza Jackson, who has two children at Jessie Mae, said the vigil was not for any one person or any one race, but rather for the school and all its children.

    “Jessie Mae Monroe is a good school,” he said. “We support this school. We support all of our children here. Everybody is somebody.”

  • Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10

    The deadline to register to vote is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

    To be eligible to vote in Brunswick County, residents must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and must be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day.

    To register to vote, citizenship rights must be restored if ever convicted of a felony. Brunswick County voters cannot vote or be registered to vote in any other county or state.

  • Calabash business owners start plans to launch merchants association

    CALABASH—A dozen business owners met last week in an initial move toward launching a merchants association in the seafood capital.

    For meeting organizer Forrest King, a business owner and a Calabash commissioner, the reason for organizing local businesses is simple—the town needs a merchants association.

  • VFW pays respects in annual POW-MIA ceremony

    CALABASH—Hats were removed and prayers offered during a solemn ceremony last Friday, Sept. 19, at Calabash VFW Post 7288 to pay respects to prisoners of war and soldiers missing in action.

    The annual POW-MIA ceremony is brief but heartfelt, especially by participating VFW members who have had firsthand military and war experience.

    Two members, Pat Paterson and Guy Moulton, are former prisoners of war who have spoken at the ceremony in the past.

  • Town 'cautiously optimistic' about getting sand-loss funding

    Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett said he is cautiously optimistic the town will receive some funds to replace sand lost during Tropical Storm Hanna.

    Hewett reported during the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting Tuesday night he and other town officials had just met with officials from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Federal Emergency Management Agency.

    “I’d like everybody to keep their fingers crossed on that FEMA thing,” said Holden Beach commissioner Don Glander.