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  • Sheriff's office seeks missing Leland woman

    Brunswick County Sheriff's Office detectives are searching for a missing  Leland woman. 

  • Sheriff's office seeks truck thieves

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office are asking for the community's assistance for any information regarding a larceny that occurred earlier this week. 

  • NC House votes down economic funding linked to Brunswick County

    The NC House defeated a bill Tuesday that included economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.

    House Bill 1224 covered a wide range of items including a limit of 2.5 percent for local government sales taxes rates, designated uses for the local sales taxes, the study of historic rehabilitation incentives, unemployment compensation records confidentiality and funding for economic development programs.

  • Historically large number of teachers leave county schools

    As Brunswick County Schools prepares to welcome students back through the doors of schools next week, county officials are searching for solutions to a major problem:  teacher retention.

    The district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year — about one out of every five teachers.

    The average amounts to 10 teachers leaving the system every month school is in session, Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Pasier wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Oak Island man shares stories of serving three presidents on Air Force One

    If you have ever been curious about what happens after the news clip shows the president boarding Air Force One, Steve Lominac is a man you want to talk to.

    Lominac, who now lives in Oak Island, spent much of his career in the Air Force as a flight attendant on Air Force One, serving Presidents George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

    He grew up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia from 1954 until the family left in 1971.

    “I tell people it was a great place to grow up but not a good place to visit,” Lominac said.

  • Lawyer presents county with property owner refunds from unlawful 2008 revaluation

    BOLIVIA — More property owners are seeking refunds from the 2008 revaluation the North Carolina Supreme Court ruled unlawful.

    Norman Smith, a lawyer with Smith, James, Rowlett and Cohen of Greensboro who represents several property owners in Ocean Isle Palms, Ocean Ridge Plantation, Rivers Edge and Seawatch at Sunset Harbor stated the intent to county commissioners during the public comment portion of their Monday, Aug. 18, meeting.

  • Tourism impact on county estimated at $470 million in 2013

    The U.S. Travel Association pegs the dollar value of tourism in Brunswick County at nearly a half billion dollars a year.

    The North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development announced earlier this month domestic visitors to Brunswick County spent $470.58 million in 2013, based on USTA statistics.

    The most recent “Economic Impact of Travel On North Carolina Counties” study was released Aug. 15. The study is prepared annually for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development by the USTA.

  • County revaluation public comment meeting set for Aug. 29

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County officials are preparing for the 2015 property revaluation and will hear public comments on the tax value schedule at a special meeting at 4 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29.

    Brunswick County conducts a revaluation and adopts a new schedule of values every four years. North Carolina General Statute 105-317, requires a public hearing to allow comment.

    The Tax Assessor’s office has made a copy of the Schedule of Values available for inspection in the office and available for download on the county website,

  • Holden Beach board approves traffic, parking rule changes

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach town board approved an update to traffic and parking ordinance codes despite a split vote by commissioners.

    The board made a number of updates based on planning and zoning board recommendations, but the majority of the discussion focused on parking regulations.

    The new codes make it unlawful to park or leave a vehicle standing in any street, right of way, street intersection, crosswalk, sidewalk or access way.

  • 11th annual North Brunswick chamber car show at Leland Lowe’s Food Saturday

    The coolest cars and trucks, and the folks who love them, will be in Leland at Lowe’s Food Saturday.

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts their 11th Annual Leland Under The Lights Car Show August 23.

    The show benefiting NBCC’s education and scholarship funds will be held from 3-8 p.m., rain or shine, in the Lowe’s Food parking lot.

    Lowe’s Food at Brunswick Forest is off U.S. 17 North at 1152 E. Cutlar Crossing in Leland