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  • County releases closed session minutes from Holden Beach parkland purchase

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall has released closed session minutes from county commissioners’ discussions on the purchase of three parcels along the Intracoastal Waterway for a nature park near Holden Beach.

    The property totals nearly 35 acres that stretch from Holden Beach Road SW to the Intracoastal Waterway, just west of the Holden Beach Bridge. The county bought the undeveloped property Dec. 17, 2014, from Sweetwater Investments LLC using county reserves.

  • With only ‘one chance at life,’ BCC student shines

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick Community College sophomore Drake Harper has leaped over obstacles his entire life. A car crash that nearly took his life would be no different.

    After enrolling at BCC during the fall of 2013, Harper quickly adjusted to college life and found his niche on campus when he was elected student government president. Despite some early struggles socially, his life turned upside down on a rain-soaked highway near Whiteville on Jan. 11, 2014.

  • Rouzer announces flagship office will be in Brunswick County seat

     BOLIVIA — When former Congressman Mike McIntyre announced he was retiring as the top political leader of the 7th District, Brunswick County residents wanted assurance that his replacement would address coastal issues as McIntyre did for 18 years.

    McIntyre’s successor, U.S. Rep. David Rouzer, held a news conference on the third floor of the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday, Jan. 26, to announce Bolivia would be his flagship office.

  • Brunswick real estate market trending in positive direction

     BOLIVIA — As numbers from last year’s trickled in at the beginning of the year, local real estate brokers had plenty of reason to be enthused about the market again.

    Annual sales numbers obtained by the Beacon last week show that Brunswick County had a 7 percent increase from 2013 to 2014 in total sales revenue, which mostly include the housing market, according to figures from the Brunswick County Association of Realtors.

  • Jenkins named one of state’s top community college staffers

     BOLIVIA — When Velva Jenkins began her career at Brunswick Community College 29 years ago, she had to place a bucket in her office to catch the leaking rainwater during heavy storms.

    Fast forward to the present day and Jenkins enjoys a cozy corner office in Building A on the campus in Bolivia, where she quietly and effectively goes about her business as one of the state’s top educational staffers.

  • Southport men face drug charges

     Two Southport men face drug charges after being arrested Jan. 17.

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested 67-year-old Lamont Lee Proctor and 43-year-old Ivey Millard Gaskill after finding 74 grams of oxycodone, a powerful painkiller, in their possession, warrants show.

    Proctor is accused of selling Gaskill 28 grams or more of opiates, according to warrants, and the men used plastic bags and a Dewalt drill box to store the drugs.

  • Union donates books to school recovering from fire damage

     With a school in a neighboring county in need, a Brunswick County elementary school offered a helping hand.

    After a fire at Old Dock Elementary School in Columbus County destroyed the school’s library Jan. 7, Union Elementary in Shallotte launched a book drive to collect hundreds of books to donate to Old Dock.

  • Mastodon tooth found off coast donated to museum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It was an ordinary day for the Rev. Jim Taylor and his wife Alpha, or so they thought.

    Last spring, the Shallotte couple were fishing in the surf down toward the east end of Ocean Isle Beach, savoring another opportunity to spend time at the beach together — “just goofing off,” Taylor said.

    “I was out in the surf, and (Alpha) was down the beach a ways,” he recalled, when he felt something hit his foot.

  • Town, developer agree on mediator for Jaguar's Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach and developer of Jaguar’s Lair have retained a professional mediator to help them resolve a dispute over infrastructure and bonding requirements in the unfinished community.

    The town and Coastal Communities, developer of the Ocean Ridge community, have agreed to have Robert O’Quinn, a certified mediator in Wrightsville Beach, lead meetings between the two parties in the near future.

  • Man sought in jewelry theft captured in S.C.

    Authorities in Horry County, S.C., captured a man accused of stealing nearly $30,000 in jewelry from a Boliva residence last month.

    Douglas Wilson Branton, 30, of Nathan Drive in Loris, was wanted on a charge of felony larceny, according to a news release from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    According to a warrant, he stole 48 pieces of jewelry, valued together at $29,263, from the home on Woody Trail sometime between Dec. 3 and Dec. 5, 2014.