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  • 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.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse presents social, economic challenges

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Former officer convicted of sex crime, sentencing set aside

     A Brunswick County jury found a former Northwest police officer guilty of participating in prostitution of a minor and filing a false police report in Superior Court on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Hayes surrendered to police May 15, 2013, on the charges stemming from an incident where he was the victim of an armed robbery after meeting a 17-year-old girl in Boiling Spring Lakes to exchange money for sex acts. Ann eight-year veteran of the Northwest force, he resigned May 14, 2013.

  • 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.