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Today's News

  • Socialized society?

    To the editor: I would like to thank Mr. Norvell B. DeAtkine for writing and The Brunswick Beacon editor for publishing the amazingly factual and informative letter in the Jan. 1 edition of the Beacon regarding our society being socialized.

     

  • Why did increase get approved?

    To the editor: I have noticed that Mr. Stocker, who lives in Gastonia, has a lot of time to write about problems down at the coast. Evidently he does not have time to properly assess a situation before he writes his letters.

    Who should pay for the billions of dollars in damages tornadoes create that could happen, even in Gastonia? It seems we all pay for them, as this is the way insurance should work.

  • Family asks for support

    To the editor: June Simpson is fighting for her life. This devoted wife, mother and grandmother began experiencing severe asthma attacks 15 years ago. She was diagnosed with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and pulmonary fibrosis in 2006. June’s health has steadily declined since her diagnosis. Doctors say her only hope for a second chance at life is a double-lung transplant.

  • Schools release redistricting drafts

    Brunswick County Schools has released preliminary draft copies of several redistricting options for Cedar Grove Middle School and Town Creek Elementary School, both scheduled to open summer 2009.

    Students currently enrolled at Bolivia Elementary, Shallotte Middle, South Brunswick Middle and Virginia Williamson Elementary fall within proposed district lines for Cedar Grove Middle School.

    Town Creek Elementary School's preliminary district lines include students from Belville Elementary, Bolivia Elementary and Lincoln Elementary.

  • Board receives funds despite economic hardships

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram presented The Brunswick County Board of Education with a check for $67,148.42 Tuesday night. The money, which came from the county’s seized drug fund, is something board chairwoman Shirley Babson hopes to in turn use towards drug education and awareness within the schools.

    “I hoped we might use some of it to look into the abuse of prescription drugs,” she said Tuesday, it is “so widespread, particularly into the high school.”

  • Sunset Beach bridge ahead of schedule; advancing across waterway

    SUNSET BEACH—As new high-rise bridgework proceeds across the Intracoastal Waterway, the other good news is work is ahead of schedule, a construction official said this week.

    If work continues at its current pace, the new $32 million NCDOT bridge should be up and ready for traffic by mid 2010, project coordinator Dylan Frazier said Monday.

    “It should be right around there—June or July,” Frazier said as co-workers with English Construction Co. dissembled a crane Monday in preparation for having it moved by barge across the waterway.

  • Shallotte Assisted Living earns first deficiency-free rating

    Shallotte Assisted Living on Mulberry Street has received its first deficiency-free survey rating from the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation.

    Every year, division representatives visit licensed adult care homes to determine if any deficiencies exist. According a division report, the facility was cited for a violation regarding restraint use during the October inspection but came into compliance by the December re-inspection.

  • Town OKs new stop signs to prevent wrecks

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen have approved installing new stop signs at the intersection of Mulberry and White streets and at Shallotte Avenue and White Street.

    Last month, an accident at the intersection of Mulberry and White that injured four people prompted Alderman Alan Lewis, who lives near the two intersections, to bring the issue to the rest of the board.

    He said the accident involving a car and an ambulance was the third in five weeks on Mulberry Street, and something needed to be done.

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics center scheduled to open next month

    BOLIVIA—Within a few weeks, the Brunswick Community College volleyball team will no longer have to travel to play home games. South Brunswick High School’s swim team will not have to travel out of state to practice and compete. And community members looking for a workout facility will not have to travel far.

    The Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College is near completion, and president Stephen Greiner hopes to see the center open by Feb. 1.

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