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  • Milliken wins pole, races to victory July 19

     By Steve Zacharias

    Special to the Beacon

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. —  Justin Milliken won one of the two 50-lap Late Model races July 19 at Myrtle Beach Speedway. 

    Eighteen Late Models were on hand, competing for $2,500, in the two 50-lap races in the NASCAR Whelen Late Models series.

    In qualifying, a familiar trend for 2014 took place when Milliken set the

  • 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.

  • West cheerleaders at showcase
  • 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.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 10

    Kyle James Warren, 35, 1429 Pelican Place, arrested on charges of violating probation, secreting lien property and three counts of driving while license revoked.

    Aug. 11

    Grover Harold Rogers III, 42, 1975 Mt. Pleasant Road N., Mt. Pleasant, arrested on a charge of misdemeanor larceny.

    Aug. 13

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for July 1-31.

    Total number of events: 311

    911 hang up/open line: 8

    No event type specified: 2

    Administrative call: 1

    Alarm activation: 16

    Animal complaint: 13

    Arrest: 3

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 14

    Attempt to locate: 27

    Business check: 49

    Citation: 2

    Disturbance/fight: 5

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    Domestic related (pick up belongings, etc.): 1

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 7

    Cornelius Tremaine Washington, 28, 5831 Nixon Lane, Castle Hayne, arrested on a charge of trespassing at Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    James Marshall Gooch, 33, 109 Westover Drive, arrested on an active warrant from New Hanover County on a charge of possession of drug paraphernalia.