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Today's News

  • County commissioners to establish economic development department

     BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners voted to dissolve the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission after members of the EDC’s board of directors resigned their positions,

    As a result, the EDC will be a new county department led by County Manager Ann Hardy as the county begins its search for a new director of the department.

    Jim Bradshaw, the EDC’s executive director, announced he would retire and the EDC would become a contractor to Brunswick County by Oct. 1 at a commissioners’ meeting June 23.

  • Medical aid required after man flees into ocean in Holden Beach

     A man and his relative received medical treatment following an incident in Holden Beach on Saturday night when the man ran into the ocean.

    Sometime after dark June 27, Holden Beach police responded to a disturbance call near Ocean Boulevard.

    When they arrived, a man ran out the back door of a house.

    The officers started chasing the man, who led them to the beach and jumped into the water.

    Police contacted neighboring police departments, the Coast Guard and Coastline Rescue to conduct a search.

  • Phone scams reported in Brunswick County

     Another telephone scam, in which someone calls residents while posing as a government employee, is making its way through Brunswick County, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Basically someone is calling claiming to be from our office and stating that the person failed to appear for jury duty and if they don't pay via a pre-loaded money card (such as a Green Dot card) they will be arrested and jailed,” Flax wrote in a Friday, June 25, news release. “The number showing on caller ID is a 910-465 number.”

  • Checking stations nets 10 DWI charges, 49 citations

     A traffic checkpoint held Friday, June 26, and Saturday, June 27, resulted in more than 15 arrests and several citations as the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office teamed with neighboring counties to host Operation Firecracker.

    The checking station began at 11 p.m. just north of U.S. 17 and Smith Avenue in Shallotte. Brunswick County deputies teamed with deputies from the Columbus and New Hanover County sheriff’s offices and officers with the Shallotte Police Department to host the checking station.

  • Tornado touches down near Sandy Creek

     A tornado touched down near Sandy Creek late Saturday afternoon, according the National Weather Service in Wilmington.

    Reid Hawkins, an NWS meteorologist and science officer, said a small, EF-0 tornado touched down just east of Sandy Creek about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, June 27.

    Hawkins said an EF-0 tornado has winds that reach a maximum of 70 mph, adding the twister caused some roof and fence damage, knocked down a tree and moved a tractor.

  • Road worker injured after being hit by a vehicle on job site

     A road construction worker was injured in a traffic collision early Monday morning, June 29, at a job site on N.C. 133 in Southport.

    An employee of Balfour Beatty Infrastructure Inc., based in Atlanta, was working during road construction when a vehicle struck him, the company’s communications specialist Christy Barger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

    “A third party vehicle traveling through the worksite struck the employee, causing multiple injuries,” Barger wrote.

  • School board approves principal, assistant principal changes

     Three weeks after approving several personnel changes that changed leadership at six Brunswick County Schools, the Brunswick County Board of Education approved eight additional personnel moves following a human resources and finance committee meeting June 23.

    Five Brunswick County elementary schools will welcome new administrators to their respective campuses during the 2015-16 school year, district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki wrote in a news release.

  • Shark attack victim continues recovery at children’s hospital

     Two children who were injured in separate shark attacks less than two miles apart more than two weeks ago in Oak Island are recovering from their injuries as fundraisers for each have been established to help offset their medical bills and travel expenses.

    Sixteen-year-old Hunter Treschl, of Colorado Springs, Colo., and 12-year-old Kiersten Yow, of Archdale, lost parts of their left arms during the shark attacks June 14. Yow also suffered significant injuries to her left leg.

  • Project Lazarus coalition discusses drug overdose prevention

     BOLIVIA — More than a year ago, Wilkes County native Fred Brazon welcomed health care professionals and other local leaders from across the southeast region to Bolivia for a presentation about opioid overdoses in Brunswick County.

    Months after Brazon’s presentation, then-Brunswick County deputy health director Fred Michael helped organize a team of coalition members that would lead an effort to combat the issue in the county through Project Lazarus.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, June 15