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Today's News

  • Crews battle blazes in southwestern Brunswick County

    Area firefighters battled a woods fire that spread from South Carolina into North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Sunset Beach firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene in the residential community.

    Because of windy conditions, the fire spread quickly but was fully contained in about two and a half hours.

    The call went through at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Social services board appoints new permanent director

    BOLIVIA—Operating without a permanent director since last August, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services now has a full-time director.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, March 22, DSS board members unanimously approved appointing Patricia Connelly as DSS director.

    Connelly will begin Monday, April 11.

    In a press release from commissioner Charles Warren, who serves as DSS chairman, he described Connelly as having “extensive experience as a leader in social services in both New York and California.”

  • Senior site menus

     Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, March 28

  • What should I do with all that leftover corned beef and cabbage?

    Now that St. Patrick’s Day is over, many of us, myself included, will have plenty of leftovers from this traditional Irish dish, which is nothing more than a simple pot roast made with a beef brisket injected with a spiced salt brine. One of the best things about corned beef and cabbage is the leftovers. 

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government charts

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

     

    Town of Ocean Isle Beach mayor/commissioner salaries and benefits

    •Salaries reflect 12 months

    •Travel/Training expenses are from July 1, 2010-March 1, 2011

    •All salary numbers include 7.65% FICA contributions

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans

     

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government

     

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on March 14:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 9

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Community briefs

    First Friday gallery walk set

    A celebration of the upcoming opening of the new Maritime Museum will take center stage at the Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. April 1 as museum members will soon be moving into their new building.

    The gallery has fashioned a nautical event for this evening, as a reception will feature special displays from the museum, as well as an array of paintings and pottery by local artists crafted with a nautical theme.

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.