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Today's News

  • Rose Hill man sentenced to life for murdering wife

    A Rose Hill man convicted of murder has been sentenced to life in prison.

    A Brunswick County jury found Gregory Scott Grosholz, 61, guilty of murdering his wife in December 2005.

    Sampson County Resident Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Grosholz to life in prison for the murder his estranged wife Lenka Vaculikova Grosholz on Dec. 29, 2005.

  • Parents upset with student treatment

    Parents of two former Brunswick County Schools students have filed an incident report with the sheriff’s office, claiming a teacher grabbed, shook and yelled at their 7-year-old son.

    Edward and Tracey Danka said on Feb. 5, their first-grade son, Jarrod, begged them to not to send him back to school at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary. He said he was afraid of pre-kindergarten teacher Kendralynne Gore and having to be in her classroom.

  • Evelyn Wray Smith School wants to earn accreditation

    The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School is on its way to earning its accreditation.

    Dayna Ramsey-Sanders, the school’s director, said although the process could take two years to complete, she hopes to finish it within one year.

    The accreditation process requires teachers to participate in different trainings, meetings with parents, students, and the board of directors, and overlooks standard reports. The school will also spend several days being observed by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement.

  • School board votes to award construction bid

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to award the construction bid for Holden Beach Middle School to R.L. Casey Inc.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the bid came in at $14,593,025, which was more than a million dollars less than the highest bid.

    “We do feel the pricing is accurate,” Miley said.

    Board member Ray Gilbert said he thought the bids needed to be sent to the operations committee for further review. He wanted the committee to review the bid and consider future change orders.

  • San Rio requests tabled again

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen once again tabled annexing more than 78 acres off Gray Bridge Road and an amendment to the development’s Phase II master plan at the request of Wakefield Coastal, developers of San Rio.

    The developers say they are in the middle of working out an infrastructure agreement with the town that should be ready by the March 25 pre-agenda meeting. The agreement will focus on the size of the sewer pump station and sewer fee reimbursement terms, both of which were the subject of much debate between the town and the developers last month.

  • Physician assistant's license temporarily suspended by medical review board

    A Shallotte physician assistant has agreed to have his license suspended for 60 days and attend classes about prescribing medications to avoid a formal hearing for misconduct.

    Rocky Quillen, PA, of Shallotte Medical Center, signed a consent order with the N.C. Medical Board Feb. 20 admitting he directed members of the office staff to call in prescriptions for a member of his family under the name of the supervising physician and another physician assistant without their knowledge.

  • Sunset Beach Town Council approves zoning land, ETJ request

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved zoning a newly annexed tract and expanding the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ).

    Approval is for a 64.25-acre tract east of N.C. 904 to Recreational Institutional (RI-1). A new “continuing care community” is planned for the site, which was voluntarily annexed into the town in January.

    Al Seibert, chairman of the town planning board, noted annexation was approved before the property was zoned.

  • Responses now being taken at www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Each week the Beacon’s editorial pages are full of thoughtful, engaging letters from readers who care about what’s going on in Brunswick County. We enjoy these letters and hope the trend will continue. We’re always looking for your opinions on the issues we cover and feedback on the job we’re doing—both good and bad.

    While we’re not looking to change the way we handle letters to the editor, we’re now offering readers a new way to respond to stories that appear in the Beacon.

  • Even adults need to be reminded to watch their Ps and Qs

    Everyone knows “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.”

    And even though most of us learn this at a young age, it’s always a nice reminder this applies to everyone — not just children.

    In this issue of the Beacon, you’ll read how one set of parents met with several teachers and administrators of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School regarding a disciplinary issue with their son.

  • Learn everything you can about candidates

    A few months ago it seemed as if North Carolina’s primaries were ages away, but now the big day appears to be closing in on us quickly.

    We still have two months before the May 6 primaries, but with such a loaded primary ticket, it’s more important than ever to soak in all of what the candidates have to say.

    But you won’t learn about any of the candidates that will shape the future of Brunswick County on CNN, Fox News or Saturday Night Live.