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Today's News

  • Golf course, clubhouse and equipment set to be auctioned

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The fate of Brick Landing Plantation Golf Course and clubhouse will be decided Tuesday evening.

    The Carolina Bank-owned Ocean Isle Beach property will be sold at a public auction at 4 p.m. April 26 by Iron Horse Auction Company. The auction is a no-reserve auction, meaning there is no minimum bid. However, bidders must be prepared to put 20 percent down if they are the highest bidder.

  • Send a local band to London

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Five young men from Ocean Isle Beach have the opportunity of a lifetime, but they need the community to help them achieve their dream.

    Aunt Polly’s Glass Eye wants to share their talents with the world. If they rally enough support, they can share a little piece of Brunswick County by opening for Bon Jovi in London’s famed Hyde Park during Hard Rock Calling music festival June 24-26.

    “We will rock them out in Hyde Park when we get there,” said Joey (JoJo) Howard, drummer.

  • Six honored with Governor’s Awards at Volunteer Fair

    BOLIVIA—Odell Williamson Auditorium and the attached Virginia Williamson Events Center were overflowing with the spirit of volunteerism Tuesday afternoon.

    In the auditorium, six Brunswick County volunteers were honored with the 2011 North Carolina Governor’s Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service.

    In the events center, about 45 nonprofit and community organizations were on hand to discuss their organizations with eventgoers and recruit new volunteers.

  • Additional travel costs for Brunswick County Schools employees

    Several Brunswick County Schools’ employees travel and training expenses were inadvertently omitted from last week’s article—The true cost of government: Brunswick County Schools.

    On Feb. 28, the Beacon requested travel and training expenses, vehicle/mileage stipends or reimbursements from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

    Information was requested for all five board of education members, the superintendent, members of the senior staff, many department directors and several members of the administrative staff.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, property damage, larceny and attempted larceny from motor vehicle at the fire department on Causeway Drive. An unknown suspect gained entry into a motor vehicle and removed items and caused damage.

    •Property damage to fuel pump and attempted larceny on Causeway Drive; unknown suspect attempted to remove gas from fuel pump causing damage.

  • Paradise does not mean exemption from tragedy

    In the movie “John Q,” Denzel Washington’s character holds an emergency room full of people hostage until he can secure a heart transplant for his ailing son.

    The opening of the movie seems unrelated at first, but viewers later learn it foreshadowed where the heart would come from. A woman in traffic is ultimately killed when her vehicle is hit by a semi.

  • Commissioners push for creationism as curriculum

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners Chairman Bill Sue and commissioner Scott Phillips think creationism needs to be a part of Brunswick County Schools curriculum, taught right alongside the theory of evolution.

    “Darwin started out it was a theory, and by the time he got to the sixth chapter, it was fact,” Sue said Monday at a meeting between county commissioners and school officials. “Every theory that has ever been the basis of evolution has been disproven.”

  • Brunswick Stew & Que draws largest crowd to date

    SHALLOTTE—Threats of imminent weather didn’t stop the largest crowd yet from coming to taste the best Brunswick stew.

    Saturday’s third annual Brunswick Stew & Que, sponsored by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, saw its largest crowd to date with about 1,300 attendees, according to Kelly Mathews, programs and events director.

    “It’s grown since last year,” she said.

  • Superintendent says budget cuts will ultimately affect students, measurable outcomes

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials said if commissioners choose a revenue-neutral tax rate with allowable growth, it would be the best possible solution for their funding agreement with the county.

    According to figures provided by school officials at a meeting between school and county officials Monday afternoon, the school system’s funding from the county would increase about $1.8 million if commissioners choose revenue-neutral with growth tax rate for the 2011-2012 fiscal year.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit arrested the following suspects last week.

    •Coty Allen Gales, 17, of 7257 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged with conspiring to traffic opium or heroin after a two-month investigation. Gales was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where he was placed under a $200,000 secured bond.