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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Is this really what is in our best interests?

    Earlier this week George Bush said “thank you” to all the telecommunications companies that have been conducting warrantless wiretapping since Sept. 11, 2001.

    He used the usual scare tactics to frighten the American people and the members of the House, saying “The enemy is calling into America, we really need to know what they’re saying, and we need to know what they’re thinking, and we need to know who they’re talking to.”

  • California here we bum

    California is a nice place to visit, but my son and I have elected not to live there because we can’t afford it.

    It isn’t just the fancy Beverly and Hollywood Hills mansions, fast-moving cars and highfalutin hotels we passed or that passed us by during our whirlwind trip last week.

    We already knew going in this is the world of ultra-riche movie stars and moviemakers, who had to don uncomfortable evening sequins and penguin suits and attend the boring Academy Awards.

  • Good luck, Doug

    Change is often difficult. It’s especially hard when you have to tell someone you care about goodbye. It’s even harder when that person is someone you have grown to respect and admire.

    Such is the case this week as the staff at The Brunswick Beacon prepares to say farewell to a community icon—sports editor Doug Rutter.