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Today's News

  • Board of education adopts 2015 budget

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools employees and Board of Education members can expect a pay raise in the coming fiscal year.

    At a special called meeting at the district’s administrative office in Bolivia on Thursday, Aug. 28, the board approved an additional $200 annual salary increase for teachers and $500 from administrators and central office staff.

    Teachers received an average 7 percent salary increase from the General Assembly when it passed legislation approving the increase last month.

  • Alternating daily lane closures on River Road SE begin Wednesday

    North Carolina Department of Transportation crews are widening River Road from Jabbertown Road to Old Baker Avenue to provide turn lanes onto Rob Gandy Boulevard, beginning Wednesday, Sept. 3. Alternating lane closures will be in place on River Road SE from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, through Sept. 19.

    The recommended detour route is Dosher Cutoff SE to Southport Supply Road and back to River Road.

    The work is being done to improve safety on River Road SE.

  • Recycle center policy draws scolding in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A former commissioner has taken the town board of commissioners to task for disregarding citizen support of the town recycle center as well as an employee there who has been transferred to a custodial position.

  • One Leland detective fired, two more resign during investigations

     A Leland Police Department detective has been fired and two more have resigned amid state and internal affairs investigations.

    Cpl. Richard Christopher was terminated, effective Aug. 25, and two others, Sgt. Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor, submitted letters of resignation last week, town manager David Hollis said in a telephone interview with the Beacon.

  • Cemeteries, grave markers among county’s ‘Most Threatened Historic Places'

    SUPPLY — People are less likely now to stumble across historic sites here than they were in the not-so-distant past, partly because they are documented better and partly because some have disappeared from record.

    The Historic Wilmington Foundation is working to prevent the latter from happening through its annual Most Threatened Historic Places List, which covers Brunswick County as well as neighboring New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Autopsy: Oak Island infant died of suffocation

     The autopsy of an 8-month-old boy whose mother is charged with killing him in Oak Island in December shows he died of suffocation, according to an autopsy report from the state Office of the Chief Medical Examiner.

    Katherine Ann Jennings, 33, was arrested Aug. 18 and charged with involuntary manslaughter in the death of Luke Steven Phillips.

    The infant died from asphyxia because of suffocation, according to the autopsy report, which noted no evidence of significant trauma to the child’s body.

  • Five Bald Head Island public safety officers fired

     Five public safety officers with the village of Bald Head Island were fired Thursday, Aug. 28, according to termination letters sent to the Beacon from village director of communications Karen Williams.

    Herbert Bryant, Thomas Cannon, Jesse Conner, Donald Koons and Nick Terrell were terminated last week after violating several village policies, village manager Calvin Peck wrote in his termination letters to the officers.

  • Recognize Emergency Preparedness Month by getting disaster ready

    BOLIVIA — As peak hurricane season nears, Brunswick County Emergency Management officials are reminding residents that now is the time to plan and prepare for emergencies and disasters.

  • Man charged with theft of burned-out truck

    A Winnabow man has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a work truck that was later found burned in Leland.

    Jesse Lynn Williams, 27, of 5917 Crabapple Road was charged Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, with larceny of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods or property and burning personal property. Williams was arrested at his residence. He is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $25,000 bond.

  • NC House votes down economic funding linked to Brunswick County

    The NC House defeated a bill Tuesday that included economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.

    House Bill 1224 covered a wide range of items including a limit of 2.5 percent for local government sales taxes rates, designated uses for the local sales taxes, the study of historic rehabilitation incentives, unemployment compensation records confidentiality and funding for economic development programs.