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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach bridge operator Bill Prince dies

    Bill Prince loved the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge, so much so he taught himself how to craft replicas of the old span and even got a job as one of its operators.

    Nearly two decades after learning how to build and operate the old bridge, the Tabor City native has died — succumbing to a sudden illness Aug. 20 at 61.

    Prince was one of six operators who lost their jobs after the old bridge was finally shut down to make way for the new $44 million high-rise bridge towering above it on Veterans Day, Nov. 11, 2010.

  • BCC trustees swear in two newest members

     SUPPLY — The two newest members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in Thursday, Aug. 21, at the group’s monthly meeting.

    Former trustee, state Sen. Bill Rabon, swore in community leaders Dwight Flanagan and Doug Terhune inside the board room at Brunswick Community College.

  • District offers free breakfast and lunch to all K-8 students

     For the first time in the history of Brunswick County Schools, all students in grades kindergarten through eighth grade will eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

    As a part of the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act of 2010, the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is available nationwide for the first time.

    Brunswick County Schools Nutrition Director Tina Ward said the U.S. Department of Agriculture piloted the program in 10 states before and decided to offer the program to all 50 states for the first time this school year.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 18-24

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Aug. 19

    Injury to personal property, Sunset Boulevard Causeway.

    Aug. 20

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, 908 Resort Circle.

    Aug. 24

    Assault on a female on Seaside Road.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.

  • Back to school: students return for another year

     SHALLOTTE — There was a common theme among students at Shallotte Middle School who returned to school for the first time since June: They were glad to be back so they could see all their friends, but they weren’t looking forward to the homework.

    On Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of students filed through the doors of 18 Brunswick County schools for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    Shallotte Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Nate Westmoreland said the first day was one to remember.

  • OIB sand sculpture contest Aug. 30

    Beach hands will be getting creative as well as sandy Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

  • Music legend Ralph Stanley comes to BCC on Sept. 9

    At 87, he’s still entertaining the masses with his haunting tenor and accompanying banjo with no retirement in sight.

    On Sept. 9, legendary Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are kicking off the new concert season at Brunswick Community College with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “This was supposed to be his final tour, but he has come out with a press statement that says he’s not going to quit,” said auditorium director Mike Sapp.

  • Woman accused in infant son’s death a former Oak Island resident

     A Mecklenburg County woman charged in death of her infant son in December 2013 was an Oak Island resident at the time of the alleged crime.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte on Aug. 18 and turned her over to Oak Island police detectives, Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Historically large number of teachers leave county schools

     As Brunswick County Schools prepares to welcome students back through the doors of schools next week, county officials are searching for solutions to a major problem:  teacher retention.

    The district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year — about one out of every five teachers.

    The average amounts to 10 teachers leaving the system every month school is in session, Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Pasier wrote in an email to the Beacon.