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Today's News

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 8, 9, 10, 13 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Sept. 8

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Phillip John Autwell, second-degree trespass, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Starting next week, Beacon online content will be subscription based

    You may have seen the story on the front of last week’s Brunswick Beacon.

    On Wednesday next week, the Beacon’s website, www.brunswickbeacon.com, will return to a subscription-based news and information source.

    So what does that mean to you, our loyal readers?

  • DSS board calls emergency meeting to name interim director

    Forty-six days after suspending Social Services Director Jamie Orrock, the Brunswick County Board of Social Services called an emergency meeting to hire an interim director Tuesday.

    After a closed session to discuss “personnel” at the emergency meeting Tuesday afternoon, board members unanimously appointed Neil Walters of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., to serve as interim director.

    Board attorney Gary Shipman said he did not know how much the county would pay Walters while he served as interim director, but said it was in the $7,000-per month range.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny from person at Walmart; suspect grabbed victim’s purse while she was loading shopping cart and ran off. Witnesses chased suspect who dropped purse behind Bed Land and got in a vehicle headed toward N.C. 130.

    •Larceny of a motor vehicle at Naber Dodge; a black Dodge Caravan that was thought to be loaned to a customer was found missing and has not shown back up.

  • Town looks at drainage issue while repairs begin on Scotland Street house

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Repairs for damage to a Scotland Street house property owners believe stems from dredging and flooding following a recent storm will cost more than $10,000.

    While town officials cannot offer much help for the private property repairs, they are taking a closer look into the flooding issue.

    Jim and Kim Brown of 30 Scotland Street said they have repaired four sinkholes against their backyard sea wall since the town dredged the concrete canal about a year and a half ago.

  • Larceny investigation turns into large drug bust at Ocean Isle Beach

    A routine larceny investigation turned into one of the larger drug busts for the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department this past weekend.

    Detective Ken Bellamy said the department received a report of larceny of jewelry and money at about 2 a.m. Saturday from Alexandria Caesar, 30, of Asheville. Caesar gave officers a description of the suspect, who was found at the Ocean Isle Inn.

  • Brunswick 365 Photo Contest calls for community submissions

    Just about everyone has a camera these days, and more than likely, you’ve taken at least one picture this year.

    Did you document the rare snowfall earlier this winter? Maybe you took a photo of your favorite flower in bloom during spring. Know of the perfect beach spot to catch a sunset? Do trees change colors as crisp, fall weather approaches?

    Show us what our county looks like by entering Brunswick 365, The Brunswick Beacon’s annual photo contest.

  • CRC votes to continue with sandbag limit enforcement

    The N.C. Coastal Resource Commission (CRC) has decided to resume enforcement a current policy regarding sandbags as temporary erosion control devices.

    According to a press release from Division of Coastal Management (DCM), the enforcement will lead to removal of sandbags that “have exceeded time limits outlined in commission’s rules, and are not covered with sand and vegetation.”

    A moratorium in accordance with Session Law 2009-479 had previously postponed enforcement of sand bags with expired limits, but it expired Sept. 1.

  • Board of education votes for set salary, mileage in 1990s

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members once received a base salary and per diem of $35 per meeting, a similar setup to a practice changed this week by Brunswick County Commissioners.

    But the board of education voted to change their practice more than a decade ago.

    Board chairperson Bud Thorsen said when he was on the board during the mid- to late 1990s when board members unanimously voted against the per diem and adopted a flat base salary and in-county mileage allotment.

  • Annual CIS figures show thousands helped by services

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has released statistics from 2009-2010 that show its programs and services have helped thousands of children and families in Brunswick County during the past year.