Today's News

  • Board will not renew superintendent's contract

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted to not renew Superintendent Katie McGee’s contract Tuesday night. McGee’s contract ends June 30, 2010.

    “There has been lots of discussion about it,” board chairwoman Shirley Babson said. “The board just decided that we were not going to extend the contract.”

    Babson said the board would begin the search for a new superintendent this month, based on advice from the North Carolina School Boards Association.

  • Candidate forums planned for Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Calabash and Shallotte

    The Brunswick Beacon is teaming up with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to host several candidate forums in advance of the upcoming Nov. 3 municipal elections.

    “The forums provide a great opportunity for the communities to meet the candidates and to learn more about them,” chamber president Cathy Altman said. “It also provides an opportunity for the candidates to learn more about what’s on voters’ minds and to keep them in tune with their community.”

  • West beats North 6-1 in Waccamaw soccer



    West Brunswick scored five goals in the second half to beat North Brunswick 6-1 in a Waccamaw Conference boys’ soccer game Oct. 7 at West.

    The victory put West at 4-1-1 in the conference, 6-7-2 overall.

  • West boys second in meet

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Five West Brunswick runners finished in the top 20 as the Trojans finished second in the five-team nonconference boys’ cross-country race Oct. 6 at South Brunswick.

    Michael Maynard of Cape Fear Academy won the 3.1-mile race in 17 minutes, 3 seconds.

    For West, Roberto Valerio was third in 17:28; Ronnie Dellinger sixth in 17:54, John Frink 14th in 18:33, Juan Gonzalez 16th in 18:7 and Jason Huff 20th in 19:12.

    The times were the best of the season for the Trojans.

  • 'Careless' release of an inmate is a mistake that can't happen again

    When we heard last week a Brunswick County Detention Center officer had released the wrong inmate from jail, we wanted to know how that could happen.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram had an answer. It was “careless,” he said, not an “accident.”

    Detention officer Jamie Lynn Jenrette released Rosher Rodriquez-Aguilar, 27, without properly checking his photo and identifying armband, Ingram said. The mistake ultimately cost Jenrette her job, indicating what appears to be a zero-tolerance policy for such behavior by the sheriff’s office.

  • Bradley Bell scores three touchdowns in West victory over North

    LELAND—Bradley Bell—a 145-pound substitute running back—scored on touchdown runs of 34 and 67 yards and returned the second-half kickoff for a touchdown in leading West Brunswick to a 24-22 victory over North Brunswick in a Waccamaw Conference football game Friday night.

    West led 24-7 entering the third quarter, but North scored off a blocked punt and a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 24-22 with 4 minutes, 17 seconds left.

  • Twenty-year vested rights sought for The Pearl in Calabash

    CALABASH—Town commissioners indicate they favor granting a 20-year vested rights agreement for a future 900-acre residential development at The Pearl Golf Links.

    Commissioners’ informal comments came at the end of an Oct. 1 workshop. They also set a public hearing for 6 p.m. Oct. 21 to take public comments and possibly act on the requested agreement.

  • Shallotte board nixes Wildwood park site, seeks more 'central' location

    SHALLOTTE—The town board of aldermen on Tuesday approved signing a contract for a state grant for a future park, but said they will no longer pursue locating the park at Wildwood Village.

    Instead, board members said they prefer seeking a more suitable, centralized site.

    “It clearly makes sense to me to sign the contact,” alderman Walter Eccard said. “Properly positioned, the park could be a major asset into our vision plan, which is to develop the town.”

  • Want to know more about elections in Brunswick? Visit www.brunswickbeacon.com

    Next week, The Brunswick Beacon will join together with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce, Sunset Properties and ATMC TV to bring residents political candidate forums for some of the most hotly contested races in Brunswick County.

    We’ll be hosting forums for the towns of Carolina Shores, Calabash, Sunset Beach and Shallotte. A story in today’s Beacon will detail the forums including dates, times, locations and format.