Today's News

  • South beats West, takes over first in volleyball conference

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick High School volleyball team took over first place in the Waccamaw Conference by rallying to beat West Brunswick High School in five games Sept. 28.

    The Cougars, unbeaten in the conference, beat West 25-20, 16-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11.

    “I thought they brought their A game,” South coach Wesley Kidd said about West. “We brought ours.”

  • DSS board: Three emergency meetings and questionable closed sessions

    Has the Brunswick County Board of Social Services been following the law?

    An attorney for the North Carolina Press Association says it appears the board has not been complying with the law.

    Meetings of all public bodies in North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Open Meetings Laws, and the DSS board appears to have violated the open meetings laws, Mike Tadych, attorney for the North Carolina Press Association, said.

    The board has called three emergency meetings in less than one month.

  • Board directs attorney to comply with Beacon’s closed session meeting minutes request

    BOLVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services directed the board attorney to comply with a Brunswick Beacon public records request.

    Last week, the Beacon requested minutes of all closed sessions from Jan. 1, 2010, until Sept. 23, 2010, provided disclosure of the meeting minutes would not “frustrate the purpose of the closed session.”

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents from Sept. 21-27. All information is provided by the police department.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Sept. 24 on Ocean Boulevard West. Multiple items were removed from the motor vehicle, and a suspect has been identified in this case.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Sept. 24 on Ocean Boulevard West. An XM radio unit was removed from the vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Sept. 20-26, K-9 deputies answered nine calls, wrote seven citations and made seven drug arrests. K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Midway Road and Village Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Jeffery William Benedict, 21, of 327 Varnamtown Road in Supply; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested the following suspects last week. All information is provided by the sheriff’s office.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Simple assault on Green Loop Road in Leland; suspect grabbed victim by the head and bit his cheek.

    •Assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury on Buckwood Court in Leland; suspect shot victim in the leg.

    •Property damage on Seashore Road in Supply; suspect damaged victim’s mailbox.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • DOCUMENTS INCLUDED The true cost to be governed: A look at commissioners’ discretionary spending

    Editor’s note: This is the third in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    The current fiscal year will be the last year for county commissioners’ discretionary spending allowances, which have come to be known as their “slush funds.”

  • Weather watch: 10 inches of rain floods, closes roads

    A storm system that dumped 10 inches of rain on Brunswick County and closed down many of the county’s roadways has left Brunswick County in a state of emergency.

    A state of emergency was declared late Monday afternoon, as most of the county’s roadways were under water.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said the emergency declaration remained in effect for an impending storm system expected to hit the county Wednesday, Sept. 29, as well as a possible tropical event Thursday, Sept. 30.