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Today's News

  • Fires destroy two Brunswick County homes

     A pair of fires destroyed two Brunswick County homes within the past week.

    The first fire took place in Supply last Wednesday, Aug. 13, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    An off-duty firefighter drove past a home at 680 Hewett Road near Stone Chimney Road and saw that it was on fire. He called 911, but by the time emergency personnel arrived the fire was “fully involved,” Garner said.

    Garner said no one was home when it happened and the cause of the fire is unknown. The house is considered a total loss.

  • Shallotte Point VFD gets federal funds

     The Shallotte Point Volunteer Fire Department has received more than $100,000 in federal funds, according to a news release from Congressman Mike McIntyre’s office.

    The department will receive $110,348 for operations and safety improvements.

    Calls to the department were not returned and it’s unclear how exactly the funds will be allocated.

  • Open lines of communication key during emergencies

     BOLIVIA — Communication is critical. But there’s even more of a heavy emphasis on communication during trying times. Just ask Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner.

  • Asheboro man dies during dive off coast

     An Asheboro man died off the coast of Brunswick County on Sunday, Aug. 17, during an afternoon dive, county coroner Dave Crocker said.

    Other divers noticed 54-year-old Michael Gilliam Frye floating on top of the water near Southport shortly after noon. The Coast Guard was called for assistance just before 12:30 p.m. and Frye died at 3:15 p.m., Crocker said.

    The divers said they last saw Frye about 11:30 a.m. and he was doing well. He and more than 30 other divers were inspecting an old shipwreck site during their trip, Crocker said.

  • Woman charged in 2013 death of infant son on Oak Island

     A Mecklenburg County woman is charged in the December 2013 death of her 8-month-old son on Oak Island, Assistant District Attorney Lee Bollinger said.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte, Monday, Aug. 18, and charged her with involuntary manslaughter, Bollinger said.

    Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger could not be reached by press time.

    Bollinger said he could not comment further on the case.

  • County education board discusses superintendent search

     BOLIVIA — A month after Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden announced his plans to resign following the coming school year, the Brunswick County Board of Education is discussing how it plans hire his replacement.

    Allison Shafer, director of policy and legal council for the North Carolina School Board Association, spoke to the board at its monthly meeting Aug. 5 to discuss the search.

    It’s common for school boards in North Carolina to use her organization while seeking new superintendents.

  • Agents arrest five on drug charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people last week after investigations based on tips from the community, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, agents arrested Antonio Green of Leland and Joseph Wayne Everhart, both of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Rising second-graders shining ‘STARS’ this summer

     SUNSET BEACH — Fifteen students who participated in a summer reading program are shining like stars as they prepare for the new school year.

    Seaside United Methodist Church hosted STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students), a six-week summer reading program from the beginning of July through the middle of August.

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Mitchell no longer a trustee at Charter Day School Inc.

     Three weeks after resigning from the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board, Roger Bacon Academy founder Baker Mitchell is no longer listed a member of the board of trustees at Charter Day School (CDS) Inc., according to the company’s website.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said Mitchell’s service on the board ended nearly a year ago, in September 2013.