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Today's News

  • DSS board members blast commissioners’ settlement with former director

    BOLIVIA—Though he was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, a settlement with county commissioners in April allowed former DSS director Jamie Orrock to resign or retire rather than be fired.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services recently adopted a resolution opposing the settlement with Orrock, claiming it “embarrassed” the board and the DSS department.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s DSS department for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.

  • Shallotte man arrested for rape on Holden Beach

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with rape.

    According to Holden Beach Police Sgt. Justin Hewett, Joshua Ray George, 18, of 536 Columbus St., Shallotte, was arrested on May 31 and charged with second-degree rape.

    Hewett said a 15-year-old girl reported being raped on the beach strand at 109 Ocean Boulevard West on Holden Beach island on May 29.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

    George was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Oh, Johnny. Federal indictment befalls yet another N.C. politico

    Say it ain’t so, Joe.

    Oops, wrong political reference.

    You’ll have to forgive me. I appear to be in the midst of a political déjà vu, and I seem to be slightly confused by Sarah Palin’s bus to nowhere streaming in and out of consciousness.

    I may have even written this column before. Yes, I definitely have—several times, in fact.

    Only, each time it is a different politician who stars as our tortured protagonist.

  • Thefts, DWI investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police reported the following incidents in the past week:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle were reported on Medcalf Lane.

    •Daniel Scott Manning, 25, of Chapel Hill, was arrested and charged June 3 with DWI on Sunset Boulevard.

    •A man on Medcalf Lane reported an identity theft June 2.

    •A larceny of potted plants and containers from property was reported June 2 at Sloan Realty, 420 Sunset Blvd.

  • David steers traffic court appeal to Supreme Court

    BOLIVIA—The next stop for District Attorney Jon David’s traffic court program is in Supreme Court.

    After a North Carolina Court of Appeals panel denied David’s petition seeking to re-instate his traffic court program, David said he would continue his fight in the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    In April, Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued a scathing administrative order criticizing David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.

  • Sunset Beach allots full $2.1 million to buy future park land

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved allocating the full $2.1 million cost to buy a 5.22-acre waterway site for a future park from the town’s cash reserves.

    The unanimous vote came during Monday night’s standing-room-only monthly meeting, where citizens were given an opportunity to speak on the matter beforehand during a public hearing.

  • Commissioner files police report for intimidation

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren has filed a report with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office claiming to be intimidated and harassed by fellow county commissioners.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Mark Francisco said he is investigating two claims made by Warren.

    The first claim is that commissioners Bill Sue and Scott Phillips have conspired to intimidate, harass and racially profile against him.

  • Calabash to consider budget June 14

    CALABASH—A public hearing for the proposed 2011-2012 budget is on the upcoming meeting agenda of the Calabash Board of Commissioners, set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at town hall.

    The meeting will also include public hearings for UDO amendments and a zoning map amendment.

  • Carolina Shores nearing budget adoption

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners are poised to adopt a new fiscal budget for 2011-2012.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett, speaking at the board’s monthly workshop Monday, said the board would take an initial vote on the ordinance of the recommended $1.4 million balanced budget, then follow up with identification of any modifications it would like to make.

  • Calabash commissioner resigns from fire board

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Jody Nance has resigned from the Calabash Fire Department board of directors.

    Nance tendered his resignation by way of a letter dated June 3 and addressed to board chairman Jennings Edge.

    The letter was copied to board members, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, Calabash commissioners, The Brunswick Beacon and the town of Calabash.

    Nance’s letter stated his resignation is effective immediately.

    “I wish you all the very best in your department,” Nance wrote.