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Today's News

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on April 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Friday, April 24

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • You decide: How will the job market change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent higher than in 2000. But since the turn of the century, the state’s working age population (20 to 64) is up 24 percent.

  • BCC graduates celebrate achievement during commencement ceremony

     SUPPLY — The early stages of Tropical Storm Ana rolled through Brunswick County late Friday afternoon, but couldn’t prevent more than 1,000 people from celebrating Brunswick Community College’s spring commencement ceremony inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on May 8.

    Several former graduates also lined the seats of the auditorium that nearly reached capacity crowd despite the wet conditions outside.

    One of those former graduates was Jonathan Thrift, who completed his studies at BCC more than 10 years ago in 2004.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for nine weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a reduced schedule of committee meetings concerning bills and more meetings on the budget, we had lots of visits from elected officials and others from back home in Brunswick County and we found out that a budget surplus is projected for next year.

  • Patients receive ‘Dentistry from the Heart’

     BOLIVIA — If you drove on N.C. 211 Friday, May 8, you probably thought Coastal Cosmetic Family Dentistry was the busiest dentist office you’ve ever seen.

    In fact, the dentistry was hosting its Fourth Annual Dentistry from the Heart day, serving people in Brunswick County and the surrounding regions with free dental care.

    Dentists Darren Harrington, Gregory Hohl, Tony Michelakis, Matt Miller and Aaron Wilharm welcomed more than 200 patients during the event, when patients had the opportunity to receive a cleaning, filling or extraction.

  • Leland student wins national essay competition

     LELAND — Eighth-graders in John Holleman’s early college preparation course at Leland Middle School submitted essays about their potential career choices before winter break last year as part of a contest. 

    Not only did Holleman select 14-year-old Sarah Tisinger’s essay as a winner at the school level, he was proud to announce Tisinger as a winner in the national competition, too.

  • April showers bring … May showers

    There’s an old saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but as I sat here in the office last soggy Saturday night, it occurred to me the saying should be updated for this year: “April showers bring May flowers — and more showers.”

  • School board fails, again

    Despite lower property valuations, Brunswick County has opted to remain revenue neutral, meaning the board of commissioners will not raise taxes in the coming fiscal year. On the surface this is wonderful news for taxpayers, but the reality is they cannot expect the same level of service from the county. Maintaining services at their current levels requires money the county will not have.

  • WBHS students earn ‘proficiency’ honors at international competition

     SHALLOTTE — After 21 West Brunswick High School DECA students placed in the state competition during a February competition in Greensboro, they earned a trip to Disney World for an international academic competition.