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Today's News

  • Author to lead writing workshops

    Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • RoboCon demonstrates STEM efforts in schools

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools put their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) efforts on display Dec. 17 by hosting RoboCon 2016 at Brunswick Community College.

    The event showed off the new robotics programs that began in the 2016-17 school year at the elementary, middle and high schools.

    Claire McLaughlin, Brunswick County STEM Council chairwoman, helped organize the robotics programs to show students the opportunities STEM courses provide.

  • Oh, what fun it is to visit various venues during the holidays

    The holidays are a perfect time to get out and enjoy — and not take for granted — some of the area’s educational venues open and available for visits.

    When was the last time you and yours hopped on board the ferry to tour the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher? Or visited the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach or its sibling Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach to view the offerings there?

    Here’s a closer look at their holiday events.

    Fish and Festival of Trees at Fort Fisher Aquarium

  • Two businesses seek one operating room

    Two medical providers are vying for one opportunity to add an operating room in Brunswick County.

    The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services determined in the 2016 State Medical Facilities Plan that Brunswick County needs an additional operating room.

    The county has seven operating rooms: five at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Bolivia and two at J. Arthur Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport.

  • Schools committee discusses pay incentives

    Brunswick County school board members are discussing ways to increase staff salaries for the long term now that annual bonuses have been phased out after five consecutive years.

    School district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said bonuses were always intended to be temporary stopgap measures in years when employees were not receiving state pay increases.

    This was the first year the state made efforts to give pay increases to all employees, she said.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Sunset Beach throws shade on 'cabana confusion'

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has delayed until January review of its recent reversal and decision to continue to allow cabanas on the beach.

    At a special meeting called Monday by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton “to address the procedural and process confusion regarding the town’s reversal to allow cabanas,” board members took issue with a thick multi-page report distributed by the two at the start of the session.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said there had been no time to review it.

  • From seasonal scrambling to happy holidays

    Miss me?

    Last week marked the first time since I became managing editor I didn’t have a column in the Beacon.

    Don’t worry: Nothing was wrong with me, professionally or personally (nothing out of the ordinary, anyway).

    In a crunch for space on the editorial pages of the Dec. 15 edition and pressed for time, I decided to sacrifice my designated slot to people who had more important and timelier views to share than I did. It seemed like an appropriate time for me to take a breather.

  • County, towns react to dismissal of beach access case

    By Lindsay Kriz, Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County and its beach towns are pleased with the state Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case of Nies v. Emerald Isle.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we held two special sessions in four days; we passed a $200 million disaster recovery bill; and we passed election and bureaucratic reform.