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Today's News

  • Man charged with theft of burned-out truck

    A Winnabow man has been arrested and charged in connection with the theft of a work truck that was later found burned in Leland.

    Jesse Lynn Williams, 27, of 5917 Crabapple Road was charged Wednesday evening, Aug. 27, with larceny of a motor vehicle. He was also charged with possession of stolen goods or property and burning personal property. Williams was arrested at his residence. He is currently being detained in the Brunswick County Detention Facility under a $25,000 bond.

  • School bus involved in crash in Bolivia

     A Brunswick County school bus was involved in a crash Tuesday afternoon, Aug. 25, schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

    The bus, which was not carrying any students, was on the way back to Brunswick County Academy about 5:45 p.m. when it collided with a car on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The bus driver, Beverly Clemmons, and taken to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to be treated for minor injuries, Swencki said.

    The driver of the car also was injured, but no other information was available by 7:15 p.m. Tuesday.

  • NC House votes down economic funding linked to Brunswick County

    The NC House defeated a bill Tuesday that included economic development funding linked to Brunswick County’s effort to bring a new business into one of its industrial parks.

    House Bill 1224 covered a wide range of items including a limit of 2.5 percent for local government sales taxes rates, designated uses for the local sales taxes, the study of historic rehabilitation incentives, unemployment compensation records confidentiality and funding for economic development programs.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse presents social, economic challenges

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Back to school: students return for another year

     SHALLOTTE — There was a common theme among students at Shallotte Middle School who returned to school for the first time since June: They were glad to be back so they could see all their friends, but they weren’t looking forward to the homework.

    On Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of students filed through the doors of 18 Brunswick County schools for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    Shallotte Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Nate Westmoreland said the first day was one to remember.

  • Historically large number of teachers leave county schools

     As Brunswick County Schools prepares to welcome students back through the doors of schools next week, county officials are searching for solutions to a major problem:  teacher retention.

    The district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year — about one out of every five teachers.

    The average amounts to 10 teachers leaving the system every month school is in session, Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Pasier wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Woman accused in infant son’s death a former Oak Island resident

     A Mecklenburg County woman charged in death of her infant son in December 2013 was an Oak Island resident at the time of the alleged crime.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte on Aug. 18 and turned her over to Oak Island police detectives, Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.

  • BCC trustees swear in two newest members

     SUPPLY — The two newest members of the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees were sworn in Thursday, Aug. 21, at the group’s monthly meeting.

    Former trustee, state Sen. Bill Rabon, swore in community leaders Dwight Flanagan and Doug Terhune inside the board room at Brunswick Community College.

  • Former officer convicted of sex crime, sentencing set aside

     A Brunswick County jury found a former Northwest police officer guilty of participating in prostitution of a minor and filing a false police report in Superior Court on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Hayes surrendered to police May 15, 2013, on the charges stemming from an incident where he was the victim of an armed robbery after meeting a 17-year-old girl in Boiling Spring Lakes to exchange money for sex acts. Ann eight-year veteran of the Northwest force, he resigned May 14, 2013.