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Today's News

  • The true cost of public records: What agencies can (legally) charge for public documents

  • How to make a public records request and what to do if you’re denied
    1. First, it’s important to identify the correct agency that is the custodian of the information you’re seeking. It’s also important to be specific about exactly what it is you are seeking.
  • The true cost to be governed: A look at the total (and hidden) county personnel costs

    There are numbers, and then there are the real numbers—how much something really costs.

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the national initiative organized by the National Association of News Editors focused on freedom of information and the public’s right to know, The Brunswick Beacon is shining the light on the true cost to be governed at the county level.

    We requested information about the true cost to fund Brunswick County personnel and commissioners—from salaries to benefits, from clothing allowances to car stipends.

  • 2011 values sent to property owners

    If you haven’t already done so, check your mailbox.

    You might find your 2011 property values waiting for you.

    The 2011 countywide property revaluation is complete, and Brunswick County Tax Administrator Tom Davis said Brunswick County’s value dropped 29 percent, down from $30.9 billion in 2010 to $22 billion in 2011.

    Bolivia, Leland and Northwest fared best in revaluation, with drops of 5 percent, 10 percent and 9 percent respectively.

  • Happy Sunshine Week from behind the (freedom of information) battle lines

    Is it really that time of year again? My, how times flies.

    It’s Sunshine Week. Besides being my favorite time of the year, Sunshine Week is a week each year created to celebrate freedom of information and your right to know.

    Started (suitably) by a group of news editors in Florida in 2002, Sunshine Week was taken over by the National Society of News Editors in 2003, and the rest, as they say, is history.

    This week, hundreds of news organizations and community groups celebrate the public’s right to know during the weeklong celebration.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Randy Street in Supply; suspect broke into victim’s shed and stole items.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on Village Point Road in Shallotte; suspect tired to break into victim’s residence.

    •Larceny on Carter Drive in Calabash; suspect stole three beer kegs from VFW Post.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office ACE Roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit charged the following suspects:

    •Andrew Bernard McNeil, 25, of 106 Hankins Road, Southport, was charged with possessing marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Drug agents, along with sheriff’s office K-9 officers, found the marijuana and drug paraphernalia after executing a routine traffic stop, which led to seizure of the drugs and paraphernalia.

    Drug agents searched McNeil’s residence, where they seized digital scales with cocaine residue and additional drug paraphernalia.

  • West Brunswick routs East Bladen in soccer

     Juniors midfielder Jordan Sanchez and Tessa Bennett each scored two goals and junior midfielder Julianna Zio scored three as West Brunswick routed East Bladen 8-1 in a high school girls’ soccer game Monday night.

    The victory gave the Trojans a 2-0 record in the conference, 5-1 overall.

    A give and go between Zio and Sanchez resulted in a goal by Zio 5 minutes into the game.

    Five minutes later Sanchez corralled a shot by Bennett that rolled wide of the goal and scored on a short shot.

  • Stone Chimney Road re-opens to traffic

    SUPPLY—After months of being closed for bridge repairs and several delays, Stone Chimney Road has re-opened to traffic.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road in Supply re-opened for traffic last week after being closed for road work and bridge repairs since Aug. 4, 2010.

    Originally scheduled to re-open in November 2010, the project was pushed back until December 2010, then again until February 2011. Recently, DOT officials said work would be completed by March 31.