Today's News

  • County commissioners OK takeover of Brick Landing sewer system

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from the system’s owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • Second Amy Frink killer to be released on parole

    Four years to the day after 18-year-old Amy Frink was murdered, her killers were arrested.

    John Paul Counts and John Gamble pleaded guilty to their roles in the 1994 murder, and they were both sentenced to 30 years in prison. But in July 2008, Counts was released on parole after serving less than nine years.

    Now Gamble is projected to be released on parole on June 27, 2010, after serving less than one-third of his sentence, according to N.C. Department of Corrections (DOC) records.

  • VA official to visit Brunswick County in April

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., says an official with the Veterans Affairs Department (VA) will visit Brunswick Community Hospital, a site McIntyre supports as a future VA facility.

    Last week, McIntyre announced the VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Shoenhard will join him at Brunswick Community Hospital at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 7.

    After the hospital tour, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m., Shoenhard and McIntyre will host a community roundtable discussion for facility needs of Brunswick County veterans.

  • House, Senate pass healthcare overhaul; Obama signs bill Tuesday

    After what President Barack Obama called “a century of striving,” Congress passed sweeping healthcare legislation, which Obama signed into law Tuesday.

    On Sunday evening, members of the U.S. House of Representatives passed the historic measure 219 votes to 212 votes, with all 178 House Republicans voting against it.

    Thirty-four Democrats, including U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., crossed the aisle and also voted against the bill.

  • School works to eliminate 'high risk' safety, security concerns

    According to data released by Brunswick County Schools officials, most safety and security features at each of the county schools are operating at a moderate to low risk.

    Data released at an operations/safe schools committee meeting last Thursday details all security features that were of prior concern along with current status and any ongoing activities.

    Most of the items listed as moderate security risks have been budgeted for in the upcoming 2010-2011 capital outlay budget funding request, which was approved by board members last week.

  • Gang awareness presentation teaches warning signs, prevention

    A Brunswick County student drew a six-pointed star on his bookmark as part of a classroom assignment. The teacher, thinking it was the Star of David, asked the student if he was Jewish.

    “He looked at her like she was Greek,” Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, said.

    But the star was representation of the Crips gang. The sixth-grade student, Fennell said, was a validated gang member.

  • Everyone has an opinion about healthcare reform; what's yours?

    It started on Facebook.

    Then it was Twitter.

    Soon, I was getting notifications in my e-mail.

    One said, “A victory for common sense.”

    One praised the president.

    One simply announced it had happened.

    “The healthcare bill just passed!” it proclaimed.

  • Beacon news team wins state press awards

    The North Carolina Press Association has honored the news team of The Brunswick Beacon with community journalism awards.

    The Beacon was among the top award-getters in its division for community newspapers with a circulation of more than 10,000 at the press association’s winter convention on March 18.

    In its division, the Beacon won second place in general excellence.

  • Senior directs 'Just Another High School Play'

    It may be “Just Another High School Play,” but this one is entirely student directed and produced.

    For her senior project, West Brunswick High School student Maddison Brambley decided to focus on the importance of arts in school curriculum. Brambley said she decided to focus on the importance of arts in schools based on her own experience in theater and choir and what performing has done for her.

    “I really feel confident about what I do, and I’m not scared to be myself on stage,” she said.

  • Cabbage can be steamed, boiled, braised, stuffed or stir-fried

    While many of us will be having corned beef and cabbage this week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, myself included, I was thinking about the first time I can remember the aroma of cabbage cooking in the kitchen.