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Today's News

  • Leland board approves changes to LCAC rates, programs

    LELAND — Leland intends to add more classes and more activities at the Leland Cultural Arts Center, with a new manager, in 2016.

    Former manager Jill Brown resigned at the end of 2015. Town Manager David Hollis said the staff has already begun receiving applications and will begin interviews this month.

    “We are trying to find the right person, so there is no deadline (for hiring),” he said. “If I had to guess, we will probably decide in the next month.”

  • County approves funds for SBMS coal ash disposal, SBHS drainage improvements

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners approved the use of school capital reserve funds to resolve the coal ash issue at South Brunswick Middle School and make drainage improvements to South Brunswick High School.

    Brunswick County holds funds collected in excess of amounts budgeted for Brunswick County Schools in a capital reserve fund.

  • Art matters: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary’s Reiter nominated for national award

    Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School’s Theresa Reiter doesn’t teach because she’s seeking recognition or awards.

    Yet that’s exactly what’s been happening to the art teacher within the last 12 months.

    Reiter, one of three finalists for Brunswick County Teacher of the Year, has now been nominated for a national award that recognizes teachers who make a positive impact on their students.

  • Fishing heats up with calm, mild weather

    January can be an extremely tough month for Brunswick County fishermen. Air temperatures are frigid, marine conditions are predominantly rough, and “honey-do” lists’ seem to increase every time you tinker with fishing tackle. Yet somewhere past the howling winds and dismal days there is hope that a day will come to head offshore again. Not knowing what the targeted species may be, but simply to push the throttles forward and head out to the blue water.

  • Cart-path-only: Aggravation

    This past year has been one of the wettest in the history of Brunswick County. Many courses have been cart-path-only for weeks and weeks. This slows play because golfers must leave their carts on the path, walk to their ball (which may be on the far side of the fairway) and then hit.

    A good tip is to take three clubs to the ball. The club you think you need, plus one longer and one shorter. Then you won’t have to walk back and forth if the distance is too long or short for what you thought

  • New BCC tobacco policy is long overdue

    Although various studies indicate most people who try to quit smoking or using tobacco products do so cold turkey, they also indicate gradual cessation is a more successful strategy.

    The latter is the same approach Brunswick Community College is taking toward becoming a tobacco- and smoke-free campus by the fall semester of 2017.

  • Las Vegas Night means 2016 events are soon in full swing

    While it’s true there’s always something going on and there are many things to do here in Brunswick County, some days, nights and weekends can be busier than others. We tend to experience a bit of a post-holidays lull after the first of the year, but then we get back into gear with big social occasions, usually starting at the end of January with the Shallotte Rotary Club’s Las Vegas Night.

  • You decide: Does North Carolina follow a wilder economic ride?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    I love the North Carolina State Fair. My wife will tell you that around June 1, I start the countdown to the opening of the fair. Everything about the fair — the farm animals, the exhibits, the food, the happy people and even the rides — appeals to me.

    Maybe my “love affair” with the state fair has something to do with my youth. My father would frequently take me to a local county fair where my favorite activity was riding the roller coaster.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College: Paying for college

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

  • To all our Beacon readers, thank you

    As you’re reading this, I’ll be sorting through files at the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office.

    That’s right. I accepted a new job.

    I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed my time at the Beacon. I’ve said it time and time again, but I think your job is only as good as your boss.

    Having said that, I had two damn good ones.