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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach attorney resigns, takes new job with Ocean Isle Beach

    After more than 30 years providing legal guidance for the town of Sunset Beach, town attorney Michael Isenberg has resigned, only to take a new job with the neighboring town of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Isenberg said this week he did not resign from Sunset Beach in order to accept the new job with Ocean Isle Beach. He said he had already decided to resign.

    “As you know, there are a lot of hot-button issues” such as Jaguar’s Lair going on in Sunset Beach, Isenberg wrote in an email Tuesday, Sept. 16, to the Beacon.

  • Holden Beach approves town funds to expedite Bridgeview park

    HOLDEN BEACH–Holden Beach officials agreed to fund part of a list of amenities at Bridgeview Park after learning they did not receive grant funding for the project.

    Town Manager David Hewett told commissioners at the Sept. 9 meeting the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the park under the water tower across Rothschild Street from the town hall was not approved.

    In 2013, officials approved a park to include amenities at a cost between $138,000-$163,600.

  • Police ask for help locating alligator killer

     The Boiling Spring Lakes Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating the person who killed a 9-foot alligator last week.

    It’s unclear when the “intentional killing” near Big Lake on Alton Lennon Road took place, but authorities were told about the dead alligator Sept. 10, Boiling Spring Lakes Chief Brad Shirley wrote in a news release.

  • Ocean Isle Beach selects new attorney

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith presented a special recognition to the town’s long serving attorney, Elva Jess, at her final town meeting Sept. 9.

    Jess accepted a job with Brunswick County, serving as the Department of Social Services attorney.

    The town’s search for a new attorney did not need to range far and wide as Jess’ former partner, Mike Isenberg of Isenberg and Thompson, Attorneys at Law, was approved by the board members to replace her.

  • Brief SBHS lockdown lifted

     South Brunswick High School returned to its regular schedule after a brief lockdown Monday afternoon, Sept. 15.

    The school went into lockdown when the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a suspicious person in the woods near the school, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    “Students saw a person in the woods with something in their hand that they could be a gun and reported it to the (school resource officer),” Flax said. “It turned out to be two kids skipping class.”

  • Charter school group asks county school system to settle lawsuit

     BOLIVIA — Charter Day School Inc. is asking Brunswick County Schools to remit more than $1 million it says has been withheld wrongfully.

    Brunswick County Schools officials, however, contend the nonprofit corporation that holds charters for two public schools in Brunswick County is owed far less.

    Local school districts are responsible for funding charter schools. By law, charter schools receive the per pupil allotment for each student they enroll. In Brunswick County, that allotment is about $7,600.

  • Leland man arrested, charged in teen’s brief disappearance

     A Leland man is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility after authorities say he contributed to the delinquency of a Pender County runaway.

    The Pender County Sheriff’s Office asked Leland police to check 36-year-old Scott Kenneth Aubry’s Leland address to pick up the teenage girl, who was located and returned home safely, Leland police Lt. Joe Pierce said.

  • Calabash to fix River Road pothole

    CALABASH — Though they’re not sure who owns it, town commissioners have voted to patch a huge pothole at River Road and Nance Street.

    Town administrator Chuck Nance, speaking at the monthly town board meeting Sept. 9, said there is confusion about whose responsibility it is to repair the asphalt hole that is posing a hazard for traffic heading to and from the Calabash Riverfront.

    “It looks to me like the pothole is on a town street and we should go ahead and patch it,” Nance said.

  • Inmate dies at Brunswick County jail

    An inmate at the Brunswick County Detention Facility died of an apparent suicide Thursday.

    Antonio Michael Rago, 33, was found unresponsive in his jail cell at 11:14 a.m., according to a news release issued Thursday afternoon by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    The State Bureau of Investigation has been notified, which is standard procedure, and will be conducting a death-in-custody investigation at the request of Sheriff John Ingram and District Attorney Jon David, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • School board keeps novel in curriculum with restrictions

     BOLIVIA — A controversial novel will remain in Brunswick County Schools after the board of education voted to keep the book on library shelves with limitations.

    The board voted 4 to 1 to maintain the book in the curriculum for students 13 and older and ninth-grade English courses or higher. This includes 13-year-olds in eighth grade taking a ninth-grade honors level course.

    Middle school students who are 13 or older can check the book out of the school’s library as long as he or she has written consent from a parent or legal guardian.