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Today's News

  • Tax rate increase proposed to offset OIB revaluation losses

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach residents will have the chance to speak on the proposed 2015-16 town budget at a June 9 meeting.

    Town Administrator Daisy Ivey presented town board members with the budget at Tuesday’s regular May meeting. The board voted unanimously, 5-0, to set the public hearing for the budget at 9 a.m. to open the June meeting.

    The town staff has proposed a tax rate of .1875 per $100 valuation for fiscal year 2015-16.

  • Let me tell you all about my vacation — with pictures!

    Uber is an Internet taxi. It turns out I forgot to mention that the last time we spoke and it lead to some confusion.

    I don’t know why they didn’t call it Internet Taxi or iTaxi or eTaxi and I can only assume they went with Uber because Qbert was taken.

    I was too busy yapping about my trip to New York to fully flesh out a description of what an Uber is until now.

    And now I’m going to yap about my trip some more.

    No, not a trip. More of a pilgrimage.

  • Tropical Storm Ana makes mess of Kindred Spirit

    Kindred Spirit’s mailbox and bench on Bird Island took the brunt of the damage when Tropical Storm Ana made its slow, wet march across Brunswick County on Sunday.

    The storm swept away the mailbox and tossed the bench down to the Little River, S.C., jetties, according to members of the Bird Island Stewards, who found the mailbox after a few hours of hunting for it Monday. The storm left the site’s flagpole bent but still standing.

  • Shallotte Point residents want county back in beaver business

    SHALLOTTE POINT — While Brunswick County officials decide if a beaver bounty program belongs in the 2015-16 budget, some Shallotte Point residents just want a policy with teeth.

    Joe Cartrett, who lives on Pigott Road SW, has begun trapping beavers that have dammed up the waterways surrounding his neighborhood because there’s no one else to do it.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 6

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash at Grandiflora and Pine Harvest drives resulting in property damage.

    May 7

    Single vehicle crash on Olde Waterford Way resulting in property damage.

    Two-vehicle crash at U.S. 17 North and Village Road resulting in property damage.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    May 4

    Larceny; someone pushed a 22-square-foot swimming pool kit worth $877 on a cart out of Wal-Mart and put it in his vehicle it without paying for it.

    May 5

    Davonte DeWayne Hunt, 24, was arrested on charges of resisting arrest and possession of marijuana up to one-half ounce.

    Jonathan Erick McCleod, 23, was arrested on a trespassing charge.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over six days of District Criminal Court on April 24, 27, 28, 29, 30 and May 1 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Friday, April 24

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • You decide: How will the job market change?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Although the job market in North Carolina has been improving for the last five years, there still is a long way to go. The number of people employed today is 4 percent higher than before the recession and 12 percent higher than in 2000. But since the turn of the century, the state’s working age population (20 to 64) is up 24 percent.

  • BCC graduates celebrate achievement during commencement ceremony

     SUPPLY — The early stages of Tropical Storm Ana rolled through Brunswick County late Friday afternoon, but couldn’t prevent more than 1,000 people from celebrating Brunswick Community College’s spring commencement ceremony inside Odell Williamson Auditorium on May 8.

    Several former graduates also lined the seats of the auditorium that nearly reached capacity crowd despite the wet conditions outside.

    One of those former graduates was Jonathan Thrift, who completed his studies at BCC more than 10 years ago in 2004.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for nine weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.