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Today's News

  • Five Bald Head Island public safety officers fired

     Five public safety officers with the village of Bald Head Island were fired Thursday, Aug. 28, according to termination letters sent to the Beacon from village director of communications Karen Williams.

    Herbert Bryant, Thomas Cannon, Jesse Conner, Donald Koons and Nick Terrell were terminated last week after violating several village policies, village manager Calvin Peck wrote in his termination letters to the officers.

  • One Leland detective fired, two more resign during investigations

     A Leland Police Department detective has been fired and two more have resigned amid state and internal affairs investigations.

    Cpl. Richard Christopher was terminated, effective Aug. 25, and two others, Sgt. Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor, submitted letters of resignation last week, town manager David Hollis said in a telephone interview with the Beacon.

  • Board of education adopts 2015 budget

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools employees and Board of Education members can expect a pay raise in the coming fiscal year.

    At a special called meeting at the district’s administrative office in Bolivia on Thursday, Aug. 28, the board approved an additional $200 annual salary increase for teachers and $500 from administrators and central office staff.

    Teachers received an average 7 percent salary increase from the General Assembly when it passed legislation approving the increase last month.

  • Gravy, shrimp add flavor to Southern breakfast staple

     Grits are a staple of the Southern breakfast. For those unfamiliar with them, grits are nothing more than coarsely ground, dried corn. If you grind it a little finer, you have the Italian staple, polenta…grind it finer yet, and you have corn meal.

    I’ve heard that some places like to combine grits with hominy, which is soaked in lye. Why would you want to soak food in lye, and then actually eat it?

  • 100 holes of golf for a good cause

     Labor Day weekend began with a totally awesome display of golf and patriotism at Rivers Edge Golf Course.

    Ten PGA pros from our area pledged to play 100 holes of golf in one day — and, by golly, they did.

    The beneficiary of this marathon golf event was the Folds of Honor Foundation, which provides scholarships and assistance to the spouses and children of those killed or disabled in service to America.

  • Fish with an attitude

     In all sports, your attitude makes a difference in how you perform. Often we overload our heads with all the negative issues facing us on the water. There is nothing wrong with recognizing the conditions that make a day challenging. Just don’t let that bring you down. Stare down a challenge and rise to the occasion. We often surprise ourselves when we grit our teeth and move forward. Confidence is built on stepping up and overcoming those challenges. How do you overcome weather conditions, boat traffic and other bad attitudes on the water?

  • A new area may yield a better catch

     Whether from a boat or land, fishing has been tough this summer for Brunswick County. The king mackerel are scarce, the Spanish mackerel have seemed to set their dinnertime and the mahi mahi are father offshore than usual. Even with the stable weather we have had, the fish do not want to bite for long periods of time.

  • Commissioners approve contracts, funding to build new 911 call center

    BOLIVIA – After reassignment and relocation delayed building a new 911 call center, Brunswick County commissioners approved construction contract for the new building.

    At the Aug. 18 county meeting, Director of Engineering William Pinnix said it will be a total 12 month building project, starting in mid-October.

    “We plan to build in 10 months then get certificate of occupancy, get power and water and sewer,” Pinnix said.

    “Then turn it over to MTS for two months for electronics.”

  • Leland denies H2GO water plant site rezoning in second split vote

    LELAND – Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO’s plans for a water treatment plant are in limbo after Leland officials denied a request to rezone their intended plant site.

    H2GO is one of the wholesale customers of Brunswick utilities’ finished water, which it sells to 8,500 customers in the Leland/Belville/Navassa area.

  • Leland live oaks could be costly to cut down

    If money grew on trees, Leland’s problem with Live oaks would take care of itself.

    But an update on nuisance trees in the Magnolia Green development indicates a real solution will be expensive for the town.

    Leland Public Works Director Steven Spruill first reviewed the tree issue in October 2013 after receiving complaints about the trees becoming a nuisance in the right of way of the residential streets like, Grandiflora Drive.