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Today's News

  • Historically large number of teachers leave county schools

     As Brunswick County Schools prepares to welcome students back through the doors of schools next week, county officials are searching for solutions to a major problem:  teacher retention.

    The district has lost 181 of its 840 teachers in the past school year — about one out of every five teachers.

    The average amounts to 10 teachers leaving the system every month school is in session, Brunswick County Schools Executive Director of Human Resources Mark Pasier wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • Prescription painkiller abuse presents social, economic challenges

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s prescription painkiller problem emerged before community leaders welcomed Fred Brason, a Wilkes County native, to discuss Project Lazarus in late June.

    Project Lazarus is a secular public health nonprofit established in 2008 in response to extremely high drug overdose death rates in Wilkes County, which was four times higher than the state average at the time.

  • Former officer convicted of sex crime, sentencing set aside

     A Brunswick County jury found a former Northwest police officer guilty of participating in prostitution of a minor and filing a false police report in Superior Court on Wednesday, Aug. 20.

    Hayes surrendered to police May 15, 2013, on the charges stemming from an incident where he was the victim of an armed robbery after meeting a 17-year-old girl in Boiling Spring Lakes to exchange money for sex acts. Ann eight-year veteran of the Northwest force, he resigned May 14, 2013.

  • Reels are starting to sing again

    By Capt. Derek Treffinger

     The king mackerel fishing has finally started to improve this week. Good catches of 15- to 30-pound fish were coming from hard bottom areas and ledges in 60 to 75 feet of water. This can only mean one thing — the kings are on the move back inshore. Cooler air and water temperatures will trigger these fish to move near shore. Once the water temperatures reaches the ideal 72 to 76 degrees, there is almost a guaranteed bite somewhere between the beach and shark hole.

  • Questions, questions about how to catch fish

     Delane and Jessica Edwards from the Whiteville area fished with me Friday, Aug. 22. Delane Edwards started right out of the gate with the usual questions, “How long you been doing this, Captain?” “Do you think we will catch anything today, Captain?” “How old are you, Captain?” “Where you from, Captain?”

  • Grand jury

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases on Aug. 18 during a grand jury session:

    Carrissa Best, failure to appear on felony.

    Ricky Bowens, possession of firearm by felon.

    Rodrick R. Bryant, two counts of aggravating factors.

    Johnathan Callihan, receive stolen goods/property.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 13, 14, 15 and 18 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.

     

    Wednesday, Aug 13

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Patricia M. Acri, PG improper equipment.

  • Lessons from grandchildren are precious and powerful

    Typically, grandparents are the conveyors of wisdom and advice. However, during a recent visit to Connecticut, I had the marvelous experience of being both recipient and participant in the wisdom of two granddaughters: Audrey, a college junior, and Katie, entering her freshman year. Each young woman has her own distinct personality, preferences and angst. Both share a common work ethic, the desire to be and do their very best, whatever the endeavor.

  • It’s summertime, and fruits and vegetables are at their peak

    If there’s one food that really captures the essence of summer, it’s salad. Ripe produce are overflowing from our gardens, and when fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy with them.

  • Canning your own homemade salsa

    What do you think about these statements?

    ·      “My salsa is so hot and spicy no bacteria can grow in it.”

    ·      “I’ve added vinegar and lots of tomatoes to my salsa, I don’t need to pressure can it.”

    ·      “It’s my mother’s recipe for salsa; it’s worked in the past. This is how we’ve always done it, I know it’ safe.”