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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Aug. 18-24

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents.

    Aug. 19

    Injury to personal property, Sunset Boulevard Causeway.

    Aug. 20

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny, 908 Resort Circle.

    Aug. 24

    Assault on a female on Seaside Road.

  • BCC program notches perfect pass rate for seventh consecutive year

     SUPPLY — The North Carolina State Board of Nursing exam is notoriously difficult — except, apparently, for Brunswick Community College nursing students.

    For a seventh consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

    Led by program director Tanya Mace and lead nursing instructor Shaylene Ball,

    the practical nursing curriculum prepares students to provide nursing care to children and adults.

  • Back to school: students return for another year

     SHALLOTTE — There was a common theme among students at Shallotte Middle School who returned to school for the first time since June: They were glad to be back so they could see all their friends, but they weren’t looking forward to the homework.

    On Monday, Aug. 25, thousands of students filed through the doors of 18 Brunswick County schools for the first day of the 2014-15 school year.

    Shallotte Middle School seventh-grade language arts teacher Nate Westmoreland said the first day was one to remember.

  • OIB sand sculpture contest Aug. 30

    Beach hands will be getting creative as well as sandy Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

  • Music legend Ralph Stanley comes to BCC on Sept. 9

    At 87, he’s still entertaining the masses with his haunting tenor and accompanying banjo with no retirement in sight.

    On Sept. 9, legendary Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are kicking off the new concert season at Brunswick Community College with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “This was supposed to be his final tour, but he has come out with a press statement that says he’s not going to quit,” said auditorium director Mike Sapp.

  • Woman accused in infant son’s death a former Oak Island resident

     A Mecklenburg County woman charged in death of her infant son in December 2013 was an Oak Island resident at the time of the alleged crime.

    Charlotte-Mecklenburg County Police arrested 33-year-old Katherine Ann Jennings of 8306 Ramath Drive in Charlotte on Aug. 18 and turned her over to Oak Island police detectives, Oak Island Police Chief Van Eddinger wrote in an email to the Beacon.

  • 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.