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Today's News

  • Schools committee discusses pay incentives

    Brunswick County school board members are discussing ways to increase staff salaries for the long term now that annual bonuses have been phased out after five consecutive years.

    School district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said bonuses were always intended to be temporary stopgap measures in years when employees were not receiving state pay increases.

    This was the first year the state made efforts to give pay increases to all employees, she said.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.

    “DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

    “Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.

    “Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’

    “Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?

  • Sunset Beach throws shade on 'cabana confusion'

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has delayed until January review of its recent reversal and decision to continue to allow cabanas on the beach.

    At a special meeting called Monday by councilmen Richard Cerrato and Mark Benton “to address the procedural and process confusion regarding the town’s reversal to allow cabanas,” board members took issue with a thick multi-page report distributed by the two at the start of the session.

    Councilwoman Carol Scott said there had been no time to review it.

  • From seasonal scrambling to happy holidays

    Miss me?

    Last week marked the first time since I became managing editor I didn’t have a column in the Beacon.

    Don’t worry: Nothing was wrong with me, professionally or personally (nothing out of the ordinary, anyway).

    In a crunch for space on the editorial pages of the Dec. 15 edition and pressed for time, I decided to sacrifice my designated slot to people who had more important and timelier views to share than I did. It seemed like an appropriate time for me to take a breather.

  • County, towns react to dismissal of beach access case

    By Lindsay Kriz, Brian Slattery and Laura Lewis

    Staff Writers

    Brunswick County and its beach towns are pleased with the state Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the case of Nies v. Emerald Isle.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the General Assembly, we held two special sessions in four days; we passed a $200 million disaster recovery bill; and we passed election and bureaucratic reform.

  • Calabash OKs plat for Kingfish Bay phase

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved a preliminary/final subdivision plat for revived phase work in Kingfish Bay.

    Approval of the “Kingfish Village” phase came at the board’s last meeting of the year Dec. 13.

    The phase consists of two existing townhouse units and plats 14 more single-family lots along Kingfish Boulevard and Tilapia Way off N.C. 179 (Beach Drive).

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 13-17 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 13

    Checkbook reported stolen from an address on Magnolia Drive.

    Dec. 16

    Prescription fraud reported at CVS in Seaside.

    Jason Cassella, 41, of Little River, S.C., was arrested on a driving while impaired charge.

    Dec. 17

    Breaking and entering, theft of TV and medication reported off Bartlett Lane.

  • District court docket for Dec. 5-9, 2016

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 5, 7, 8 and 9 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.

     

    Monday, Dec. 5

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Causey graduates from basic

     U.S. Air Force Airman Luke A. Causey, son of Mary Little of Ash, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

     

    Causey completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.