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Today's News

  • Creating sustainable landscaping

    Millions of dollars are spent each year designing, implementing and maintaining our landscapes. Unfortunately, long-term problems are caused when we as gardeners make decisions based on our needs and wants without considering the environmental impact. You may have heard the term sustainable landscaping. What does a sustainable landscape mean? 

  • 4-H has annual achievement banquet

    More than 80 4-H members, parents, volunteers and Extension staff were in attendance to celebrate accomplishments the youth have made during 2010 at the annual Brunswick County 4-H achievement banquet on Feb. 21 at the Extension Office.

    This year, the 4-H’ers were honored as the shining stars in 4-H. 

    The room sparkled with twinkling lights and a donated, custom-made starlight “chandelier” hung in the middle of the room. 

  • West Brunswick routs West Bladen in soccer

    Playing its fifth game in eight days, the West Brunswick High School girls’ soccer team routed West Bladen 9-0 March 23 at M.H. Rourk Stadium.

    Junior Julianna Zio scored three goals as the Trojans improved to 3-1-1 in the conference, 6-3-2 overall.

    West led 6-0 at the half. Zio scored the first two goals, the first goal six minutes into the game and the second about 14 minutes into the game.

    Junior forward Jordan Sanchez gave West a 3-0 lead when she scored on a breakaway from the right side.

  • Crews battle blazes in southwestern Brunswick County

    Area firefighters battled a woods fire that spread from South Carolina into North Carolina on Wednesday afternoon, endangering homes in the Carolina Shores North community.

    Calabash, Grissettown-Longwood and Sunset Beach firefighters and other emergency crews were at the scene in the residential community.

    Because of windy conditions, the fire spread quickly but was fully contained in about two and a half hours.

    The call went through at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, according to a spokeswoman for the Calabash Fire Department.

  • Social services board appoints new permanent director

    BOLIVIA—Operating without a permanent director since last August, the Brunswick County Department of Social Services now has a full-time director.

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, March 22, DSS board members unanimously approved appointing Patricia Connelly as DSS director.

    Connelly will begin Monday, April 11.

    In a press release from commissioner Charles Warren, who serves as DSS chairman, he described Connelly as having “extensive experience as a leader in social services in both New York and California.”

  • Senior site menus

     Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, March 28

  • What should I do with all that leftover corned beef and cabbage?

    Now that St. Patrick’s Day is over, many of us, myself included, will have plenty of leftovers from this traditional Irish dish, which is nothing more than a simple pot roast made with a beef brisket injected with a spiced salt brine. One of the best things about corned beef and cabbage is the leftovers. 

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government charts

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH

     

    Town of Ocean Isle Beach mayor/commissioner salaries and benefits

    •Salaries reflect 12 months

    •Travel/Training expenses are from July 1, 2010-March 1, 2011

    •All salary numbers include 7.65% FICA contributions

    •The mayor and commissioners are not covered by the town’s health, dental, vision, life insurance and short-term disability plans

     

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government

     

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on March 14: