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Today's News

  • Commissioners throw support behind DSS, health boards consolidation bill

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners threw their support behind Senate Bill 433, which would allow counties to consolidate human services boards, such as health and social services, to one board.

    Commissioners approved a resolution in support of the measure four votes to one, with commissioner Charles Warren dissenting. Warren also serves as chairman of the county’s social services board.

    Senate Bill 433, the local human services administration bill, was introduced March 29 by state Sen. Fletcher Hartsell Jr., R-Concord.

  • Your right to know: A look back at five weeks of sunshine

    For the past five weeks, The Brunswick Beacon has brought you stories and information about public records and open meetings laws in North Carolina.

    We focused on the public’s right to know, and what you’re entitled to at every level of government, from Town Hall to halls of the Capitol.

    We also told you how various local agencies responded to our requests for public information.

  • VA awards contract for Wilmington super clinic

    The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently awarded a lease contract for Wilmington’s proposed “super clinic,” bringing state-of-the-art care to Southeastern North Carolina’s veterans.

    The 80,000-square-foot-plus super clinic will replace the existing 9,500-square-foot Wilmington clinic when it opens in 2013.

    The clinic will offer primary care, mental health services, optometry, audiology, podiatry and neurology.

  • Audio, memo revealing in Calabash

    CALABASH—A 13-minute audio version of a property discussion from town commissioners’ March 8 closed meeting provides more details than a print version released last week.

    A compact disk recording of the meeting provided to The Brunswick Beacon by interim town administrator/town clerk Kelley Southward, along with a March 4 memo issued to commissioners prior to the meeting, indicates the board was more aware of the discussion at hand than official statements claim.

  • Jewelry reported stolen in Sunset Beach break-in

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating the theft of jewelry following a break-in reported April 13 at a home on Clubhouse Drive in Sunset Beach.

    Police also investigated the following incidents:

    •On April 5, a window was reported broken at a house on West Main Street after a rock was thrown against it.

    •Thomas Roland Black, 49, of Ocean Isle Beach, was picked up on a probation violation warrant.

    •Shawn A. Lang of Live Oak Drive, Sunset Beach, was arrested on outstanding warrants.

  • Goading goats a new goal in Brunswick County

    Just when you thought goats were welcome in Brunswick County, the state steps in to state otherwise.

    According to the North Carolina Department of Administration, it’s time to eradicate all feral goats roaming three spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean Isle Beach.

    This came as surprising news to me this week.

  • Bidding under way to get Brunswick's goats

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The days may be numbered for wild goats roaming three spoil islands along the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The state has begun accepting bids “to dispose of feral and domestic goats and livestock” by June 17 on Andrew, Alexander and Abigail Grace islands, which are on the seaward side of the Intracoastal Waterway near Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Forever at sea: Eco-friendly reef balls memorialize loved ones

    CALABASH—Nancy Pate clutched photos of her late husband, Allen, as she and other family members gathered in the parking lot of the Hurricane Fleet fishing charter.

    The Jacksonville resident was among three families who gathered there April 8 to personalize eternal reef balls cast of eco-friendly cement and cremated ashes in their loved ones’ memory.

  • West golfers win first conference title since ’99

     The West Brunswick High School boys’ golf team has won its first conference title since 1999.

    In a season-ending tourney April 11 at The Players Club at St. James Plantation in Southport, West finished second. Its four-golfer aggregate was 345. But the Trojans had won four of the previous seven tourneys and that enabled them to win the title.

    In season points, West was first at 71. South Brunswick was second at 65. North Brunswick was fifth.

  • Julianna Zio sets West single-season scoring record in soccer

      Junior Julianna Zio scored three first-half goals in setting a West Brunswick girls’ single-season scoring record of 21 goals as the Lady Trojans’ soccer team beat North Brunswick 7-0 in a conference soccer game Monday night. Junior Tessa Bennett and freshmen Charlee Baxley and Carla Zio also scored in the first half as West took a 6-0 lead. Carla Zio also scored in the second half. Freshman Meg Fletcher was the winning goalkeeper.