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Today's News

  • Weather watch: Closings, delays

    Brunswick County Schools will be closed Friday, Oct. 1.

    Brunswick Community College will operate on a normal schedule Friday, but BCC’s Early Childcare Center and Brunswick Interagency program will be closed Friday.

    Brunswick County Schools and government offices will be closed Thursday.

    Battleship N.C. Ghost Ship cast meeting for Thursday has been canceled.

    Leland Rotary's Sept. 30 meeting has been canceled.

  • Weather Watch: Brunswick County Schools to release at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday

    Brunswick County Schools will let out at 1:30 p.m. today (Wednesday) due to inclement weather, according to a countywide message released by the district.

    The message said further updates regarding school on Thursday will be released as more information from the National Weather Service is available.

    Check back for further updates.

  • Weather watch: Pets allowed at West Brunswick shelter

    Brunswick County remains under a state of emergency following Monday's heavy rains and expected continued rainfall Wednesday and Thursday.

    At 4 p.m. Wednesday, emergency shelters opened at North and West Brunswick high schools.

  • DSS board must abide by open meetings law, even if members don’t ‘agree’

    The Brunswick County Board of Social Services either doesn’t know the law or is consciously choosing to ignore it—both of which are unacceptable. 

    We expect any community member who serves on a public board to know the North Carolina Open Meetings Law. 

    We certainly expect the board’s attorney, Gary Shipman, who is billing the county $275 an hour, to know the open meetings law as well as advise board members of it if they do not know it. 

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 17, 17, 20 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Thursday, Sept. 16, DWI Court

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah Garner and courtroom clerks Heather Jesina:

  • South beats West, takes over first in volleyball conference

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick High School volleyball team took over first place in the Waccamaw Conference by rallying to beat West Brunswick High School in five games Sept. 28.

    The Cougars, unbeaten in the conference, beat West 25-20, 16-25, 19-25, 25-14, 15-11.

    “I thought they brought their A game,” South coach Wesley Kidd said about West. “We brought ours.”

  • DSS board: Three emergency meetings and questionable closed sessions

    Has the Brunswick County Board of Social Services been following the law?

    An attorney for the North Carolina Press Association says it appears the board has not been complying with the law.

    Meetings of all public bodies in North Carolina are governed by the North Carolina Open Meetings Laws, and the DSS board appears to have violated the open meetings laws, Mike Tadych, attorney for the North Carolina Press Association, said.

    The board has called three emergency meetings in less than one month.

  • Board directs attorney to comply with Beacon’s closed session meeting minutes request

    BOLVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services directed the board attorney to comply with a Brunswick Beacon public records request.

    Last week, the Beacon requested minutes of all closed sessions from Jan. 1, 2010, until Sept. 23, 2010, provided disclosure of the meeting minutes would not “frustrate the purpose of the closed session.”

    At their regular meeting Tuesday, board members asked board attorney Gary Shipman to compile the requested minutes to furnish the Beacon’s request.

  • Holden Beach crime report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents from Sept. 21-27. All information is provided by the police department.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Sept. 24 on Ocean Boulevard West. Multiple items were removed from the motor vehicle, and a suspect has been identified in this case.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle were reported on Sept. 24 on Ocean Boulevard West. An XM radio unit was removed from the vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Sept. 20-26, K-9 deputies answered nine calls, wrote seven citations and made seven drug arrests. K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Midway Road and Village Road.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Jeffery William Benedict, 21, of 327 Varnamtown Road in Supply; charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.