Today's News

  • Board names Grimes assistant superintendent of Brunswick County Schools

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members have selected Bob Grimes as the district's new assistant superintendent.

    The position change was listed in a six-page personnel list approved by the board after a near two-hour closed session Tuesday night. Grimes, who was serving as the director of secondary education, will now be next in command after Superintendent Ed Pruden.

  • Commissioner calls attorney’s actions ‘inappropriate’

    Brunswick County commissioner Charles Warren claims some of county attorney Huey Marshall’s actions are “inappropriate.”

    Warren, who serves as chairman of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, wrote a letter about Marshall and sent it to commissioners chairman Bill Sue on Nov. 12. He forwarded that same letter to members of the press, at the advice of DSS attorney Gary Shipman, he said.

  • Beacon requests closed session meeting minutes

    In September, the Beacon first requested closed session meeting minutes from all Brunswick County Commissioners meetings and all Brunswick County Board of Social Services meetings between Jan. 1, 2010, and Sept. 24, 2010.

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

  • Lower island speed recommendation approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has approved asking the North Carolina Department of Transportation to lower speed limits year-round on two key corridors on the Sunset Beach island.

    The unanimous vote Monday night is to request lowering the speed limit on Main Street, as well as Sunset Boulevard between North Shore Drive and Main Street, from 35mph to 25mph.

    Town council member Carol Scott, who proposed the measure, thinks it will help enforcement and safety issues.

  • Limit politicians’ terms in office so it doesn’t lead to terms in the penitentiary

    Talk about a slap on the wrist (not to mention a colossal waste of taxpayer money).

    Our dear former governor, known across the state as the “education governor,” but known affectionately around these parts as “Sleasley,” Mike Easley pleaded guilty to one felony count of certifying a false campaign report in state court last month.

    One count, $1,000 fine, no jail time—that’s apparently your punishment if you’re a former governor.


  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit charged the following suspects last week, which is taken from information provided by the sheriff’s office:

  • Commissioners mull reimbursement agreement with hospital for super streets

    BOLIVIA—County commissioners could decide at their next meeting whether to enter into a reimbursement agreement with Brunswick Community Hospital.

    If approved, the reimbursement agreement would be for the construction of two super streets on U.S. 17 near the future Brunswick Novant Medical Center in Supply, scheduled to open in summer of 2011.

    Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing said the super street intersections would be at the entrance of the new hospital on U.S. 17 and at the intersection of Galloway Road and U.S. 17, just north of the hospital site.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Roundup

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

    From Nov. 29-Dec.5, K-9 deputies answered 22 calls, wrote seven citations and made six drug arrests. Deputies patrolled the following communities: Caisons Creek, Seashore Hills and Varnamtown.

    K-9 deputies charged the following suspects:

    •Jason Cervontia Tooley, 28, of 221 Randolphville Road NE, Bolivia; charged with felony possession of cocaine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Stone Chimney Road closure expanded through February 2011

    Stone Chimney road in Supply will remain closed until next year.

    According to North Carolina Department of Transportation, Stone Chimney Road will remain closed until Feb. 16, 2011.

    The road was closed for bridge repair work to three bridges in August, and work was originally scheduled to be completed by Nov. 29.

    But this week officials announced the road would remain closed for a total of 195 days, rather than the previously estimated 120 days.