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Today's News

  • County implements preparedness procedures for possible H1N1 pandemic

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is getting ready for H1N1.

    Assembled in the county’s emergency operations center last week, representatives from the emergency services, healthcare, public schools and private industry fields discussed the county’s influenza pandemic preparedness plan.

    Randy Thompson, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said the county has assembled a preparedness subcommittee within the county’s Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, which includes representatives from various fields within the county.

  • CDC to distribute H1N1 vaccines to health departments in October

    BOLIVIA—When the H1N1 flu vaccines arrive at the county health department in mid-October, it will require a police officer to be there to receive the shipment.

    The vaccine, distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will not be available for private sale. Instead, the vaccine will be distributed through local health departments, and only certain people will be eligible for the vaccine.

  • Soles' shooting: Peeling back the layers of self-defense

    The facts made public in the Aug. 23 shooting incident at the home at state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. are scarce—two men were on Soles’ Tabor City property, one kicked the door and one was shot.

    District Attorney Rex Gore, who provided the Beacon with the information, wouldn’t comment on the facts of the case further, only saying Soles “fired his weapon—it appeared to be twice. The final time it appeared to have hit Kyle Blackburn.”

    Blackburn was taken to Loris (S.C.) Community Hospital.

  • Sweepstakes owner says he welcomes regulations, doesn't see need for separations

    The owner of three Internet sweepstakes gaming storefronts in Shallotte told town aldermen they should adopt an ordinance regulating the businesses in town.

    Alderman John Kinlaw asked representatives from the sweepstakes business to speak to the board about the issue now that town staff, aldermen and the town planning board are working on a possible gaming ordinance.

    “We are firm believers in regulation,” store owner Richard Watts said. “We’re in favor limiting the number of machines in the businesses.”

  • Trojans win home opener

    Playing its second soccer game in two nights, West Brunswick’s defense and fitness were tested by Dixon, but the Trojans prevailed 2-1.

    A sliding Chip Mendoza scored off a ball by Corey Bell 40 seconds into the game Aug. 19, and early in the second half Bell scored the game-winning goal off a corner kick from Jesse Mayo.

    For West coach Tripp Smith, the game showed how resilient the Trojans can be—they lost the night before 6-1 to Laney.

  • West wins, South loses opener

    The West Brunswick volleyball team improved to 2-0 by beating New Hanover 22-25, 25-21, 25-12, 25-12 in a nonconference match Aug. 18 in Wilmington.

    For West, Carly White had 21 kills, three blocks, eight points and four aces. Kenzie McDuffie had 32 assists and scored 13 points. Keri Nolan had 10 kills and scored five points. Sheena Suttlemyre scored 11 points and had one ace. Mattie Tippett scored seven points and had six digs. Miriah Milliken scored seven points, had five aces and had five kills. Breana Gause had five blocks.

  • West loses tennis opener in nonconference dual

    The West Brunswick girls’ tennis team opened its 2009 season with an 8-1 loss to Ashley in a nonconference dual Aug. 18 at West.

    West’s only winner was senior Aimee Rourk, who beat Rianne Whittington 6-3, 7-5 at No. 2 singles.

    Sophomore Jordan Sanchez had the most exciting match, splitting sets at No. 3 singles before losing 10-8 in the tiebreaker.

    “I am very excited about everyone’s performance in the match,” West coach Scott Mehalick said. “In singles, we had a great win at No. 2 with Amiee Rourk’s match.

  • With new coach, South opens with victory

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—A total team effort on both offense and defense helped the South Brunswick Cougars easily defeat the Midway Raiders 23-6 in a nonconference football game Friday night.

    It marks a great opening game for new head coach Roman Kelley and his staff. The victory over Midway was against a team that was 12-4 and made it to the fourth round of the playoffs last year.

    The Cougars gained 248 total yards for the game.

    “Twenty-three points, that’s a pretty good point total for the first game,” Kelley said.

  • Longevity issues plague superintendent position

    In the past 25 years, eight superintendents have tried their hands at leading Brunswick County Schools.

    Current Superintendent Katie McGee has served as superintendent for the past five years. She is the second longest-serving superintendent since 1984. She has served one year less than Marion Wise, the district’s longest serving superintendent in the past quarter century.

    “You can find a school superintendent, but you don’t find many that have longevity,” McGee said.

  • Board transfers employee who filed grievance

    The Brunswick County Board of Education voted Tuesday night to transfer the employee who filed a grievance against Superintendent Katie McGee.

    Sherry Dove, who has been employed with Brunswick County Schools since 1984, was transferred from her position as executive assistant to the superintendent and liaison to the board of education to a secretary at Leland Middle School Tuesday, following a 3-2 vote.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson and board member Charlie Miller dissented.