Today's News

  • Board to vote whether to continue drug tests

    BOLIVIA—Legal counsel for the Brunswick County Board of Education is recommending a policy change, which will no longer require drug testing of potential employees.

    Brunswick County Schools currently requires all potential employees to pass a drug test, and other employees may be randomly tested upon suspicion.

  • School officials consider relinquishing Pre-K to private sectors

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are considering relinquishing the Pre-K program from all district elementary schools and giving the available slots to private sectors in an attempt to save the district money during the next fiscal year.

    Faye Nelson, director of instructional and accountability services, presented the idea to members of the Brunswick County Board of Education at a finance committee meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • Get schooled on gangs at upcoming presentations

    Are gangs in Brunswick County?

    Deputy Jason Fennell of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office says yes, but it’s a national issue that can be prevented if communities choose to be proactive.

    Fennell will facilitate “Getting Schooled on Gangs,” an informational presentation for adults only, at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 23, at West Brunswick High School, and 6 p.m. Thursday, March 25, at North Brunswick High School. The presentation at South Brunswick High School has been postponed, and a new date and time will be announced soon.

  • Man speaks of his involvement with Apollo 12 mission

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—James Harrington sees a parallel between his life and the space program.

    “It has its ups and downs,” he said.

    But through it all, he found out one thing.

    “One thing I see more and more of after doing this especially is the Lord is always with us,” he said. “And I can point out exactly where, in Apollo 12 and 13, exactly where he stepped in and took over. We may not have known about it and some people may not believe, but I know he was there.”

  • FOIA: Shining the light on (part of) the federal government

    Most elementary school students can recite the three branches of the federal government—executive, judicial and legislative.

    But do you know to what branch the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) applies?

    The FOIA applies only to the executive branch, unless it’s the president or his immediate staff, in which case it does not apply at all.

    Members of Congress, both the House and the Senate, are exempt, as are Supreme Court Justices.

  • Leland man sentenced to 12-15 years in prison

    A Leland man has been sentenced to 12-15 years in prison after pleading guilty to first-degree sex offense of a child and indecent liberties with a minor.

    According to a press release from the district attorney’s office, David Alexander Sylvia pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree sexual offense with a child and one count of indecent liberties with a child on Thursday, March 11, in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Sylvia to 144-182 months, or 12-15 years in prison.

  • Campaign finance disclosure for federal, state and local elections

    We’ve all the seen the ads. As Election Day draws near, candidates bombard TV and radio airwaves with political commercials, all of which end the same way—with the disclosure of who footed the bill for the ad.

    Candidates’ campaign committees are usually the ones picking up the tab. Sometimes it’s a Political Action Committee (PAC); sometimes it’s the candidates’ political party, but it’s always disclosed—because the law requires it.

  • Former BHI mayor challenges voters' eligibility, and wins

    Three votes.

    That’s all it took for former Bald Head Island Mayor Larry Lammert to lose the 2009 municipal election.

    That’s also all it took to motivate Lammert to investigate the eligibility of registered voters on Bald Head Island, four of whom were deceased but still listed as registered voters.

    On Monday, the Brunswick County Board of Elections upheld Lammert’s voter residency challenge and removed 37 voters from the county’s voter registration rolls— another two will be heard April 20.

  • Beacon Investigates: A closer look at voter registration

    Editor’s note: March 14-20 is Sunshine Week. Led by the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week is an initiative focused on open government and freedom of information. For the third consecutive year, the Beacon is participating in Sunshine Week.

    For our Sunshine Week project, we audited more than 1,000 voter registrations in Brunswick County, including the entire voting population of the town of Holden Beach. Here is what we found.

  • BCC loses opener in NJCAA basketball tourney

    The Lions of East Mississippi made the most of their debut in the NJCAA DI men's basketball tournament, defeating Brunswick Community College 86-65 in the third game of opening-round action Tuesday in Hutchinson, Kan.

    BCC, who also was making its tourney debut, had a nine-point lead in the first half. But East Mississippi outscored the Dolphins 41-25 in the second half. BCC made 9-of-26 field-goal tries in the second half.

    The Lions outrebounded BCC 50-29. The Lions’ substitutes outscored BCC’s 39-15.