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Today's News

  • Locals schools to host student orientations

    Brunswick County Schools have announced dates for student orientation.

    The following schools will have orientation from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20: Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School, Virginia Williamson Elementary School, Supply Elementary School, Town Creek Elementary School, Union Elementary School and Bolivia Elementary School.

    The following schools will have orientation from 5-8 p.m Thursday, Aug. 20: Shallotte Middle School, Cedar Grove Middle School and Waccamaw School.

    The Transition Academy will have its open house from 5-6:30 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 17.

  • District Court Docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 29, 30 and Aug. 3, 4 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 29

    Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Jeffrey Scott Adams, operate vehicle no insurance, expired/no inspection, canceled/revoked/suspended certificate/tag, fail to surrender title/registration card/tag, all voluntarily dismissed, complied with all.

  • Economy, quality education drives students to BCC

    In a time when a difficult economy marks many cutbacks, declines and belt-tightening, it’s good to see some growth in an important part of our community–Brunswick Community College.

    Registration is now under way at BCC and through its early registration period, student numbers have already exceeded last year’s total fall enrollment numbers.

    BCC President Stephen Greiner said the school would not turn students away. Its first priority will be to fill all seats in its classes, then, if needed, add more classes to accommodate the community’s needs.

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    House Bill 1305, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, passed in the state Senate and House last week.

    The bill now awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

    Introduced in the House on April 9 by Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson, the bill passed in the Senate 42 votes to 5 votes Aug. 5, and 92 votes to 19 when it went back to the House Aug. 6.

  • Shallotte to take its time to select new administrator

    Shallotte aldermen want to take their time choosing a new town administrator—not only because new aldermen will take office in December, but also because they want to do it right.

    Last week, the board voted to advertise in two N.C. League of Municipalities’ publications for a town administrator, soon after Paul Sabiston, who had been with the town since 2004, announced he had been hired as the new town manager at Roanoke Rapids.

  • Calabash man indicted in sports-betting enterprise

    A Calabash man is among 11 people indicted last week for unlawfully operating a sports-betting enterprise in Queens County, N.Y.

    Investigators with the Queens County District Attorney’s office executed search warrants Aug. 5 and recovered $210,100 from a safe at the home of William E. Jennings, 55, 1380 N. Middleton Drive in Brunswick Plantation near Calabash. The safe was found in a box of Christmas decorations.

    Jennings is listed in a press release from the DA’s office as one of eight “agents” in the operation.

  • Tax liens, second bankruptcy pending for Carolina Shores Golf Course

    Liens are pending against Carolina Shores Golf and Country Club for nonpayment of property taxes totaling $22,542.57.

    Brunswick County tax administrator Tom Davis said last week the golf course also is in bankruptcy.

    “We’ll file a claim with bankruptcy court,” Davis said of pending tax liens for the unpaid balance on approximately 14 property parcels. “We stand in line with everybody else.”

    Davis said the county tax office couldn’t force payment when someone goes into bankruptcy.

  • Carolina Shores OKs injunction, fines against Internet sweepstakes business

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners last week approved an injunction and fines against an Internet sweepstakes business they say is continuing to operate in violation of town ordinances.

    Commissioners voted Aug. 4 to direct town attorney Holt Moore to proceed with an injunction against Cyber Connect, 10200 U.S. 17. They also approved having town building inspector Chuck Riggins impose fines against the business.

    Town commissioner Gere Dale deemed the situation an “ongoing fight for the last several months.”

  • Current, former, would-be mayors wear many hats, faces, definitions

    May-or: an official elected or appointed to act as chief executive or nominal head of a city, town or borough—Webster’s definition

    Mayor: (1.) a person who is very popular, as in “Dude! The girls are all over you. When did you become the mayor?”

    (2.) a male cheerleader, as in “Haha! Look at the Mayor! What a dork!”

    —Urban Dictionary definitions

    No matter how you slice or dice ’em, mayors in my neck of the county have been getting lots of Beacon ink lately.

  • Bowling, laser tag, cosmic golf among celestial highlights at Planet Fun

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is having its grand opening for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, located beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.