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Today's News

  • BCC Fitness and Aquatics Center set to open Sunday

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center will be open to the public beginning Sunday, March 22.

    The 55,000-square-foot facility, on the main campus of BCC in Supply, has a gymnasium, a fitness center, a 4,500-square-foot, 25-yard lap pool, a 1,584 square-foot therapy pool, an aerobics studio, and an elevated track. The center also offers amenities such as drop-in babysitting, locker rooms, and concessions.

    Membership information and rates are available at www.brunswickcc.edu.

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  • Commissioners uphold schools' funding agreement

    BOLIVIA—The question of whether the county would continue its current schools funding agreement weighed heavy on the faces of school board members on the last day of the commissioners’ three-day budget retreat.

    But commissioners approved continuing the current 36.5 percent funding agreement with one major change to the agreement—the schools would now share the county’s deficit.

  • Schools' child nutrition services to end year $20,925 in the red

    BOLIVIA—Child Nutrition Services of Brunswick County Schools is operating with a $141,112.63 deficit, but director Tina Ward estimates the 2008-2009 school year will close with a $20,925 deficit.

    “I know it looks really bad right now,” Ward told the operations committee at its Monday meeting. But the months following the students’ return from winter break in January are historically the most profitable months, she explained.

  • Grand jury indictments for March 9

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on March 9:

    Rudolph Bellamy, 50, of 802 Randolphville Road, Bolivia; misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia, driving while license revoked, DWI, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver marijuana, felony possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, reckless driving to endanger.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 11, 12, 13, 16 and 17 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, March 11

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Gina Essey and courtroom clerk and Michelle Warth:

    Jeffrey Wayne Barnes, driving while license revoked, possession drug paraphernalia, charges consolidated, Brunswick County Jail 45 days, suspended sentence 24 months, unsupervised probation 24 months, $200 and costs, not violate any criminal laws, 30 days to pay.

  • Students use Fast Forward to gain classroom skills

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Academy students are working on improving literacy by using an individualized learning computer program.

    Fast Forward is a literacy program that helps students work toward improving grade-level skills. While the program offers different levels and subjects, students are currently focusing on reading, vocabulary and building listening skills.

    The first portion usually takes students between six and 15 weeks to complete. BCA students have only been using the program for three weeks, and four of them have already completed the first portion.

  • Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show

     A large crowd turned out for the first day of this weekend's Brunswick Islands Home and Garden Show on Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    The show continues 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday with a wide variety of home and garden vendors addressing everything from air cleaners and bath and kitchen remodeling to landscaping, plants, sunrooms, tile and windows.

  • Split commission sought help in Calabash, e-mails show

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have been seeking professional guidance about how to resolve their differences, according to a recent review of town e-mails.

    In recent months, friction has arisen among commissioners and townspeople over the town’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance, which a number of merchants complain consists of rules that do not fit in with Calabash or their ideas about what businesses ought to be allowed to do without government interference.

  • Break-ins increase in Shallotte; task force steps up to help

    SHALLOTTE—Incidents of breaking and entering increased between 2007 and 2008, from 81 to 118, and Police Chief Rodney Gause says most of it can be attributed to drugs.

    “We’ve seen a lot of break-ins in [housing] developments, a lot at Walmart,” Gause said recently.

    Thieves broke into 15-20 cars in the Highlands, Green Bay and Brierwood subdivisions, last year, and the Shallotte Moose Lodge was also a target of a rash of car break-ins.

    In 2007, Shallotte Police made three arrests for breaking and entering, and in 2008, they made 10.

  • What you would have missed: Former sheriff's federal charge, e-mails, settlements, closed session chaos and a parent-principal feud

    Though he is now serving a 16-month federal prison sentence, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett’s federal obstruction of justice charge became public May 10, 2008—when The Beacon broke the story.

    U.S. District Court docket information is public record, and on May 8, 2008, the U.S. Attorney’s Office filed USA v. Ronald Hewett in North Carolina’s Eastern District Court.