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Today's News

  • Sunshine Week: The true cost of government

     

    In honor of Sunshine Week, the Beacon is running a month long investigation into the “true cost” of government. Last week we brought you information about the county, this week we will take a look at expenses in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    In celebration of freedom of information and the public’s right to know, the Beacon requested extensive information from each of the three municipalities.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on March 14:

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 9

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

  • Community briefs

    First Friday gallery walk set

    A celebration of the upcoming opening of the new Maritime Museum will take center stage at the Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. April 1 as museum members will soon be moving into their new building.

    The gallery has fashioned a nautical event for this evening, as a reception will feature special displays from the museum, as well as an array of paintings and pottery by local artists crafted with a nautical theme.

  • Calabash should release property details immediately

    Here we are less than a week after Sunshine Week, and the Calabash Board of Commissioners is showing constituents just cause for why we make such a noise about public records and properly called meetings.

    On March 8, the board went into closed session where members apparently discussed property the town might be interested in purchasing. They later came into open session and instructed the town clerk to seek an appraisal on the property.

    But they’re not saying where the property is located or who owns it.

  • Life lesson learned: Never attempt to vacuum a blind cat (alone)

    Pardon me, Dr. Ernie Ward, while I step on your toes for a moment.

    No, I don’t have a degree in veterinary science. I haven’t published any books, and I haven’t appeared on any syndicated television shows, national news programs or been in newspapers picked up by half the country.

    I certainly haven’t cared for and treated countless numbers of dogs, cats, lizards, snakes, hamsters and other critters.

    Everything I know about caring for pets, well, at least one of them, I learned on my lunch break last week.

  • Beacon to launch TV newscast on ATMC-TV

    SHALLOTTE—The Brunswick Beacon will soon be on air.

    “Brunswick Beat,” a 15-minute news program highlighting news and events from each week’s edition of The Brunswick Beacon, will premier at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, on ATMC-TV Channel 3.

  • South Brunswick Middle School bus driver suspended following DWI charge

    OAK ISLAND—A South Brunswick Middle School bus driver has been suspended from driving duties after being charged with driving while impaired.

    According to the arrest report provided by the Oak Island Police Department, Penny F. Whitlock, 47, of 219 NE 42nd St., Oak Island, was charged with driving while impaired and driving left of center after an officer witnessed her green minivan drifting left of center on East Oak Island Drive at about 3:45 a.m. last Sunday, March 13.

  • North’s boys, West’s girls win track meet

    LELAND—West Brunswick’s girls won a high school track-and-field tri-meet March 22 at North with Trask. West finished with 72 points and North with 51 points. Trask had 47.

    In the field events, Kayla Padgett won the shot put, with a season-best mark of 34 feet, 11 inches, and the discus (118-2.5). Both are regional standards.

    Kayla McDaniel was second in the pole vault (6-0).

    Chasity Lewis won the 100-meter hurdles in 19.38 and the 300 hurdles in 57.28. Jasmine Jackson won the 200 in 27.59. Corina Sierra won the 800 in 3 minutes.

  • Habitat hires new executive director

    Brunswick County Habitat For Humanity has a new executive director.

    Deanna Antonio was selected for the job earlier this month. She succeeds outgoing director Gary Knapp.

    Antonio started working with Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity in September 2007 following her retirement from a career in education and moving to Southport in October 2006.

    She was hired as a part-time administration associate, working three days a week, and also became secretary to the board of directors at Habitat.