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Today's News

  • New poetry group to meet Feb. 13

    Poetry Revisited is a newly organized monthly group for those who write, read and listen to poetry. The intention of this group is to afford poets and would-be poets an opportunity to read their work to others, as well as to enable those with a less-than-positive impression of poetry to experience the reading and hearing of poems from a different angle. 

    An introductory gathering is planned at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte from 3-4:15 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, in the library meeting room.

  • Beautification Club to meet Feb. 9

    The Holden Beach Beautification Club will meet at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9, at the Holden Beach Chapel. The speaker will be Sara Over of the Brunswick County Nature Conservancy. Hostesses for the event will be Lindy Collison, Ann Landis, Bennis Hall, Jane Decker and Carol Burnside.

  • Newcomers will meet Feb. 10

    The Southwest Brunswick Newcomers Club (SWBNC) will meet from 10 a.m.-noon Thursday, Feb. 10, in the fellowship hall of the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. for new members to join and to sign up for scheduled recurring activities and special planned events.

    The featured guest speaker will be Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis, whose district includes Brunswick County. She will discuss the North Carolina judiciary system as well as local initiatives she has instituted within the legal system. 

  • Sail and Power Squadron has Change of Watch dinner

    The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron of Little River, S.C., hosted its annual Change of Watch dinner meeting recently at The Surf Golf and Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

  • Waterway dredging under way in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Waterway dredging is under way in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Town administrator Daisy Ivey said dredging of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway began last week. The project is scheduled for completion by Feb. 26.

    Information on the town’s website stated the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers awarded the dredging contract to Cottrell Contracting Inc.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents from Jan. 19-30. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Breaking and entering, larceny and property damage on Isle Plaza; suspect removed a chop saw and power washer from storage room.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on West First Street; suspect entered house and took four flat-screen TVs and a Blu-ray player.

    •Breaking and entering and property damage on West Second Street; suspect damaged door and window with a pry tool.

  • Board members update personnel reduction policy

    BOLIVIA—As the Brunswick County school system faces an estimated $10 million deficit for the 2011-2012 fiscal year, members of the board of education have begun to discuss details if a personnel reduction were necessary.

    The school system has yet to implement a personnel reduction though there have been several consecutive years of budget cuts. Anticipating another challenging year, board members adopted updates to Policy No.7920—professional personnel reduction in force—at their monthly meeting Tuesday night.

  • Band teacher charged with sexting a student turns in resignation, teaching license

    BOLIVIA—The North Brunswick High School band teacher arrested for sending sexually explicit text messages has resigned and voluntarily agreed to surrender his teaching license.

    Mark Riel, 37, turned in his resignation Tuesday, board chairperson Shirley Babson said following a board meeting Tuesday night. Babson said Riel submitted his resignation and surrendered his teaching license “acknowledging the pending criminal charges against him.”

  • Religion briefs

    Bonaparte Church plans free lunch

    Bonaparte Baptist Church, 9031 Shady Forest Drive in Calabash, is offering a free lunch at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12. Bring your valentine and join in for fellowship.

    Church plans gospel jubilee

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will host a Brunswick gospel jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11, featuring gospel singers from near and far singing for Jesus. For more details, call Bill Hill at 209-4927.

    Church to have music on Feb. 6

  • A reader’s e-mail surprise brings delight and a new adventure

    It began as a cyberspace affirmation. I received an e-mail indicating a desire to make contact and a request for me to review some writing. All this emanated from the sender’s reading my Beacon columns. Without doubt, I was pleased and honored. The date to meet was arranged. Little did I know that I was going to be gifted with a wonderful surprise.