Today's News

  • Larceny investigation turns into large drug bust at Ocean Isle Beach

    A routine larceny investigation turned into one of the larger drug busts for the Ocean Isle Beach Police Department this past weekend.

    Detective Ken Bellamy said the department received a report of larceny of jewelry and money at about 2 a.m. Saturday from Alexandria Caesar, 30, of Asheville. Caesar gave officers a description of the suspect, who was found at the Ocean Isle Inn.

  • Brunswick 365 Photo Contest calls for community submissions

    Just about everyone has a camera these days, and more than likely, you’ve taken at least one picture this year.

    Did you document the rare snowfall earlier this winter? Maybe you took a photo of your favorite flower in bloom during spring. Know of the perfect beach spot to catch a sunset? Do trees change colors as crisp, fall weather approaches?

    Show us what our county looks like by entering Brunswick 365, The Brunswick Beacon’s annual photo contest.

  • CRC votes to continue with sandbag limit enforcement

    The N.C. Coastal Resource Commission (CRC) has decided to resume enforcement a current policy regarding sandbags as temporary erosion control devices.

    According to a press release from Division of Coastal Management (DCM), the enforcement will lead to removal of sandbags that “have exceeded time limits outlined in commission’s rules, and are not covered with sand and vegetation.”

    A moratorium in accordance with Session Law 2009-479 had previously postponed enforcement of sand bags with expired limits, but it expired Sept. 1.

  • Board of education votes for set salary, mileage in 1990s

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education members once received a base salary and per diem of $35 per meeting, a similar setup to a practice changed this week by Brunswick County Commissioners.

    But the board of education voted to change their practice more than a decade ago.

    Board chairperson Bud Thorsen said when he was on the board during the mid- to late 1990s when board members unanimously voted against the per diem and adopted a flat base salary and in-county mileage allotment.

  • Annual CIS figures show thousands helped by services

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has released statistics from 2009-2010 that show its programs and services have helped thousands of children and families in Brunswick County during the past year.

  • The true cost to be governed: Are commissioners drunk on spending?

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of stories about how much Brunswick County Commissioners earn through salaries, per diem and mileage reimbursements, FICA contributions, health insurance contributions, life insurance contributions, credit card transactions and discretionary funding at commissioners’ disposal.

    Financially, Brunswick County Commissioners have begun to cut themselves off.

  • Public reacts to commissioners’ spending

    BOLIVIA—The only things missing were the pitchforks.

    At Monday night’s county commissioners meeting, a standing-room-only crowd filled county commissioners’ chambers, most of the residents on hand for the decision about commissioners’ spending.

    The three people who addressed commissioners all had one thing in common—they were disappointed in commissioners’ spending and the policy, which has allowed commissioners to more than double their salaries through per diem and mileage reimbursements.

  • Commissioners nix discretionary funding

    BOLIVIA—After approving a new compensation policy at their meeting Monday, which raises commissioners’ base salaries in lieu of their previous practice, in which they earned $50 per meeting plus local mileage reimbursements, commissioners nixed their discretionary funding accounts.

    They unanimously agreed to eliminate their discretionary funding in the waning moments of a meeting where they received public criticism for their spending practices.

  • Commissioners declare September Teen Court month in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—In keeping with Teen Court’s mission of “serving communities, changing lives,” Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday proclaimed September as Teen Court Month in Brunswick County.

    Local defense attorney and president of the Brunswick County Bar Association Pauline Hankins spoke to commissioners about volunteering with Teen Court.

    “I found Teen Court to be one of the most rewarding programs I have ever volunteered for,” Hankins said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office charged the following suspects last week. All information is provided by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    •Amber Nicole Jenks, 19, of 6748 Carolina Beach Road, Lot 32, Wilmington, was charged with possession of a controlled substance on prison/jail premises, possession of one-half ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $10,000 secured bond.