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  • Spring into fitness during spring break

    BOLIVIA—Students not leaving town on spring break can spend the week swimming, playing sports and games and making arts and crafts at Spring Into Fitness at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center on the Brunswick Community College campus.

    Targeted for children ages 5-12, the camp will run from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. April 5-8. Rhonda Schilawski, center director, said it would resemble the Fitness for Fun summer camp and give students a chance to try a variety of activities.

  • Hawkins Court latest tribute to teammate

    The start of the West Brunswick tennis season March 4 took place before a dozen or so spectators, mainly family members, which is typical for high school tennis. But the announcement of the West vs. Socastee lineups, by West coach Bob Bell, was not typical. When Bell called out the players for the No. 1 singles match, he did not say, “They will play on Court 1.” Instead, he said, “They will play on (Caleb) Hawkins Court.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Thirty-seven voters booted from county's voter registration rolls

    BOLIVIA—Thirty-seven registered voters on Bald Head Island won’t be casting their ballots this May, or anytime soon in Brunswick County, after the Brunswick County Board of Elections voted to remove them from the county’s voter registration rolls.

    The eligibility of two more voters will be heard at the board’s next meeting, at 3 p.m. April 20 at the county board of elections.

  • Voter registration: What you need to know

    Voting is a way to express your rights as an American, and the first step toward choosing your leaders in the voting booth is registering to vote.

    To register in Brunswick County, a person must be a U.S. citizen and a legal resident “domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina” for 30 days by the date of the next general election day, according to the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

  • What you would have missed

    It’s been a busy year for Beacon reporters.

    From a small-town commissioner saying the town got “snookered” over the town administrator’s fictitious resume, to the board of education getting schooled on e-mail as a public record, there has been no shortage of compelling stories brought to our readers by the N.C. Public Records Law, and the First Amendment.

    This week, March 14-20, is Sunshine Week. Organized by the National Society of Newspaper Editors, Sunshine Week focuses freedom of information, open government and access to public records.

  • Trojans beat South in eight innings

     

    West Brunswick coach Mike Alderson said he planned on starting senior southpaw Gavin Lane on Tuesday against South Brunswick. Lane missed practice on Monday because of an illness and was replaced in the starting lineup by Trey Brown. Brown pitched the first three innings before being relieved by Lane, who pitched five dominant innings to lead the Trojans (5-2) to a 6-5 win over county rival South Brunswick (0-3).

  • County elections board answers to state board and laws

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    The chain-of-command is pretty simple and clear-cut for the Brunswick County Board of Elections.

    “We answer to our board, and the board answers to the state,” board director Greg Bellamy said.

    The existence of county-level elections boards throughout North Carolina and rules governing them are spelled out in state laws, specifically N.C. Chapter 163-30.

  • Getting a little crazy about the right to vote

    My parents had done it. My grandma had done it. Most of my teachers had done it. Now my friends were doing it. I wanted to do it, too.

    But I had to wait until I was 18. That was the age at which I could legally vote.

    My mom loved politics, and I think her love of politics probably influenced me a little. Back when she and dad were on opposite sides of the coin, the household could get pretty interesting before a big election. They often said they canceled each other out.

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  • Luna-Toones

    Luna-Toones is a fun-loving pit bull girl weighing about 40 pounds (full grown) and was a year old this past July. She plays well with other dogs and people, loves to go for walks, and likes to ride in the car. She needs a home that has high-energy owners who will love her for her cute personality. Paws Place is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.