Today's News

  • Commissioners discuss definition of official meeting; revisit per diem reimbursements

    BOLIVIA—What is a meeting?

    After a recent newspaper article outlining county commissioners’ per diem and mileage reimbursement, which was followed by radio talk-show criticism and public criticism at Tuesday night’s meeting, commissioners decided to revisit the definition of a meeting, and how they’re compensated for it.

    County commissioners chairman Bill Sue, who was first elected commissioner in 1994, said commissioners were reimbursed $35 from 1991 until 2001, when the county finance director recommended it increase to $50.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Lost computer on Faith Drive in Southport; victim’s laptop computer fell off roof of victim’s vehicle.

    •Assault on Red Bug and Gray Bridge roads in Supply; suspect hit victim with a metal pole.

    •Property damage on Squire Court in Leland; suspects threw eggs at victim’s vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.
    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Aug. 31-Sept. 5, K-9 deputies answered 11 calls, wrote 17 citations and made 11 drug arrests. K-9 deputies set up checkpoints at Beach Drive, Shell Point Road, Pireway Road and U.S. 17.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Coastal Communities, others file motions to dismiss case in N.C. Business Court

    A North Carolina Business Court Judge has granted plaintiffs until October to respond to the Coastal Communities’ and co-defendants’ motions to dismiss a lawsuit filed on behalf of owners of 167 lots.

    Judge John Jolly Jr. ordered on Aug. 17 that the plaintiffs have until Oct. 6 to respond to the motions to dismiss—giving Coastal Communities and co-defendants until Nov. 15 until they have to respond to the plaintiff’s response, according to the order filed in N.C. Business Court.

  • Brunswick 365 – 2010 Photo Contest

    Show us what’s happening throughout the year in Brunswick County in the Brunswick 365 Photo Contest, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon. Enter your best photos. They may appear in future Beacon publications.

    Enter one of the three divisions: Kids (Ages 12 and younger)  •  Teenagers (Ages 13-18)  • Adults (Ages 19 and older)

    There is an entry fee of $5 per photo in the adult division.  The kids and teenagers divisions are  free. Participants may enter as many photos as they wish.

  • We’re looking for an energetic, highly motivated staff writer to join our team

    We’ve had some changes in our newsroom recently and now we’re looking for a staff writer and photographer to join our team.

    As our readers are aware, we’re a diverse newspaper and we’re looking for a person with diverse writing and photography skills and a variety of interests in things happening in Brunswick County.

    We’re looking for someone who has a journalism degree or related career experience. 

  • Vote ‘yes’ on ballot to ban felons from serving as sheriffs

    This one is a no-brainer. 

    On Nov. 2, voters will be faced with some tough decisions when they select their elected officials—from the county commissioners chamber in Bolivia to the halls of Congress in Washington, D.C.

    There will also be a constitutional amendment to the North Carolina Constitution on the ballot, and we say it will be the easiest choice you’ll have to make that Tuesday. 

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 25, 26, 27 and 30 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, Aug. 25

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police incident reports.

    •Larceny of a firearm on Driftwood Drive.

    •Teresa Ann McLean, 47, of Shallotte; charged with driving while impaired, driving left of center and driving while license revoked on Causeway Drive.

    •Matthew George Davis, 27, of Shallotte; charged with second-degree trespassing at Second Street Bar and Grill.