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Today's News

  • Board of education adopts $109 million budget

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education on Tuesday

    approved a $109 million budget for Brunswick County Schools.

    Board members OK’d the budget adopted four votes to one vote, with board member Bud Thorsen voting against the budget.

    Jessica Swencki, spokesperson for Brunswick County Schools, said the budget was in better shape than originally expected. State funding reductions were $2.1 million, far better than the $5.2 million reduction board members expected, Swencki said.

  • Slightly-above-average couponer shares some inside (and money-saving) tips

    In case you haven’t noticed, coupons—or as I like to refer to them, beautifully perforated money-saving gems—returned to the Beacon this week.

    That’s right, this week’s Beacon marks the return of the much-requested coupons back into your weekly newspaper. I doubt there’s anyone out there more excited than me.

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m no professional couponer—yet. But I’d consider myself at least slightly above average.

  • Two arrested for cocaine trafficking that led to K-9’s death

    ASH—Two suspects were arrested for cocaine trafficking in an incident that led to the death of a sheriff’s office K-9.

    Deputy Jared Zeller, handler for K-9 Viper, who died from exposure to cocaine found in a cornfield, said Viper died after being exposed to chemicals in the drug.

    Called out to assist the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement and the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the cocaine found by Viper weighed 1,162 grams, which carried a street value of more than $100,000.

  • 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:

    •Burglary and vandalism on Loretta Street in Supply; suspect broke out victim’s window and entered victim’s home.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Calbert Circle in Supply; suspect stole money from victim’s van.

    •Breaking and entering and larceny on Stanbury Road in Supply; suspect entered victim’s car and stole an iPod, money and CDs.

  • Candidate filing closed for 17 of 19 Brunswick municipalities

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for November’s municipal elections has closed for 17 of Brunswick County’s 19 municipalities.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and ended noon Friday, July 15, for most municipal races.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

  • New maps splits Brunswick County

    Editor’s note: The General Assembly released new state House and Senate maps last Tuesday evening, after the Beacon went to press.

    WILMINGTON—It’s like a game of musical chairs, but with voting maps.

    The North Carolina General Assembly released yet another round of proposed redistricting maps last Tuesday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 19.

    In the most recent maps released to the public, Brunswick County state House lines are much different than they currently are, or were first proposed.

  • Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit makes several arrests

    On July 1, agents with the Brunswick County Vice-Narcotics Unit, which includes officers from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Shallotte Police Department and Oak Island Police Department, arrested a mother and son on various drug charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Sgt. April Stanley said agents investigated complaints of drug activity at a Shell Point residence.

    Agents searched the home at 1628 Chadwick Landing Road in Shallotte, where they recovered marijuana and drug paraphernalia during an ongoing party.

  • Brunswick beats Hope Mills, wins Junior Dixie Boys Baseball state title

     Connor Durham struck out eight batters in five innings as the Brunswick Junior Dixie Boys baseball team routed Hope Mills 10-0 July 19 and advanced to the World Series.

    Catcher Jordan Flora hit a two-run home run to left field in the first inning and Durham drove in the game-winning two runs in the fifth in the game at Smithville Park.

    The World Series is July 30-Aug. 3 in Seneca, S.C., and for coach L.C. Pigott, this will be the fourth team he has taken to the event.

  • Tourism on the up in the county

     

    BRUNSWICK COUNTY—By all accounts the steady lines of traffic visiting the county’s beach towns are an increase over the past two years.

    With the economy struggling to recover, predicting the tourism season in Brunswick County at the start of 2011 was a bit difficult but it is well under way and business is booming.

  • BCC could become a satellite campus of CFCC if proposal is accepted by the General Assembly

    SUPPLY—She may have only been on the job a week, but Dr. Susanne Adams knew she had to represent Brunswick County in Raleigh last week.

    “I hadn’t been on campus long, but I felt Brunswick needed to be represented there,” Adams said.

    On Wednesday, July 13, Adams joined approximately 40 other community college presidents and trustees in Raleigh to speak and hear discussion related to a recent study that outlines the advantages of merging or consolidating community colleges.