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Today's News

  • Board's attorney moves to dismiss federal lawsuit

    An attorney for the Brunswick County Board of Education has filed a motion in U.S. District Court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Brunswick County schools employee in August.

    Kathleen Tanner, the board of education’s attorney, filed the motion to dismiss the lawsuit Sept. 25.

    “We have asked the court to dismiss the entire lawsuit, because Ms. Williams has failed to state a claim of discrimination or retaliation,” Tanner wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon.

    “We will look for a ruling from the court in the next six months or so.”

  • Superintendent's corner: Teacher workdays--What takes place?

    For parents, teacher workdays are often inconvenient because of work schedules and the difficulty of finding day care for children. For staff, it is a critical day where staff can continuously review the information available to improve the teaching and learning process.

    Hopefully, the information provided in this edition of “Superintendent’s Corner” will allow parents and the community to see that teacher workdays expand 21st Century teaching opportunities in our classrooms.

  • AGs office to mediate public records dispute with town, local contractor

    It has been more than three months since Kevin Alderman requested public records from the town of Holden Beach, and the N.C. Attorney General’s Office is now involved.

    Since first sending the request to Holden Beach Town Manager David Hewett in June, Alderman has not received any requested records.

    On June 13, Alderman, the president of Alderman Brothers Construction Inc., requested official documents from the town regarding the Holden Beach Harbor dredging project.

  • Ocean Isle Beach has annual Trash Bash

    The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association had its annual Trash Bash Saturday morning.

    Bob Calhoun, chairperson, said 353 volunteers helped make a clean sweep of the island and collected about 1,500 pounds of trash.

    “We were blessed with good weather and everybody had a good time,” he said.

    Calhoun said 15 teams were given specific sections of the island so all areas could be cleaned.

  • Aldermen positive about SAFER grant, set vote

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen aren’t going to hire four full-time firefighters but say they are inclined take advantage of a federal grant for new personnel by hiring two part-time employees and two full-time employees.

    The rest of the grant money would pay the salaries of two part-timers who are already on staff.

    Aldermen said at Tuesday’s pre-agenda meeting they would like people who’ve called about addressing the board to have their say at next week’s regular board meeting. They delayed the vote until then.

  • Board discusses next steps toward vision plan

    SHALLOTTE—The board of aldermen talked about the next steps toward achieving the goals of the town’s vision plan during its pre-agenda meeting Tuesday night.

    Town planner Chris Rogers informed the town board the planning board has recommended extending the plan’s boundaries to include Mulberry Creek and adding the area to the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA) land use plan.

  • Bridge construction on schedule in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—With a peak-hours, tourist-season construction moratorium lifted since Labor Day, new bridgework is progressing on time, a construction official said this week.

    Project superintendent Mark Hackney, on duty at the mainland construction site of the future $31 million, 65-foot-tall Intracoastal Waterway high-rise bridge, said Tuesday work is on schedule.

    Construction of a concrete-and-steel detour bridge on the island is also nearing completion. Hackney said the structure should be ready for public use in about three more weeks.

  • Second teen arrested, more charges in Sunset Beach thefts

    SUNSET BEACH—A second teenager has been arrested and more charges have been placed against another 16-year-old charged last week with theft of a golf cart.

    Carlos Morales, 16, of 7219 Westbrook Ave., was arrested Sept. 24 in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive reported Sept. 20.

    Additional charges against Morales and Shay Gales of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, include larceny of a firearm, first-degree burglary, and two counts of larceny after breaking and entering. Gales was initially charged with the golf cart theft Sept. 22.

  • Ghosts? Anomalies? Or things that can be explained away?

    As part-skeptic, part-believer in some things unexplainable, I was always eager to tag along each October with a friend turned certified ghost hunter while I was a reporter in Kentucky.

    Each October for several years, I’d catch up with Patti Starr, a once-restaurant manager who now leads an interesting life as a full-time ghost hunter. Patti teaches a ghost-hunting course at a Kentucky community college and takes part in a traveling lecture series with well-known psychic/medium Chip Coffey.

  • Upcoming November election gets reporter fired up about politics

    I’ve been fired up about the upcoming election since last January, when I had the opportunity to cover the Republican presidential debate in Myrtle Beach, S.C. It was an incredible experience, and one I hope to repeat. Since then, which hardly seems like nine months ago, I’ve had many more opportunities to cover debates, elections and other political functions. I can’t get enough of it—it’s the best part of my job.