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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association, NAACP back principal

    The Brunswick County Concerned Pastors and Preachers Association and members of the Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) organized a press conference Monday in support of Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary Principal Patricia Rourk.

    Led by spokesperson the Rev. Lorenza Jackson, the group expressed its dissatisfaction with the board of education in its handling of the incident and charges filed against Rourk.

  • New parks director already at home in Brunswick County

    BOLIVIA—Jim Pryor has found his calling.

    Pryor, who was named the county’s parks and recreation director one month ago this week, said he originally planned to use his master’s degree in sports management to work with professional or college athletics.

    After a brief stint working with both, Pryor tried his hand in the world of parks and recreation, first working as a recreation program manager with the town of Salisbury.

  • Brunswick County Animal Services director resigns

    Brunswick County Animal Services Director Richard Cooper resigned last week, giving little notice as he departed the department Sept. 15.

    Animal services assistant director Dennis Huckster is acting as temporary director over the department consisting of 11 employees. It is headquartered at the county animal shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Huckster said Friday the department is proceeding as usual except for the fact Cooper is no longer there.

    Cooper, contacted at his home in Brunswick County, said he had no comment.

  • Former POW talks freedom, service and teamwork

    Col. Quincy Collins knows something about freedom.

    Like most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live with it. But unlike most Americans, he knows what it’s like to live without it.

    After being shot down over North Vietnam, the Air Force pilot spent the next seven and a half years of his life in prison cells in and around Hanoi.

    Devoid of any freedoms, tortured and deprived, Collins said his time in Vietnamese prisons molded his future.

  • Beacon, ABCPOA join to sponsor candidates' forum on Oct. 7

    SUPPLY—The November election is important for choosing national leaders and also local government officials. Meet the Candidate Night is scheduled for 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at Odell Williamson Auditorium, where Brunswick County residents can get to know their local candidates.

  • Group gathers for prayer vigil supporting Rourk

    A small group gathered outside Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School Tuesday night for a prayer vigil in light of recent charges filed against the school’s principal, Patricia Rourk.

    The Rev. Lorenza Jackson, who has two children at Jessie Mae, said the vigil was not for any one person or any one race, but rather for the school and all its children.

    “Jessie Mae Monroe is a good school,” he said. “We support this school. We support all of our children here. Everybody is somebody.”

  • Deadline to register to vote is Oct. 10

    The deadline to register to vote is 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10.

    To be eligible to vote in Brunswick County, residents must be 18 years old, a U.S. citizen and must be a legal resident domiciled in Brunswick County and North Carolina for 30 days by the date of the next general election day.

    To register to vote, citizenship rights must be restored if ever convicted of a felony. Brunswick County voters cannot vote or be registered to vote in any other county or state.

  • Food service locations get health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A, 80-89, B, 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate.

    Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been re-graded at the management’s request.

  • The Coastal Companies employees volunteer to give back

    Many employees at The Coastal Companies donated time and talent to charitable causes.

    Laura Shaurer, property manager and broker-in-charge at Coastal Vacation Resorts on Oak Island, is a certified master diver who spends every Sunday volunteering at the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher as a member of their dive team.

    Volunteers participate in two dives per day, 364 days a year, answering questions from visitors and educating them about the varied habitats under the sea.

  • Unique food market planned for family's general store

    SUPPLY—What started out as a family-owned and operated general store in 1963 and ended its most recent incarnation as a tax preparer’s office three years ago will soon come full circle. It will open again as a family-owned and operated local food and gift market.

    After Blanton’s Tax Service on Stone Chimney Road closed in 2005, the large cinder block building off N.C. 211 remained filled with papers, furniture and odds and ends belonging to the Blanton family.