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Today's News

  • County takes over Calabash rescue

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has approved taking over the assets of the Calabash Volunteer Rescue

    The county will take three vehicles and a building, and assume the debt on the assets.

    County Manager Ann Hardy asked commissioners to approve a budget amendment of $400,000 to cover the total assumed debt of $358,000 and any unforeseen additional costs at the Monday, June 1, board meeting.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we honored our fallen military heroes, as well as our living veterans; we passed a bill to save magistrates from termination because of religious beliefs; and we analyzed the final House budget that we passed the previous week.

    The beautiful weather of Memorial Day weekend turned into a hot and humid week in Raleigh. The shortened week gave us time to catch our breath and continue to analyze the budget we passed in the House and sent to the Senate on May 22.

  • All are entitled to have, and share, opinions

    Of all the editorials we’ve published in my time here at the Beacon taking the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners to task, the only one that prompted the commissioners themselves to respond in writing is the one from May 7 condemning the Ku Klux Klan.

  • Roundabouts require more practice, our patience and sound design

    Regardless of whether motorists like them, roundabouts  (or traffic circles) seem to be the ways of the future for busy Brunswick County intersections.
    The small one at First Street on the island of Ocean Isle Beach took some getting used to once it opened several years ago. A larger version was successfully installed at the foot of the Mannon C. Gore Bridge to Sunset Beach island last summer and, despite initial trepidation, appears to function as intended.

  • Babson to continue baseball career at SCC

    SHALLOTTE  — West Brunswick senior Brett Babson signed a letter of intent June 2 to play baseball at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville.

    “I want to get a start on (college baseball) and continue to play ball,” Babson said. “I plan to transfer and go on to a four-year college.”

    Worley Edwards, the SCC athletics director, was at the signing. (SCC is interviewing for new baseball coach.)

  • West Brunswick Youth Softball Organization scholarships
  • Saadiq Johnson to continue basketball career at Averett

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Saadiq Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Averett Unversity in Danville, Va.

    “They recruited me hard,” Johnson said. “I fit in well with the players in the program. And they win — I like to win.”

    Johnson will be receiving nearly $21,000 per year from an academic scholarship.

    “It helps my family so I can go up there, play basketball and get an education,” he said.

    Averett showed an interest in Johnson in the fall.

  • Saadiq Johnson to continue basketball career at Averett

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior Saadiq Johnson has signed a letter of intent to play basketball at Averett Unversity in Danville, Va.

    “They recruited me hard,” Johnson said. “I fit in well with the players in the program. And they win — I like to win.”

    Johnson will be receiving nearly $21,000 per year from an academic scholarship.

    “It helps my family so I can go up there, play basketball and get an education,” he said.

    Averett showed an interest in Johnson in the fall.

  • Sunset Beach calls bond on Jaguar’s Lair

    The town of Sunset Beach has officially notified the bond company for Coastal Communities at Ocean Ridge Plantation, aka Jaguar’s Lair, of its claims against surety bonds for infrastructure work in the Phase VI development.

    The announcement came Tuesday morning by way of a news release from the town of Sunset Beach.

    “The town’s claim asserts that work remains incomplete,” reads the statement issued by Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 18, 19, 20 and 22 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, May 18

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerks Kimberly Register and Jennifer Jones: