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Today's News

  • Tips when making a public records request

    The most important thing to remember when making a public records request is to identify exactly what information you’re seeking.

    As part of our Sunshine Week investigation, reporters from The Brunswick Beacon visited 19 different agencies throughout the county requesting different public documents.

    The newsroom personnel did not identify themselves as Beacon employees but rather, said they were citizens requesting information. In some instances, they gave their first or full names if it was requested.

  • Commissioners amend stormwater regulations

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday amended two sections of the county stormwater ordinance.

    The first amendment was to change the fee schedule for annual stormwater inspections and re-inspections, if necessary, engineering director Jeff Phillips said.

  • Brunswick County Town Halls

    We visited six town halls in Brunswick County seeking information about town employees included in the public records law.

    Shallotte Town Hall

    What we asked for: Salaries for town employees.

    How they did: The town clerk immediately furnished the request at no cost.

    What they said: Not every town employee in Shallotte is trained in public records laws, but “we train the ones responsible for it,” town administrator Paul Sabiston said.

  • Fourth-grader, dad killed in wreck

    A 9-year-old Belville Elementary School student and his father, an Iraq war veteran, were killed Friday in a motorcycle wreck on U.S. 21. The wreck happened north of Elkin. They were on their way to the mountains.

  • Novant finalizes land purchase for new hospital

    SUPPLY—Brunswick Community Hospital is one step closer to its new facility. The purchase of land for the new hospital has recently been finalized.

    Novant Health, the Winston-Salem-based owners of Brunswick Community Hospital, has closed on a 100-acre site on U.S. 17 for its replacement hospital, about 3 miles from the hospital’s current location.

    The 100-acre site purchased by Novant is part of a larger site owned by the Wilmington-based Cameron Management and Funston Partners.

  • Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty honors top employees

    Coldwell Banker Sloane Realty recognized the outstanding achievements of its top sales agents for 2007 at its annual Agent Award Dinner on Feb. 19 at Brunswick Plantation.

    The company, awarded Coldwell Banker’s President’s Award of Honor, as well as the premier office designation for its Ocean Isle Beach office, was the No. 1 real estate company in Brunswick County in 2007, based on listing market share, pending market share and sold sales volume.

  • Brunswick County restaurants receive 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 regraded at the management’s request.

  • Brent Hood earns Master Award for 2007 sales production

    Century 21 Home Town Realty announces Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized Brent Hood, sales associate with the office, as one of the system’s top-producers nationwide. He was honored with the coveted emerald-level Century 21 Masters Award.

    Emerald level status is awarded to an agent who has met minimum sales production of 40 or more closed transaction sides within a calendar year. A gold-plated lapel pin with emerald accent is awarded to the agent during the awards ceremony, in addition to a trophy and a personal invitation to attend a Century top agent retreat.

  • Brunswick man sentenced to more than 19 years for child pornography charges

    RALEIGH—A Brunswick County man and former Calabash firefighter has recently been sentenced to more than 19 years in federal prison for transmitting child pornography over the Internet.

    U.S. District Judge W. Earl Britt sentenced Collier Douglas Sessoms, 32, of 1074 Captain Court, Calabash, to 235 months in prison and a $5,000 fine for transporting child pornography and obscene materials over the Internet.

    Sessoms pleaded guilty to federal charges in December 2006, according to a U.S. Attorney’s office press release.

  • County crime roundup

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

    •Larceny of utilities on Eagles Nest Drive in Leland; suspect tampered with power meter box.

    •Larceny on Myrtlehead Road; suspect took items from victim’s vehicle.

    •Communicating threats on River Road in Leland; suspect left a threatening message on victim’s phone.