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Today's News

  • Agents arrest five on drug charges

     The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested five people last week after investigations based on tips from the community, according to a sheriff’s office news release.

    On Thursday, Aug. 14, agents arrested Antonio Green of Leland and Joseph Wayne Everhart, both of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Rising second-graders shining ‘STARS’ this summer

     SUNSET BEACH — Fifteen students who participated in a summer reading program are shining like stars as they prepare for the new school year.

    Seaside United Methodist Church hosted STARS (Seaside Teaching and Reaching Students), a six-week summer reading program from the beginning of July through the middle of August.

  • Three Leland police officers suspended pending investigations

     Three Leland police officers are on unpaid administrative leave after the department launched an internals affairs investigation last week.

    Detectives Sgt. Richard Christopher, Patrick McGowan and Ryan O’Connor have been suspended, town manager David Hollis said during a Monday, Aug. 18, telephone interview with the Beacon.

    Chief Mike James did not return phone calls seeking comment about the suspensions.

  • Mitchell no longer a trustee at Charter Day School Inc.

     Three weeks after resigning from the N.C. Charter School Advisory Board, Roger Bacon Academy founder Baker Mitchell is no longer listed a member of the board of trustees at Charter Day School (CDS) Inc., according to the company’s website.

    Roger Bacon Academy (RBA) spokeswoman Sawyer Batten said Mitchell’s service on the board ended nearly a year ago, in September 2013.

  • Some county teachers can expect pay raises under state budget

     Some Brunswick County teachers can expect pay raises in the coming years after the North Carolina General Assembly passed its annual budget.

    House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate Majority Leader Phil Berger held a news conference July 29 to announce the details.

  • Trooper resigns after arrest, DWI charge in Brunswick County

     A N.C. Highway Patrol trooper has resigned after being arrested on a driving while impaired charge last week near Ocean Isle Beach.

    William B. Thompson, 40, of Ocean Isle Beach, was arrested just after 8 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 13, near Ocean Isle Beach Road and U.S. 17, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Thompson was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility and released the same night.

  • Bird Island walk offers fresh air, perspective

    It took me almost all summer, but I was finally able to make time to go on one of the free walks along the shore of Bird Island Coastal Reserve in Sunset Beach last week.

    The walks, led by members of the Bird Island Preservation Society, take place every Wednesday through August, so you’ve got one more chance to go if you’re interested. I heartily recommend it.

  • Be clear on oceanfront swimming pools issue

    Sunset Beach town leaders are pushing for a change to allow swimming pools on the oceanfront.

    The change is on a list of proposed Unified Development Ordinance amendments reviewed by the Sunset Beach Planning Board at its Aug. 7 meeting. The proposal is to add swimming pools as a permitted use in all town zoning districts except mainland business MB2, which could pave the way for a public swimming pool.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    The North Carolina House and Senate held no voting sessions for almost two weeks, so there was no column in this series last week. There were “skeleton sessions” held to comply with the constitution, which says we must meet every four days while in session. These sessions are attended by members who live in the immediate area or are in Raleigh for other reasons. No votes are taken, but bills can be received from the other chamber and moved in and out of committees from the floor during these sessions.

  • Calabash approves economic development committee

    CALABASH — The Calabash Board of Commissioners has approved establishing a town economic development committee.

    The board unanimously approved the measure at its monthly meeting Aug. 12.

    The idea originated with Michael Herring, a member of the Calabash Planning and Zoning Board. Town commissioners subsequently directed town administrator Chuck Nance and town clerk Kelley Southward to meet with Herring in July.

    Herring researched local economic development committees and proposed a couple of purpose or mission statements.