http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Hurricane Jose lingers as Hurricane Maria threatens coast http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/hurricane-jose-lingers-hurricane-maria-threatens-coast <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/hurricane_tuesday_screen_shot.png" alt="A map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center identified the locations of Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Marie and Tropical Depression Lee as of Tuesday, Sept. 19." title="A map provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center identified the locations of Hurricane Jose, Hurricane Marie and Tropical Depression Lee as of Tuesday, Sept. 19." align="left" hspace="6" width="134" height="85" /><p> The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Hurricane Center in Miami announced Hurricane Maria became a Category 5 storm as of 8 p.m. Monday.</p> <p> By Tuesday afternoon, the hurricane was 110 miles southeast of St. Croix in the Virgin Islands, moving northwest at 10 mph. Forecasts show it was likely to continue in that direction and reach Puerto Rico on Wednesday.</p> <p> The hurricane was reported to have sustained winds of 160 mph; 110 mph is considered a major hurricane.</p> School board approves Town Creek schools’ designs http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/school-board-approves-town-creek-schools%E2%80%99-designs <p> BOLIVIA &mdash; The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the schematic designs for the addition to Town Creek Elementary School and the new Town Creek Middle School during its meeting Tuesday afternoon.</p> County board OKs school bond financial advisor, water connection http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/county-board-oks-school-bond-financial-advisor-water-connection <p> BOLIVIA &mdash; Brunswick County commissioners approved a contract Monday night with Stephens Inc. to serve as the financial advisor to issue the first phase of General Obligation (GO) bonds for Brunswick County Schools improvements and expansion.</p> <p> County Manager Ann Hardy said the $152 million in bonds will be issued in phases with $52,950,000 to be issued in July 2018.</p> <p> In July 2020, $47,550,000 will be issued for phase two and $51,500,000 will be issued in July 2022 for phase three.</p> Chamber collects Florida clean-up kits http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/chamber-collects-florida-clean-kits <p> The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce office is a drop-off location for residents who want to donate clean-up kits for Floridians in need following Hurricane Irma.</p> <p> Kits should be taken to the chamber offices no later than Wednesday, Sept. 20. East Coast Moving will be picking up the supplies Thursday, Sept. 21.</p> <p> What is a clean-up kit? One 5-gallon bucket filled with one each of the following: broom, mop, bleach, large sponge, small sponge and floor cleaner.</p> Latest Lockwood Folly dredge work finished, for now http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/latest-lockwood-folly-dredge-work-finished-now <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/170825-a-im544-001.jpg" alt="Mate Eric McCafferty keeps his eye on the boundaries of the channel onboard the Merritt dredge at Lockwood Folly Inlet near Holden Beach on Thursday, Aug. 24." title="Mate Eric McCafferty keeps his eye on the boundaries of the channel onboard the Merritt dredge at Lockwood Folly Inlet near Holden Beach on Thursday, Aug. 24." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Maintenance dredging of the Lockwood Folly Inlet has been completed, a spokesman with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week.</p> <p> USACE Wilmington District completed work in the inlet between Holden Beach and Oak Island that resumed in late August. Work by the shallow-draft side-cast Merritt dredge had to be suspended in July after the half-century-old vessel had to be taken up to Manns Harbor near the Outer Banks for repairs to a hole and breach on the dredge boat that had caused it to start taking in water.</p> Jessica’s Journey: Former teacher travels the globe for God http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/jessica%E2%80%99s-journey-former-teacher-travels-globe-god <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/traveling_teacher_1.jpg" alt="A photo on Jessica Bundy’s blog shows the city of Kathmandu in Nepal. Bundy, a former Supply Elementary School teacher, is on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip. Bundy, 24, left in August and has so far been to southern India and Kathmandu, Nepal. " title="A photo on Jessica Bundy’s blog shows the city of Kathmandu in Nepal. Bundy, a former Supply Elementary School teacher, is on the World Race, an 11-month mission trip. Bundy, 24, left in August and has so far been to southern India and Kathmandu, Nepal. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> Christ&rsquo;s presence has been felt by 24-year-old Jessica Bundy for a long time. But the Southport native and former Supply Elementary School teacher said she decided about two years ago it was time to truly let the Lord into her life.</p> <p> &ldquo;Since then, I realized the Lord&rsquo;s plans for us are the best,&rdquo; she said.</p> <p> But Bundy knew she didn&rsquo;t want to keep the good news all to herself and set out to spread the word to everyone she could.</p> <p> The World Race made that possible.</p> Sunset Beach to address park fees Oct. 2 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sunset-beach-address-park-fees-oct-2 <p> SUNSET BEACH &mdash; Town council is stepping up consideration of town park fees and other matters after Mayor Pro Tem Carol Scott took issue with ongoing delays and a lack of agenda items at council&rsquo;s second meeting of the month Tuesday, Sept. 19.</p> <p> Following debate about a deadline and time factor, council informally agreed to address park rules and fees at its next meeting Monday, Oct. 2.</p> <p> Scott also complained about a scant agenda Tuesday.</p> Supply man wins $150,000 Powerball prize http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/supply-man-wins-150000-powerball-prize <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/lotto_logo_10.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="156" height="85" /><p> Joseph Britt of Supply is celebrating after he won $150,000 playing Powerball. He beat odds of one in 913,129 to win the prize in the Sept. 13 drawing, according to a N.C. Education Lottery news release.</p> <p> His good fortune happened after he stopped at the Minuteman Food Mart on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte and bought a Powerball ticket.</p> <p> The ticket matched the numbers on the four white balls and the Powerball to win $50,000. Because Britt added the $1 Power Play feature, the prize tripled to $150,000 when the 3X multiplier was drawn.</p>