http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Man, son die in Sunset Beach Jet Ski accident http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/man-son-die-sunset-beach-jet-ski-accident <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0779.jpg" alt="Rescue personnel respond to a Jet Ski accident that killed a Georgia man and his son Friday afternoon at the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier in Sunset Beach." title="Rescue personnel respond to a Jet Ski accident that killed a Georgia man and his son Friday afternoon at the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier in Sunset Beach." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> By Laura Lewis and Lindsay Kriz</p> <p> Staff Writers</p> <p> SUNSET BEACH &mdash; A Georgia man and his son died after their Jet Ski struck the North Carolina Wildlife Resource Commission Fishing Pier on the Intracoastal Waterway in Sunset Beach on Friday afternoon, May 27.</p> <p> The Brunswick County Coroner&rsquo;s Office said John Wernowsky, 51, of Acworth, and his 10-year-old son, Jake, died of blunt force trauma injuries. Efforts to revive them after their watercraft struck the pier about 2:15 p.m. were unsuccessful.</p> From Holden Beach to Haiti: Couple holds garage sale to benefit orphanage http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/holden-beach-haiti-couple-holds-garage-sale-benefit-orphanage <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/haiti_1.jpg" alt="The children in this photo are living in an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, which is operated by two people who go by Madam and Monsieur Dovick, who are also Haitian. Twenty-seven children of all ages live at the orphanage. A school on the property teaches up to eighth-grade level. Three students above the eighth-grade level attended classes off the property at a nearby school. " title="The children in this photo are living in an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, which is operated by two people who go by Madam and Monsieur Dovick, who are also Haitian. Twenty-seven children of all ages live at the orphanage. A school on the property teaches up to eighth-grade level. Three students above the eighth-grade level attended classes off the property at a nearby school. " align="left" hspace="6" width="102" height="85" /><p> HOLDEN BEACH &mdash; Sometimes, interruptions in life are a good thing.</p> <p> That&rsquo;s what Suzanne and Tim Roseberry, of Holden Beach, soon realized after learning about an orphanage in Bon Repos, Haiti, and how they could help the 27 children living there from hundreds, if not thousands, of miles away.</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thankful for the interruption,&rdquo; Tim said. &ldquo;We&rsquo;re thankful for God for stopping us long enough and saying &lsquo;Hey, these kids need help.&rsquo;&rdquo;</p> Brunswick County Schools update 2016-17 dress code http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/brunswick-county-schools-update-2016-17-dress-code <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schools_logo_31.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the dress code for the upcoming school year at its May 24 curriculum/policy committee meeting, school district spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.</p> <p> Swenckis aid the dress code has been part of an ongoing dialogue for several months after a student dress code advisory panel of at least two representatives from all five high schools came together to offer suggestions for improvement.</p> <p> One of the main changes to the dress code is the removal of the uniform from Brunswick County Academy&rsquo;s dress code.</p> State election board to hear protest May 31 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/state-election-board-hear-protest-may-31 <p> The state Board of Elections will consider the protest of Brunswick County&rsquo;s District 4 County Commissioner primary Tuesday.</p> <p> The NCBOE will hold a public meeting at 1 p.m. May 31 in its boardroom at 441 N. Harrington St. in Raleigh.</p> <p> Alan Lewis brought the protest of the March 15 Republican primary election results to the Brunswick County Board of Elections May 4. The three-member BCBOE voted unanimously to send the protest to the state.</p> SBHS senior dies in Wednesday morning traffic collision http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sbhs-senior-dies-wednesday-morning-traffic-collision <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/beatini_glides_at_bbt_cheerleading_showcase_0.jpg" alt="South Brunswick High School senior Lily Beatini glides toward her teammates after they tossed her upward during their first stunt in the BB&amp;T Cheerleading Showcase last August. Beatini died Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision while she was on her way to school." title="South Brunswick High School senior Lily Beatini glides toward her teammates after they tossed her upward during their first stunt in the BB&amp;T Cheerleading Showcase last August. Beatini died Wednesday in a two-vehicle collision while she was on her way to school." align="left" hspace="6" width="42" height="85" /><p> A South Brunswick High School senior has died following a two-vehicle collision Wednesday, May 25.</p> <p> Lily Beatini, 18, was on her way from the Southport area on N.C. 87 near Cougar Road to the school at the time of the accident, Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki and Boiling Spring Lakes Police Chief Brad Shirley said.&nbsp;</p> <p> Shirley said the preliminary investigation shows&nbsp;Beatini lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, overcorrected, crossed the center line and was immediately struck by a waste industries vehicle.</p> Moody’s affirms Brunswick County’s GO bond rating at Aa2 http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/moody%E2%80%99s-affirms-brunswick-county%E2%80%99s-go-bond-rating-aa2 <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/county_logo_9.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Moody&rsquo;s Investors Service has affirmed Brunswick County&rsquo;s Aa2 general obligation bond rating, noting the county has a &ldquo;very high quality credit position.&rdquo;</p> <p> Moody&rsquo;s ratings announcement also notes the county&rsquo;s &ldquo;robust&rdquo; financial position and &ldquo;small pension burden with an exceptionally low debt liability. The county has a very strong economy and tax base overall.&rdquo;</p> SB 875 passes Senate committee in Raleigh http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sb-875-passes-senate-committee-raleigh <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_875_raleigh3.jpg" alt="Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts responds to questions from state District 50 Sen. Jim Davis, co-chairman of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government, at Tuesday’s hearing about Senate Bill 875. Sen. Bill Rabon is standing at left." title="Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts responds to questions from state District 50 Sen. Jim Davis, co-chairman of the Senate Committee on State and Local Government, at Tuesday’s hearing about Senate Bill 875. Sen. Bill Rabon is standing at left." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> RALEIGH &mdash; A controversial bill to de-annex three portions of Sunset Beach was approved by a Senate committee following a hearing Tuesday in Raleigh.</p> <p> Senate Bill 875 Town of Sunset Beach/Deannexation, introduced by District 8 Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, was approved by the Senate Committee on State and Local Government after parties on both sides of the issue, including Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Watts, spoke at a midday hearing in the Legislative Office Building.</p> District presents $152M bond plan to school board http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/district-presents-152m-bond-plan-school-board <img src="http://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/schools_logo_30.jpg" alt="" title="" align="left" hspace="6" width="68" height="85" /><p> By Lindsay Kriz</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> BOLIVIA &mdash;&nbsp;Brunswick County School administrators presented their long-range plan for the proposed $152 million bond referendum to the Brunswick County Board of Education, along with the recommended project list by school.</p> <p> District spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said Tuesday morning&rsquo;s presentation was held so administrations could secure the school board&rsquo;s approval before they forward the information to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners. All school board members except Charlie Miller attended.</p>