Local News

  • Costs bring back staggered school schedules

    Staggered school schedules will return with the 2013-14 school year.

    One reason is because Brunswick County School officials agreed in January to bear the annual expenses to add nine permanent school resource officers (SROs) in elementary schools.

    At a budget workshop March 19, the school board decided to cover those costs by returning to staggered start times for elementary, middle and high schools.

    The nine elementary resource officers add $497,000 annually to the school budget.

  • Lawing accepts Guilford County manager job

    BOLIVIA—County Manager Marty Lawing accepted an offer March 22 to take the manager’s role with Guilford County.

    The Guilford County commission’s nine-member board voted 6-3 to offer the county manager job to Lawing.

    “They voted at 1 a.m. I confirmed today with the Guilford County chairman (Linda Shaw),” Lawing said Friday.

    “The time was right. You can’t schedule when an opportunity in a county will come.”

  • Information technology separates needs from wants for budget year

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County’s Information Technology department doesn’t just deal with computer issues by turning machines off and turning them on again.

    Department director Steve Randone and his staff work to keep hardware, software and data storage and access for 700 computers in the county government complex active and supported.

    To do so, Randone presented county commissioners with a list of budget items at the March 18 county meeting to address immediate needs and allow improved service in all departments.

  • Merchants hope to unite, get support in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Business owners hoping to launch a future merchants association are seeking the town’s support in more ways than one.

    Ron Watts, Marc Kaplan and Fred Thorne were among those speaking at a March 19 town council workshop for what they hope is a fledgling merchants association.

    The group is seeking funding, it hopes in the form of occupancy tax proceeds as a proposed promotional budget for Sunset Beach.

  • McIntyre seeks to reverse Brunswick County MSA designation

    U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre wants Brunswick County to be reinstated in the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

    “It makes no practical, economic or common sense for Brunswick County to be pulled out of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) and placed in the Myrtle Beach [S.C.] MSA,” McIntyre is quoted in a statement released by his office Monday.

  • New construction springing up on South Brunswick Islands

    After years of slow growth following the peak of the recession, beach-house construction on the South Brunswick Islands is booming.

    Holden Beach has 27 houses under construction, Ocean Isle Beach has 26 and Sunset Beach has 24 under construction or having received certificates of occupancy in the past year.

    Among the houses being built on Holden Beach is one with 16 bedrooms and 16 baths. It’s at 1355 Ocean Boulevard West and encompasses 7,949 square feet of heated space.

  • Family turns tragedy into gift for others

    Dale LaShay Clemmons never met her father. She was born 12 days after he died.

    Now 8 years old, Shay, also known as Little Dale, and her grandparents are making sure Dale (D.J.) Clemmons Jr.’s memory stays alive. The family strives to turn tragedy into a blessing for others.

    On July 22, 2004, at the age of 22, D.J. was killed in an automobile accident in Brunswick County.

  • Beacon staff honored for outstanding work in 2012

    The Brunswick Beacon and its employees once again set themselves apart from the competition in the North Carolina Press Association 2012 News, Editorial and Photojournalism contest and the 2012 Best Ad Contest.

    Winners were announced on Thursday, March 21, during the 2013 Winter Institute and Annual Meeting in Chapel Hill. The Beacon competes in the NCPA’s division C for community newspapers with a circulation of more than 10,000.

  • Easter services dawn early Sunday

    Easter Sunday comes early this year, and so do Easter services scheduled at local beaches and beyond this coming Sunday morning, March 31.

    Other Holy Week events are planned as well.

    Beach services

    Three sunrise services, as well as later morning services, are scheduled Easter Sunday.

    Brunswick Islands Baptist Church and Holden Beach Chapel are sponsoring an Easter sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. Sunday at the Holden Beach Pier.

  • Wendy's nears re-opening

    Wendy’s in Shallotte is almost ready to re-open.

    Franchise spokesman Kelly Durham said management hopes to re-open the restaurant this Friday.

    The restaurant on Whiteville Road has been closed since an out-of-control vehicle struck the building going 50 mph late on March 6, causing extensive damages and sending an employee to the hospital.

    The collision knocked the building off its foundation, causing in excess of $50,000 in damages, Durham said.