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  • CIS offers before- and after-school care with staggered start

    Brunswick County Schools’ decision to go to a staggered start schedule threw off Communities in Schools after school program plans.

    But CIS has reorganized and expanded its services to provide before-school and after-school programs in the new school year.

    “For the last several years we have operated after-school child care programs from the time schools released (students) until 6 p.m.,” CIS director Kathy Smith said.

  • Quick thinking weather boy earns a medal from Varnamtown officials

    When a tornado touched down in Varnamtown on Friday, it was a moment one resident has prepared for almost his whole life, all eight years of it.

    The National Weather Service reported an EF-0 tornado—based on the Enhanced Fujita (EF) scale used to rate the strength of tornadoes based on the damage they cause—touched down near Varnamtown along Stone Chimney Road at 1:22 a.m. Friday, June 7. While the tornado was rated on the weak end of the scale, winds were estimated at 70 mph, trees were downed, and there was some damage.

  • Commissioners handle parks maintenance

    Brunswick County commissioners took on a number of issues intended to benefit the county’s parks at their June 3 board meeting.

    Commissioners voted unanimously to add Brunswick County to a list of 100 counties and municipalities asking state lawmakers to maintain revenues dedicated to the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund.

    Jim Pryor, Brunswick County Parks and Recreation director, proposed a resolution to maintain PARTF funding.

    “In 18 years we’ve had 18 projects (funded) at a total of $4.4 million,” Pryor said.

  • $95,500 park-engineering contract up for review Tuesday in Sunset Beach

    Sunset Beach Town Council will discuss and consider acceptance of a $95,500 park engineering proposal at its upcoming monthly workshop.

    The session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Tuesday, June 18, at Sunset Beach Town Hall. A special meeting has also been called for 1 p.m. Tuesday for council to go into closed session to discuss a personnel matter.

    The workshop discussion will include representatives from Withers & Ravenel engineering and surveying firm of Cary.

    Also on Tuesday’s workshop agenda are review of streetscape requests-for-proposals.

  • The Brunswick Beacon launches Pet Idol contest

    Attention, pet lovers.

    Do you think you have the cutest pet? For only $15 you can enter your pet’s picture, whether it is Goldie the fish or Fifi the poodle in The Brunswick Beacon’s Pet Idol contest.

    The deadline for entries is June 28, and the pictures will run with descriptions July 11 so readers can vote for their favorites. The winner will receive a gift basket of pet goodies, a trophy and a T-shirt with the pet’s winning photo.

  • Summer concerts, movies at the beach and beyond

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2013.

    New this year is a Thursday series in Calabash, where concerts will take place on Thomasboro Road and movies shown in the town’s new Calabash Community Park at the corner of Persimmon Road and Traders Lane.

    More of the series is in store in Ocean Isle Beach, Shallotte, Holden Beach, Sunset Beach, Leland and Southport.

  • Teen rushes to aid of mom with CPR

    When the West Brunswick High School Class of 2013 graduates this Saturday, one proud mom seated in the audience will be especially grateful.

    Christine Muniz is thankful she’ll be able to see 18-year-old daughter Megan graduate after suffering a life-threatening asthma/allergy attack at her Shallotte Point home during the early-morning hours of June 2.

    Muniz and her family credit Megan for rushing to her mother’s aid, using CPR skills she was taught at a Saturday class last December to help save Muniz’s life.

  • Twelve-year-old rescues fawn from lake

    SUNSET BEACH—Shortly after noon Sunday, Lee Gushman arrived home from church just in time to find her 12-year-old son, Connor, in the lake and calling for help.

    “He said, ‘Mommy, Mommy, help!’” said Connor’s mom, Lee Gushman.

    Without fearing for his own safety or the possibility of lurking alligators, Connor had waded barefooted right into Lake Medcalf to rescue a baby deer that had wandered into the water.

  • Town administrator gets a boost in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a 5 percent merit raise for Carolina Shores Town Administrator Mike Hargett.

    The unanimous vote came at the town board’s monthly meeting June 6, following a closed session for the board to conduct a review of Hargett’s performance.

    The maximum merit increase of 5 percent boosts his salary to $78,923 annually.

  • Sheriff's office to provide no more info on baby death

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is not releasing any more information regarding the death of a 4-month-old baby in Shallotte last week.

    Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said this week Sheriff John Ingram stated his office would not be providing any more information about the case due to its sensitive nature.

    Randy Lee Richardson II, 19, of 1515 Pelican Place in Shallotte, was brought into custody at 1:45 a.m. last Wednesday, June 5, on a charge of murder of 4-month-old Colton Tillman Richardson.