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Today's News

  • Trojans score eight in sixth to beat North Brunswick 8-4

     LELAND—Jesse Simmons’ three-run home run completed an eight-run rally in the sixth inning as West Brunswick beat North Brunswick 8-4 in a conference baseball game March 13.

    North pitcher Tyler Barnes had a one-hitter through five-plus inning and left the game after walking two batters in the top of the sixth. West then scored eight runs, taking advantage of a walk that loaded the bases, an error on an attempted force at home and a hit batter to score the first two runs.

  • Sex offender wanted for stealing dog

    A registered sex offender is wanted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Shallotte Police Department. On Tuesday investigators with Shallotte obtained a warrant for the arrest of Johnny Ray Longworth, 48, address unknown, Shallotte.

    He is a suspect in a breaking and entering and larceny on Shallotte Avenue on March 9. During the incident a 46-inch LCD television and a Jack Russell terrier were stolen from the residence.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK Judicial sunshine: Access to courts and court documents in North Carolina

    For docket and calendar information for district and superior courts in North Carolina, visit www.nccourts.org. Select Brunswick County on the drop-down menu. District court dockets as well as criminal and civil superior court calendars are available online.

    For information, cases, calendars or opinions for the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the North Carolina Supreme Court, visit www.ncappellatecourts.org.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK FOIA: Shining the light on (part of) the federal government

    The Freedom of Information Act: It sounds so powerful, as if muttering the term will grant you immediate access.

    Unfortunately, that is not always the case with Freedom of Information Act, more commonly referred to as FOIA.

    FOIA is to the federal government what the state’s public records law is to North Carolina, with several exceptions, that is.

    The president, most notably, is exempt from FOIA. So are his cabinet and immediate staff.

    So is Congress, both House and Senate. Even the Supreme Court is exempt from FOIA.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK Ocean Isle Beach woman fights for First Amendment

    Editor’s note: Ginny Quaglia is the first recipient of The Brunswick Beacon’s Citizens’ First Amendment Award. Quaglia was selected for the inaugural award from nominations the Beacon received from community members for her commitment to the First Amendment, freedom of information and the public’s right to know.

    Four years ago Ginny and Joe Quaglia retired from Pittsburgh and built their retirement home in Brunswick County.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK How to make a public records request and what to do if you’re denied
    1. First, it’s important to identify the correct agency that is the custodian of the information you’re seeking. It’s also important to be specific about exactly what it is you are seeking.
  • SUNSHINE WEEK The true cost of public records: What agencies can (legally) charge for public documents

    Reporter’s note: Here’s a public records tip. When requesting public information—especially when requesting extensive information—request as much information as possible electronically. Have the custodian of the record e-mail you the information. If they say they cannot e-mail you, provide the custodian with a blank CD or portable drive to upload the information.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK N.C. Open Meetings Law governs how and why boards can retreat to closed sessions

    If members of a public board in North Carolina would like to meet in closed session, they must have a good reason.

    And that reason must be one of nine exemptions to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law.

    The law also requires board members to disclose the nature of their retreat to closed session, including citing the specific provision to the law that allows the board to enter into a closed session.

    There are nine exemptions to the North Carolina Open Meetings Law—all other business must be conducted in the open.

    No exceptions.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Vice Narcotics Unit made several arrests last week. The vice narcotics unit is made up of drug agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, the Oak Island Police Department and the Shallotte Police Department. The following suspects were charged:

  • There’s nothing like beating a dead horse to celebrate Sunshine Week, First Amendment

    “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.”

    No finer words have since been written, and I doubt they ever will.

    There’s a reason our founding fathers made this particular amendment the First Amendment.

    It is for what American men and women have fought and died for more than 230 years.