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Today's News

  • Meeting about Sunset Beach proposed park is Aug. 2

    SUNSET BEACH—Withers & Ravenel consulting firm will have a public meeting from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input on what should go in the proposed 5-acre public park site on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The meeting will be in the form of a “charrette,” in which the public will have an opportunity to sit down at tables and participate in the design of the park, according to Sunset Beach Town Clerk Lisa Anglin.

  • Sunset Beach council puts itself in charge of state of emergency

    SUNSET BEACH—At the suggestion of Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Lou De Vita, town council has approved a change granting authority to council, rather than the mayor, during a state of emergency in the town.

    Unanimous approval came at council’s monthly workshop July 17.

    Town ordinances 91.02 and 91.03 previously empowered the mayor to declare and issue restrictions in a state of emergency. Council approved changing wording in those sections to “town council” and “council” to replace “mayor.”

  • Answers to some things you may—or may not—be wondering about

    Pedaling like mad Monday in a cycling class I had resumed after abstaining because of a sprained wrist, I wondered: Why, just because I had been out for a month, does it feel like starting all over again?

    While the tough-and-fit instructor and most of the class spun their two-wheelers way above the speed limit, I was going at a sea-turtle rate of about 15. I could barely breathe. I felt my face turning red—more out of effort than embarrassment, I think.

  • Charges dropped in case against visiting priest

    BOLIVIA—Prosecutors have dropped charges against a visiting Catholic priest who was arrested in Brunswick County in 2010.

    The Rev. Edgar Sepulveda, 49, was arrested in January 2010, charged with one count of second-degree sexual offense and one count of sexual battery. Sepulveda was suspended from the priesthood when he was arrested more than two years ago.

    According to a press release from the Catholic Diocese of Raleigh, Bishop Michael Burbidge suspended Sepulveda on Jan. 8, 2010.

  • Jackson, Hewett re-appointed as chair, vice-chair of DSS board

    BOLIVIA—With the assistance of an attorney for the first time in more than a year and a half, members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services appointed a chairman and vice-chairman at their meeting Tuesday.

    Tina Jackson was re-appointed as chair of the county’s DSS board, and Bernest Hewett was re-appointed as vice-chairman.

  • Accreditation team cites board of education involvement with school district leadership

    Editor’s note: This is the first in a series of stories about Brunswick County Schools’ recent national accreditation process and report.

    BOLIVIA—A national accreditation team has cited the Brunswick County Board of Education for “interference” in school and administrative matters in a report released this week.

    Team members from AdvancED conducted their assessments in Brunswick County between April 1 and April 4. They scored Brunswick County Schools in seven categories.

  • State unemployment remains at 9.4 percent in June

    RALEIGH—Unemployment in North Carolina was 9.4 percent in June.

    June marks the third consecutive month North Carolina’s unemployment rate was 9.4 percent, according to information released by the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    June’s 9.4 percent unemployment tops the nation’s 9.1 percent rate for June. It’s more than a point lower from the same time last year. North Carolina’s unemployment rate in June 2011 was 10.6 percent.

  • Brunswick County crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Assault on a government official on U.S. 17 in Shallotte on July 20.

    •Burglary and larceny on Gause Landing Road in Ocean Isle Beach on July 20.

    •Resisting a public officer on Long Acres Drive in Ocean Isle Beach on July 20.

    •Vandalism on Forest Drive in Supply on July 20.

    •Vandalism on Ocean Isle Palms Boulevard in Ocean Isle Beach on July 20.

    •Larceny on Beach Drive in Calabash on July 20.

  • No upset bids filed by Monday’s deadline for former hospital, land

    BOLIVIA—No upset bids were filed by Monday’s deadline to purchase what was once Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Debby Gore, clerk to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, said no one filed an upset bid to purchase the former 60-bed hospital and more than 30 acres of land by the 5 p.m. deadline Monday, July 23.

    At their meeting Monday, July 2, commissioners accepted the $1,575,050 bid from Jacobs Real Estate Advisors LLC and Katierich Asset Management LLC, restarting the clock on the upset bid process, which closed Monday.

  • Illegal alien pleads guilty to first-degree rape of a child

    BOLIVIA—An illegal alien has pleaded guilty to raping and impregnating an 11-year old girl.

    According to assistant district attorney Meredith Everhart, Luis Perez-Valencia, 34, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon in Brunswick County Superior Court to first-degree rape.

    The victim was an 11 year-old girl from Leland. The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault. At the time of the rape, which was in 2011, Perez-Valencia was in the United States illegally, Everhart said.