Today's News

  • Few speak out about proposed $190 million budget

    BOLIVIA—With 190 million reasons to speak up during Monday’s public hearing on the county’s upcoming fiscal year’s budget, only one person spoke during the public hearing.

    Bill Bittenbender, president of the Alliance of Brunswick County Property Owners’ Association (ABCPOA), said the alliance had two areas of concern with the proposed $190 million operating budget.

  • Deputy tax collector position won’t be funded in 2011 budget

    BOLIVIA—While there are no across-the-board cuts or proposed furlough days in the proposed 2011 county budget, one commissioner- appointed position won’t be included in the budget.

    In addition to cutting 16 vacant positions, commissioners won’t fund the position of deputy tax collector in the upcoming fiscal year’s $190 million operating budget.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said the position, currently held by Heather Hardee-Bath, was the only commissioner-appointed position that won’t be funded next year.

  • Dog food donations pouring in at Paw's Place

    A pet-food snafu has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Paw’s Place, a local no-kill animal rescue facility in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    “It was a mix-up,” Paw’s Place founder and manager Nancy Janovetz said of the dog-food dilemma that developed last Friday.

    A Paw’s Place volunteer had gone to retrieve the 12-year-old facility’s weekly supply of dry and canned pet food donated by Walmart, only to learn the food had already been taken by mistake for another rescue facility.

  • MOTSU to conduct training exercises June 13-17

    Military Ocean Terminal at Sunny Point (MOTSU) will be conducting training exercises during the week of June 13-17. These exercises will take place in the Southport and Leland area as well as around the Sunny Point facility.

    Loud noises and explosions are possible during this week due to the training exercises being conducted.


  • Restaurants, banks to be considered as allowable uses in Sunset Beach district

    SUNSET BEACH—The town planning board has approved having a public hearing for proposed zoning text changes to allow restaurants, banks and other professional services along the town’s “main drag” in the mainland business district.

    The text-amendment request was made by Carolina Dreams Golf LLC, as discussed at the June 2 planning board meeting.

    The public hearing is scheduled for the board’s next meeting June 16.

  • DSS board members blast commissioners’ settlement with former director

    BOLIVIA—Though he was fired for workplace sexual harassment last year, a settlement with county commissioners in April allowed former DSS director Jamie Orrock to resign or retire rather than be fired.

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services recently adopted a resolution opposing the settlement with Orrock, claiming it “embarrassed” the board and the DSS department.

    In October 2010, Orrock, who helmed the county’s DSS department for nearly 30 years, was terminated for workplace sexual harassment.

  • Shallotte man arrested for rape on Holden Beach

    A Shallotte man has been arrested and charged with rape.

    According to Holden Beach Police Sgt. Justin Hewett, Joshua Ray George, 18, of 536 Columbus St., Shallotte, was arrested on May 31 and charged with second-degree rape.

    Hewett said a 15-year-old girl reported being raped on the beach strand at 109 Ocean Boulevard West on Holden Beach island on May 29.

    The Brunswick Beacon does not identify victims of sexual assault.

    George was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center and placed under a $200,000 secured bond.

  • Oh, Johnny. Federal indictment befalls yet another N.C. politico

    Say it ain’t so, Joe.

    Oops, wrong political reference.

    You’ll have to forgive me. I appear to be in the midst of a political déjà vu, and I seem to be slightly confused by Sarah Palin’s bus to nowhere streaming in and out of consciousness.

    I may have even written this column before. Yes, I definitely have—several times, in fact.

    Only, each time it is a different politician who stars as our tortured protagonist.

  • Thefts, DWI investigated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town police reported the following incidents in the past week:

    •Breaking and entering and larceny of a motor vehicle were reported on Medcalf Lane.

    •Daniel Scott Manning, 25, of Chapel Hill, was arrested and charged June 3 with DWI on Sunset Boulevard.

    •A man on Medcalf Lane reported an identity theft June 2.

    •A larceny of potted plants and containers from property was reported June 2 at Sloan Realty, 420 Sunset Blvd.

  • David steers traffic court appeal to Supreme Court

    BOLIVIA—The next stop for District Attorney Jon David’s traffic court program is in Supreme Court.

    After a North Carolina Court of Appeals panel denied David’s petition seeking to re-instate his traffic court program, David said he would continue his fight in the North Carolina Supreme Court.

    In April, Chief District Judge Jerry Jolly issued a scathing administrative order criticizing David for implementing a new administrative traffic court program, which utilized a driving school program called StreetSafe.