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Today's News

  • Commissioners OK changes to employee, spouse healthcare benefits

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners have agreed to tweak the county’s healthcare coverage for county employees and their spouses to keep healthcare costs in line.

    During their two-day budget retreat last Wednesday, Feb. 15, and Thursday, Feb. 16, county human resources director Debbie Barnes presented commissioners with options to curb rising healthcare costs.

    Since the county went to a self-insured model last year, Barnes said commissioners could enact policies or changes to stabilize rising healthcare costs.

  • Brunswick County loses out to Georgia in Caterpillar deal

    Brunswick County has come up short in luring another major industry to the county.

    Just months after losing the bid for Continental Tire and its estimated 1,300 jobs to Sumter County, S.C., in October, Brunswick County lost a bid for Caterpillar Inc. and its estimated 4,000 jobs. Caterpillar Inc. will locate in Georgia.

    Brunswick County Economic Development Director Jim Bradshaw said Brunswick County was eliminated from Caterpillar’s search Feb. 7.

  • Attorney disputes DA’s claims about officer shooting

    Attorney Mark Lewis has taken issue with a press release District Attorney Jon David issued last week, clearing a sheriff’s deputy of any wrongdoing in a December 2011 shooting.

    Last week, David cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Brian Tully, saying his actions in a Dec. 26, 2011, shooting were justified and “the need for deadly force was authorized.”

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Open meetings violation one cause for Warren’s removal

    BOLIVIA—Of the items considered for DSS chairman and county commissioner Charles Warren’s removal from the DSS board Monday night, commissioners heard evidence about the DSS board’s open meetings violation on Dec. 13, 2011.

    At that meeting, board member David Grimes read, at Warren’s direction, a statement saying the reason for going into closed session was N.C. GS 143.318(a)3 and (a)6, to consult with an attorney and to discuss personnel, respectively.

  • Beacon to honor community members with First Amendment award

    SHALLOTTE—In honor of Sunshine Week, The Brunswick Beacon will honor a community member or members for commitment to freedom of information and the First Amendment.

    Sunshine Week is an annual event created by the American Society of News Editors. This year, it will take place March 11-17, and, in keeping with the Beacon’s commitment to freedom of information, we want to recognize a community member who has stood up for freedom of information.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Burglary and vandalism on Harbour Edge Drive in Supply; suspect forcefully entered victim’s back door, damaging screen door and glass door.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Southport-Supply Road in Southport; suspect entered victim’s business, damaging the walls and electrical wiring. The suspect reportedly stole money, a digital camera and a camera system DVR.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

    From Feb. 13-19, ACE deputies patrolled Longwood, Leland, Winnabow, Holden Beach Road and Beach Drive.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Charles Ard Jr., 38, of 3935 Gladiola Court, Myrtle Beach, S.C., was charged with driving while impaired and driving while license revoked.

  • Southport man killed in wreck on N.C. 211

    A Southport man was killed Sunday when his vehicle was struck head-on by a police cruiser on N.C. 211 near Oak Island.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Troy Pope said Jack Ferguson Kirkland, 73, of Southport, was killed Sunday when his van was struck head-on by a Southport Police cruiser.

    The Southport Police officer, Joshua Wesley Gaughf, 22, of Bolivia, was not at fault, Pope said.

    Pope said Gaughf was traveling north on N.C. 211 about a half a mile from Oak Island.

  • Girls’ basketball playoff video: West Brunswick vs. Cleveland
  • Basketball video: Lady Trojans vs. Cleveland in playoffs