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Today's News

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: Public computer quiet as a mouse in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—It was set up as a way for the town to reach out to citizens and keep them informed. But a simple computer terminal in the lobby at Sunset Beach Town Hall has drawn little to no interest.

    In fact, town receptionist Judy Presnell says not one person has stopped by town hall to use the computer since it was installed last August.

    Most people already have computer access, says Presnell, who is responsible for logging people in at the front desk.

    And out-of-towners tend to bring their own laptops as well, she said.

  • County and BOE emails: Yours for the reading

    At the Brunswick County complex in Bolivia public access to emails, which are public record, is available through email terminals.

    Both the county and the board of education have email terminals.

    The county set up its email terminal in spring 2009 in response to a suggestion by local media outlets.

    “Prior to the email terminal, if there were any requests we made them available,” said Steve Stone, assistant county manager. “We discussed the best way and decided on a public terminal.”

  • A keeper of public records who gets it right

    Editor’s note: The Beacon recognizes Brenda Clemmons, Brunswick County Register of Deeds, as a public official who does it right. Each month without a request, Clemmons mails the Beacon an income and expense report. She said the report is mailed to several media outlets, the county finance office, the county manager and county commissioners.

     

    A keeper of public records who gets it right

    By Rachel Johnson

    Staff Writer

  • Earth Hour—Go dark for the planet

     

    The county is invited to join a worldwide public environmental action event called Earth Hour.

    At 8:30 p.m. Saturday, March 31, millions of people around the globe will switch off the lights of their homes and businesses for one hour to acknowledge a commitment to go actions that benefit the planet in the year ahead.

    Linda Rudick, member of Keep Brunswick County Beautiful, is coordinating local Earth Hour efforts.

  • Ocean Isle residents oppose stormwater changes

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—After hearing opposition from residents during the public comment portion of Tuesday’s board of commissioner’s meeting about proposed stormwater modifications along Scotland Street, commissioners decided to set a special meeting.

  • Reasearcing can be a maze

    In my nearly decade as a journalist, the Beacon is the first newspaper I’ve ever worked for that celebrated the week designated to shining light on public records.

    Last year was my first Sunshine Week and I was thrust into the mix of it without a full understanding of what it was or why we were doing it.

    I admit I was confused as to why a weekly newspaper would commit so much precious print space to explaining the process of obtaining public records. I figured if people wanted to obtain a record they would figure it out or go online.

  • Rally for a Cure at WBHS

    SHALLOTTE—West Brunswick High School is rallying for a cure.

    Two weeks ago, WBHS students and staff kicked off Relay for Life season with an educational assembly where students heard personal stories from families who have lost loved ones to cancer.

    The event was the result of a student’s senior project that revealed many students were unaware of what Relay is all about.

    “We really wanted to educate the kids as to what Relay is,” said Chellie McDowell, WBHS secretary. “I think we got their attention.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •At 6:53 p.m., Sunday, March 11, a vehicle traveling on East Second Street lost control and struck the residence at 2 Monroe St., causing minor damage to the residence.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Michelle Ashley Boahn, 29, of 5401 N.C. Highway 210, Stedman, was charged with shoplifting at Walmart.

    •Kiana Malika Galloway, 22, of 816 Fulton St., Reidsville, was charged with failure to appear on charges of injury to real property. Galloway was picked up at Birch Pond apartments on an outstanding warrant.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK What you would have missed: Five years of celebrating Sunshine Week

    For more than a year, the Beacon has been challenging county commissioner Charles Warren on various open meetings and public records violations as his role as former chairman of the DSS board.

    Warren has since been removed from the DSS board, for, among other things, violating the state’s open meetings law.

    But the Beacon has been challenging government agencies long before Warren was kicking reporters out of meetings.

    Here’s a look back at the Beacon shining the light on public records and open meetings.