Today's News

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Feb. 21

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 22

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 23

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, sugar cookies, grape juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 24

  • Low and slow is the answer when barbecuing your ribs


    etting down the technique of indirect heat is the difference between grilling and burning your ribs. When it comes to barbecue sauce, don’t even think about it until the last 15 or 20 minutes of cooking. Then, think about it constantly.

    When finishing ribs with sauce, coat one side of the ribs with sauce, flip them over, coat the other side and then flip them over again. Repeat the basting process at least three or four times during the final minutes of cooking to ensure the ribs are well coated with sauce and evenly caramelized…not burned.

  • We support measure to strengthen public records laws

    A North Carolina House bill that has passed first reading could lead to a constitutional amendment that would further protect citizens’ rights to public information.

    House Bill 87, whose primary sponsors are Reps. Stephen A. LaRoque, R-Kinston, and Tim Moore, R-Kings Mountain, was filed earlier this month and passed first reading Monday. The bill aims to amend the state constitution to protect the public’s right to know.

  • Ocean Isle Beach commissioners adopt ABC law enforcement contract

    Ocean Isle Beach Commissioners adopted a contract for ABC law enforcement during their monthly meeting last Tuesday.

    “Due to recent legislative changes in the local ABC laws, one of the things they must do is contract with either a county or municipal law enforcement agency to provide ABC law enforcement within the jurisdiction,” town administrator Daisy Ivey said.

    Law also requires the ABC board to spend at least 5 percent of annual profits on the hired law enforcement service.

  • Valentine’s Day bake sale helps students work toward graduation

    BOLIVIA—Students in the Brunswick County Academy’s Occupational Course of Study (OCS) program are used to celebrating holidays.

    As part of the students’ graduation requirements, students must earn service hours and have experience working in a business-like setting. Around holidays, such as Valentine’s Day and Christmas, students prepare a large spread of baked goods and holiday greetings available for purchase by students and staff members.

  • Law enforcement to be immediately notified of weapons on school grounds

    If weapons are found on any Brunswick County Schools campus, law enforcement will be the first to be notified.

    To reiterate the point, Charlie Miller, vice-chairperson of the Brunswick County Board of Education, requested the school system’s policy on prohibited weapons and explosives state at the beginning of such notification.

    “The first sentence in the policy needs to be reporting to law enforcement officials,” he said during a safe schools committee meeting Tuesday morning.

  • School assignment policy updated before process begins

    BOLIVIA—Administrators of Brunswick County Schools are already beginning to talk about the 2011-2012 school year.

    At a policy committee meeting Tuesday afternoon, Faye Nelson, executive director of elementary education, reviewed the school assignment policy with Shirley Babson, board of Education chairperson, and board member John Thompson.

    The number of students who attend different schools than assigned, “is a major issue in some of our schools,” Nelson said.

  • School officials plan to use lottery funds for new sanitary station

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Schools officials are hoping to use funds from the North Carolina Education Lottery to design and construct a new sanitary lift station at West Brunswick High School.

    Steve Miley, executive director of operations, said the school system has paid about $30,000 during the past two years to keep the station operating.

  • 2011 Best of Brunswick winners in this week’s Beacon

    Think you know the Best of Brunswick?

    Votes from the Best of Brunswick 2011 Reader’s Choice Awards have been tabulated, and winners have been named. They appear in a special section inserted in this week’s Beacon.

    This is the fourth year the Beacon has sponsored the contest, which has tripled in participation since its inception.

    “The main point is for Brunswick County residents to vote for who they think is the best,” Angie Sutton, Beacon advertising director, said.

  • County health board rejects privatizing shelter

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Board of Health voted Monday to keep the county animal shelter under government domain rather than have an animal rescue group take over management.

    The 8-2 vote by the board came after Cheri McLain, founder and organizer of Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE), spoke of her group’s proposed plans to privatize the shelter.

    Ray Casteen, representing the Brunswick County Sporting Dog Association, spoke out against doing so.