https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, schools team up to teach about social media https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/brunswick-county-sheriff%E2%80%99s-office-schools-team-teach-about-social-media <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2019-02-19_at_4.13.38_pm.png" alt="Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit Detective Shannon Mylod and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.K. Nowell lead an informational session on social media on Monday at Leland Middle School to help inform parents about both the positives and dangers of social media when used by students." title="Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Unit Detective Shannon Mylod and Brunswick County Sheriff’s Sgt. T.K. Nowell lead an informational session on social media on Monday at Leland Middle School to help inform parents about both the positives and dangers of social media when used by students." align="left" hspace="6" width="116" height="85" /><p> LELAND&mdash; Brunswick County Schools and the Brunswick County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office teamed up on Monday night at Leland Middle School to teach concerned parents about social media dangers and safety.</p> <p> Leland Middle School Principal Askia Kirby said his school system sees some joys from the use of social media, but sees the headaches as well.</p> Cerrato ousted from Sunset Beach meeting https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/cerrato-ousted-sunset-beach-meeting <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0023.jpg" alt="Town councilman Richard Cerrato gathers his belongings from the dais as he is ordered to leave the Feb. 19 council meeting by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton, center, with assistance from town police chief Ken Klamar, left." title="Town councilman Richard Cerrato gathers his belongings from the dais as he is ordered to leave the Feb. 19 council meeting by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton, center, with assistance from town police chief Ken Klamar, left." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> SUNSET BEACH &mdash; Town councilman Richard Cerrato was ousted from a town council meeting Tuesday morning after repeatedly interrupting while others were speaking and lashing out with accusations.</p> <p> Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton gaveled Cerrato several times and called two recesses at the 9 a.m. meeting before asking town police chief Ken Klamar to escort Cerrato from the building.</p> <p> &ldquo;This is a disgrace in democracy,&rdquo; Cerrato said as he stood up and got ready to exit the meeting room. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s all about power and control.&rdquo;</p> New Jersey woman sentenced to at least 15 years for heroin trafficking https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/new-jersey-woman-sentenced-least-15-years-heroin-trafficking <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/cherelle_renee_hills_mug.jpg" alt="Hills" title="Hills" align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> A New Jersey woman will spend at least 15 years in prison for trafficking heroin last year.</p> <p> Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ronald L. Stephens on Tuesday sentenced 37-year-old Cherelle Renee Hills of Camden, N.J., to serve between 180 and 234 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction.</p> AirLink critical care craft flies to new home at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/airlink-critical-care-craft-flies-new-home-novant-health-brunswick-medical-center <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/screen_shot_2019-02-19_at_4.09.08_pm.png" alt="Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center president Shelbourn Stevens cuts the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce ribbon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the hospital campus in Bolivia. " title="Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center president Shelbourn Stevens cuts the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce ribbon on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at the hospital campus in Bolivia. " align="left" hspace="6" width="130" height="85" /><p> BOLIVIA &mdash; Just two weeks ago a Brunswick County man began to exhibit signs of a stroke.</p> <p> Recognizing it, Brunswick County EMS activated Code Stroke at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. The man was taken by ambulance to Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center where its newly stationed AirLink helicopter was waiting to transport the man to NHRMC on a flight lasting only seven minutes.</p> <p> From the time the man first showed signs of stroke to him reaching the interventional table at NHRMC to have the clot pulled out, only 45 minutes had passed.</p> Brunswick County awaits Cape Fear bridge crossing site https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/brunswick-county-awaits-cape-fear-bridge-crossing-site <p> A year-and-a-half after Leland Mayor Pro Tem Pat Batleman reported the Wilmington Metropolitan Planning Organization was supposed to cut the number of potential routes for a third bridge across the Cape Fear River, northern Brunswick County residents are still waiting to learn where it will cross their path.</p> <p> The Cape Fear Crossing project proposes building a 9.5-mile road with another bridge over the Cape Fear River to help improve traffic and freight movement from U.S. 17 and Interstate 140 in Brunswick County to U.S. 421 near the Port of Wilmington.</p> Two county projects in NCDOT plan for 2020-29 https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/two-county-projects-ncdot-plan-2020-29 <p> LELAND&mdash;Cape Fear Area Rural Planning Organization representatives found out Feb. 6 which of their recommended transportation projects have moved one step closer to full funding by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.</p> <p> The CFRPO includes officials from Brunswick, Pender and Columbus Counties, NCDOT and the Cape Fear Council of Governments.</p> GSATS supports transportation safety measures https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/gsats-supports-transportation-safety-measures <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/dsc_0119_4.jpg" alt="Crash data the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study transportation advisory committee will use to determine safety performance goals to decrease fatalities and serious injuries." title="Crash data the Grand Strand Area Transportation Study transportation advisory committee will use to determine safety performance goals to decrease fatalities and serious injuries." align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> CAROLINA SHORES &mdash; The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study transportation advisory committee approved a resolution Feb. 8 to adopt North Carolina Department of Transportation safety performance measures after a spike in fatalities and injuries from 2016 to 2017.</p> <p> &ldquo;Unfortunately, 2017 was a year when we experienced a large increase in the number of fatalities. In 2016 we had six fatalities. In 2017 we had 15 fatalities,&rdquo; GSATS Dan Newquist said.</p> Calabash tightens dog walking in town park https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/calabash-tightens-dog-walking-town-park <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/img_0009_0.jpg" alt="The town is cracking down on people not abiding by the leash law and other dog-walking rules in Calabash Community Park." title="The town is cracking down on people not abiding by the leash law and other dog-walking rules in Calabash Community Park." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> CALABASH &mdash; The freedom to walk dogs in Calabash Community Park just got a tighter leash.</p> <p> Town commissioners last week approved a motion to install larger signs underscoring fines &ldquo;up to $500&rdquo; for people caught with dogs off-leash.</p> <p> Commissioner Frank Drury initiated the measure approved at the Feb. 12 meeting after a couple of incidents when his dog was attacked in the park by off-leash dogs.</p> <p> He said he&rsquo;s also appalled by owners who leave dog messes and cover them with straw.</p>