https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en New emergency director brings range of experiences to Brunswick County https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/new-emergency-director-brings-range-experiences-brunswick-county <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/conrow_photo_for_41819_img_2849.jpg" alt="Edward Conrow, Brunswick County’s new emergency services director" title="Edward Conrow, Brunswick County’s new emergency services director" align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> By Sharon Chance</p> <p> Staff Writer</p> <p> Despite a busy weekend moving and unpacking, Brunswick County&rsquo;s new emergency services director hit the ground running Monday morning.</p> <p> After meeting with his staff to kick off the week, Edward Conrow is ready to familiarize himself with all the county agencies with whom he will be working in the future.</p> 50-year firefighter: Calabash celebrates Jim Bruno https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/50-year-firefighter-calabash-celebrates-jim-bruno <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_jim_bruno70.jpeg" alt="Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork, right, presents longtime assistant chief Jim Bruno with a replica of an old-time fire chief’s speaking trumpet during Bruno’s 50th-anniversary party Saturday, April 13. The trumpet was a gift from the fire department and board." title="Calabash Fire Chief Randy Bork, right, presents longtime assistant chief Jim Bruno with a replica of an old-time fire chief’s speaking trumpet during Bruno’s 50th-anniversary party Saturday, April 13. The trumpet was a gift from the fire department and board." align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> CALABASH &mdash; A half-century ago, 18-year-old Jim Bruno started his first day of work as a fireman back in his Pennsylvania hometown of Olyphant.</p> <p> He&rsquo;s been fighting fires ever since.</p> <p> Last Saturday, a crowd converged at the Calabash Fire Station to pay tribute to Bruno, longtime assistant chief and grant writer for the volunteer department, upon his 50th anniversary as a firefighter.</p> County Commissioners discuss noise ordinance at regular meeting https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/county-commissioners-discuss-noise-ordinance-regular-meeting <p> BOLIVIA &ndash; The Brunswick County Commissioners listened with empathy to opposing sides concerning the noise ordinance during their regular meeting Monday, April 15.</p> <p> Members of BEAT (Brunswick Environmental Action Team) also approached the board once again seeking a resolution opposing offshore drilling and seismic blasting. In addition, the board heard requests for monies to continue an archaeological study at Brunswick Waterway Park.</p> Sunset Beach acting mayor appealing DWI https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/sunset-beach-acting-mayor-appealing-dwi <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/sb_mark_benton.jpg" alt="Benton" title="Benton" align="left" hspace="6" width="92" height="85" /><p> Sunset Beach Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton is appealing a driving while intoxicated charge for which he was found guilty last year.</p> <p> Benton, 62, currently the acting mayor for the town of Sunset Beach, said a hearing for his pending appeal in Brunswick County Superior Court has not yet been scheduled but could come up in the next couple of months. He is being represented by Shallotte attorney Ryan Smithwick.</p> Cerrato letter cited for dredging grant delay https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/cerrato-letter-cited-dredging-grant-delay <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_sb1.jpeg" alt="Sunset Beach Town Councilman Richard Cerrato, left, listens as fellow councilman John Corbett reads a letter from town attorney Grady Richardson reiterating there is no conflict of interest in the town’s quest to secure grant money for island dredging." title="Sunset Beach Town Councilman Richard Cerrato, left, listens as fellow councilman John Corbett reads a letter from town attorney Grady Richardson reiterating there is no conflict of interest in the town’s quest to secure grant money for island dredging." align="left" hspace="6" width="119" height="85" /><p> SUNSET BEACH &mdash; Town councilman Richard Cerrato was taken to task by fellow council members Tuesday for writing a letter that is among those being blamed for holding up grant money for a future dredging project.</p> Ocean Isle Beach appoints Green to vacant seat https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/ocean-isle-beach-appoints-green-vacant-seat <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/oath_of_office_-_commissioner_david_green_0.jpg" alt=" Mayor Debbie Smith administers the oath of office to newly appointed commissioner David Green. " title=" Mayor Debbie Smith administers the oath of office to newly appointed commissioner David Green. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> Ocean Isle Beach commissioners welcomed David Green to fill the unexpired term of former commissioner Bob Williams during their regular meeting Tuesday, April 9.</p> <p> Williams resigned March 12 due to health issues, according to Mayor Debbie Smith.</p> <p> Williams said his decision stemmed from back surgery requiring an extended recovery, according to a March 21 story in The Brunswick Beacon.</p> Calabash OKs park grant, FEMA funding https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/calabash-oks-park-grant-fema-funding <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/calab_waterfront_park_0.jpg" alt="The town of Calabash has officially received $147,332 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) funding for the town’s future waterfront park overlooking the Calabash River." title="The town of Calabash has officially received $147,332 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) funding for the town’s future waterfront park overlooking the Calabash River." align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> CALABASH &mdash; Town commissioners have authorized budget amendments allocating park grant funding and hurricane reimbursements.</p> <p> Approval came at the monthly board meeting Tuesday, April 9, for $147,332 in state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) funding for the town&rsquo;s future waterfront park overlooking the Calabash River. Commissioners also authorized $97,130 in FEMA hurricane reimbursement money.</p> <p> Both amendments are for the current 2018-2019 fiscal budget.</p> Calabash American Legion celebrates mortgage-burning https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/content/calabash-american-legion-celebrates-mortgage-burning <img src="https://www.brunswickbeacon.com/sites/www.brunswickbeacon.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/a_mortgageburn50.jpeg" alt="Nocha White American Legion Post 503 member Russ Polizzotti tosses a piece of the Post’s mortgage papers into the fire pit during members’ mortgage-burning party Saturday afternoon, April 13, in Calabash. " title="Nocha White American Legion Post 503 member Russ Polizzotti tosses a piece of the Post’s mortgage papers into the fire pit during members’ mortgage-burning party Saturday afternoon, April 13, in Calabash. " align="left" hspace="6" width="128" height="85" /><p> CALABASH &mdash; Thirteen years after dedicating their new building, members of Nocha White American Legion Post 503 celebrated again this past Saturday with a mortgage-burning party.</p> <p> With the building at 10277 Beach Drive now paid in full, Post and Auxiliary members and invited guests gathered for an all-afternoon party that launched with traditional military pomp and the posting of colors.</p>