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Today's News

  • St. James Flea Market set for April 30

    For the 13th year, the St. James Service Club is proud to present its annual flea market on Saturday, April 30, at Brunswick Community College in Supply. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. This very popular event is attended by hundreds of area residents.

    The St. James Service Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the needs of the community through volunteer participation and fundraising. All proceeds from the flea market will be used to meet the mission of the

    St. James Service Club.

  • License plate reported missing in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police investigated the following incidents reported in recent weeks.

    •A North Carolina vehicle tag was reported lost or stolen from the Food Lion parking lot on April 1.

    •Someone went through a man’s garage on Egret Circle and moved items. Nothing was reported taken. The incident was reported March 28.

    •An Alzheimer’s patient who wandered off was later located in Wrightsville Beach.

  • Carolina Shores board calls last-minute closed session

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town board went into a hastily called closed session last Thursday to discuss a personnel issue.

    At the start of the monthly meeting April 7, town commissioner Joyce Dunn asked that the town “approve Melody Jolly to represent us on human resources and personnel issues.”

  • Minutes included: Calabash commissioner owns closed-meeting property

    CALABASH—Town commissioner Bill Dixon is the owner of property discussed in closed session March 8, it was confirmed at Tuesday night’s town board of commissioners meeting.

    Upon a motion from the board instructing town clerk/interim administrator Kelley Southward to publicly identify the owner and location, Southward said the property is at 800 Persimmon Road and is owned by William and Brenda Dixon.

  • The true cost of government: Brunswick County Schools

    The final installment of the Beacon’s Sunshine Week takes a look at how much the people who run our public schools are paid.

    On Feb. 28, the Beacon requested base salaries, merit and cost-of-living increases, bonuses, health insurance, FICA contributions paid by each town, sick pay, vacation and/or personal time, life/disability insurance, travel and training expenses, vehicle/mileage stipends or reimbursements and communication stipends or reimbursements paid from July 1, 2010 through Feb. 28, 2011.

  • WBHS students remember Holocaust in upcoming productions

    SHALLOTTE—The West Brunswick High School Theatre Department remembers the Holocaust through two upcoming dramas.

    Students will perform a stage version of “Night” by Elie Wiesel and “The Hiding Place,” the story of Corrie ten Boom.

    The plays will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 14, and Friday, April 15, and at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at the West Brunswick High School theater. Admission is $3 in advance or $5 at the door.

  • School positions on chopping block - Proposed reductions included

    BOLIVIA—The list of potential reductions for fiscal year 2011-2012 includes a reduction of 84 positions in the Brunswick County school system, but it doesn’t mean 84 people will lose their jobs.

    “We would like to see enough retirements and resignations that it would equal 84 and we wouldn’t have to deny a contract to anyone who wishes to work for us. That’s a stretch,” Superintendent Edward Pruden said at a board of education budget meeting Tuesday afternoon.

  • BCC presidential candidate finalists to visit campus, meet with community

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick Community College presidential candidates have been narrowed to six finalists who will be in town this month for campus visits and community meet and greets.

    According to information provided by the college, all candidates will meet with the community from 1-2:15 p.m. the day of their visit. They will also meet with faculty and staff members from 2-3 p.m.

  • One throw changes Padgett’s life, impacts West’s athletics

     Last March, in an antiquated shot put field in the shadow of the West Brunswick High School football stadium bleachers, junior Kayla Padgett picked up the nearly 9-pound shot, looked into the distance and threw it for the first time in a track meet. She threw it the only way she knew how—like a softball, the sport she had played as a youngster and in her first two years at West.

  • West Brunswick beats North Brunswick in baseball

     The West Brunswick High School baseball team beat North Brunswick 11-1 in five innings April 12.

    West took advantage of North errors in scoring six runs in the second inning.

    Dustin Darguzas finished 3-for-3 with a double and one RBI. Timmy Powell and the game-winning RBI. Landon Tilley had two hits and on EBI. Hunter Allen had two hits and tjree RBIs. Hunter Howard drove in a run.

    Tilley was the winning pitcher, giving up two hits. He walked one and struck out two.