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Today's News

  • Doesn’t like road change

    To the editor: I would like to know who thought up the turnaround on U.S. 17 and Ocean Isle Beach Road?

    Instead of putting up a traffic light, which would have been safer for drivers, now they have you crossing three lanes to make a U-turn to go south on U.S. 17.

    I feel this must have been a first-grade project. I don’t think an adult would have thought of something like this turnaround. It is backing up traffic on Ocean Isle Beach Road, which we never had before this turnaround was put in.

  • New leaders should reflect on past

    To the editor: The following excerpt is written by Rev. William J.H. Boetcker from the turn of the century. Its relevance to today’s political climate is quite evident.

  • Yes, Virginia, there are Christmas Angels

    To the editor: A mother sat next to the fireplace lost in thought. Three years ago that day, her oldest child left and never returned home.

    A year later, her other child, next to the oldest, joined his brother in heaven. Her sadness echoed through the house. She did what all mothers do when they are hurting—she called her mother.

    “Please pray for God to comfort me. I just feel so broken. I know that he has reassured me over and over that the children are with him, but I am sure that he understands the heart of a mother.”

  • Mother enjoys week of firsts with her first-born son

    Last week proved to be a week of firsts for my son. It began with trip to the dentist and culminated with a Christmas parade and ride on a double-decker carousel.

    Last Thursday, I was extremely nervous—much more nervous than my son, who would be the one in the dentist’s chair. How would I keep him still for the exam? What if he bit the dentist? What if we had to wait a long time before our appointment?

  • Our close encounters with the legendary St. Nicholas

    Since 1973, around Christmas time, I have dressed up in an authentic Santa Claus suit and experienced joy with countless children and adults at home and overseas.

    This story shares highlights of a wonderful hobby.

    The Origin of St. Nicholas

    A credible account appeared in The Brunswick Beacon on Dec. 20, 2007, titled “The history behind the real Saint Nicholas; Yes there is a Santa Claus” by Dewey Simpson, Special To The Beacon.

  • Second arrest in vending machine break-ins

    Second arrest in vending machine break-ins

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—A second person has been arrested in connection with a recent spate of coin-operated vending machine break-ins.

    Dean Michael Newman, 19, of 718 Magnolia Drive in Sunset Beach, was charged with four counts of breaking into the machines.

    He was in Brunswick County Detention Center on $4,000 bond.

  • Shopped till I got a Black Friday laptop

     

     

    LAURA LEWIS

    There are three things I vowed never to do in this life: Go bungee-jumping (I still haven’t), eat beets (I still don’t) and wait outside on cold concrete in the wee hours waiting to buy some fool thing on Black Friday.

    Well, two out of three ain’t bad.

  • Shallotte Christmas parade Saturday morning

    Santa Claus will make his way down Main Street in Shallotte during Saturday’s annual Christmas parade.

    The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. Main Street will be shut down at 8:30 a.m. in preparation for the parade and the safety of all involved.

    More than 100 parade entries will be involved in the holiday festivities. Brunswick Family Assistance will be collecting non-perishable items during the parade.

  • West Brunswick theater students to pay tribute to ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’

    The West Brunswick High School Theater Department will perform “A Holiday Tribute to The Nightmare Before Christmas” at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 at West Brunswick Theatre.

    The show will also be performed at 2 and 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 at New Beginnings Community Church. Admission is $5 for all performances and $3 for audience members who bring two non-perishable food items, which will be donated to a local food pantry.

     

  • WBHS Band to perform holiday concert

    The West Brunswick High School and Shallotte Middle School bands will present the Holiday Band Concerts at 7 p.m. Dec. 16.

    The concert will be held at Odell Williamson Auditorium. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with the sixth grade band. The seventh grade band will perform at 7:15 p.m., the eighth grade at 7:30 p.m., and the high school band at 7:45 p.m.

    Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to help pay for the rental of the auditorium.

    DVDs of the entire concert will also be available for purchase. Light refreshments will be served.