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Today's News

  • A brief guide to seeing the editor, visiting the newsroom

    Most of the time, the people who come by to speak to the editor have two reasons for doing so.

    The first reason is they want to introduce themselves and comment about our news coverage. I’ll always welcome this. I’m never OK, though, with people who bypass our front desk and barge into the newsroom (or my office) unannounced, no matter how friendly their intentions.

  • Trial outcome serves as wake-up call

    On Thursday, a jury of 53-year-old Richard Hugh Grissett’s Brunswick County peers convicted him of first-degree murder and other charges related to the Nov. 12, 2012, slaying of 86-year-old Linnie Mae Ward.

    Under state law, Judge Wayland Sermons had no choice but to order Grissett to spend the rest of his life in prison with no possibility of being released.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 5

    Michael Anthony Leal, 33, 9387 Night Harbor Drive, arrested on a charge of driving while impaired on U.S. 17.

    Kyle Mitchell Prince, 25, 146 Wild Raven St., Shallotte, arrested on charges of driving while impaired and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 4

    Jayme Lynn Schmidt, 21, 190 Royal Oak Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $7.88 from Walmart.

    Gladys Alberta Martin, 49, 3747 Strawberry Way Road, cited for shoplifting items valued at $10.95 from Walmart.

    April 5

    Billy Lee Morris Jr., 51, 1164 Woodview Circle, Ocean Isle Beach, cited for possession of a stolen registration plate.

  • Rita Coolidge at Brunswick Community College on April 24

     IF YOU GO

    What: Rita Coolidge

    When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $30 adults; $28 seniors 65 and older and BCC employees; $11 children 12 and younger; plus applicable fees

    Go to: www.bccowa.com or call the box office at (910) 755-7416

    Grammy award-winning singer Rita Coolidge will perform at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 24.

  • Sunset Beach police report

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    April 7

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of a firearm, reported on Live Oak Drive.

    April 9

    Breaking and entering to a motor vehicle, larceny of golf bag and clubs, reported on High Market Street.

    April 10

    Joseph Earl Hill, 60, of 1046 Hale Swamp Road, charged with second-degree trespassing.

    April 11

  • Customers get friendly fast-food service at 'Alice's restaurant'

    On a blasé, so-so Monday, the joyful voice of Alice Sapp electrifies the dining room at Wendy’s restaurant in Shallotte.

    “Hey, gentlemen, how y’all been?” Alice greets a group of men clad in matching pale-blue shirts at the front order counter inside the sunny eatery at Whiteville and Bridger roads.

    Alice knows the ATMC security employees by name as she takes their orders, rattling off a list of possible side dishes they might like.

  • 'Threats' reported to Sunset Beach police

    A Sunset Beach woman says she felt threatened when a local developer confronted her following a recent town planning board meeting.

    Jan Harris reported the incident to police after developer Sammy Varnam spoke to her in the town workshop room following the meeting April 3.

    “He told me if I did not stop writing lies about him, he was going to make me sorry,” Harris told the Beacon. “He kept on and on.”

  • 'Ceremonies in Dark Old Men' April 25-26 at Thalian

    The Willis Richardson Players and Triune Repertory Theatre & Film will present “Ceremonies in Dark Old Men” April 25 and 26 at Thalian Hall Studio Theatre at 310 Chestnut St. in Wilmington.

    Show times are 8 p.m. Friday, April 25, and 3 and 8 p.m. Saturday, April 26.

    The play by Lonne Elder III debuted Off Broadway in 1969 by Negro Ensemble Company, became a long-running commercial production and was adapted for television in 1975.

  • Gutjahr celebrates 102nd birthday

      Josephine Gutjahr celebrates her 102nd birthday at Carillon Assisted Living. Born March 22, 1912, in New Hampshire, she is the fourth of eight children, but the first child born in America to Italian parents. She moved to North Carolina from New Jersey in 2003 with her daughter and son-in-law, Roseann and Joe Kronski, and has been at Carillon since 2009. She still loves to sing hymns and Italian songs.