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Today's News

  • Chamber involvement builds community connections

    Tuesdays in the Beacon newsroom are production days, crunch time for getting the week’s news together. It’s when deadlines bear down on us to get pages to our press in Charleston, S.C., on time, even as we cover meetings, elections or any other stories that break that day. Odds are I’ll have had at least enough time for a nap between the time I leave work late Monday and the time I return a few hours later to put it all into gear.

  • We all must work to prevent child abuse

    Last week, two people were charged with murder in the death of David Stuart, who suffered horrific abuse as a toddler here in Brunswick County.

    Each was arrested almost 21 years to the day the boy was first taken to an area hospital to be treated for his massive injuries, including broken legs, puncture wounds and bruises, brain damage that robbed him of the ability to speak and left him with partial sight, and burns that disfigured his genitals.

  • County releases latest GenX water test results

    Brunswick County released additional results of testing for GenX in the water supply April 11.

    The Chemours Co. is the maker of GenX, the contaminant that was found the Cape Fear River, which provides the raw water the Cape Fear Public Utility Authority and the Brunswick County Utilities Department uses for drinking water.

    Samples taken March 22 showed decreased GenX levels from results released earlier in the month, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

  • Alligator hunt application period extended to June 1

    The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission adopted rules for limited alligator hunting Feb. 28 for a 2018-19 alligator season that will take effect Aug. 1.

    Now anyone who wants to participate has an extra month to submit an application, until June 1, 2018.

    The commission created an alligator task force to create a North Carolina Alligator Management Plan, which was approved last October.

  • Board OKs 2018-19 school calendars

    BOLIVIA — Students can expect slightly longer school days but perhaps less stress during winter break after the Brunswick County Board of Education approved both the district’s calendar and the Brunswick County Early College High School 2018-19 calendar April 10.

    Brunswick County Schools associate superintendent Dr. Jerry Oates said that for the 2018-19 school year, classes will begin 10 minutes earlier and end 10 minutes later than the current schedule.

    Students will return to classes for the next semester Aug. 27 and end the school year May 30.

  • Duo’s opioid awareness walk crosses county

    CALABASH — On March 15, 2014, Brittany Bramble-McNatt, a Lilburn, Ga., 28-year-old with three sons, took her last breath after overdosing on heroin.

    Exactly two years later, her older brother Brett Bramble, now 33, of Atlanta took his first steps along the American Discovery Trail at Cape Henlopen State Park in Delaware to honor her memory. He completed the trail in November that year when he arrived in San Francisco.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 7:23 a.m. April 17, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement

    253-2906

  • Sunset Vision seeks volunteers for pair of upcoming events

    Sunset Vision is looking for volunteers at two spring events to help enhance the beauty and enjoyment of Sunset Beach.

  • Calabash seeks emergency answers

    CALABASH — Town commissioners scheduled a special meeting for 6 p.m. this past Tuesday, April 17, with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts to discuss fire and emergency management plans for the southern end of the county.

    Commissioner Cecelia Herman brought up the issue at the April 10 town board meeting, stating a meeting would provide an opportunity to question emergency management services and where the money goes.

  • Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll

    For the third year, Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring and the arts with the Woodsong Porch & Art Stroll from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 21.

    More than 20 local artists and artisans invited by Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash will be on hand to display and sell their work set up on porches of the Charleston-style homes in the community off Pender Road, showcasing art, pottery and jewelry.