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Community News

  • Willie honored for documentary on World War II

    Lt. Col. Clarence Willie MUSC, Ret., received a letter of appreciation from county commissioner May Moore and a plaque from Judge Ola Lewis for his documentary, “Fight for Freedom,” on Sunday, March 30, during a World War II tribute and U.S.O. musical revue at the Southport Community Center attended by 250 people.

    The award–winning film tells the story of the Montford Marines, the first African Americans to serve in the United States Marine Corps. They trained at Montford Point, a segregated section of Camp Lejeune.

  • Putting a face on autism

    A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes, but there is no treatment or cure for this disorder.

    As doctors continue to seek answers and cures, children around the world learn to live with autism and help put a face on an illness doctors know little about.

  • Air Force staff sergeant, West graduate aims high

    U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.

    But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.

    Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.

    The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”

  • Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet set for April 25

    Area women will spread their wings and fly at the second annual Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet on April 25.

    This is a community-sponsored event organized by the Ladies’ Ministry of First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    Cookie Medlin, director of the ladies’ ministry, is in charge of the committee organizing the event this year. Medlin said she is looking forward to it.

  • Hospital employees pledge to build new Habitat house

    SUNSET HARBOR—A single mother with five children will be the owner of a new home thanks to the generosity of Brunswick Community Hospital employees.

    Chowan Simmons and her children joined with hospital employees and Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity officials last week to break ground on a new 1,300-square-foot house in the Pelican Point subdivision.

    The house is one of three Novant Health employees across the state are building to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary.

  • Swain Creek neighbors shocked by road fence

    SUPPLY—Driving her father to a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, Nancy Nixon was surprised when she saw someone putting a chain across the dirt road she lives on, preventing her from driving onto U.S. 17.

    Immediately, she got out and asked the man who he was and what he was doing. He said told her he was working for the owner of the property, Estelle Varnam.

    Nixon said her family had already called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when they saw posts had been erected on each side of the dirt path. They called again Monday.

  • Governors' candidate forum sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon

    Interested in where the candidates for North Carolina governor stand on the issues?

    Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will square off April 17 at the “2008 North Carolina Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates Forum,” at the Schwartz Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington.

    The Brunswick Beacon, a media partner for the candidate forum, is seeking questions from readers about what issues affect Brunswick County and its residents.

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation announces 2008 grant winners

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has announced the winners of its 2008 BEMC Community Grants, including nine Brunswick County organizations.

  • Book recalls Bald Head Island police officer's shooting death eight years ago

    Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Buff Jones’ violent death from a single shot from her own gun while she was working an overnight shift near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    Local authorities soon determined Jones’ bullet wound to the back of her head was self-inflicted.

    Her family, however, disagreed, arguing Jones was murdered, most likely at the hands of shady people involved in illegal drug dealings on the posh resort island that’s accessible only by boat.

  • Builder offers 'Hometown Heroes' discount; few apply for county program

    A lack of affordable housing for working people has been the subject of much scrutiny in Brunswick County.

    Several summits were held seeking answers to the problem, and last December, county commissioners established the Revolving Home Construction Program that gives priority to local government employees.