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Community News

  • 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.

  • Senator stumps for support

    This year’s election is a “dangerous cycle” that Republicans need to be aware of and act accordingly, U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole said during a visit to Brunswick County Republican Headquarters Saturday afternoon.

    “There are 23 Republicans up for re-election in the United States Senate,” Dole said. “There are only 12 Democrats. If they’re able to get a filibuster-proof Senate, all hell is going to break loose. Excuse me for saying that, but it will be a very, very difficult situation.

  • Second annual Beacon health expo a 'huge success'

    SHALLOTTE—More than 500 people came out Saturday to The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual health expo at West Brunswick High School.

    Event coordinator Christy Williamson, who called the health expo “a huge success,” said this year’s attendance was up from last year because of word of mouth from last year’s inaugural event.

    Fifty-five vendors were on hand, including doctors, pharmacists, chiropractors, medical supply vendors and various nonprofit agencies.

  • Ocean Isle Beacher tries to keep it warm at Alaskan Iditarod

    Greetings from Anchorage!

    I have been running wide open going from meeting to meeting, picking up gear, shooting shots and being involved in this incredible adventure known as The Iditarod.

    It’s cold! On the morning of March 1, it is around 15 degrees with a 14 mph wind (which is like a sharp knife shooting in you) bringing the wind chill to around zero.

    It’s 7 a.m. (11 a.m. back home) and still very dark. It looks like the middle of the night, but down below you can still see workers and volunteers setting the stage for what will be an incredible event.

  • Brunswick County Democratic Party to have precinct organizational meeting

    The Brunswick County Democratic Party will have its annual precinct organizational meetings during the weeks of March 10 and March 17.

    All meetings are free and open to any registered Democrat residing in the precinct.

    The meetings are scheduled at the following times and locations:

    7 p.m. on March 10: The Town Creek precinct will meet at the Town Creek Community Building. The Boiling Springs Lakes precinct will meet at the BSL Community Center.