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  • 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.

  • Health Expo 2008 Saturday at WBHS

    Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Beacon's Health Expo planned for March 1

    Free health screenings, informational lectures and a blood drive—are all part of The Brunswick Beacon’s second annual Health Expo. The event is set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 1, at West Brunswick High School.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium.

    Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Theater group takes a chance with unique comedy 'Sylvia'

    A year after his successful directorial debut with “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” Brunswick Little Theatre actor/director Ron Lee has reunited several of that show’s cast members to produce “Sylvia,” a romantic comedy with a decidedly weird twist.

    The two-act play by A.R. Gurney, set for March 7 and 8 at Odell Williamson Auditorium, is the story of Greg and Kate, who move to New York City from the suburbs after their children move out. It results in depression for Greg and a newfound freedom for Kate.

  • Animal shelter passes state inspection

    Brunswick County Animal Services has received an “approved” status following an inspection at the shelter last week.

    Animal services director Richard Cooper said a state inspector was impressed with the shelter’s new air conditioning units that have been installed in the dog kennel area, as well as the overall condition of the shelter, after the Feb. 6 inspection.

  • Rape crisis center to open in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County residents seeking sexual assault counseling and assistance now have a local resource that can help.

    The Rape Crisis Center of Coastal Horizons Center Inc. in Wilmington is opening a Brunswick County office this week. The office is at 20 Medical Campus Drive, Suite 103 in Supply.

  • New director on the job at Brunswick County Literacy Council

    Phillip Hedgepeth is the new executive director of the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    He comes with 18 years of experience in the mental health field and says his experience working with adults and children with special needs will serve him well in the education of Brunswick County residents.

    The literacy council is headquartered on Ocean Highway near the Supply crossroads and provides free, confidential adult basic literacy tutoring as well as GED assistance and English as a second language.

  • Mount Pisgah has groundbreaking

    Pastor Richard Hicks officiated over a milestone event in Mount Pisgah Baptist Church’s history; the Jan. 6 groundbreaking ceremony for the new education and activities building.

    The church is at the corner of Mount Pisgah Road and Turnpike Road, one mile south of U.S. 17 in Supply.

    The first of four planned new facilities, the 25,000 square foot building will face Mount Pisgah Road. Future plans include a new sanctuary, school, and gymnasium.