Local News

  • House declines to hear Senate-amended GenX bill

    The state House of Representatives declined to address a Senate-amended version of House Bill 189 to fund testing and reporting for GenX and other contaminants Tuesday.

    “The House passed (its) version of the bill almost unanimously. But the Senate monkeyed with it so bad the House did not want anything to do with it,” said Rep. Deb Butler of Wilmington, whose district includes the northern portion of Brunswick County.

    Butler said the bill is not expected to come up for discussion again until May’s short session.

  • Bureau seeks rate hike for rental home, beach house insurance

    Following a homeowners insurance rate increase request in November 2017, the North Carolina Rate Bureau filed for a dwelling insurance rate increase Feb. 7.

    The N.C. Rate Bureau, which is not part of the N.C. Department of Insurance, represents all companies writing property insurance in the state.

  • Taste tests in school lunchrooms lets students add produce to menu

    WINNABOW — Who knew offering kids a free dessert at lunchtime could get them to try blueberries?

    FoodCorps service member Casey Auch and Town Creek Elementary School child nutrition manager Nancy Mintz had an idea when they hosted a blueberry cobbler taste test during lunch at the school Feb. 8.

  • Board removes motorcycle Christmas parade ban


  • Benton reflects on career past, talks future at CDS

    LELAND — It was Laurie Benton’s influential teachers, starting in elementary school and lasting through high school, who pushed her to become educated at a collegiate level on how to do just that — educate.

    “One teacher was in fourth grade. Her name was Karen Belk. She was fourth grade but we’re still friends, I’m friends with her on Facebook and (I’ve) met up with her in Charlotte,” Benton said.

  • Former teacher assistant accused of sex crimes against children

    A former teacher assistant is accused of committing sex crimes against children.

    Andrew Timothy Hodge, 32, of Mount Misery Road in Leland was arrested Feb. 12 after a joint investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security.

    He is charged with taking indecent liberties with a child and four counts of second-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Calabash woman charged with identity theft

    A Calabash woman is accused of stealing another woman’s purse and using her credit cards.

    Emily Sue Anne Burcham, 27, of Thomasboro Road was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with identity theft, seven counts of obtaining property by false pretense and misdemeanor larceny.

  • School board approves snow day calendar changes

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Education approved a revised 2017-18 school calendar, thanks to January’s snow, at their monthly board meeting Feb. 6.

    Because of the 1,025 instructional hours requirement, district spokesman Daniel Seamans said, Jan. 5 and 8 are forgiven for students.

    Jan. 3 was made up Jan. 23 and Jan. 4 will be made up on Presidents’ Day, Feb. 19.

  • Brunswick County tallies three flu deaths

    Three people have now died in Brunswick County of influenza-related causes.

    Brunswick County Health Services director Cris Harrelson confirmed Monday three of the 140 flu-related deaths statewide occurred in Brunswick County.

    Harrelson cited the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 that he said prevents his department from releasing what he deemed “identifying information” requested by the Beacon.

  • New Carolina Shores commissioner takes oath of office

    CAROLINA SHORES — Newly appointed town commissioner Beverly Mayhew took the oath of office and seat on the dais at the town board’s monthly meeting Thursday, Feb. 8.

    Mayhew was named at the board’s monthly workshop Feb. 5 following a unanimous tally of paper ballots submitted by other commissioners. She will fill a seat vacated late last year by former town commissioner Mary Timothy, who resigned last December.