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  • Leland man accused of possessing child pornography

    A Leland man is being held on $3 million bail after authorities discovered child pornography in his possession.

    Michael Hunter Cook, 34, of Cottagefield Lane was arrested at his home May 3 after a joint investigation between the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigations, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

  • K-3 class sizes to change under HB 13

    BELVILLE — North Carolina public schools, including those in Brunswick County, will see a reduction in class sizes for grades K-3 come fall, though not as drastically as first expected.

    Signed by Gov. Roy Cooper on April 27, House Bill 13 is touted as a compromise that continues reducing elementary school class sizes over the next two years while addressing local concerns about special subject-area teachers in the classroom.

    Brunswick County Schools will begin to phase in the mandatory class-size reductions in grades K-3 during the 2017-18 school year.

  • Residents pay to fix spillway road damaged by Hurricane Matthew

    SUNSET BEACH — Months after being washed out by Hurricane Matthew, a spillway and road in the Sunset Lakes community have been repaired and vehicles are once again able to cross after residents pitched in to have the work done.

    At a recent homeowners meeting, residents paid tribute to outgoing chairman Kyle Canady as well as residents Lee Gushman and Mike Welsh for their efforts having the roadway and spillway repaired.

  • Holden Beach squirrel gains national fame eating ice cream

    HOLDEN BEACH — This is the story of a squirrel who loves to eat ice cream and keeps coming back for more.

    But it’s not just a wild squirrel tale — Putter is a real, live gray squirrel who lives in a tree at Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf on the Holden Beach causeway.

    She recently gave birth to two babies and achieved national fame for her ability to hold a tiny squirrel-sized cone between her front paws and devour the treat made especially for her until it’s all gone.

  • BEMC to install electric vehicle charging station in Sunset Beach

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. will install an electric vehicle charging station Wednesday, May 10, in Sunset Beach on Sunset Boulevard South near Sunset Properties.

    The northbound lane will be closed during the installation.

    Plan for delays or choose alternate routes to exit the island.

  • Pop-Up Shop for teen moms set for May 20

    The N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center is sponsoring a “Pop-Up Shop” on May 20 at the Cooperative Extension office. This will give the moms-to-be and moms an opportunity to “shop” for baby necessities. In addition, it will offer free baby items, helpful information, parenting seminars, refreshments and more.

  • Paws Place Inc. to open new kennel

    Paws Place Inc., a nonprofit dog rescue, will host a ribbon-cutting celebration Saturday, May 13, from 9 a.m. to noon. The public is invited to attend.

    The ceremony will take place at 10:30 a.m. to show off its new 6,000-square-foot facility, which provides a combination of indoor and outdoor kennels, an exercise yard, adoption, grooming, laundry and veterinary examination rooms.

    Accessed off U.S. 17 and N.C. 87, the new kennel is at 242 George II Highway. Visitors will be invited to tour the facility. Rain date is May 20.

  • BFA commodities distribution May 11

    Brunswick Family Assistance will have a commodities distribution Thursday, May 11. Clients picking up their commodities should first report to the BFA/Big Lots parking lot to check in and line up.

    When directed, turn right onto Main Street, continue down Main Street to Shallotte Avenue, turn right. Then, turn right onto Randall Street. Continue down Randall Street to Bailey Street, turn right. Travel to Smith Avenue and turn right, when directed, to The Brunswick Beacon by traffic personnel.

  • Campaign under way to feed Brunswick County’s poverty-stricken children

    The Summer of NO Hungry Child is launching a campaign to raise 1,000,000 pounds of food to feed the more than 7,500 Brunswick County children existing in poverty.

    Every canned or boxed food item donated will be distributed by various churches and organizations in the county and will go directly to Brunswick County families with the greatest needs.

  • Cape Fear Preparedness & Safety Expo is May 11

    The American Red Cross will host the Cape Fear Preparedness & Safety Expo presented by Live Oak Bank and WWAY on Thursday, May 11, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Coastline Convention Center, 501 Nutt St. in Wilmington.

    This family-friendly event will feature live and interactive demonstrations, kids activities and multiple vendors offering critical and timely information about area disaster vulnerabilities, along with resources and tools to help residents prevent, prepare for, respond to and recover from all types of emergencies.