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  • Leland girl reported missing last month found safe

    Leland police said a teen reported missing last month has been found safe.

    Savannah Johnson was last seen at her home near Pickett Road at 9 p.m. Dec. 13 and thought to be in the Jacksonville area, according to a police department news release issued Dec. 15.

    A Dec. 28 Leland Police Department Facebook post said Johnson had been located and is safe at home.

  • West Brunswick wrestling coach one-of-a-kind in high school athletics

     I feel like I’ve learned quite a bit about wrestling this winter.

    Before I accepted the job as sports editor of the Beacon, I had only seen a handful of wrestling matches in my entire life. I have covered several matches already this season, my first winter as sports editor.

    I picked a good time to cover wrestling here in Brunswick County.

    West Brunswick, as usual, has a strong team, while North Brunswick is also one of the best teams in the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference.

  • New Belville Mayor Pro Tem questions fire fee rates

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Belville Town Commissioner Joe Breault raised concerns about House Bill 445 that authorizes Brunswick County to make changes to fire fees.

    Town Planner John Allen presented a brief update on Brunswick County appointing fire committee board members at Dec. 18’s town board meeting.

  • Officials take seats in Holden Beach

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    HOLDEN BEACH — Three new commissioners, two incumbents and Mayor Alan Holden took their oaths of office at the board’s first meeting since October on Dec. 19 at Holden Beach Town Hall.

    Outgoing council members H. Ashley Royal, who did not seek re-election, and Ken Kyser, who was not re-elected in November, gave their final comments at their seats before stepping down. Both thanked the town for allowing them to serve. Kim Isenhour, who resigned before the Nov. 7 election, was not present.

  • Pre-teen popcorn entrepreneur distributes Christmas presents

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    LONGWOOD — He’s a 12-year-old entrepreneur, widely known for his flavored popcorn he sells around the community, then uses the proceeds to help others.

    Last week, Mason Marshall was once again on hand to give out Christmas toys, gifts, breakfast food and other items to people in the community.

  • Local pharmacist concocts Carolina Crud Crusher

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    Shallotte pharmacist Brad Carter likes to listen to his customers’ needs. He also likes to invent things.

    Combine those two ingredients, and you get Carolina Crud Crusher.

    That’s the popular cough syrup Carter concocted a few years ago, and it’s been selling like seasonal miracle medicine ever since.

  • County addresses K-3 class size reduction

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners want to know if cutting school class sizes in grades K-3 has taken a toll on other school operations.

    County Manager Ann Hardy brought the county board members Dec. 18 a Durham County commissioners’ resolution on House Bill 13 that requires class sizes of no more than 20 students for kindergarten through third grade by 2018-19.

  • H2GO board officially seats other members

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer District H2GO board’s new members who had not already been sworn in officially took their seats at the Dec. 19 meeting.

    The meeting was held at the Leland Middle School again because the expected attendance. More than 100 people filled the school cafeteria for the meeting.

  • New board, new development approved

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    LELAND — Leland officials wrapped up the last town meeting of 2017 by swearing in board members and approving new development for 2018.

    Mayor Brenda Bozeman and council members Pat Batleman and Bob Corriston, all incumbents who won their seats back in the November election, took their oath of office as administered by deputy town clerk Nancy Sims to open Thursday night’s meeting.

  • Carolina Shores eyes two communities for possible annexation

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    The town of Carolina Shores is exploring the possibility of voluntarily annexing two adjacent residential communities, Carolina Shores North and Ocean Forest at Calabash.

    Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall confirmed last week the town is participating in a preliminary “exploratory partnership” with the two POA subdivisions, both located in the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) next to its corporate limits, about “unification through annexation.”