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  • Hicks named Leland Citizen of the Year

    LELAND — Mayor Brenda Bozeman named Barbara Hicks, the longest serving member of the Leland Fire Rescue Department, is the town’s 2017 Citizen of the Year

    In making the announcement at the council’s Dec. 21 meeting, Mayor Brenda Bozeman said she usually describes her citizen of the year and their impact on the town to the meeting audience before surprising the recipient.

    This year, she immediately called Hicks up to be recognized.

  • Dare to Care for Children gives, receives donations to go to pediatric clinic patients

    Skip Wittkofsky, owner of Skip’s Truck Tire Service in Leland, made an early delivery for Santa Claus by donating eight large bags full of toys to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Nunnelee Pediatric Specialty Clinic in Wilmington.

  • County landfill and convenience centers recycle Christmas trees and lights

    A sign that the holidays are over is often a Christmas tree dragged to the curb to be discarded with the trash.

    Brunswick County offers an alternative ending to that Christmas story by accepting live trees for recycling at no charge at the landfill, 172 Landfill Road NE in Bolivia, from all county residents or property owners through Jan. 31, solid waste coordinator and Keep Brunswick County Beautiful executive director Micki Bozeman said.

  • Supply man turns page with new book on addiction recovery

    After losing his son Patrick at age 33 to a drug overdose, Rocky Atkinson of Supply began to mold his own life to serve others, especially those who know or have known addiction as Patrick did.

    Four months after his son’s death, Rocky began to offer his own story and insight to men working through alcohol or drug addiction at Brunswick Christian Recovery Center in Ash.

    Four years after his son’s death, Rocky began the process of putting his son’s passions into a book that offers hope and healing to those in pain.

  • BEAT looks back on first year, forward to 2018

    In just a matter of months since it was formed, the Brunswick Environmental Action Team has snowballed in membership, activities and what its president deems plenty of progress during 2017.

    The nonprofit countywide environmental group launched last April with a capacity crowd of 30 showing up for an initial meeting at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Participants coming from as far as Leland, Southport and Oak Island introduced themselves and spoke about environmental concerns the fledgling group hoped to address.

  • ‘Roy Moore Up The Crick’

    To the editor:

    We are Southerners who sure are slick,

    So Roy Moore we sent up crooked crick;

    Heard our voice;

    A lousy choice;

    To many he had been a pretty poor pick.

    James Thomas Horn

    Bolivia

  • Leland man rings in 2018 with lottery win

     

    Carl Beatty of Leland bade farewell to 2017 with a $370,734 Cash 5 jackpot.

    “It’s a good way to end the year,” he said in a news release issued by the North Carolina Education Lottery.

    Beatty bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington, beating the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 27 drawing.

    “I couldn’t believe it when I checked the numbers on my cell phone,” he said. “When I told my wife, she was extremely excited.”

  • Leland man rings in 2018 with lottery win

    Carl Beatty of Leland bid farewell to 2017 with a $370,734 Cash 5 jackpot.
    “It’s a good way to end the year,” he said in a news release issued by the North Carolina Education Lottery.
    Beatty bought the $1 Quick Pick ticket at the Circle K on Castle Hayne Road in Wilmington, beating the odds of 1 in 749,398 to match all five numbers in the Dec. 27 drawing.
    “I couldn’t believe it when I checked the numbers on my cell phone,” he said. “When I told my wife, she was extremely excited.”

  • Weather-related closures continue, Brunswick County Schools on delay Tuesday

    Many government offices in Brunswick County opted to close Wednesday, Jan. 3, and have remained closed because of expected snow and ice that could make safe travel impossible.

    Brunswick County Schools remained closed for students Monday, Jan. 8, Superintendent Les Tubb announced Sunday afternoon. The day was an optional teacher workday with a 2-hour delay for staff. According to a district Facebook post, the district will be on a 2-hour delay Tuesday, Jan. 9.

  • No one injured in Holden Beach, Southport fires

    No one was injured in two separate fires in Holden Beach and Southport reported after the start of the new year.

    The cause of the fire that destroyed one house and damaged at least one other house about 2:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Charlotte Streetin Holden Beach remains under investigation, Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    Personnel from Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad, Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department, Supply Volunteer Fire Department, Civietown Fire Rescue, Shallotte Fire Department and Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department responded.