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  • St. James forms American Legion, hosts veterans service

    Former soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, along with their family and friends attended St. James Plantation Veterans Day memorial service Sunday afternoon.

    The numbers were no surprise for a development that houses so many veterans, it established its own American Legion Post.

    Post 543 was officially organized in September 2011. It had 17 members, the minimum required for a charter.

    Rick Sessa, Post adjutant, said the new American Legion was expected to grow at a rate that it would reach 50 members by 2013.

  • New commissioner full of ideas for first term on county board

    Frank Williams has enjoyed being an elected official for a week better than he did being a candidate for 14 months.

    “I started campaigning in August of last year. I’m glad the election is over and excited to get to work,” Williams said.

    Williams is the new face on the county board. Scott Phillips won a second term as a county commissioner and Pat Sykes served on the county’s Department of Social Services board before running for a county commissioner seat.

  • School employees to receive $750 holiday bonus

    Brunswick County School System employees will receive something better than a turkey for Thanksgiving—the school board approved a $750 bonus at the Nov. 8 meeting.

    The school system will cut a bonus check to each full-time employee Nov. 20 instead of with their next regular paycheck to have the money in hand for post-Thanksgiving Black Friday sales.

    Board member Charles Miller recommended sending out the bonus before Thanksgiving.

  • Captain pleads guilty in 2009 parasailing death

    RALIEGH—Thomas Povazan, 45, of West Mifflin, Penn., pled guilty in federal court on Wednesday, Nov. 14 to a violation of the Seaman’s Manslaughter Act, Title 18, United States Code, Section 1115.

    Povazan was a licensed mariner, working as the captain of the Tied High in connection with a parasailing business. According to information presented in open court, two women died as a result of his negligence.

  • Elderly woman murdered in Longwood

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office is offering a $1,000 reward for information on a murder.
    According to BCSCO spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, a homicide investigation is under way in Longwood.

    Deputies were dispatched to 1975 Gwynn Road, NW in Longwood on Tuesday, Nov. 13, around 12:03 p.m. for a death investigation. 

    “When the deputy arrived on scene, he was met by a relative who was there to check on Linnie Mae Ward, an 86-year-old white female, who was found unresponsive,” Routh said in a press release.

  • Relay for Life Talent Show Monday, Nov. 19, at BCCOWA

    The West Brunswick High School Vocal Music Department will present its annual Relay for Life Talent Show at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Vocal director Annette Harton of WBHS said this year they are moving the variety show from the high school and expanding its array of talent.

    “We are adding faculty from other schools and church groups,” she said of the benefit show.

    The onstage lineup includes Brunswick County Board of Education member Catherine Cooke as well as teachers.

  • Holden Beach celebrates rescheduled Festival by the Sea Nov. 17-18

    HOLDEN BEACH—Hurricane Sandy may have delayed this year’s Festival by the Sea, but she didn’t bring it down.

    Postponed plans are rescheduled and “on” this weekend for the seaside town’s annual autumn celebration, which was postponed from Oct. 27-28 because of Hurricane Sandy’s untimely visit up the coast.

    An array of activities are planned at the festival, now slated for Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 17 and 18 on the island next to the Holden Beach Bridge.

  • Residents rally for Sandy relief

    CALABASH—It was an assembly-line operation last week at Turtle Crossing Cupcakes, only the participants weren’t baking cupcakes.

    Business owner Kathy Cody, assisted by shop employee Kia Vandekolk and Kathy Barry, another Calabash businesswoman-turned-volunteer, were busy boxing up donated items to take to victims of Hurricane Sandy in the North.

    “Everybody wanted to do something,” Barry said. “Nobody knew what to do.”

    They soon found out.

  • Greater law enforcement sought in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Residents say they would like to have more visibility from the sheriff’s office in their neighborhoods.

    Sharon Conway, chairwoman of the town’s HOA/POA advisory committee, spoke last Thursday afternoon, Nov. 8, at the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners meeting.

    During her report to the board, Conway said there are concerns about visibility of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office in the Village at Calabash, one of six communities composing Carolina Shores.

  • Beacon to have open house to celebrate 50-year anniversary

    This November marks the 50th year The Brunswick Beacon has been serving Brunswick County.

    To honor this milestone, the Beacon staff is hosting an open house from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, at the Beacon office. The Beacon is at 208 Smith Ave. in Shallotte, across the street from the post office.

    There will be a brief ceremony starting at 4:15 p.m., but visitors can stop by anytime between 4-6 p.m.

    There will be music provided by local bluegrass entertainers, as well as refreshments and cake.