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  • And the winners are...

    This fall The Brunswick Beacon asked readers to share glimpses of what makes life in Brunswick County unique by entering the Brunswick Life photo contest. There were three age categories for adults, teens and children.

    Once again the talent and beauty of Brunswick County amazed the staff. Judging was difficult. There were many quality entries showcasing different aspects of the county. 

  • Getting down to business in Shallotte

    SHALLOTTE—There is a new mayor leading the way into 2012 for Shallotte—Sara McCullough.

    While it may be her first time serving as the town’s mayor, it’s certainly not the first time she has served the town. McCullough has been actively volunteering here for more than 10 years.

    From hanging Christmas lights and planting flowers to serving as chairman of the town’s appearance committee to public service as an alderman, McCullough knows Shallotte and plans to continue helping where she is needed.

  • How many people are homeless in Brunswick County?

    BOLIVIA—You’ve seen the empty houses.

    You may even know someone who sleeps in a car or finds shelter in the woods.

    But just how many people are homeless in Brunswick County?

    A nationwide survey will soon be under way to help officials get a better grasp on the number of homeless people living here.

    Once a year, typically in January, nationwide communities attempt to count the number of homeless persons in their area through the Point-In-Time Count.

  • You are not alone: Grief services available

     
    Enduring a holiday season without a loved one can be painful.

    Rowena Miller and Larry Hall know the grief of loss at the holidays too well.

    Miller and her husband moved to Brunswick County to enjoy their “golden years” from England. John Miller became sick and was diagnosed with a rare form of aggressive cancer.

    “John died very suddenly,” Miller said.

  • Port or no port? Express your opinion.

    Do you think North Carolina needs a larger port? Should it be in Brunswick County?

    The state is offering the public the opportunity to voice opinions on the matter. North Carolina Department of Transportation officials are planning three public meetings to discuss the North Carolina Maritime Strategy. Local activists encourage everyone to attend.

  • Sunset Beach man charged with DWI

    A Sunset Beach man has been charged with DWI by the local police department.

    Peter Harold Oler, 60, of 416 40th St., Sunset Beach, was arrested Nov. 29, according to the Sunset Beach Police.

  • Nature trail plans outlined for Carolina Shores community

    CAROLINA SHORES—Developers of The Farm at Brunswick are hoping to proceed with construction of a nature trail in the Carolina Shores community.

    Brad Brundage, city manager for Farm developer D.R. Horton’s Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Wilmington offices, outlined plans Monday at a Carolina Shores town commissioners’ workshop.

    Brundage said the company has resumed construction in the community. Friday, company representatives met with 14 Farm residents to go over a nature trail plan.

  • Sunset Beach DWI case continued for Catawba prosecutor

    BOLIVIA—A hearing for Catawba County Assistant District Attorney Eric Bellas, charged in June with driving while impaired in Sunset Beach, has been continued until January.

    Bellas was scheduled to be at the Brunswick County Courthouse last Wednesday, Nov. 30. He has retained local attorney Roy Trest to represent him.

  • Money transfer scams target victims looking for ‘good deals’

    Editor’s Note: This is the third story in a series of stories about the various financial scams that have been reported in Brunswick County. If you think you have been a victim of a scam, report it to your local police department, or to detective Ed Carter at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at 253-2777.

    BOLIVIA—As Brunswick County residents continue to lose money to overseas scams, officials warn people not to fall victim to counterfeit check scams.

  • State Senate repeals Racial Justice Act

    RALEIGH—Members of the North Carolina Senate have voted to repeal the state’s Racial Justice Act.

    Sen. Bill Rabon, R-Brunswick, was among those who voted to repeal the law, which passed the Senate 27 votes to 17 votes Nov. 228.

    The House previously passed its appeal on a 64-52 party-line vote in June. State Rep. Frank Iler, an Oak Island Republican, voted to repeal the law, while N.C. Rep. Dewey Hill, a Whiteville Democrat, voted against the measure.