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  • 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.

  • Work set for Carolina Shores Town Hall uplift

    CAROLINA SHORES—Work was slated to begin this week for upgrades at Carolina Shores Town Hall.

    In his monthly report Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop, town administrator Mike Hargett noted the scope of work for interior and exterior improvements has been adjusted based on recent board input.

    Revised pricing from contractors, with a 10 percent contingency, has resulted in an increased cost of $8,000, with funding to transferred from the town’s general fund contingency to “town hall capital project.”

  • Calabash fire building dismantled to make way for new one

    CALABASH—Now you see it; soon you won’t.

    First thing Tuesday morning, a work crew from Whiteville began dismantling the aging Calabash Fire Department building on Persimmon Road. The department is making way for construction of a new station at the same site.

    The new station will also take up land where the old Granny Allyn’s Restaurant stood at the corner of Persimmon and Thomasboro roads.

  • Veterans Day ceremonies, closures

    Several ceremonies are planned in the area for Veterans Day this Sunday, Nov. 11.

    Several local government offices are also closed Monday, Nov. 12, in observance of the holiday. Calabash, Carolina Shores, Sunset Beach, Shallotte, Ocean Isle Beach and Holden Beach town halls will all be closed Monday.

     

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  • Brunswick students take part in mock elections

    Even though they’re underage, Brunswick County students have gotten a chance in the past week to take part in the election process, too.

    Monday, the entire student body at Union Elementary School, from kindergarten through fifth grade, cast votes in the presidential election.

    The school-wide mock election was set up in the school gymnasium, which was decorated with red-white-and-blue and campaign signs for Obama and Romney.