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  • Brunswick Stew & Que stirring up this Saturday

    Up-and-coming chef Justin Gillette will be among judges judging Brunswick stew as the third annual Brunswick Stew & Que unfolds 10 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, April 16, at Planet Fun/Starz Grille in Shallotte.

    The event was postponed from February due to inclement weather.

  • Olympic gold medalist speaks at Brunswick Community College

    BOLIVIA—If there's one thing to learn from Bruce Jenner, it’s how to think like a champion.

    “The whole presentation is based on believing in yourself. Too many people don’t,” he said Tuesday morning before speaking to a crowd at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness and Aquatics Center at Brunswick Community College.

  • National Guard training under way in Oak Island

    OAK ISLAND—Members of the North Carolina National Guard are in Oak Island for two weeks conducting several training exercises.

    “Operation Coastal Surge” is a series of hurricane training exercises that brought several National Guard units to the Cape Fear Regional Jetport for training from April 2-16.

    On Thursday, April 7, National Guard members took part in a drill simulating a helicopter crash, in which several units participated.

    For more on this story, pick up next week’s issue of the Beacon.

  • Anointed Vessels Ministry shares God’s word through performance art

    ASH—When her mother was dying of breast cancer in 2000, the Rev. Diana Payne asked God to tell her more about Heaven.

    She was walking down Liberty Street in Ash when she heard the Lord guide her to use what’s already in her hands. She looked down at her empty hands, then her eyes shifted across the street to 8 acres of family-owned vacant land.

    “Instead of us going to another country to share the gospel in Jesus Christ, He’s allowed us to use our land,” Payne said.

  • NEW VIDEO: Brunswick Beat for April 6, 2011
  • Interest in using hospital for educational needs grows

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College officials have expressed interest in partnering with Brunswick County Schools to further explore using the soon-to-be-vacant Brunswick Community Hospital as an educational center.

    Tuesday night, Brunswick County Board of Education members instructed Superintendent Edward Pruden to draft a statement of agreement to collaborate with college officials to participate in a feasibility study. No costs were agreed upon at this time.

  • Delinquent taxes published

    State law requires county tax officials to publish delinquent taxpayers in local newspapers, and this year’s listing is in today’s issue of the Beacon.

    A Beacon review of local elected officials listed in the delinquent taxes show two local elected officials as well as a prominent developer as delinquent taxpayers reported in the Beacon as required by North Carolina General Statute 105-369.

  • The meaning behind the crosses

    ASH—There are three large reflective crosses on the side of N.C. 130, and last week someone decided to tear them down.

    On the morning of Tuesday, March 29, Frances Carlisle of Ash woke up and looked out her front door to check the day’s weather. She knew right away something was wrong.

    She saw the three large crosses that have guided her home in the dark and the fog for the past five years torn out of the ground and broken in her yard. The large cross was pulled out of the ground, and the smaller ones were broken off their reinforced bases.

  • Ocean Isle Beach mayor honored with award

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Sloane Smith has been recognized among her peers for her leadership.

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments recently presented the 2010 Lynwood Norris Regional Champion Award to Smith. Each year the council presents the award to an elected local government official who demonstrates leadership in both their jurisdiction and throughout the Cape Fear region. The council encompasses Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Ocean Isle Beach mayor honored with award

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Sloane Smith has been recognized among her peers for her leadership.

    The Cape Fear Council of Governments recently presented the 2010 Lynwood Norris Regional Champion Award to Smith. Each year the council presents the award to an elected local government official who demonstrates leadership in both their jurisdiction and throughout the Cape Fear region. The council encompasses Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.