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  • Supply woman killed in wreck on McMilly Road

    A Supply woman was killed Monday morning when a teenage driver struck her vehicle in a two-car wreck near Shallotte.

    North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper K.E. Herring said Rita Jo Alford, 45, of Dobson Street, Supply, was killed Monday, Dec. 12, in a two-vehicle wreck on McMilly Road just outside of Shallotte.

    Alford was killed after her car was struck by a 2008 Chevrolet passenger vehicle driven by Lajai Webster.

  • South Brunswick High teacher named regional teacher of the year

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick High School English Teacher Melissa Warren, Brunswick County’s teacher of the year, has been named southeast regional teacher of the year.

    Warren, one of nine finalists for the state’s highest teaching honor, is the first teacher from Brunswick County to be named regional teacher of the year in eight years, Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said.

  • Toy run ready to rumble this Saturday

    Motorcyclists and car enthusiasts are getting ready to ride for the 19th Annual Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts Christmas Toy/Poker Run this Saturday, Dec. 10.

    The annual holiday fundraiser is set to ride out of Walmart in Shallotte at 11 a.m.

    Riders, escorted by the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, will follow a set route during the day’s event that will include door prizes for participants and lunch.

  • Offshore energy forum Monday in Brunswick County

    The North Carolina Solar Center and the North Carolina Department of Commerce will present a public forum about offshore wind Monday night in Brunswick County.

    The forum is scheduled for 7-9 p.m. Dec. 12 at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. near Carolina Shores.

    It will cover basics of offshore wind energy, benefits for North Carolina, political support and the potential for interconnecting offshore wind into the state’s electricity grid, as well as ongoing utility studies for offshore wind.

  • BFA 'elves' busy with last-minute holiday collections

    SUNSET BEACH—You know Christmas is just around the corner when the elves with Brunswick Family Assistance start tending to toys and other donated items to help residents in need have a better holiday.

    That was the scenario Tuesday as “retired” volunteer Inge Arnold joined BFA’s longtime program manager, Linda Turner, and other volunteers in sorting through bags full of donated new toys, clothes and items for seniors.

  • 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.