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  • Community unites to help the homeless

    A new nonprofit corporation has been formed to combat the issue of homelessness in Brunswick County—Brunswick County Streetreach Inc.

    “Recognizing the impact of the economy and witnessing individuals homeless in our community led Building HOPE Ministries to begin reaching out to the less fortunate several years ago,” said the Rev. Donna Phelps. “We began to pull together with other Christians across the surrounding counties and created a street team that is designed to fight hunger and homelessness.”

  • Filling a need on campus

    SUPPLY—They saw a need on campus and filled it.

    Last month when Julie Olsen, director of counseling, at Brunswick Community College began to orchestrate the school’s annual food drive to benefit area food pantries, she decided it was time to address an on-campus need.

    “This year we have found so many students who are hungry,” she said. “We decided to start at home and help our own.”

  • Shallotte meeting draws a crowd

     

    SHALLOTTE—The subject of re-opening portions of Holden Beach Road was on the agenda for the third month in a row for the board of aldermen.

    During the board’s regular December meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, town chambers was packed with more than 50 people in attendance. Some were there to show their support for the newly elected mayor and aldermen, and others were present to voice their concerns and opinions.

  • Three South Carolina suspects arrested for heroin trafficking in Leland

    LELAND—Three suspects were arrested in a heroin sting last Friday night.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit Sgt. Israel West said sheriff’s deputies arrested three South Carolina suspects and seized 79 bindles of heroin Friday, Dec. 9.

    West said agents conducted a sting after a brief investigation using a confidential informant.

  • 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.