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  • Man charged with killing doctor

    A South Carolina man has been charged with the murder of a former Brunswick County doctor whose body was found Sept. 12 in Kansas.

    Dr. Franchesca Brown, 39, a pediatrician from Myrtle Beach, S.C., was found dead in a wooded area near a Kansas City hotel. She had last been seen Sept. 3 while she was in Kansas attending a medical conference.

    John Meredith Hodges, 44, of Ladson, S.C., has been charged with first-degree murder, credit card fraud and identity theft.

  • Public input sought for Terminal Groin project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials and the Wilmington District Corps of Engineers Regulatory Division are seeking public input for the town’s proposed East End Shoreline Protection Project (terminal groin).

    “This is the first of the public meetings that we will have through this process,” Mayor Debbie Smith said.

  • Jaguar's Lair work debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Councilwoman Karen Joseph says progress is being made with work at the unfinished Jaguar’s Lair development.

    Property owner Cas Kacala complains road work isn’t being done fast enough and accuses council of spinning stories about it.

    Last week, Joseph responded via email on behalf of the town board to Kacala’s email recently sent to owners of 119 lots in Jaguar’s Lair.

  • Warrior Ride is this Friday

    Friday is the day to show your appreciation to warriors who have sacrificed for freedom.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

    Warrior Ride founders Debra and Bob Racine of Oak Island started the nonprofit organization seven years ago as a way to incorporate recreation and rehabilitation and to give back.

  • A dog's tale: Abandoned pooch transforms into Angel

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—“Look at how beautiful she is,” Janie Withers said as she showed off a lively white Pekingese dog that’s been residing at her home for the past two months.

    Two months ago, the little dog Withers has named Angel wasn’t so lively or pretty. Found abandoned along a Winnabow roadside, starving, she had a ruptured eye and her fur was severely matted. The dog likely would have died except for a Good Samaritan who rescued her.

    A rescue group couldn’t help, so Withers was contacted for help.

  • Vehicle break-in spree lands two people behind bars

    Two Brunswick County burglars are behind bars one day after going on a breaking-and-entering spree that led to 21 charges.

    Detectives with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on Sept. 19 and charged them with a ring of car breaking-and-entering incidents in the Supply area that took place on Sept. 18.

    Arrested were Timothy Lane Inman, 20, of 1669 Vest Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, and Amy Denise Horne, 34, of 731 Stone Chimney Road, Supply.

  • Calabash returns rezoning request to planning board

    CALABASH—The town board of commissioners has voted to send a request to rezone seven acres along Thomasboro Road from commercial to residential back to the town planning and zoning board.

    The 4-1 vote came following a public hearing at town commissioners’ last monthly meeting Sept. 11.

    Compass Point Engineering, on behalf of property owner Russell Price, wants to rezone 7.16 acres from central business (CB) to R-15 residential. The addresses of the property are 1401 Thomasboro Road and 9215 McMurray Lane.

  • Missing juvenile last seen more than a week ago in Leland

    A Brunswick County juvenile was last seen more than a week ago and police need your help locating her.

    Carla Pedroza Ibarra, 15, of Leland has been missing since Sunday, Sept. 16. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is seeking any information as to her whereabouts.

    Ibarra is a Hispanic female who is 5 foot 4 inches and weighs about 238 pounds. She has black hair and brown eyes and wears black frame eyeglasses.

  • Looking Back 1981-1983

     Editor’s note: This is the fifth in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    Fishermen, foiled robberies and other topics unique to Brunswick County dominated headlines in The Brunswick Beacon in the early 1980s.

    In 1981, local fishermen came out in force to protect their waters from the county.

  • Holden Beach indicates support for Myrtle Beach MPO

    Holden Beach commissioners did not take an official vote but showed strong verbal support for a South Carolina road-building representative to pursue working with southeastern North Carolina representatives to build roads.

    The presentation by Mark Hoeweler of the Waccamaw Regional Council of Governments was a highlight of Holden Beach commissioners’ regular meeting in town hall on Sept. 11.