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  • Local writer’s hopes to see autobiography come alive on the screen

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It is not an ordinary autobiography, and now the extraordinary story of one man’s fight for survival may become a feature film.

    In June, Polish director/screenwriter Pawel Kuczynski spent a week at the Ocean Isle Beach home of author Stanley Opalka.

    Opalka’s 2003 autobiography “Escape from Russia” is the basis of a film with the working title “The Boy Who Won WWII.”

  • Holden Beach to get bids on fire station changes

    Holden Beach commissioners instructed town manager David Hewett to solicit bids for remodeling part of the town’s fire station and bring bids received to their next meeting in September.

    During their regular meeting in town hall Tuesday night, commissioner Sheila Young said, “We’re responsible for the building. We’re not responsible for the staffing.”

  • Gaming-distance reductions nixed in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Gaming establishments in the town still need to keep their distance.

    At their Aug. 9 meeting, the Carolina Shores Board of Commissioners nixed a requested change to reduce distances between gaming establishments and homes, schools, churches and other entities.

    The unanimous vote by the town board of commissioners came following a public hearing at their Aug. 9 monthly meeting.

    “I don’t see any reason to change it,” town commissioner John Russo said prior to voting.

  • AdvancEd assessment on school board agenda

    A final report assessing Brunswick County Schools was on the agenda of the county school board’s retreat scheduled this Wednesday, Aug. 15, in Southport.

    Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said discussion would be facilitated by Joe Delaney of AdvancED, the national accreditation team that conducted the external assessment authorized by the board.

  • More charges for puppy-mill owners

    SUPPLY—More charges have been levied against a Leland couple arrested during an Aug. 3 puppy-mill bust.

    Amelia Millis, 62, and Andrew Millis, 64, each now face 24 counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals, said Sgt. Tommy Tolley, director of Brunswick County Animal Protective Services.

    Tuesday, both were still in the Brunswick County Detention Center in Bolivia each on $1.5 million bonds.

    “The very important thing about it is those two owners did surrender all animals to [the Humane Society of the United States],” Tolley said.

  • Authorities identify teen who drowned in pond

    Local authorities have identified the teen who drowned Sunday in a pond off Longwood Road.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office, the victim is Raquan Green, 15, of Ash.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Dive Team, along with Waccamaw Fire & Rescue, Grissettown-Longwood Fire & Rescue, Calabash EMS and Brunswick EMS, responded to the scene.

  • Beacon writers win national press awards

    Brunswick Beacon staff writers Rachel Johnson and Laura Lewis have won national writing awards. Both were recognized as winners in the National Newspaper Association’s Better Newspaper Contest.

    Johnson won two awards. She won third place in the best agriculture story for all daily and non-daily newspapers with a circulation of 6,000 or more. Her award was for a story she did about tobacco farming in Brunswick County.

  • UPDATE: 'Deplorable' puppy mill busted in Leland

    Deplorable.

    That’s how officials are describing the horrific scene they encountered Friday in the Leland area.

    Acting on an anonymous tip, the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, assisted by shelter and animal rescue groups, descended on a puppy mill at 2059 Maco Road. The team rescued 158 dogs and 26 birds. Two people were arrested.

  • Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

     Jet Ski business is a no-go in Sunset Beach

    By Laura Lewis

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH—A proposed Jet Ski operation in the town has been turned down by the Coastal Area Management Act (CAMA).

    Town building inspector Sandy Wood, speaking at town council’s pre-meeting work session Monday night, said after the applicants told CAMA what they wanted to do, “CAMA said no way.”

    Wood said the applicants could still come back and build a different type of pier.

  • Deep-sea catch dedicated to OIFC's Capt. Brant McMullan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It was a good fishing day by any standard.

    Terry Johnson couldn’t believe the bounty of fish caught as he accompanied young men on a deep-sea expedition Aug. 3.

    “Captain Brant [McMullan] knew that we were going out with Matt Richards on his new boat,” said Johnson, who works at the fishing center.

    Johnson was referring to Richards, first mate who goes out on fishing charters every day.