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  • Pre-season bookings already improving over last year

    Vacation rental agencies say they are cautiously optimistic about a good rental season this summer, thanks to an increase in pre-season bookings over last year.

    Many say they are also putting together package deals and other promotions to draw budget-conscious visitors who still want to spend time at the beach.

    Bonnie Cox of Brunswickland Realty on Holden Beach said she noticed a slight increase in summer bookings beginning in January. By March, the numbers were up a good 20 percent over the previous year.

  • Update: Utilities commission OKs county takeover of Brick Landing sewer system.

    Correction: A story in last week’s Beacon incorrectly identified the bond as $250,000. It is a $50,000 bond.

    Brunswick County Commissioners have agreed to an emergency takeover of Brick Landing’s decades-old sewer system, which is in need of major repairs.

    At their last regular meeting Monday, March 15, commissioners agreed to public utilities director Jerry Pierce’s recommendation the county assume emergency operations of the ailing system from owner CTC Brick Landing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

  • TDA to keep budget at same level for next year

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority wants to keep its 2010-2011 budget at the same rate as the current year’s budget, which will require dipping into its savings account.

    TDA executive director Mitzi York informed authority members at Tuesday’s meeting that a $90,000 appropriation from fund balance, which would bring the budget up to the $1 million mark, would still keep three months worth of funding in reserve.

  • County commissioners' budget retreat set for April 6-7

    Going into last year’s annual budget retreat, Brunswick commissioners were looking at a nearly $8.5 million budget shortfall.

    This year, county commissioners will meet Tuesday, April 6, and Wednesday, April 7, for the annual two-day retreat where commissioners will hear requests from department heads and, ultimately, decide who gets what they requested, and who will have to do without.

    But the economic forecast is slightly different this year than it was leading into last year’s retreat, county manager Marty Lawing said.

  • Supply man sentenced to 16-31 months for cocaine convictions

    A Supply man has been sentenced to 16-31 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections after a Brunswick County jury convicted him of selling cocaine and possession with intent to sell and deliver cocaine.

    According to Chris Thomas, assistant district attorney, Kevin Rashaad Brown, 29, of the Cedar Grove community in Supply, was sentenced to 16-31 months in prison for two cocaine convictions.

    Brown was on trial for two cocaine transactions, which lasted about a week, Thomas said.

  • Oct. 1, 1994: Teetering on the brink of justice

    If you’ve never been a victim of a violent crime, or lost a loved one to a murder, the date Oct. 1, 1994, may not mean anything to you.

    But if you have, chances are you know the date well.

    North Carolina lawmakers enacted the Structured Sentencing Law in 1994, which eliminated parole for crimes committed on or after Oct. 1, 1994.

    “However, the Commission has the responsibility of paroling offenders who were sentenced under previous sentencing guidelines,” according to the parole commission.


    For the first time, the Brunswick County Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has representation on the state level.

    Ronnie Robinson, of Supply, is serving as the state treasurer of the NAACP.

    “It started back several years ago after attending the various state conferences and going to the various meetings in the state concerning the NAACP,” Robinson said of his interest in having a state position.

  • Your Brunswick weekend entertainment guide

    Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out some of these events happening in and around Brunswick County.

    Friday, March 26

    7 p.m. Bingo, Shallotte Moose Lodge, 253 Holden Beach Road (half-mile east of Wal-Mart.) Doors open at 5:30 p.m. For details, call 754-4921.

  • Sheriff's deputies searching for stolen vehicle, suspect in Calabash

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are searching for the suspect or suspects wanted for stealing a truck in the Calabash area last weekend.

    According to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office press release, sheriff’s deputies are searching for a white 2000 Chevrolet K-1500 extended cab truck stolen between 10 p.m. Saturday, March 27, and 7 a.m. Sunday, March 28, from Beach Drive in Calabash.

    The sheriff’s office is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspect or suspects in this investigation.

  • Twenty-six-year fugitive has Calabash address

    WILMINGTON—A fugitive from justice arrested Wednesday on identity-theft charges has a Calabash address.

    An overnight FBI fingerprint investigation determined the suspect, 69-year-old Charles Lee Sparks, is a 26-year fugitive who escaped June 17, 1983, from the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, Fla., after serving one year of a 20-year sentence for drug trafficking.

    A fugitive-from-justice warrant was served Thursday on Sparks, who is being held without bond at the New Hanover County Detention Facility.