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  • Flood watch in effect through 9 p.m. Friday

     It's going to be a wet, windy Friday.

    Rain is expected to begin on Friday and throughout the day, as much as 2 inches of rain may fall. That means there is potential for coastal flooding.

    The National Weather Service has indicated flood potential exists in low-lying areas that are adjacent to the ocean and areas around marshes and sounds. Some flooding could occur as the Intracoastal Waterway and inland rivers are influenced by the tide Friday.

    Many rivers in the area could be at flood stage following the rain.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Sen. Richard Burr

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    Burr said the worst of the economic storm was not over for North Carolinians or Americans.

  • Turning dresses into dreams

    Between the dress, shoes, jewelry and accessories, hair, make-up and other essentials, prom costs can total hundreds of dollars—a financial burden some families cannot afford.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is offering girls in Brunswick County a chance to receive a dress, shoes and accessories for the prom free of charge.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet is a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Animal issues need to focus on 'things we can do better'

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey told more than 20 residents they need to focus on “things we can do better” regarding animal services.

    “We’ll take your recommendations; the final decision is up the [county] board of health,” Yousey said at a revived animal services advisory committee meeting Monday night.

  • Congress, local officials sound off on State of the Union

    During his State of the Union Address on Wednesday, Jan. 27, President Barack Obama addressed the economy, saying, “The worst of the storm has passed.”

    But not everyone agrees with that assessment. Some people say it’s too early to tell, while others argue the worst of the storm is still ahead for the nation.

    Donna Silva, chairman of the Brunswick County Democratic Party, said, “It’s really difficult to judge,” whether the worst has passed.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Beacon interview with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre

    Beacon reporter Caroline Curran interviewed U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., about President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address, the economy, jobs in North Carolina and the status of healthcare reform in Congress.

    In his State of the Union address, Obama said, “The worst of the storm has passed,” referring to the economy.

    As for whether the worst of the economic storm has passed, “Not quite,” McIntyre said.

  • Waccamaw School Presents Disney Musical 'The Aristocats' this weekend at Odell Williamson

    Waccamaw School will present the Disney musical “The Aristocats” at 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Local tourism conversion rate up to nearly 30 percent

    Nearly 30 percent of people who sought information about vacationing on the Brunswick Islands went through with their plans, according to a recent conversion study by Smith Advertising for the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority.

    The previous conversion study in 2007 found 11.7 percent of inquiries resulted in visits. In the latest study, the number jumped to 29.7 percent, and half the visitors visit within two months of planning their trips, according to the results.

  • Former Leland police officer convicted for robbing Supply grocery store

    BOLIVIA—A former Leland police officer was convicted last week of robbing a Supply grocery store.

    Brett Hilburn Hobbs, 31, of Leland, was convicted Wednesday, Jan. 27, of felony larceny and felony possession of stolen goods, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Hobbs to five to six months in the N.C. Department of Corrections.

    Thomas said jury selection for the case began Monday, Jan. 25, and the jury returned the guilty verdict around 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED: Church giveaway wows crowd of 300 showing up for free items

    BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    About 300 people braved a cold rain Saturday to receive free clothes, household items, toys, furniture and even breakfast during the first Great New Year Giveaway at First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    “We’re just so excited,” said event organizer and church member Dianne Tripp, standing amid the crowd browsing tables and racks filled with free items and clothing in the church’s large gymnasium and sanctuary.