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  • Vietnam veteran discovers he isn’t eligible for veteran’s benefits

    Bruce Gray received a Vietnam Service Medal from the U.S. Department of Defense. He has his DD-214. He served his country proudly.

    But this year Gray learned he doesn’t qualify for veteran’s benefits.

    “I thought I would go ahead and sign up for it for the time when I decide to retire,” Gray said.

    Gray, like many Vietnam veterans, thought his service automatically qualified him for benefits.

  • Severe weather to move through Brunswick Wednesday

    Severe weather is expected in Brunswick County throughout the day Wednesday.

    A tornado watch is effect until 5 p.m.

    A tornado warning was issued for Brunswick County, near Southport, just before 9:45 a.m. Wednesday. The warning expired around 10:15 a.m.

    Just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, the National Weather Service issued a severe thunderstorm warning for the county. Winds could exceed 60 mph. The first storm was reported just south of Southport and was moving northeast.

  • Man wants to keep Christ in Christmas

    SHALLOTTE—Three years ago Alan Hughes got fed up with hearing people say “Happy Holidays” so he made it his mission to spread a message—put Christ back in Christmas.

  • 2012 Photo contest winners

     

    As a thank-you to our readers, this week’s Beacon features a free 2013 calendar.

    The calendar features photographs from this year’s Brunswick Life photo contest, plus lots of great advertisements from area businesses.

    “The calendar has been one of our most rewarding special projects,” Beacon managing editor Stacey Manning said. “We love getting quality photos from children and adults each year. It’s hard to pick the winners and select the few that will make it into the calendar.”

  • Mayors meet with new county commissioners

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—On Thursday, Dec. 13, mayors and other elected officials from throughout Brunswick County participated in a mayors’ meeting in Ocean Isle Beach commissioners’ chambers. The topic was getting to know Brunswick County’s newly elected commissioners—Pat Sykes and Frank Williams.

    “The agenda is simple,” said Bob Morrow, mayor of St. James. “We have invited the newly elected commissioners to hear their views and get to know them a little better.”

  • Get a blessing, give a blessing with free meals on Christmas

     

    On Christmas Day, Faith Building Mission will set up three feeding sites in Brunswick County where free Christmas meals may be picked up and delivered.

    “Christmas is a great time for many of us, but also a sad time for many of us. We want to share the love of Jesus,” said Dean Siler, Faith Building Mission project coordinator. “Everybody knows somebody.”

    A free meal of ham or turkey, beans, dressing, potatoes and dessert is available.

  • Beach towns talk about finding, retaining sand

    also plans for an Eagle’s Island project designed expand the area’s capacity for the spring or summer months.

    One of the group’s top concerns is monitoring legislation that affects coastal communities.

    “I had a meeting on Tuesday with some folks in Raleigh and we talked about the upcoming General Legislature…Expect to see an amazing amount of change in finding our way forward,” Simmons said. “I am encouraged and engaged.”

  • Sheriff deputies added at local elementary schools

    Additional security is being added at Brunswick County elementary schools just days after a gunman opened fire in a deadly rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last Friday.

    Until further notice the county’s elementary schools will have a sheriff’s office deputy on site, school officials said. Area middle and high schools already have school resource officers (SRO) assigned to them.

  • Midway Road business owners worry bridge detour is a dead end

    Business owners on Midway Road fear a North Carolina Department of Transportation bridge replacement plan will cut them off from customers.

    NCDOT approved a contract in March for S.T. Wooten Construction to replace nine bridges—seven in Brunswick County, including the bridge over River Swamp and Hog Branch on Midway Road about 4 miles south of Old Ocean Highway.

    Heather Burkert and her husband, Henry, own Greenlands Farmstore about 1.5 miles south of Old Ocean Highway on Midway Road.

  • County keeping employee service recognition simple

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County commissioners decided a firm handshake, a certificate of recognition and a longevity bonus are the best ways to thank county employees for their years of service.

    Debbie Barnes brought a proposal to cut the cost of the employee service recognition program by doing away with the expensive pins the county has given employees when they hit milestone years.

    “We had a policy that required pins with diamonds, sapphires, solid gold. We changed that policy to add more flexibility for recognition,” she said.