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  • Puppy mill bust

    About 158 dogs and 26 birds have been rescued after being found in inhumane conditions at a puppy mill in the Leland area.

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office responded Friday to an anonymous tip of a puppy mill being operated at 2059 Maco Road, along with a co-operation on Rose Avenue in Wilmington.

    Dog owners Andrew Millis, 64, and Amelia Millis, 62, have been charged on 12 counts of animal cruelty. They are being held on $1.5 million bond each at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

  • Fire destroys home; teen called a hero

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Trudi Wesley had just left her home for work on Friday, July 27, when she received a frantic phone call from her oldest daughter.

    “I left for work about 6:30 a.m.,” Wesley said. “I was at Food Lion buying water and Gatorade for work. She called at 7:05 a.m. and told me she had called 911. She told me her sister had caught the bed on fire.”

  • Beacon columnist, fisherman recovering after fall from billboard

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Ocean Isle Beach man is recovering after falling from the top of a billboard along U.S. 17.

    Around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, Brant McMullan, a Beacon fishing columnist, fell and landed on a concrete drive. His father Rube McMullan said while the height hasn’t been measured, it is near 50 feet.

    According to Rube, Brant and his brother Barrett McMullan were putting a new “OIFC” wrap on a billboard for the Ocean Isle Fishing Center, a family business, when he fell. The billboard is on U.S. 17 near N.C. 904.

  • Park meeting set for Thursday in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Withers & Ravenel consulting firm will have a public meeting from 4-8 p.m. this Thursday, Aug. 2, at town hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is to gather citizen input on what should go in the proposed 5-acre public park site on the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The meeting will be in the form of a “charrette,” in which the public will have an opportunity to sit down at tables and participate in the design of the park.

  • Septuagenarian set to ride Harley in 6,000-mile fundraiser

    Tom Hunter is ready to ride.

    The life-long motorcycle rider, who turns 70 in September, left his Ocean Isle Beach home last week to take part in the third annual Hoka Hey Motorcycle Challenge, a 6,000-mile, cross-country charity event. He is participating to raise money for Hope Harbor Home and raise awareness about domestic violence.

    The retired domestic-violence and homicide detective, who serves on Hope Harbor’s board, was at Beach House Harley-Davidson in Shallotte last week getting his Harley checked out before leaving Brunswick County on July 27.

  • Family, friends celebrate life of Holden Beach builder Jeff Lee

    HOLDEN BEACH—Jeff Lee was a Holden Beach fixture.

    The former Holden Beach commissioner and longtime owner of Jeff Lee Builders was renowned among locals and fishermen who knew him well.

    Up until his sudden death on Friday, July 20, at the age of 57, Lee was amid friends and having a good time.

    Lee’s longtime friend, Holden Beach Mayor Alan Holden, said he spent the previous Wednesday with Lee at the surveyor’s office.

    “He was telling jokes and being himself,” Holden said.

  • Reduced gaming distances pondered in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners will consider a proposed amendment to reduce distances between gaming establishments and schools, homes, churches and other entities.

    The town’s planning and zoning board unanimously voted to recommend that such a change not be approved at its July 18 meeting.

    The current minimal separation between such establishments is 1,500 feet, town administrator Mike Hargett said.

  • Looking Back: 1991 through 1993

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

    1991 headlines

    •In a Jan. 3 issues, then-state Rep. David Redwine was quoted as saying “We can no longer afford to be sugar daddy to everyone,” in reference to the state’s budget woes.

    •HBO was advertising its showing of “Steel Magnolias” on its cable movie channel.

  • Glenda Ansley, Teen Court coordinator, champion for children dies

    SHALLOTTE—Glenda Ansley, Teen Court coordinator and champion for children, has died.

    Ansley, 55, died Saturday, July 28, at her Shallotte home.

    Friends and colleagues describe Ansley as a tireless champion for children.

    Former district attorney Rex Gore worked with Ansley for more than 10 years in her role as Teen Court coordinator.

  • Brunswick County unemployment tops 10 percent in June

    Unemployment in Brunswick County continues to hover more than 10 percent.

    North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division officials recently released county unemployment rates for June.

    Brunswick County’s June unemployment rate was 10.9 percent, up from 10.3 percent in May.

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate dipped below 10 percent briefly in April, but jumped back up the following month. April’s 9.7 percent unemployment rate was Brunswick County’s first sub-10-percent rate in three years.