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  • Unique items, low overhead make antique mall attractive to buyers, dealers

    Editor’s note: This is the third installment in a series of stories about local small business owners trying to make it in a challenging economy.

    SHALLOTTE—They know they’ll never get rich, but self-described “compulsive shoppers” like Melinda Johnson and Ella Oliveira have an outlet for their passion—The Fancy Flea Antique Mall on U.S. 17 Bypass.

    The mall contains 6,000 square feet stocked with old bottles, dolls, books, vintage fabrics, furniture, coins, dishes and even some new gift items.

  • County ponders animal shelter management

    BOLIVIA—County officials have been meeting with animal group representatives to discuss future management of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    Don Yousey, director of the Brunswick County Health Department, recently said animal rights people are interested in taking over management of the shelter.

    At present, the health department oversees animal services and the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    Yousey, speaking at a Feb. 9 health board meeting, said it might be beneficial if an animal group took over the shelter’s day-to-day management.

  • Beacon Web site add interactive Readers' Forum

    The Brunswick Beacon has added an interactive Readers' Forum to its Web site. Registered users can now log into the forum and join discussions on recent issues written about by Beacon staff, start their own discussions regarding local issues or concerns, share news tips or just read what others have to say about everything Brunswick County.

  • Third Annual Beacon Health Expo set for Saturday

    Get your medical questions answered and your health screened for free at the Third Annual Brunswick Beacon Health Expo this Saturday, Feb. 28, at the West Brunswick High School gymnasium.

    The event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and admission is free.

  • Back from Iraq

    When a half dozen reporters, photographers and videographers gathered in Mandi Young’s first-grade Belville Elementary School classroom Thursday afternoon, students were told they were there to interview Karen Coughlin, Young’s teacher assistant who was recently named Brunswick County Teacher Assistant of the Year.

    First-grader Brennan Kosmeh had no idea the media was really there for him and to capture his reaction to a big surprise.

  • Troopers target teen drivers in 'Operation Drive to Live'

    SHALLOTTE—State troopers will be targeting teen drivers this week as part of the statewide initiative “Operation Drive to Live,” to reduce traffic collisions involving teenage drivers.

    Beginning Feb. 23 and continuing until March 1, state troopers and other local law enforcement agencies will amp up patrols, especially around area high schools, from 6 a.m.-5 p.m. each day.

    Traffic collisions are the leading cause of teenage deaths in North Carolina, trooper J.L. Reeves explained, adding 125 teens were killed on North Carolina highways in 2008.

  • BCC celebrates Black History Month

    Brunswick Community College held its Black History Month celebration on Thursday, Feb. 19. Student ambassador Shanta Vaught opened the event by reading ‘Phenomenal Women,’ a Maya Angelou poem. The BCC Faculty and Staff Choir performed several vocal selections and lead the crowd in singing of ‘Life Every Voice and Sing—The Negro National Anthem.’ A drumming and dance performance by the Wilmington Drummers and Dancers performed several numbers and explained how African natives perform them.

  • Commissioners hurl accusations of inappropriate conduct

    CALABASH—Town commissioner John Melahn has accused fellow commissioner Forrest King of disrespectful and abusive behavior at a town meeting.

    Melahn made the accusation at a heated Feb. 11 meeting continued from commissioners’ monthly meeting the night before.

    Melahn charged King violated “respect for process” in the town ethics policy for town officials and acted in an abusive and threatening manner at commissioners’ Feb. 3 agenda meeting.

  • Brunswick home sales up slightly in December

    Existing home sales in Brunswick County inched up again in December 2008, from 110 in November to 114 in December.

    Sales were up 41 percent over December 2007, when only 81 houses were sold, according to the most recent report from the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    The average cost of a house in Brunswick County decreased slightly between 2007 and 2008, going from $260,306 to $253,488.

    The association also reported buyers spent $25,897,600 on houses in December 2008, up from $21,084,771 in December 2007 and up from $25,536,204 in November 2008.

  • Man arrested for Winnabow woman's 2002 death

    Wilmington police have arrested a suspect in the 2002 murder of Vicki Robbins Brendle, 32, of Winnabow, a police department spokesperson announced Wednesday.

    Brendle was killed at 8 a.m., Sept. 28, 2002, at the intersection of the 1100 block of South Front Street.

    Last Wednesday, Wilmington detectives obtained a warrant for James Thurnan Daughtie, also known as James Daughtie, 25.

    Daughtie currently is in prison on unrelated charges and is due for release in 2010. He now faces the new charge of first-degree murder in Brendle’s death.