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  • Pennell named Principal of the Year

    SOUTHPORT—South Brunswick High School Principal Vann Pennell was named Brunswick County's Principal of the Year Friday. Pennell said he was "honored and humbled" to have been chosen as this year's recipient. Also nominated for the award was George Kelley, West Brunswick High School, and Dwight Willis, Supply Elementary School.

    Read the full story in next week's Beacon.

  • ‘Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader’ fundraiser around the corner

    Local community leaders will try and prove they are smarter than students at The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School when they participate in “Are You Smarter Than a Village Schooler?” a fundraiser based on the popular TV show “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?”

    Twelve local figures will compete against fifth- and sixth-graders from The Evelyn Smith Wray Village School at 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Former Leland mayor, county commissioner charged with video poker possession

    Former Leland Mayor and former county commissioner Franky Thomas has been charged with possessing and attempting to sell video poker machines.

    Thomas, 65, of 102 Riverview Drive, Leland, was charged Friday, Nov. 7, with two counts of possessing a video gaming machine and one count of attempting to sell a video gaming machine.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Thomas was charged following a three-month investigation by the Brunswick County Sheriff's Office Drug Enforcement Unit.

  • Hearing Monday for two more games places in Calabash

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—A board of adjustment hearing for two more gaming-machine businesses is set for 6 p.m. Monday at Calabash Town Hall.

  • Planetarium sets sights on digital future

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—2009 should be a good year for Ingram Planetarium.

    Not only is it the International Year of Astronomy and the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s telescope, it’s also when the six-year-old planetarium will launch its new $300,000 digital projection system.

  • Rescue-facility adoptees find feline fame

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Anyone who ever thought Cat Tails feline rescue just handles ordinary cats might want to think again.

  • Calabash residents tell town to flush sewer service

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    CALABASH—For the second month in a row, residents of two subdivisions in the seafood capital turned out Tuesday night to protest county sewer service.

    The $7 million project is too expensive for property owners, they said, and they never wanted it in the first place. They also charge the town never gave residents a chance to vote on the issue.

  • The price of politics

    In his unprecedented and historic bid for the White House, president-elect Barack Obama outspent his opponent Sen. John McCain nearly 2-to-1.

    Obama raised $639.2 million, the most money raised by any candidate in the history of American politics. McCain raised $335.3 million—about half of what Obama raised.

    Since the primaries, presidential candidates have raised $1.5 billion to fund their campaigns, which has changed the face of politics in America.

  • Sheriff’s office, municipal police departments team up in new task force

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with local police departments to form The Brunswick County Law Enforcement Investigative Task Force.

    The newly formed task force had its first meeting last Friday. Its goal is curbing property and other crimes through increased information and resource sharing between departments.

    Investigators from municipal police departments will work with sheriff’s deputies in the task force, which divides the county into three sections.

  • Volunteers honored for service

    BOLIVIA—Volunteering is more than one hour here and another hour there. It’s a full-time occupation.

    That’s how Jayne Mathews, director of Brunswick County Volunteer Center, described the dedication of volunteers who were honored Monday afternoon for their service to the county.