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  • 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.

  • Brunswick County Victory Office opens

    Brunswick County’s Victory Office has opened at Brunswick County Republican Headquarters on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. The Victory Office is funded jointly through the Republican National Committee and the North Carolina Republican Party. The Victory Office is open seven days a week through November’s election.  


  • Wanted suspects captured by U.S. Marshals in Louisiana

    BOLIVIA—All three suspects wanted in connection with a July 26 shooting are in custody.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh said Dwight Sylvester Powell Jr. turned himself in to deputies Saturday, July 28, for his alleged role in the shooting.

    On Wednesday, Aug. 1, the two remaining suspects were captured, Routh said.

    U.S. Marshals captured Deontray Tremel Bryant and Mickey Alonzo Bryant in Louisiana.

  • Leland man sentenced to 11.5 years in prison for eighth DWI conviction

    BOLIVIA—A Leland man was sentenced to more than 11 years in prison after he was convicted of his eighth driving while impaired charge.

    According to assistant district attorney Chris Thomas, Wilbur Brown was convicted of habitual impaired driving, and sentenced as a habitual offender, this week in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    Superior Court Judge Thomas Lock sentenced Brown to 108 to 138 months in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.

  • Should chips, cookies, energy drinks and sodas be purchased with an EBT card?

    Should food stamps be used to purchase soda and other junk food?

    That’s the question and now the federal government is looking into potential changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps/EBT).

    A change to the current definition of food for the program requires action by Congress.

  • Bite on Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Shortly before noon on Tuesday, July 24, a call went across the emergency radio scanner for medical help for an animal bite.

    The dispatcher said it was a “possible shark bite” and the victim was on the beach with lacerations to the leg.

    Emergency personnel were sent to 121 West First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    According to Mayor Debbie Smith, it was not a shark bite.

    “According to first responders it looks more like a bluefish bite or a stingray barb,” she said.