Local News

  • Ash mom still fighting for custody of sons in Canada

    Ash mom Amy Smith flew to Canada earlier this month in hopes of getting her sons, only to return home disappointed once again.

    Smith has been trying to regain custody of her sons, 8-year-old Brody and 5-year-old Nathan, from her husband Shawn for nearly two years.

    She thought she had finally gotten her day in court Nov. 8, when the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCEMC) paid for her to travel to Canada for a hearing under the Hague Convention Treaty, an international child abduction law.

  • Greiner named president of Kentucky community and technical college

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick Community College President Stephen Greiner has been named president of Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC) in Hazard, Ky., according to the school’s website.

    Greiner was selected as the college’s new president Nov. 15 following a board of directors’ meeting, the site states. Greiner did not respond to several messages left by a Beacon reporter seeking comment but was quoted in a press release on the HCTC website.

  • VIDEO: WBHS Spotlight on Talent

    SHALLOTTE—Many talented students roam the halls of West Brunswick High School every day.

    Last Tuesday night, students in 24 acts took center stage at Spotlight on Talent, the school’s annual talent show. Winners from the event will advance to the county talent show next year and compete against students from all high schools in Brunswick County.

    Proceeds of Spotlight on Talent will benefit the West Brunswick High School Vocal Music Department.

  • Town of Holden Beach likely to buy waterway property behind town hall

    It appears the town of Holden Beach will buy three properties behind town hall for $1 million as well as accept three gift properties from the seller, Holden Beach Enterprises Inc.

    Jim Griffin and Virgil Roberts own 75 percent of Holden Beach Enterprises, and attorney Joe Taylor from Wilmington owns 25 percent, Roberts said in an interview after a town meeting last week.

  • As DA, David plans to lead by example in and out of the courtroom

    Editor’s note: This is the second in a two-part feature series with district attorney-elect Jon David.

    LELAND—Jon David plans to lead from the courtroom as much as he does as the figurehead of the prosecutorial system in the three-county 13th district.

    As district attorney-elect for Brunswick, Columbus and Bladen counties, David said he plans to lead by example once he’s sworn in in January.

  • Grant puts smoke detectors in homes of residents throughout the county

    The house Latasha Stanley and her family recently moved into once had smoke detectors.

    She can tell by the places on the wall that were once used to hold the detectors. When the previous residents moved, so did the smoke detectors.

    Because of a grant shared by the Grissettown-Longwood Fire Department and the Sunset Beach Fire Department, Stanley can now rest easy, as she received smoke detectors and important fire safety information Monday afternoon.

  • BFA checks holiday list, plans ahead for distribution

    With the holidays just around the bend, Brunswick Family Assistance is busy compiling its seasonal list of families in need.

    “We did probably close to 100 walk-ins today,” Lora Freeman, assistant program manager for BFA headquartered in Shallotte, said Monday, the last day for residents to sign on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list.

    She was referring to the number of additional people signing on for the nonprofit’s Christmas list. Last Friday was the last day for appointments.

  • 15th annual candlelight vigil to honor victims

    June 23, 1994—the day the Frink family won’t soon forget.

    It was on that summer day 16 years ago they lost their daughter, their sister, their friend—18-year-old Amy Frink.

    Frink was brutally murdered by two men who were on the run for years before being arrested and serving fractions of their sentences. They are both now free men.

  • Commissioners table landfill expansion after residents oppose project

    BOLIVIA—It turns out people don’t like living next to landfills.

    A group of Bolivia residents speaking out at Monday’s county commissioners meeting made it clear they don’t want the current construction and demolition landfill expanding into what they say are their back yards, either.

  • Rep. Iler calls Senate actions ‘sleazy’

    It’s sleazy.

    That’s what N.C. House Rep. Frank Iler, R-Brunswick, told “No Port Southport” he thinks of the placement of the proposed N.C. State Ports Authority’s N.C. International Terminal (NCIT) in the state’s 2010 budget bill.

    He said last summer the House of Representatives was asked to vote on the budget. As he scanned the document, he looked for appropriations for the NCIT project and the feasibility study by the Army Corps of Engineers.