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  • 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to honor victims of crime

    Fourteen years ago this past June, Birdie Frink lost her daughter Amy to a violent murder. Since then she has been active in victims’ advocacy and pushing for legislation to help victims of violent crimes and their families.

    On Friday, The Citizens for Justice group, a nonprofit victim’s advocacy group, will host the 13th Annual Candlelight Memorial Service Honoring Victims of Crime.

    The memorial service is free and open to the public. The service begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Leland Baptist Church on Village Road.

  • Ocean Isle resident recalls dangerous service onboard USS Intrepid

    Joe Barry of Ocean Isle Beach was among a group of about 3,000 men who first boarded the USS Intrepid in 1943 during World War II.

    On Oct. 2, Barry was among a group of about 250 veterans who boarded the historical ship once more.

    Barry was invited to ride on the Intrepid’s journey from Staten Island to Pier 86, where it reopened as a renovated and upgraded historical museum. The exhibits inside show what Barry and his fellow crewmen endured on the ship 65 years earlier.

    Making history

  • County commissioner-elect Charles Warren to tackle taxes, housing, roads

    Republican Charles Warren upset incumbent May Moore in last week’s General Election to clinch the District 3 seat by about 4,200 votes.

    Warren, CEO of Warren’s Case Management Services in Wilmington, lives in Oak Island.

    Warren’s previous political experience includes serving as the Oak Island 2 precinct chairman and serving as the at-large member for the District 7 Executive Committee.

    “I decided to run based on citizens coming to me and asking me to run based on the tax situation,” Warren said this week.

  • Theresa Armakovitch

    Theresa Leonard Armakovitch, 44, of Shallotte, died Nov. 15 at her home.

    She was born July 4, 1964, in Thomasville, a daughter of Eloise Ward and the late Thomas Earl Leonard.

    She enjoyed spending time with her family and was a member of the Independent Bikers Association.

  • 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.