Local News

  • Locals continue to fight against forced annexation in wake of towns' agreement

    Property owners along the Midway Road corridor including Midway Trading Post owner Mike Richards are still a little stunned at their recent “victory” against St. James’ annexation of their property, but Richards isn’t giving up the fight to change state laws that allow forced annexation.

  • Former teacher assistant files lawsuit claiming termination was based on racial discrimination

    A former Brunswick County Schools teacher assistant and bus driver is suing the board of education, claiming she was terminated after a student who wet himself falsely accused her of refusing him to use the bathroom.

    A lawsuit on behalf of Anna Stanley was filed Feb. 11 in Brunswick County Superior Court. Stanley, who was hired by the district in 2002, claims her termination was based on racial discrimination, which violated her constitutional right to equal protection.

  • Earth Angels trike for heart health

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits filed against Brunswick developer

    Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits against a prominent Brunswick County developer have been filed in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    The lawsuits, filed Feb. 4 and Feb. 22, list multiple plaintiffs, many of whom purchased properties in Mark Saunders’ developments Seawatch at Sunset Harbor and Ocean Isle Palms.

    The two lawsuits were filed on the heels of a December 2009 lawsuit filed on behalf of property owners in another Saunders’ development, Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • ELECTION 2010 Burr seeks second term in U.S. Senate; faces primary competition

    Eleven candidates have filed for office hoping to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., filed for re-election for his second term in Washington, D.C.

    In the May 2010 Primary Election, Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, will be challenged by three fellow Republicans vying for the GOP nomination—Larry Linney of Charlotte, Brad Jones of Toxaway, and Eddie Burks of Ashboro.

  • ELECTION 2010 Three Republicans vie to challenge incumbent Democrat for U.S. House

    Three Republicans, two of whom are Iraq war veterans, are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republicans Randy Crow, of Kelly, and Ilario Pantano, of Wilmington, who filed for office Feb. 24, joined fellow Republican Will Breazeale, who filed for office Feb. 12.

    Pantano and Breazeale are both Iraq war veterans.

  • 'Cashing in on Tourism' topic of March 9 Joint Economic Growth Summit 2010

    Weekend tourists are turning into lifetime residents, bringing $30 billion annually to the economy in the Carolinas. Brunswick County is no exception.

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Coastal Carolina University are teaming up to co-host a Joint Economic Growth Summit to explore the lasting benefits of tourism on the local economy and the phenomenon of the “turbo-tourist,” according to a UNCW news release.

    Brunswick County’s statistics will be part of the program.

  • ELECTION 2010 Former school board member to run for county commissioner

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert has filed to run for a seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

    Gilbert, who served on the Brunswick County Board of Education from 2004-2008, will be the Libertarian candidate in November’s General Election for county commissioner in District 1.

  • Local graduates of the Methodist Orphanage organize benefit fashion show

    Brunswick County residents Evelyn Callahan Cates and Rom Hardin met as children at the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh. There, they learned hard work, self-sufficiency and the importance of friendships.

    They say they received an education that has lasted a lifetime.

    “We really learned how to work,” Cates said recently. “We had a farm off campus we worked on…We had our own school.”

    “It was great,” recalled Hardin.

  • VIDEO INCLUDED Variety of offerings at Health Expo 2010

    A crowd converged as more than 40 exhibitors took part in The Brunswick Beacon’s fourth annual Health Expo last Saturday, Feb. 27, at West Brunswick High School.

    Highlights included free health screenings and a medication drop-off, as well as tours of Brunswick Community Hospital’s new mobile cardiac catheterization unit and Brunswick Safety House.

    Brunswick Community Hospital, in conjunction with Novant Medical Group, conducted free blood-pressure checks and offered information on local primary care and specialty providers.