Local News

  • Chief jailer resigns; interim captain to resume full-time duties

    BOLIVIA—After 22 years with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Capt. Kevin Holden has resigned.

    Sheriff John Ingram said Holden resigned on Monday from his post as captain over the detention division. Capt. Phil Perry has been named interim jail administrator and will resume full-time duties as jail administrator next Monday.

    Holden was hired in July 1986. In 2000, he was promoted to captain of detention. Until his resignation Oct. 27, Holden was making an annual salary of $70,933.

  • Crowds turn out for Festival by the Sea

    Crowds turned out this weekend for Holden Beach's Festival by the Sea.

    The annual parade kicked off Saturday's festivities. Arts and crafts vendors, food and live entertainment were available throughout the weekend. 

    The food lineup included: Maco Enterprises, Ocean Isle Beach; Greek Boys, Wilmington; Ruby Woods, Morganton; Reva's Kitchen, Wilmington; Dippin' Dots, Rocky Mount; Mrs. K's Funnel Cakes, Calabash; Provision Company, Holden Beach; N.C. Sweet Tea, Wilmington; Coble's Ice Cream, Asheboro; Steak Boys, Matthews; and Onions Gone Wild, Raleigh.

  • Beacon to sponsor candidates’ forum

    The Brunswick Beacon has teamed up with The Big Talker FM, Cape Fear Community College and other media outlets to sponsor the “2008 Southeastern North Carolina’s U.S. Senate and N.C. Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates’ Forum.”

    The candidates’ forum, Friday, Oct. 24, at Cape Fear Community College’s Schwartz Center, is for all U.S. Senate candidates and North Carolina gubernatorial candidates. Not all candidates are scheduled to attend.

  • Wounded Warriors to ride into Brunswick County

    The Wounded Warrior Project’s Soldier Ride is gearing up to ride into Brunswick County this week.

    The Wounded Warrior Project is a national nonprofit organization that aims to provide programs and services to severely injured servicemen and women.

    One of the project’s many programs is its annual Soldier Ride.

    “Our No. 1 goal is to raise awareness. I don’t think the average Joe knows what it’s like,” for disabled servicemen and women, organizer Debra Racine said.

  • Federal government plays role in BEMC underground power line project

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. hosted a luncheon last week to thank U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre and the Federal Emergency Management Agency for assistance with funding the replacement of aboveground electric lines with underground wires in local beach towns.

    Representatives from state, county and town governments gathered at Cinelli’s Wednesday to hear a report about the completion of the years-long project from BEMC officials.

  • Leland homicide victim died from gunshot wound; sheriff's office still seeking information

    Mark Deegan Johnson, 54, died from a single gunshot wound to the upper abdomen, Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Friday.

    Chief deputy Charlie Miller said Johnson's body was found at his home on Red Fox Street around 1 p.m. Monday. Ingram said investigators believe Johnson was killed sometime between Saturday and Sunday. Johnson was last seen Saturday morning at his home, Ingram said.

    Johnson was not married and lived alone at the home at 9826 Red Fox St., where his body was found. A neighbor reported finding Johnson's body.

  • Sheriff’s deputy charged with DWI

    A Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired from the sheriff’s office after being charged with driving while impaired.

    Jason Stone, 25, worked as a bailiff in the courthouse until he was fired on Oct. 13, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Stone was charged with driving while impaired and possession of an open container around 2 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, according to Leland Police.

  • Planning board gets refresher course in procedures

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members want to know how to better perform their duties, and on Tuesday, Penny Tysinger of the Cape Fear Council of Government told them to look at all options when making decisions and always be consistent.

    Tysinger met with board members at town hall during a special workshop to discuss the planning board’s role in the town and its procedures for making decisions.

    “We have several things coming up within next six months, especially the vision plan,” board Chairman Dennis Winters told Tysinger.

  • Town planner resigns after seeing his job posted online

    SHALLOTTE—After 20 months as this town’s first planner, Chris Rogers resigned Monday after learning his job was posted on the North Carolina League of Municipalities Web site.

    According to Rogers, someone he knows e-mailed him a link to the job posting. When Rogers confronted town administrator Paul Sabiston about it, Sabiston said he was “looking at options.”

    “I resigned on the spot,” Rogers said.

    He said he thought Sabiston’s actions were “unprofessional.”

  • Civietown Fire Department lowers ratings; homeowners to save money

    SUPPLY—About three quarters of homeowners in the Civietown fire district should see a decrease in their homeowners' insurance after the fire department’s recent fire rating drop.

    Assistant chief Mark Hewett said the department’s recent reduction in the state’s department of insurance ratings should mean lower homeowners' insurance for 74 percent of homeowners in their six-mile fire district.