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  • Nonprofit seeks to mentor local youth, teens

     There’s a new group ready to help the youth of Brunswick County.

    Last year, Crystal Babson and Christian Tucker launched It’s My Very Own (IMVO) Brunswick County, a nonprofit designed to match community leaders with children ages 8 to 18 to help the students live up to their full potential.

    Babson had already established a Kid Brother/Kid Sister program while Tucker was trying to establish a nonprofit to aid foster children.

  • Supply man indicted on murder charge

     A Supply man facing a murder charge was indicted Thursday, July 4, by a Brunswick County grand jury.

    William Calvin Steward, 36, was arrested April 11 and accused of shooting and killing a woman at a party at his home.

    He was indicted on charges of murder, attempted first-degree murder, assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill or inflict serious injury and discharging a weapon into a dwelling or moving vehicle.

  • Man accused of 63 sex crimes involving child

     A Wake County man accused of multiple sex crimes with a child has been incarcerated in Brunswick County.

    Frank Welsh Richmond III, 36, of Falls Lake, was arrested June 30 and charged with 21 counts of statutory rape of a person who is 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant who is at least six years older than the victim. He also is charged with 21 counts of statutory sexual offense against a person 13, 14 or 15 by a defendant at least six years older than the victim, plus 21 charges of indecent liberties with a child.

  • Lawyer: Not Vidal’s mother who threatened officer

     The lawyer for a Southport police officer charged with voluntary manslaughter in the January shooting death of a Boiling Spring Lakes teenager says the victim’s mother did not threaten the officer’s wife after all.

    James Payne, Bryon Vassey’s lawyer, filed a motion April 25 for production of records in Brunswick County Superior Court seeking courthouse video footage showing Mary Wilsey allegedly threatening Victoria Vassey after a standard superior court case management hearing April 8 in Bolivia.

  • Voters were wrong about sales tax

    To the editor:

    It was sad to read in last week’s Beacon what can't be funded because of the voters’ rejection of the sales tax referendum. I think the main reason it failed was that the county did a poor job of selling it to the people. What people saw was a sales tax for sand, not the fact that our beaches bring millions of dollars of tourist money to the county.

  • Who's responsible for what debated in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town commissioners are debating who’s responsible for what when it comes to drainage easements and landscape maintenance.

    During discussion at the town board’s monthly workshop July 7, town administrator Jon Mendenhall said a Northwest Drive resident has asked the town to consider taking over maintenance of a drainage easement between Courts 6 and 7.

    But town commissioners were in agreement the town cannot be responsible for easements it doesn’t own.

  • 'Tammy' fetches a crowd during first-week Shallotte premiere

    As the new movie “Tammy” debuted last week on the big screen, locals turned out to see the Melissa McCarthy comedy, portions of which were filmed in Shallotte and elsewhere in Brunswick County.

    Among movie-goers was local Chef Sal Rubio, who provided use of his Shallotte restaurant, The Grille, to be converted for filming last year into “Topperjack’s,” the fictitious fast-food place that gets held up by McCarthy’s starring character after she is fired.

  • Finished roundabout gets around to July 16 ribbon cutting in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — As work wraps up on the town’s new roundabout, the town will have a ribbon cutting to officially launch the stoplight-free intersection.

    The ceremony tentatively is scheduled for 9 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the newly constructed roundabout at the mainland entrance to the high-rise bridge, town administrator Susan Parker said.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation had to be finished with construction of the roundabout by the Fourth of July, which it succeeded in doing last week, Parker said.

  • Memorial service for World War II Navy veteran set for July 13

    He was a familiar sight at local veterans’ events, proudly attired in his U.S. Navy uniform that still fit decades after his military service.

    Omaha Beach D-Day survivor Tom Koester was part of the Greatest Generation and the legion of World War II veterans whose numbers are dwindling daily by the hundreds, according to the National World War II Museum.

    This past June 16, Koester died at 89 surrounded by his family following an illness.

  • Bolivia man charged in shooting

    A dispute between neighbors over a cell phone led to a shooting at Supply residence Sunday, July 6, according to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office.

    Alexander Lamont Grissett, 17, of Ocean Highway East in Bolivia, is charged with assault with intent to kill inflicting serious injury and first-degree burglary, according to an arrest warrant.