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Today's News

  • County in the final stages of selling old hospital property

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Commissioners have approved a resolution at an emergency meeting Friday afternoon that has placed the county in the final stages of the closing process for the sale of the old community hospital property.

    During the meeting Friday, June 26, commissioners voted unanimously to pass a resolution to confirm the sale of the property that formerly was home to Brunswick Community Hospital to Centre Development Company, formerly Excel Medical Development Group.

  • Brunswick beats Whiteville in American Legion Baseball

    Staff Report

    Brunswick County beat Whiteville Post 137 11-1 in seven innings in an American Legion baseball game June 23 on Mike Alderson Field.

    Brunswick runners advanced 12 times either by steal, catcher indifference, passed ball or wild pitch. Brunswick’s final two runs scored on a double steals in the seventh inning.

  • You decide: Can we remake ourselves?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Some say the next several decades will be the “age of remakes.”

    I don’t mean old films that have new versions produced, nor do I mean personal style remakes –– like new clothes and a new hair fashion –– although most would agree I certainly need the latter. Instead, I mean an “occupational remake,” where a person literally restructures what he or she does to earn a living.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The Beacon has tried for 14 weeks to reach Sen. Bill Rabon by phone and email for comment about Senate Bill 215, which lists him as the bill’s primary sponsor and calls for the state “to abolish the office of coroner in Brunswick County.” Senate Bill 215 was reported favorable to the Senate’s standing committee on health care and re-referred to the Senate Judiciary I Committee on March 31.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, the House passed a gun rights bill after much debate; we passed a bill improving the Voter ID system for 2016; we passed a bill benefitting our local government’s health plans; and the Senate passed its version of the state budget.

    The weather in Raleigh last week continued to be very hot outside with record temperatures and humidity. The debate on such issues as the gun rights bill and the budget kept temperatures inside at a high level, also.

  • What I know about the Charleston shooting

    Last Wednesday night, I was checking in with some of my friends on Facebook when I saw posts indicating something bad had happened near Charleston, S.C. Many of my friends are former colleagues who still live and work in South Carolina, where I’d spent most of my career.

  • Be careful in the heat

    Summer weather arrived before summer itself did this year in Brunswick County with temperatures soaring and heat indexes in the triple digits. The heat itself has not been unusual, but it seems to have been more oppressive and stifling than usual despite the frequent breezes from our coastline.

    In recent years, summer safety efforts have focused on rip currents. In recent weeks, it has targeted shark encounters. The risk of heat exhaustion and stroke at this time of year, however, exists regardless of whether anyone sets foot in the ocean or even on the beach.

  • District court docket

     he following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on June 8, 9, 10 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, June 8

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

    Vera Anderson, PG DWI.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases June 15 during a grand jury session:

    Willie M. Ballard, failure to register as sex offender.

    Michael C. Butler, breaking and entering place of worship.

    Parker M. Campbell, four counts of breaking and entering motor vehicle, two counts of larceny of firearm, two counts of misdemeanor larceny.

  • Ikalowych commissions into Marine Corps

     Stephen Ikalowych of Oak Island was commissioned into the Marine Corps during a ceremony May 8 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Families, friends, faculty and staff assembled at the Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus to honor the newly commissioned officers. The commissioning cadets and students took oaths accepting their appointments as officers in the U.S. armed services.