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Today's News

  • Former Caswell Beach mayor pleads guilty to embezzlement

    BOLIVIA—Harry Simmons, the former Caswell Beach mayor and chairman of the Brunswick Beaches Consortium, was sentenced to serve at least six years in prison, with credit for time served, after he pleaded guilty Nov. 8 to embezzlement and obtaining property by false pretense.

    Special Superior Court Judge Andrew Heath asked Simmons if he understood the plea agreement as explained by his lawyer, Mike Ramos of Shallotte, and if he agreed to plead guilty to the two class C felonies.

    “You are pleading guilty?” Heath said.

  • Gas leak fixed after closing LCAC, businesses Wednesday morning

    A damaged gas line caused a leak that closed several businesses near Gregory Road and U.S. 17 in Leland for a few hours Wednesday.

    Utilities contractors installing a new connection for a State Employee’s Credit Union building hit a gas line while digging in front of Logan Homes on Gregory Road

    Leland Cultural Arts Center manager Julianne Scott said the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office told LCAC staff members at 8:55 a.m. to close and evacuate the building.

  • You decide: What will our state be like in 2050?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Most people engage to some degree in trying to predict the future.

    It can be for fun, such as predicting who will win the World Series or the next ACC championship.

    Or it can be serious, like when businesses attempt to forecast next year’s sales so they know how much product to make and workers to hire, and when our state leaders project future tax revenues so they know how much money will be available for programs and state workers’ pay.

  • A salute to our veterans

    By Mike O'Hare

    Guest Columnist

    It was the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918 when an agreement called an armistice was finalized to end the horrific fighting of World War I.

    A year later, President Woodrow Wilson made Nov. 11 a national holiday, called Armistice Day. In 1954, the name of the holiday was changed to Veterans Day to celebrate all veterans who have fought for our country.

  • Providence Home prepares to celebrate 20th anniversary

    By Bob Lee

    Guest Columnist

    Providence Home opened its doors Nov. 19, 1997, and is the only emergency shelter for youth in Brunswick County, providing shelter, food and clothing and attending to the medical, educational, emotional, recreational and spiritual needs of several hundred Brunswick County youth.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    With all the committees meeting the past two weeks at the North Carolina General Assembly, it seems almost like we are in session.

    The last week in October, I had two official meetings in Raleigh, one in Carolina Shores and several political meetings back here in the district. Last week, we had one Raleigh meeting and a variety of economic and educational events.

  • On Campus with BCC: ‘Pocket facts’ to share about your community college

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Each year, Brunswick Community College (BCC) publishes a brief enrollment report for the fall semester.

    This report, affectionately branded “Pocket Facts,” is used by our board of trustees, foundation directors and the campus community to share current details about the college.

  • Investigators seek information on abduction, slaying of Leland man

    Investigators are looking for more information about the Nov. 5 abduction and slaying of a Leland man.

    Melquan Hicks-Bey, 22, of Night Harbor Drive SE was taken from a home in the 1500 block of South 12th Street about 4:15 a.m. His body was found about 10 a.m. in a wooded area in Castle Hayne.

    Hicks-Bey died of multiple gunshot wounds about his body, Wilmington police spokeswoman Jennifer Dandron said.

  • Passionate people, compassionate community

    With all the letters to the editor we had in last week’s edition— 20 of ‘em — it felt like an early Christmas gift to me.

    It wasn’t because all those letters left no room for my column and, therefore, a little less work for me. No, it was because it reminded me how passionate Beacon readers are about this community we call home. You care enough to share your opinions publicly, and that makes me happy.

  • Use integrated approaches to manage pests, part 3

    By Sam Marshall

     

    In the past few weeks we have been discussing the basic tenants of integrated pest management (IPM) and the cultural, mechanical and biological tools you have available to help control garden pests. In this final part of the series, I will discuss the use of chemical controls, with a focus on pesticide safety and organic and synthetic controls.

     

    What are pesticides?