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Today's News

  • Detention center passes local, state inspections

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County grand jury and state health inspectors recently OKed conditions at the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    On Nov. 17, a Brunswick County grand jury toured the 440-bed facility and found it “clean and orderly,” Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Charlie Miller said.

    Grand jurors also found detention staff to be “professional and courteous,” Miller said.

  • One dead, two injured in weekend wreck

    Just after 4 p.m. Sunday, 74-year-old William Charles Lambert, of Longs, S.C., drove his car off U.S. 17 about two miles south of Leland.

    N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. A.E. Morris said a passenger in Lambert’s 2002 Honda SUV told troopers Lambert complained of a medical condition right before driving off the road. Lambert died and two of his passengers suffered serious injuries and were taken to New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  • Most Interesting: Mary Ellen Rogers

    Mary Ellen Rogers, a retired real estate agent, moved to Brunswick County in hopes of quietly retiring and spending a few hours a week volunteering for environmental issues.

    While living in South Carolina, she spent years in Charleston volunteering for “anything environmental.” She volunteered at an aquarium, founded a local sea turtle program and was an experienced raptor handler.

  • Hospice receives state approval for Brunswick County center

    As Brunswick County’s population has increased, so has its need for a hospice care center, an acute care facility where people at the end of their lives can have round-the-clock care.

    Last week, the N.C. Division of Health Service Regulation approved Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter’s certificate of need application to build a center in Brunswick County.

    The inpatient facility is planned to offer intensive, round-the-clock medical care for hospice patients whose needs cannot be met at home, according to the agency.

  • Responds to rate increases

    To the editor: Welcome to the real world, Mr. Mac Harrell. Why would I, who lives 250 miles from the Atlantic Ocean and 750 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, have to subsidize insurance by higher rates for those who live along those coasts, generally in homes priced way above the median price in our area?

  • Responds to letter

    To the editor: In reply to the Shutt letter in the Jan. 1 edition of the Beacon, he blames all the storms and economic meltdown on us for not giving more support to the Israelis; in other words, God is punishing us.

    God may be punishing us but it would be for supporting them. The people who are in Palestine today are not real Israelites. They are political Zionist Khazars.

    The Bible says God chose Israel to be his servant people, not to steal land and kill at least 100,000 people, but to spread the gospel of Christ throughout the world.

  • Protect your personal information

    To the editor: I want to take time to acknowledge a few hardworking folks who work on the other side of the counter at about any pharmacy you choose to take your business to.

    I have only occasionally been required to wait an inordinate amount of time for my pharmacy items. I know the folks back there are working hard at what they have to do. These pharmacy folks have a job that has many factors involved in it that are tightly government regulated and believe me, these regulations are there for good reasons. These regulations add to our waiting time.

  • Extended life expectancy allows time to bring home more bacon

    My dear spouse Penny and I were returning Dec. 28 from the West Palm Beach, Fla., region to Shallotte via I-95. We hoped it was going to be a piece of cake.

    Instead, traffic slowed to a standstill just south of the Savannah exits. Tired at 7 p.m., we ducked into a nice inn for a good night’s rest along with other discouraged motorists.

    At 6 a.m., I dressed in the dark while Penny sacked in. I shaved and headed for the free breakfast and a newspaper in the lounge. Surely, I would be the only one up? Surprise!

  • Rate increases are too much

    To the editor: Were you born yesterday? No? Well, here is another question that probably is just as difficult to answer.

    If the weather disasters that are anticipated by a commission recommending home insurance rate increases fail to materialize, will the insurance companies refund to you any premium increases?

    Well, if you answered that question as you did the first, you just passed Politics As Usual 101! However, it is clear commission members and many of our legislators believe you should answer the first question with a “yes” and ignore the second.

  • Thanks to Beacon

    To the editor: The Brunswick Beacon has been instrumental in elevating the public awareness of Brunswick Family Assistance’s financial condition as a result of the economy.

    In October, Scott Harrell (publisher) and Stacey Manning (editor) published an article demonstrating BFA’s needs. Immediately, we began receiving donations to assist our short-term requirements.

    You have helped us immensely to let the public know what Brunswick Family Assistance is about and how we assist families in dire need.