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Today's News

  • Bridge construction causes U.S. 74/76 lane closure

    The inside lane of eastbound U.S. 74/76 near Leland just east of Malmo Loop Road will be closed Friday, April 4, at 9 a.m. until Monday, April 7, at 6 a.m. for bridge deck preservation.

    The impact on traffic is expected to be low and no detour will be in place. Motorists are advised to use caution while traveling in the area and to expect delays. The North Carolina Department of Transportation reminds motorists to watch signs for construction information, stay alert and obey the posted speed limit.

  • Hunter Allen drives in winning run as ECU beats UNC 3-2

     Hunter Allen drove in what proved to be the winning run in the bottom  of the eighth inning as East Carolina University beat the University of North Carolina 3-2 Tuesday, April 22.

    With one out and runners on third and second, Allen singled to left center field, driving a run that put ECU ahead 3-1.

    Allen, a junior shortstop, finished 2-for-4 with one RBI. He also had two putouts and three assists.

    Allen is a West Brunswick graduate who played two years at Brunswick Community College.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on April 9, 10, 11 and 14 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.

     

    Wednesday, April 9

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Clyde Stephen Adams, PG improper equipment.

  • Growing pains in Leland, Belville should pay off

    The relatively young Brunswick County town of Leland is experiencing a growth spurt, as reflected in the many building projects under way.

    Town staff and police are in the process of moving into a wing of the long-awaited new town hall.

    An 18,000-square-foot building that sits off U.S. 17, at 1212 Magnolia Village Way, is being transformed into a highly anticipated cultural arts center. Plans are being finalized for a much-needed new senior center. And work has begun to create the first public water access at Sturgeon Creek Park.

  • Interviewer becomes interviewee for future fellow UNC alumna

    Last month, Alina Davinson of Ocean Isle Beach asked me a series of questions about my job here at the Beacon for a newswriting class assignment at my alma mater, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she is a junior minoring in journalism and mass communications. I hope my answers translated into an A-plus for her, but if her j-school professors are as tough as mine were back in the day, I know they don’t hand out good grades like candy. Based on her questions, though, I believe she’d make an outstanding journalist.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 6

    Scott Alexander Richardson, 17, 3513 Old U.S. 41, Dublin, arrested on a felony charge of possession of burglary tools.

    William Austin Inman, 18, 10999 N.C. 41 West, Bladenboro, arrested on a felony charge of possession of burglary tools.

    Breaking and entering possession of burglary tools and on East Coast Lane.

    April 15

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    April 14

    Assault on a female and assault with deadly weapon with a minor present.

    April 15

    Jennifer Pridgen Miller, 40, 201 North Carolina Ave., Wilmington, cited and released for stealing merchandise from Walmart on New Pointe Boulevard.

  • What's cookin'?

     Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the ultimate fast food

    Our local newspaper once published over 50 different ways to prepare chicken breasts. I’ve since decided that figure must be closer to five thousand! But if you’re like me, they can also be boring. You throw them in a skillet and then wonder, “Now what?”

  • Hospital volunteers anoint the sick with kindness

     Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center mandates an annual educational review for employees and volunteers. Like all mandates, it is not always graciously accepted. However, the option to take the test as a group lessens the angst and even makes it fun.

    I am always impressed with the extent and depth of the questions, despite the fact that they also carry a degree of advertising as a means of corporate public relations. This year was no exception.

  • Got leftover ham?

     

     

    Many families celebrated Easter this past weekend with a ham. Gathering for holiday ham is a great holiday tradition and like turkey after Thanksgiving, ham leftovers can be a real treat, but what are you doing with those leftovers now?

    Leftover cooked ham should be stored in the refrigerator at 40 degrees or below and used within 3 to 5 days. So, if you had that ham this past Sunday for Easter, you’d better be doing something with it soon.