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Today's News

  • Are we enjoying communication or simply evoking contact?

     They are everywhere. I see them glued to people’s ears. I see them circling cheeks. I see their containers stuck in belts and protruding from pockets. I hear their ringtones in the midst of worship services, concerts, graduations, meetings—despite the constant plea, “Please turn off your cellphones and pagers.”

    The disturbance is not simply that they are ubiquitous. It is a deeper issue. Electronic devices, cell phones in particular, are becoming—if they have not already become—an entry into an insidiously insular existence.

  • Parenting classes can benefit parents and children

     “I told my mom that I’ll go to these classes, but if I don’t like it, I’m not going back,” Mark Sager said about the Communities in Schools Parenting Education Classes. 

    The father of a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, Sager recently completed the 12-week program. 

    “After the first class, I became interested and wanted to find out more because what they were telling me made sense. I began to look forward to Tuesday nights. My daughter loved coming to the program as much as I did.”  

  • Osborne

    Renee and Andy Osborne of Ash are the parents of a son, Kyle Andrew Osborne, born June 4 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Sandra Simmons of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Ricky and Donna Hawes of Ash and Wayne and Barbara Osborne of Old Dock.

    Great-grandparents are Clay and Katrina McCullen of Longwood, Bunt and Betty Simmons of Ash and Magdeline and Jinx Osborne and Sandra and Joseph Hewett 

  • Truesdales celebrate 68 years

     John and Sara Truesdale will celebrate their 68th anniversary July 22 with family and friends. The couple has four children, Ann, John II, Connie and Jack and their spouses, Dan, Peggy, Harold and Beth; seven grandchildren, seven-great-grandchildren and two ‘angels.‘

  • Brunswick County grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on July 6:

    Coty Michael Alford, 18, of 1800 Clemmons Road, Bolivia; felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering.

    Danyel Raye Alston, 36, of 7662 Daws Creek Road SE, Winnabow; felony possession of cocaine.

  • Brunswick County district court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on July 12 and 13 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Monday, July 12

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Andrew Lloyd Barberia, domestic violence protective order violation, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Local restaurants play important roles in our economy, history

    On Friday, as part of Calabash’s annual Town Hall Day celebration, the community’s many restaurants and the people and families who have made them successful will be honored.

    It’s a perfect theme for this year’s event, especially in light of recent struggles faced by the local seafood industry—which contributes to the food on area restaurants’ tables—and the struggling economy that has made doing business a bit more difficult than normal.

  • Think your pet ought to be in pictures? Let us share it with our readers

    Ever take a look at your favorite pet and think it’s so adorable everyone needs to see it?

    If so, we have a great outlet for you.

    Each week, The Brunswick Beacon features a Pet of the Week on our homepage at www.brunswickbeacon.com. We also share our selected Pet of the Week on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/brunswickbeacon.

    While our submissions so far have been cats and dogs, we welcome submissions of photographs of all types of pets you’ve welcomed to your home—birds, snakes, lizards, mice, hamsters, fish...you name it.

  • Peer Court training session will begin Aug. 17 in Bolivia

     Peer Court is a joint venture between Communities in Schools of Brunswick County and District Attorney Rex Gore.

    It is an alternative system of justice that offers first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 11-16 an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offenses and receive constructive sentencing from their peers. 

    Chargeable offenses may include truancy, disorderly conduct, simple affray, simple assault and others. 

  • Some potty-mouthed mothers could use a little training of their own

    “Mommy, I want sumpin’ to drink,” wailed the unhappy toddler from the backseat. “I want juice.”
    “I know, honey,” I said. “I’ll get you some when I get home. Mommy’s driving right now.”
    “Oh-kay,” he said whimpering.
    I glanced in the rearview mirror. My 2-year-old son was slumped in his car seat, sticking Spiderman and Blue’s Clues stickers on my car’s back window. He appeared to be occupied for the moment.