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Today's News

  • 16-year-old charged with theft in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—A 16-year-old was charged Monday with the theft of a golf cart.

    Shay Gales, of 7267 Lula St., Ocean Isle Beach, was charged in connection with the theft of a golf cart from Live Oak Drive.

    Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said more charges and arrests are expected.

    He said the arrest is connected to the theft of items reported stolen Sept. 20 from a house being remodeled on Pecan Avenue.

  • 'Fireproof': Don't miss this life-changing film; it's showing locally

    In the latest action-based film from the creators of “Facing the Giants” and “Flywheel,” Sherwood Pictures and Provident Films focus on the relationship of firefighter “Capt. Caleb Holt,” played by Kirk Cameron, and his wife “Catherine Holt,” a public relations professional played by Erin Bethea.

  • Sudden influx of Web site comments energizes newspaper staff

    Since our updated Web site went live several months ago, we’ve only gotten a handful of comments from our online readers.

    We post every staff-written article online and update it daily with new information. While we’ve been excited about the number of people who are coming to our site, we had hoped to see more people take advantage of our interactive features.

  • Cop stop a sign of trouble just around the bend

    If I were seeking an omen about what is ahead in the future, I should have known it would appear on the first workday of the week.

    There I was moseying below the speed limit Monday morning, driving up U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C., and minding my business with a cell phone pressed to my ear (“Can you hear me now?!”).

    I thought I was doing everything not to attract the attention of law enforcement, which is what I always strive to do whenever I venture out on the highway and anywhere else in between.

  • National, international public service beckons Americans

    On Sept. 11, 2008, Barack Obama and John McCain appeared at Columbia University and talked candidly about the need for more public service despite the great personal sacrifices required to practice it.

    It is relevant in its national and international forms.

    Obama spoke about his experience as a community organizer and McCain about his experience as a military officer. Both, in their own way, had practiced public service early in their careers.

  • The never-ending search for civility

    It’s easy to understand the passion that bubbles up from people who care about children, especially when they believe something has gone wrong.

    Tracey Danka is a citizen who has garnered media attention by arguing for what she hopes is an improved, safer learning environment for children in Brunswick County. But has she done it the right way?

    Danka has been accused of a misdemeanor offense of assault after Patricia Rourk’s mother Meriam Reid accused Danka of moving her hands in a threatening manner toward her. Reid claims she thought she was going to be struck.

  • DISTRICT COURT DOCKET

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. Sept. 10, 11, 12 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, Sept. 10

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Kenneth Franklin Adcox, fail to wear seat belt/driver, voluntarily dismissed.

    Wesley Keith Adkins, fail to secure passenger under 16, costs.

    Jacob Aaron Akers, speeding 58 in a 45 zone, prayer for judgment continued and costs; expired/no inspection sticker, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury meets, returns indictments on Sept. 8

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on Sept. 8:

    Adam Clayton Abbott, 33, of 1547 Randall St. SW, Ocean Isle Beach; felony possession of cocaine.

  • The more things change

    Last week’s story about Varnamtown’s residents celebrating the 20th anniversary of the town’s incorporation had me curious about what other goings-on the local community paper reported 20 years ago.

    Here at the Beacon office, going through old papers can get a little addictive.

    Around the same time Varnamtown was officially proclaimed a municipality, the beach towns were doing their best to clean up their acts, with 380 people volunteering for the annual Beach Sweep.

  • Trying hard to lose weight? Just eat more food and more often!

    We’ve heard all the notions about weight loss, some of them generations old.

    “If you eat grapefruit before a meal, you’ll burn off calories.” “A shot of unprocessed apple cider vinegar cleanses your body and helps you lose weight.” “Eating after 8 p.m. packs on the pounds.” Are those old wives tales or solid advice?