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Today's News

  • Rabon's animal welfare bill calls for hotline

    Proposed legislation sponsored by state Sen. Bill Rabon, a Southport veterinarian, calls for establishing a hotline to report animal cruelty.

    Rabon is one of three primary sponsors of Senate Bill 209, titled “Responsible Breeding/Prevent Cruelty.”

    The other two sponsors are state Sens. Trudy Wade, who is also a veterinarian, and Andrew Brock.

    The bill, introduced March 10, passed first reading March 11 and has been referred to the senate committee on rules and operations.

  • Supply couple accused of growing marijuana face charges

    Warrants show a Supply couple tried to dispose of some of the marijuana they grew at their residence by burning it in their fireplace before they were arrested Thursday, April 16, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release.

  • Holden Beach to get another fiber optic line

    HOLDEN BEACH — The Holden Beach Board of Commissioners unanimously passed an encroachment agreement during its regular meeting April 14 allowing Time Warner Cable Southeast to place another fiber optic line on the island.

    Time Warner will drop the additional fiber optic line across the bottom of the Intracoastal Waterway and along the bank near the Jordan Boulevard Pavilion, Town manager David Hewett said.

  • Magazine names Sunset Beach top retirement destination

    Sunset Beach is one of eight coastal Carolina towns chosen as a top retirement destination by Where to Retire magazine.

    The Brunswick County beach town is featured in the latest May-June issue of the magazine in an article, “8 Coastal Camelots in the Carolinas.”

    Other North Carolina towns featured are Southport, Beaufort, Emerald Isle, and Wilmington. South Carolina coastal communities are Murrells Inlet, Georgetown and Beaufort.

  • Man faces drug charges after SBI, Leland police investigation

    A Wilmington man accused of selling drugs in Brunswick County faces several charges following his Wednesday, April 15, arrest.

    An investigation by the State Bureau of Investigation Diversion and Environmental Crimes Unit and Leland police detectives led to the arrest of 36-year-old Anthony Antwan Mallette, which is charged with more than 30 counts of various drug violations, SBI spokeswoman Teresa West wrote in a news release.

    “Mallette was charged with conspiring to sell and selling heroin, oxycodone, morphine and crack cocaine,” West said.

  • Mount Misery Road water outage rescheduled

    Residents along a portion of Mount Misery Road, just north of Industrial Boulevard near Leland, will be without water Wednesday night, April 22, and will need to boil water for at least 24 hours after water is back in service, according to a Brunswick County news release. The outage was originally planned for Thursday, April 10, but was postponed until April 16 and postponed again because of inclement weather.

  • Man convicted of killing 3-year-old Shallotte boy

    BOLIVIA — It took a jury less than an hour to convict a Wilmington man of first-degree murder in the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte boy more than three years ago.

    Minutes later, 29-year-old Montey Andrea Murray was ordered to serve the rest of his life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Murray also was convicted Tuesday, April 14, of felony child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury in the 2012 death of Jaronn Ladale McAllister, as well as felony fleeing to elude arrest and two counts of assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

  • County could increase taxes to maintain revenues

    BOLIVIA — To maintain the same amount of revenues after property revaluation, Brunswick County would have to implement a higher tax rate of 48.50 cents for 2015-16.

    County Manager Ann Hardy didn’t propose a tax increase, just provided the numbers to the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners during a two-day budget workshop April 8-9.

    The 2014-15 ad valorem tax rate is 44.25 cents.

    The property tax revaluation decreased property value by $359 million from $24,907,383,670 to $22,920,451,666.

  • County budget talks lead to look at financing for park projects

    BOLIVIA — The Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has decided to review its pay-as-you-go plan for capital improvements.

    The discussion about a shift in recent policy came at the April 8 budget workshop when the costs of park improvements came up.

    The county proposed making $4.5 million in renovations at Smithville Park in Southport in October 2014.

    At the budget workshop, the administrative staff revised the amount proposed to spend to $2.4 million, cutting out infrastructure and parking upgrades in fiscal year 2015-16.

  • WBHS guidance counselor Mary Blackburn dies after two-year cancer battle

    Mary Blackburn, career development and special populations coordinator at West Brunswick High School, has died after a two-year battle with pancreatic cancer.

    Blackburn, 68, died peacefully at her North Myrtle Beach, S.C., home surrounded by family Monday, April 13.

    In an interview with the Beacon in December 2013, Blackburn said the cancer was discovered after a colleague noticed she seemed to be losing weight.

    In April 2013, doctors diagnosed Blackburn with inoperable stage 4 pancreatic cancer, and her life was turned upside down.