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Today's News

  • Incidents reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents reported within the past week.

    •Dan Michael White Jr. was charged with DWI and failing to stop for a blue light/siren on July 1.

    •Thomas Whiting Archer, 25, of Matthews, was charged with DWI on July 3.

    •Jonathan Theimer, 22, of Sunset Beach, was charged with carrying a concealed weapon and simple possession of a Schedule II substance.

  • Bicycle, pedestrian paths moot issue in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A proposal for a bicycle and pedestrian plan for the town is being questioned by Mayor Stephen Selby.

    “Where would that funding come from?” Selby asked at a town board of commissioners workshop Tuesday morning.

    Town administrator Mike Hargett said grant funding would be available, to which Selby clarified it would involve matching grant funding.

    Hargett said that would be a way to address issues.

    “It certainly doesn’t commit the town to anything,” he said.

  • Residents question future 'serenity park' in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—A few residents have questions about a proposed serenity park next to Carolina Shores Town Hall.

    The questions came at a specially called meeting to get citizen input last Thursday, June 30.

    Resident Grayce Farley asked why the town should have to pay for the park.

    But she was cut short by architect Frank Smith and resident Jean Morelli, who agreed the town has to be fiscally responsible.

  • Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club up for foreclosure sale next Tuesday

    CAROLINA SHORES—Carolina Shores Golf & Country Club is officially up for sale.

    It’s coming in the form of a foreclosure sale scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday, July 12, on the steps of Brunswick County Courthouse, according to a legal ad placed in The Brunswick Beacon last week.

    While golfers continued to play and employees continued to work at the 30-year-old golf course Tuesday, the document states the property will be put up for sale due to indebtedness that has led to foreclosure.

  • Another possible park site eyed in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES—The town of Carolina Shores has considered possible property acquisition next to Brunswick Community College’s future South Brunswick Islands Center.

    Carolina Shores town administrator Mike Hargett said the town’s approved budget for fiscal 2011-12 includes funding for potential acquisition of land on U.S. 17 next to the future continuing education facility, which should open around mid-August.

  • Candidate filing under way for upcoming municipal elections

    BOLIVIA—Candidate filing for the upcoming municipal elections is under way.

    Filing began at noon Friday, July 1, and runs until noon Friday, July 15, for most Brunswick County municipalities.

    The towns of Southport and Navassa, which file by district, have a separate filing period from noon Monday, July 25, until noon Friday, Aug. 12.

    The 2011 General Election will be Tuesday, Nov. 8.

    Greg Bellamy, director of the Brunswick County Board of Elections, said some changes have taken place since the last municipal election in 2009.

  • Arguments heard in judge’s defamation suit against Republican activist

    BOLIVIA—A Wake County judge heard arguments in a First Amendment case last Friday in which a sitting judge sued a local political activist for defamation.

    Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sued local activist and former campaign strategist Ed Rapp for defamation for an April 2010 blog post written during a heated Republican primary election.

    Both Lewis and Rapp are Republicans. Lewis supported state Sen. Bill Rabon, and Rapp supported then-candidate Bettie Fennell, also both Republicans.

  • Construction of hospital great indicator of things to come in Brunswick County

    As a reporter there are certain stories you become attached to. I try not to, but it’s human nature.

    Most of the stories I have become emotionally attached to involve some of the saddest and most horrific elements of humanity, and the people who are left in its wake.

    Such is the life of a crime reporter.

    But this time—this story—is different. Trust me, it’s a welcome reprieve.

    For five years, I have been diligently covering Novant Health’s quest to bring a new, state-of-the-art hospital to Brunswick County.

  • Brunswick Beat for June 29, 2011
  • West splits Saturday doubleheader with Pfafftown Raiders

     West Brunswick took advantage of a dropped third strike and an error on a bunt to score two runs in the bottom of the seventh and beat the Pfafftown Raiders 9-8 in the first game Saturday of an American Legion Baseball doubleheader.

    In the second game, the Raiders scored five runs in the fifth and beat West 6-5, getting the final out of the game on a bases-loaded strikeout.

    West is 12-7 with two games left in the season.